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P.O.P. RAISES CONTROVERSIAL REPARATIONS FLAG WITH MARCH AND TEACH-IN!
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 12:00 PM
WHERE: Corner of Broad & Market Street(s), Newark, NJ.
At the conclusion of the March and Rally, organizers will host a showing of the moving documentary “Before They Die” at the Newark Public Library. The documentary delineates the violent destruction of what was known as ‘Black Wall Street,’ a model Black community that thrived in spite of segregation, in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921, as told by the survivors of this horrendous event themselves.
For more information call (973) 801-0001
REPARATIONS POSITION STATEMENT
The Peoples Organization for Progress (POP) believes that the descendents of African enslaved in the United States and other parts of the western hemisphere have a legitimate claim to reparations for the cruelty and super exploitation that our ancestors suffered during centuries of slavery and 150 years of racist oppression and discrimination which followed emancipation.
We demand compensation to African Americans for the labor that millions of our ancestors were forced to give during the period of their enslavement, and the suffering and loss we have had to endure for generations due to its legacy. We demand that the United States recognize our legitimate claim to reparations. We demand that the process of compensation begin now!
“ABBOTT v. BURKE: REPARATIONS DENIED”
WHEN: Thursday, March 17, 2011, 7 PM – 8 PM
GUEST SPEAKER: Junius Williams, Esq., Director – Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University – Newark
WHERE: Abyssinian Baptist Church, 224 West Kenney Street, Newark, NJ 07103
For more information call: (973) 801-0001
The New Jersey Assembly Committee on Appropriations approved a resolution Jan. 3 to express an apology for the state’s role in slavery.
Payne said slaves, unlike other new arrivals to America, “weren’t welcomed by the Statue of Liberty.” He showed pictures depicting suffering slaves jammed into ship holds.
“Like it or not, New Jersey had a role in all of this,” Payne said. “There is much for the state to atone for.”
The measure was backed by Lawrence Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization For Progress, a Newark group that advocates against poverty and racism.
“It is the right thing to do,” Hamm said. “It is always the right thing to do to recognize when a wrong has been done and then take steps to correct that injustice.”