With dire conditions at the border and a President richly deserving impeachment hearings, it’s hard to focus on larger issues. And yet we must. The House is currently considering H.R.40., a bill that would launch a commission to study the most effective way to pay reparations to African-Americans for the ongoing damage inflicted by racist federal policies.
The median wealth of black families is less than a tenth of that of white families. More than a quarter of black families have zero or negative net worth. This racial wealth gap was driven by federal government policies like slavery, red-lining to create discriminatory housing conditions, designing interstate highways to destroy inner-city black neighborhoods, and underfunding predominantly black schools.
The commission proposed by H.R.40 would evaluate the government’s liability and propose financial solutions. In doing so it would begin to address America’s unacknowledged debt to its black citizens.
ONE THING YOU CAN DO RIGHT NOW
Call Nancy Pelosi and ask her to support H.R. 40 to help our nation address its history and current reality of racially discriminatory federal policies. If you’re shy on the phone, don’t forget that using Resistbot is just as effective as making a call.
Here are more resources for practical steps you can take to resist Trump today:
Senator Feinstein Office Visit
One Post Street, Suite 2450
Monday, July 29
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Meeting with Speaker Pelosi Staff
90 7th Street, #2800
Tuesday, July 30
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Canvass for Rep Josh Harder
902 N Central Ave, Tracy
Sunday, August 25
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM