news coverage from the Washinfton Post
A working class and anti-racist issue
Between 5, 000 to 10,000 people, the overwhelming majority being
of African descent, traveled from all over the country as well
as Canada and elsewhere to attend some or all of the six hour
Millions for Reparations rally that took place near the U.S. Capitol.
The average age ranged from the very young to the elderly.
August 17th organizers announced that the next large event for
Millions for Reparations will be held in September, 2003 at the
United Nations. They have called for local reparations rallies
to be held in every state leading up to this event.
August 17, Washington, DC
the Civil War, the U.S. government promised the former African
slaves in the South "40 acres and a mule" as compensation
for enriching the U.S. economy under the most brutal of conditions--the
whip and chains. This promise was never realized. Instead, the
freed slaves became the victims of KKK racist terror and legalized
Jim Crow segregation for almost a century. To this day, the U.S.
government has refused to formally apologize to the Black population
for the crimes against humanity that their ancestors endured under
slavery and institutionalized racism that still remains entrenched
within this society.
the historic World Conference Against Racism was held in Durban,
South Africa last year, a number of organizations such as the
National Black United Front and December 12 Movement initiated
a call for a rally on the 115th anniversary of the leader of the
Back to Africa movement, Marcus Garvey to demand long overdue
reparations for the descendants of African slaves.
important lawsuit has been filed in New York and New Jersey to
demand that corporations who profited from investments in the
slave trade, pay reparations. The unpaid wages of African slaves
is estimated today at a staggering $1.4 trillion based on the
lawsuit. Any monies won from the lawsuit will go into a collective
fund to help fund health care, education and housing for African
for the "Millions for Reparations" Rally taking place
August 17th in Washington D.C. Contact: (718) 398-1766 or Toll
free (866) 817-5729,
for more information.*
International Action Center will be organizing transportation
for August 17th. For more information, call 212-633-6646 or go
Round trip tickets are $30. Buses will be leaving from 39 W. 14th
St. (between 5th and 6th Ave.) at 6am and leaving Washington at
4pm. If you are in a union, inquire about the "Labor for
MORE INFORMATION about the August 6th public forum on reparations
or the IAC buses to August 17th, call 212-633-6646.
West 14th Street, Room 206
York, NY 10011
fax: 212 633-2889