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Reparations conference calls on white people with access to wealth to fund black liberation

Jun 4, 2021


On June 12, 2021 the Reparations Legacy Project of the black-led Uhuru Movement will host a virtual conference from 1:00pm to 6:30pm Eastern to organize white people with access to financial, generational and social wealth to pay reparations.

Under the slogan, “Repair the damage. Return the stolen wealth. Fund Black Liberation.,” the conference calls on white individuals, organizations and businesses to invest reparations in black community-led economic development and self-determination programs.

This conference will challenge the massive global wealth disparities in which a small number of millionaires and billionaires hoard and control more wealth than the majority of the world’s peoples combined, and in which white people control over 80 percent of the world’s resources despite being only 11 percent of the world population. 

As stated by Penny Hess, Chair of the African People’s Solidarity Committee, “This is the reality of colonialism in America built on slavery and genocide.”

Jesse Nevel, coordinator of the Reparations Legacy Project, stated: “This is our way to take positive and meaningful action in the face of the rampant injustices inherent to a system born from slavery, genocide and colonialism.”

Workshop topics and panels will include, “Beyond Philanthropy: How Businesses and Corporations Can Support Reparations” and “Reparations Towards Building the Independent Black Anti-Colonial Economy.” The conference will feature a keynote presentation by Omali Yeshitela, the Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party, as well as Penny Hess, author of the book Overturning the Culture of Violence and longtime reparations activist.

The money raised from the Reparations Legacy Project is currently funding the Uhuru Movement’s Black Power Blueprint, a community-building initiative transforming North St. Louis, MO through economic development, renovation and political power by and for the black working class. 

This multi-year venture is already home to the Uhuru Community Center, African Independence Workforce Program housing, a farmers market and a community garden, with half-a-dozen other large-scale projects in the pipeline.

“We’re building economic institutions based on the needs of the people...bringing the community together and creating our own solutions to feed, clothe and house ourselves. And having African self-determination and power over our own lives,”  said Ona Zené Yeshitela, President of the African People’s Education and Defense Fund (APEDF).

Registration is open at the June 12th Reparations Legacy Conference at ReparationsLegacy.org/conference

The following promotional video includes more information about the conference:
Reparations Legacy Project: What will Your Legacy Be?

 

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