Momentum continues to build and excitement is on the rise as we approach the National/International Reparations Summit slated for New York, hosted by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW). Scores of people from across the United States, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Great Britain, France, Sweden and other parts of Europe have already pre-registered for the Summit via IBW’s Web site (ibw21.org).
Calls and emails requesting information about registration, hotel accommodations, Summit agenda items etc. are streaming into IBW’s office. Sisters and Brothers are calling and writing to inform us that activists and university students in Virginia, California, Georgia and other states are busy organizing discussion groups and study circles to explore various aspects of the growing reparations movement in the United States, the Caribbean and parts of Latin America.
More and more people are beginning to recognize that the call for reparations is a viable and critical dimension of the #blacklivesmatter movement, the campaign to end the ‘War on Drugs’ and the ongoing movement for civil and human rights and for racial and social justice in the USA and across the world.
The time for reparatory justice for centuries of the African slave trade, (the greatest crime against humanity in all of human history) and for genocide perpetrated against the native peoples of the Americas is NOW. In the name of our ancestors, let us seize this moment.
Forward Ever, Backward Never!