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Millions for Reparations Rally in Washington

by Donna Lamb
14/8/2002

The policy of entrenched racism has emanated from all branches of the United States government.

Marcus Garvey
Marcus Garvey

On Saturday, August 17th, all roads lead to Washington, DC for the Millions for Reparations Rally. Hundreds of thousands of people of African descent, as well as their allies of all colors and creeds, will gather on the Capital Mall for what will be the largest mass expression of support for reparations is American history.

This grassroots-led rally will highlight speakers from all over the nation who have been doing the actual work to organize their communities around reparations. It is being held on the 115th birthday of Marcus Mosiah Garvey, the great champion of Black Self-Empowerment and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association who declared, “Up you mighty race. You can accomplish what you will!”

In their Message to the Grassroots, the organizers of the Millions for Reparations Rally state, “The Trans Atlantic Slave Trade and Jim Crow set the stage for the 21st century. The policy of entrenched racism has emanated from all branches of the United States government. From the days of the auction block to the recent United States government walk out at the United Nations World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, the United States government has relentlessly held on to its white supremacist ideology.”

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They go on to explain that the exploitation of African people in this country has taken many forms over the years. The centuries of chattel slavery laid the foundation of the relationship of Blacks to America. Even after slavery was abolished, they say, “From the sharecropping fields to the factories, African labor built the &#39super power&#39 that is the United States.

In return, we have endured the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan, systematic lynchings, chain gangs, plantation prisons, police torture and murder, poverty, miseducation, inadequate housing, unemployment, welfare WEP programs, ACS child kidnapings, voter discrimination, crack, heroin, Rockefeller drug laws, political prisoners, and the assassination of our leaders. However,” they say proudly, “we&#39re still here!”

To many of us, the demand for reparations by African people is just and simple. In the name of sheer human decency the US must be made to repair the damage, to make whole–which is the meaning of reparations–the descendants of the victims of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade who are, themselves, still suffering the aftermath of slavery. Every person of conscience should join us on the 17th in the Capitol of this nation–which was built by enslaved labor–the rightful place to proclaim the human and legal right to reparations.

You can visit the Millions for Reparations website at http://www.MillionsForReparations.com for further information and/or to make an on-line contribution to help defray costs. You can also send a donation payable to The Code and mailed to 456 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216.

Donna Lamb is communications director at CURE. You can contact Donna Lamb at dlamb@gis.net

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