California reparations plan advances movement, advocates say
California took a big step this week toward becoming the first U.S. state to make some form of restitution a reality by tackling the divisive issue of which Black residents should be eligible to receive reparations for the atrocity and injustices of slavery and racism.
Biden backs studying reparations as Congress considers bill
President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with labor leaders in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. Biden backs the idea of studying the issue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, though she stopped short of saying he would sign the bill if it clears Congress. Even with Democrats controlling both chambers of Congress and the White House, passing a reparations bill could prove difficult. Most Black Americans favored reparations, 74%, compared with 15% of white Americans. AdRep. Burgess Owens, a first-term Republican from Utah, argued against a reparations commission.
'Squad' member Rashida Tlaib wins primary in Michigan
LANSING, Mich. Squad member Rashida Tlaib won a challenge for her House seat in Michigans primary, in a rematch with the woman she narrowly defeated two years ago. Her opponent in Tuesday's primary was Detroit City Council President President Brenda Jones, who lost by 1 percentage point in 2018 when the primary field was larger. Jones on the same day defeated Tlaib to later fill out the remainder of John Conyers term. Andrew E. Bryant, 71, voted for Tlaib at New Providence Baptist Church on Detroits west side. "With Rashida Tlaib, Im probably not the best informed voter.The primary winner will be the overwhelming favorite in November's general election.
'Squad' member Tlaib may be vulnerable in tough primary
Now the Michigan Democrat is the squad's most vulnerable member, as she faces Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones in the Aug. 4 primary. Now Tlaib is the squads most vulnerable member, as she and Jones are set to square off again in Michigan's Aug. 4 primary. In 2018, Jones finished a close second to Tlaib in a six-person primary for the seat long held by Democratic Rep. John Conyers, who stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations. Folks are wanting someone to make their case in their own words, said Conyers, who also ran in the 2018 primary. Black, white, Hispanic, Martian, I dont care who is in power, just do what you say youre going to do, he said.
Long-serving former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - John Conyers, a liberal Democrat who was the longest-serving African-American member of the U.S. House of Representatives, serving for more than half a century, died on Sunday at the age of 90. Conyers joined the House in 1965 and stepped down in 2017, after his reputation was sullied by sexual harassment accusations. I was deeply saddened by the passing of Congressman John Conyers today, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said in a written statement released by his office. From co-founding the Congressional Black Caucus to leading the fight in Congress to enshrine Martin Luther Kings birthday as a national holiday, John Conyers impact on our city and nation will never be forgotten, Duggan said. Conyers investigated the 2004 U.S. presidential election in which Bush edged Democrat John Kerry, with Bushs narrow victory in Ohio proving pivotal.feeds.reuters.com
Long-serving former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90: Detroit News
REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File PhotoConyers joined the House in 1965 and stepped down in 2017, after his reputation was sullied by sexual harassment accusations. The Detroit News said Detroit police had confirmed Conyers death. The allegations arose as Congress reviewed how to handle sexual harassment complaints and followed a string of similar accusations against prominent figures in the U.S. media, Hollywood and politics. Conyers investigated the 2004 U.S. presidential election in which Bush edged Democrat John Kerry, with Bushs narrow victory in Ohio proving pivotal. In 1989 and 1993, Conyers ran for Detroit mayor but lost.feeds.reuters.com
Former Democratic U.S. congressman John Conyers dies at age 90: Detroit News
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Representative John Conyers addresses the audience during a program to announce the first round of loan commitments to transform older factories during a news conference at the Ford Motor Research & Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan June 23, 2009. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook/File Photo(Reuters) - John Conyers, a liberal Democratic voice during more than half a century in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose reputation was sullied by sexual harassment accusations in 2017, died on Sunday at the age of 90, the Detroit News reported. Conyers joined the House in 1965 and served until 2017, becoming one of the most prominent black U.S. lawmakers. The Detroit-area congressman was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.feeds.reuters.com
Reparations are a Hot Topic AgainReparations are once again a hot topic for the African American community in the United States. For much of the 150 years since the official end of slavery in the United States, talk of the need for reparations has existed. This legislation calls for a formal study of reparations for African Americans. While the idea of reparations for Americas original sin is indeed admirable, does it satisfy the true pain that is still being inflicted on African Americans everyday in America? Why are we talking about reparations when lawmakers have an opportunity everyday to enact laws and policies that would make us equal and level the playing field?saobserver.com