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Evanston, Illinois, approves the country’s first reparations program for Black residents: NO, DON’T TAKE IT…Skylar Mitchell and Suzanne Malveaux, CNN

The nation’s first government-backed reparations initiative was green lit this week in Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb where about 16 percent of its 75,000 residents are Black. The city council has promised $10 million over 10 years. John Yang discusses how the program could serve as a model for the rest of the country with Ron Daniels of the National African American Reparations Commission.

Officials in the Chicago suburb of Evanston voted Monday to release the first batch of funds in a program offering reparations to Black residents whose families have felt the effects of decades of discriminatory housing practices, according to the Chicago Tribune and Evanston Now.It is the first of its kind in the country. Alderman Robin Rue Simmons and the Evanston City Council developed plans to direct revenue from a 3% tax on legalized cannabis into assistance for home loans. “We had to do something radically different to address the racial divide that we had in our city, which includes historic oppression, exclusion and divestment in the Black community,” Simmons told CNN. The first initiative of the $10 million plan is the Restorative Housing Reparations program that would distribute up to $25,000 for housing per eligible resident, with funding expected to come from the 3% tax on recreational marijuana sales, according to CNN affiliate WLS. To learn more go to the link below:

https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/22/us/reparations-evanston-hr-40-legislation-whats-next/index.html

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