What forms Could Reparations take in Philadelphia?

What forms Could Reparations take in Philadelphia?


Consider the items listed in the N’COBRA PHL Agenda. This shall take much work, collaboration, and synergy between the elected officials of the Philadelphia commonwealth, and the community. As legislators all across the United States recognize the needs for reparations, we know that Philadelphia can be a leader, going beyond the study of Reparations and into the process and action. We believe that Reparations to African Americans MUST include the following.

  1. Identifying, compiling, and synthesizing the relevant documentation of the institution of slavery that existed in the United States of America, with respect to its effects thereafter, including documentation and examination of the following facts:
    1. The capture and enslavement of Africans peoples.
    2. The transport of African peoples throughout the United States of America as prisoners of war and enslaved peoples, including their treatment during transport.
    3. The transport of African peoples throughout the United States of America as enslaved peoples, including their treatment during transport.
    4. The sale and acquisition of Africans people as chattel property in interstate and intrastate commerce.
    5. The treatment of Africans slaves in the United States of America, including the deprivation of their freedom, exploitation of their labor, and destruction of their culture, language, religion, and families.
    6. The extensive sexual abuse, denial of humanity, and chattelization of persons.
    7. The federal and state laws that discriminated against formerly enslaved Africans and their descendants who were deemed citizens of the United States from 1868 to the present.
    8. The other forms of discrimination in the public and private sectors free and freed Africans and their descendants who were deemed citizens of the United States from 1868 to the present including redlining, educational funding discrepancies, and predatory financial practices.
    9. The lingering negative effects of the institutions of colonialism and the matters described in this section have on the aforementioned societies in America.
  2. Working with members of industry, government, and the general public to: 

    1. Understand the root causes of various problems facing African Americans in Philadelphia across sectors,

    2. Research and explore solutions, convening and counseling the larger community to co-create and implement those solutions, and collectivize resources necessary to implement those solutions.

  3. Creating and providing departments, institutes, bureaus, and a depository to effectively administer the redress, repair, recompenses for African Americans.

  4. Supporting the ecology, entrepreneurship, enterprising, employment and estates of the African-American Philadelphians.

  5. Improving regional, domestic, and international relations between African-Americans in  Philadelphian and the world, particularly the African diaspora. 

  6. Sponsoring and supporting the repatriation requests of African Americans.

  7. Servicing the neurological, cerebral, psychological, and spiritual rehabilitation of the descendants of enslaved Africans in Philadelphia.

  8. Preserving the ecospheres, natural resources and reserves of all Philadelphians with assent to energy consumption and industrial creation in order to protect natural systems of living and their environmental ecology, while directly protecting African-American Philadelphians’ systems of environmental ecology.

  9. Exonerating and rehabilitating, including record expungement specifically in relation to the subject of, any and everyone in prison for the commercial use and/or consumption of cannabis or “marijuana” with direct reparations apportioned to those individuals now returning to society, including the expungement of those individuals’ records.

  10. Rehabilitating, including exonerating and expunging the records pertaining to the subject hereof, those affected and effected by the epidemic of substance abuse, particularly the opioids heroin, cocaine and crack-cocaine, manufactured, managed and militarized through the United States’ “War on Drugs” to which enforced unequal and unjust racial and class based sentences on the communities of the aforementioned thereafter.

  11. Rehabilitating African-American people and communities affected and effected by the alcoholism that liquor-lining, fortified by the red-lining of communities, that targeted low-income neighborhoods and: 

    1. created high densities of liquor stores in neighborhoods with no deference to the proximity to schools, parks and recreational spaces in the communities,

    2. drove retail stores, businesses, and supermarkets and grocery stores from those communities, decimating the local economy and creating local food deserts to which contributed to deepened poverty and degradation in those communities’ health and wellness,

    3. created high densities of liquor stores within close proximity to homes, disrupting the family unit and functionality as alcoholism, coupled with the “War on Drugs” is, in large, a chronological consequence of poverty and joblessness, to which liquor-lining, and red-lining, directly influenced.

  12. Educating the Philadelphia public of any new and significant findings as it relates to the reparation of African Americans.
  13. Recommending appropriate legislative remedies in consideration of the Reparation Commission’s findings on the matters described in this section. In making recommendations, the Reparations Commission shall address, among other issues, all of the following:
    1. How the recommendations comport with international standards of remedy for wrongs and injuries caused by the state, that include full reparations and special measures, as understood by various relevant international protocols, laws, and findings.
    2. How the City of Philadelphia should offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania for the participation in the human rights violations and crimes against humanity on the descendants of Africans enslaved in the United States.
    3. How city and state laws and policies continue to disproportionately and negatively affect people as a group and perpetuate the lingering material and psychosocial effects of colonialism can be eliminated.
    4. How the injuries resulting from matters described in this subdivision can be reversed and how to provide appropriate policies, programs, projects, and additional recommendations for the purpose of reversing the injuries.
    5. How, in consideration of the Reparation Commission’s findings, any form of compensation to African-Americans, with a special consideration for those who are descendants of ancestors enslaved in the United States of America, is calculated.
    6. What form of compensation should be awarded, through what instrumentalities, and how the aforementioned receive such compensation.
    7. How, in consideration of the Reparations Commission’s findings, any other forms of rehabilitation or restitution to the aforementioned is warranted and what form and scope those measures should take.