The New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is appealing for financial aid to support its bid for reparations for African Americans.
“We’re on the move, but we have a problem” said Dr. Ron Daniels, IBW president and convener of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) in a letter to “Friends in the Struggle.” “IBW does not have a budget for NAARC or Area / Regional Hearings / Town Hall Meetings.
“Lack of funding has been serious a weakness of the reparations movement, and we cannot expect corporations or foundations to fund it,” he added. “Thus far, we have managed by appealing directly to the people to donate to cover the costs of various events. We urgently need financial support to cover the expenses of the Reparations Gathering in New Orleans and funds to push on to the next Hearing and Town Hall Meeting.
“Accordingly, we are appealing to our friends and supporters to help IBW raise a minimum of $15,000 in the next 30 days for the New Orleans Gathering. We are also planning a Benefit Reception in New Orleans to raise $15,000 or more.”
Specifically, Daniels said IBW need funds for air travel and lodging for Samia Nkrumah, daughter of Kwame Nkrumah, who has taken on reparations as a cause and will be one of our special Guests — $2,500; lodging and catering for NAARC Commissioners and representatives from Colombia, South America, Jamaica and France — $7,500; and the cost of livestreaming parts of the gathering, transportation and venues for the various events — $5,000.
“When we raise $15,000 through this appeal and another $15,000 in New Orleans, we will have a modest amount to begin organizing the next Area/Regional Hearing and Town Hall Meeting on the West Coast,” Daniels said. “This is not a lot of money, but achieving this modest goal will be extremely helpful to IBW as we administer and coordinate the work of NAARC moving forward.”
He disclosed that Dr. Julius Garvey and Dr. Leonard Jeffries, two iconic Pan Africanist leaders and stalwart supporters of reparations have donated $500 each in support of this appeal.
“We are asking as many of our supporters who can afford it to match their tax-deductible donation or give more if you are able,” Daniels urged. “However, every tax – deductible donation in whatever amount is deeply appreciated. Reparations is an issue whose time has come. Help IBW and NAARC keep pushing the movement forward.”
He said the issue of reparations for African Americans for centuries of enslavement and generations of discrimination, exclusion and oppression through legal segregation in the south and de facto segregation “up south” has never been such a topic of discussion, debate and possibilities than now.
Daniels noted that the heads of state of the 15 nations that comprise the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have voted unanimously to demand reparations from the former colonizers for genocide against the indigenous people and African enslavement.
He said a CARICOM Reparations Commission has been formed – which has developed a 10-Point Reparations Program.
“This is a major development which has given a huge boost to the global reparations movement, including the United States,” Daniels said.
Inspired by the courageous move by CARICOM, he said IBW called on a number of scholars, activists and organizers to form NAARC, which has developed a Preliminary 10-Point Program for Reparations for African Americans.
Daniels said NAARC’s goal is to take the 10-Point Program to the people for review, comment and recommendations through a series of Area/Regional Hearings and Town Hall Meetings.
He said the successful first Hearing / Town Hall Meeting was in Atlanta, Ga in June 2016, and the second one will be held from Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 in New Orleans.