The People’s Organization For Progress (POP) will have a Reparations For African Americans March and Rally, Saturday, June 23, 2018, at 12 noon at the Lincoln Statue, 2 Springfield Avenue in Newark, New Jersey.
The statue is located in front of the historic Essex County Courthouse at intersection of West Market Street and Springfield Avenue in Newark. There will be a rally at the statue after the march.
“The purpose of the march is to make public our demand that African Americans receive reparations for the damage done to us by slavery and the related forms of racial oppression, exploitation, discrimination, injustice and violence stemming from it,” said Lawrence Hamm, Chairman, People’s Organization For Progress.
“We are also marching to demand that Congress ratify H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans,” Hamm said.
POP wants New Jersey’s Congressional Representatives to become co-sponsors of the bill. The group would like to see a similar bill passed by the New Jersey State Legislature, and supporting resolutions passed by county freeholder boards and municipal councils because slavery existed in this state.
“Passage of H.R. 40 would be a major and meaningful first step toward reparations for African Americans in the United States,” he said.
For more information contact POP at 973 801-0001.
H.R. 40 was first introduced in Congress in January, 1989, by then Rep. John Conyers.