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The Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act is designated S. 40/H.R. 40 for symbolic reasons. After the Civil War, former slaves were promised 40 acres and a mule—the first systematic attempt to provide a form of reparations. Introduced in Congress every year since 1989, H.R. 40 cleared committee for the first time in April of this year and is heading to the House floor.
Email your senators and representative and tell them to support the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act (S. 40/H.R. 40).
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) made it official last week: negotiations with Republican colleagues over a Senate version of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (H.R. 1280) have broken down. Booker, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) had been leading the bipartisan, months-long effort to reach agreement on the bill since spring, when a jury found police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering Floyd. Disheartening as it is for yet another House-passed bill to flounder due to lack of support in the Senate, this is no time to give up. We can’t wait for more people to die for much-needed reforms to happen.
Email your senators and ask them to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
This bill establishes the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.