AUDIO INTERVIEWS & VIDEOS
Laura Coates SiriusXM Interview
Black Power, Black Lawyer
The conversation about reparations for American chattel slavery is increasingly noticeable, compelling and urgent to many people and institutions in our country. The ABA is part of the conversation, in that ABA policy supports a commission to study reparations. Notwithstanding the many challenges of getting started, and the "slippery slope" arguments that can easily derail a productive dialogue, the conversation is progressing and gaining momentum. We have a wealth of new ideas, new language and new ways of describing our society, all of which are fortifying the work of reparations advocates and changing hearts and minds on this topic. This panel brings together speakers who educate us about: 1. societal responses to gross human rights injustices around the world; 2. the US history of efforts to face, make amends and direct redress for chattel slavery; 3. a current-day example of a municipality or institution undertaking a reparations program; 4. an economic perspective; and 5. legal frameworks for reparations. We are not debating whether to have a reparations conversation. We are having it. We are studying reparations. This conversation is action, to educate, memorialize, make whole and prevent continuing and future harm. Panelists include: - Keeshea Turner Roberts – Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney, Fair Housing Clinic, Howard University School of Law - Nkechi Taifa – Founder and Principal, The Taifa Group, LLC; Member, National African American Reparations Commission; Founding Member, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA) - Anna Myriam Roccatello – Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs, International Center for Transitional Justice - Barrett Holmes Pitner (Moderator) – Founder and Philosopher-In-Chief, The Sustainable Culture Lab; Lecturer at George Washington University; Contributor to The Daily Beast and the BBC
Delivery in 2009 of 21,000 Crack the Disparity Petitions to Congress.
On May 28, 2009 Color of Change partnered with the Crack the Disparity coalition of the Justice Roundtable to deliver 21,000 petitions to Congress urging the end to the 100 to 1 crack/powder disparity. Although the following year, 2010, Congress passed the Fair Sentencing Act which reduced the disparity to 18:1 the injustice was not eliminated. That fight is still on today. The Equal Act must become law now!
Reparations Roundup #8 Taifa discusses Harvard $100million reparations pledge & the missing element.
Harvard University has acknowledged enslaving over 70 Black and Native peoples, issued a comprehensive report detailing the many ways the institution benefited from the enslavement era and its continuing vestiges with recommendations for amends, and has pledged $100M for repair. But, a key element appears missing. Taifa discusses that key element.
Blast from the Past! Taifa’s 2017 remarks on justice policy - Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson presiding.
As part of an Oct. 27, 2017 symposium at GW Law Scool, Nkechi Taifa presents on criminal justice policy and reform, with then US District Court Judge, now US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, listening intently as she presides over and moderates the panel, The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society 50 Years Later.
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