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Poor little Dinesh.

Just as wrong & confused as ever. Activists HAVE been targeting the slaveholding legacy of Douglas for years at the University of Chicago (a place he founded in 1856). Two monuments to him there just came down.

A @KevinMKruse style dunk on Douglas/Dinesh
For me it all started here with @TheRAUC's piece on @BlkPerspectives detailing the University of Chicago's ties to slavery via Stephen A. Douglas's 3000 acre cotton plantation in Lawrence County, Mississippi.… #Twitterstorians #BlkTwitterstorians
That work was then peer-reviewed multiple times (both formally and informally) and was then published at the @JAAHistory which is the oldest and most storied academic journal for African American history in the world. Here is the full piece:
But...… @ASALH
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“Lower home ownership depresses voter turnout and homeownership for Black Americans has been declining for the past 15 years. Clearly this year is going to be a very high turnout election, but having said that, Black Americans will still be uniquely disadvantaged.” (SHORT THREAD)
According to a new study by Rugh published in Race and Social Problems, Black homeownership has fallen to the lowest level since the 1968 Fair Housing Act. [H]omeownership is strongly tied to voter turnout, even after controlling for other factors.…
Neither education, income, nor credit explain this divide, Rugh finds. For example, Rugh cites research that reports that Black college graduates remain less likely to own their homes than White Americans without a high school diploma. 3/
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.@JusticeDefend just published a report analyzing the draft #Yazidi Survivors Reparation Law, Iraq's first attempt at addressing harms arising from the IS conflict specifically. The bill had its first reading last year & currently awaits a second and third reading before voted on
However, the bill was initially drafted with little survivor input, causing important measures demanded by the survivors to be left out. Effective consultations w survivors and amendment of the bill accordingly are crucial steps to be taken prior to putting the bill to vote
In its report, available in Arabic & English, ABA Center for Human Rights provides detailed explanations & recommendations for better compliance w int'l standards on #reparations, as well as a draft bill exemplifying what those suggestions could look like…
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There is a strange, nonsensical phrase about charity that we say almost exclusively in church. Whenever we talk about doing direct service, I hear this phrase: "Feeding the homeless." People say it without blinking. 1/12
If you said "clothing the hungry," or "giving the naked a drink of water," people would look at you funny. But we will say "feeding the homeless" all the time. Because addressing the primary need, the thing that defines homelessness, is almost unthinkable. 2/12
During the housing crisis, it was often pointed out that there were more houses sitting empty due to foreclosure than there were homeless persons in the United States. And still, people talked about "feeding the homeless." 3/12
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Establishment Psychopathy: a selection of evidence setting out some of the ways in which colonial violence & structural racism continue to privilege our “ruling class”... [thread of threads] 🧐✊🌹🇪🇺 #ColonialViolence #BritishEmpire #ReparationsNow #BlackLivesMatter Image
The magnificent #BlackLivesMatter protests are proof of structural racism around the world... This thread ⬇️ shows how the UK Establishment still benefits from slave money, and why it will ALWAYS resist a proper discussion of #history. 😖✊🌹🇪🇺 #Colston #Slavery #RhodesMustFall
Colonial wrongdoing was often rewarded with wealth and a peerage… Our ludicrous system means that this chap #Trenchard ⬇️ gets to make our laws in part because his grandfather liked to burn villages in #Nigeria. 😧✊🌹🇪🇺🇳🇬 #SystemChange #ToriesOut #COVID19
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To my #LGBT brothers and sisters.

Understand, this win WOULD NOT have been made possible WITHOUT the original Civil Rights Bill that was introduced for the 400 years of systemic oppression towards #BLACKAMERICANS, despite sexual orientation.
So, while we celebrate, understand this does nothing in regard to true equity for those who are LGBT and Black in America.
The question: Will the majority of the LGBT movement get behind the fight for #Reparations? My answer? No, because history dictates otherwise in regard to the sparse support Black America gets from the LGBT movement.
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After ~6yrs of consistent & positive engagement with the community, organizations, & press on behalf of Google, I suddenly went dark just as I had achieved a significant milestone in my career: heading the DC office for @pinterest, leading federal policy for the company. 2/
What should have been a moment of pride and the beginning of a long journey achieving federal and social impact wins for the company, Pinners, and the communities it serves instead marked a period of glaringly unfair pay, intense discrimination, and terrifying retaliation. 3/
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D.C. | Congressional Black Caucus Foundation incorporated non-profit, *see salaries #CBCF

"established as a non-partisan research institute by members of the Congressional Black Caucus & others to promote African Americans' involvement in the national political process" #Grants
The Foundation
Fundraising & corporate partners support CBCF programs.
Activities are funded by hosting an Annual Legislative Conference each SEP

Fundraising arm: Congressional Black Caucus Spouses | US Congress raises about $60M/YR

ie: SHOP Student Home Ownership Program
1981 | Expansion of the group resulted from a change in the House Administration Committee rules governing caucuses

The Foundation is organized as a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy, research & educational institute with an office located near Dupont Circle in Washington DC
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A thread about Establishment wealth, reparations, & why the Tories will *always* defend the statues of slavers & Empire racists… 🤨✊🌹🇪🇺 #Colston #reparations #ColonialViolence #resist #slavery #BlackLivesMatter
This chap is Richard Drax, Tory MP for South Dorset since 2010. His full name is Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, and he comes from a long line of Tory MPs and other assorted Establishment figures over the centuries. 😋✊🌹🇪🇺 #Drax #ScroogeMcDuck
He owns c14,000 acres of Dorset, making him the largest private landowner in the county. Pic shows his country seat, Charborough House. 🧐 #NiceGaff #Dorset #CountryLife
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a story about the weaponization of urban space & racialization of the public sphere at Christopher Columbus Park on Boston's Waterfront

a thread

(its long sorry) 🖤
since the genocidal symbolism & violent representation of Columbus as uncivil public edifice r clearly not enough 2 convince public officials about permanent removal of Columbus statue in Boston & c they're deciding behind closed doors of 'historical meaning'. Facts first:
The park was originally named Waterfront Park in 1976 after a nearly 30-year intensive process of planning the waterfront. It was not originally called Christopher Columbus (that expedited corrupt process is exposed further down)
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A thread: I present the argument for why we have to initiate a class action lawsuit against the US Gov/CBC. Both are stonewalling us on the issue and the CBC has made it obvious that they, even now, are going to continue to spin us when it comes to actual POLICY/LEGISLATION
They are content to offer us little more than empty gestures and the question is, are we still content to accept this or are we willing to go around them to get this done? You can find the full article here: @FoundationalC @DeeTubman @tariqnasheed #FBA
The disclaimer exists because of unwarranted, unsolicited talking points from people like @Nestride who have no idea what theyre even talking about and should have left both themselves and their worship of white people out of our conversation. @BreakingBrown @tonetalks #ADOS
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.@WhipClyburn proposed a race-neutral anti-poverty program a decade ago. Presidential candidates recast it as compensation for slavery.

My latest #reparations story ahead of the #SCPrimary…
@WhipClyburn Clyburn's program, known as 10-20-30, allocates 10% of funding from any given federal program to counties where 20 percent of the population has lived below the poverty line for 30 years. That includes the rural, Southern "Black Belt" as well as white communities in Appalachia.
@WhipClyburn But the formula skips over many urban, high-poverty, predominantly black neighborhoods that exist within wealthier counties -- including parts of Columbia, SC, Detroit, Atlanta, Cleveland, Oakland and Montgomery, AL, according to a @washingtonpost analysis.
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Another campaign has bit the dust and this time it is Andrew Yang's campaign. Now, it is time to focus once again on @JoeBiden. But, before that, I would like to make this Twitter thread on 10 things that I won't miss about @AndrewYang and the #Yanggang.
@JoeBiden @AndrewYang 1) The Blatant disrespect of MLK's legacy and conflating MLK's stance on reparations for that of a UBI;
@JoeBiden @AndrewYang 2) Putting out a video of mostly Black Immigrants portraying themselves as mostly #ADOS and trending #BlacksforYang
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#Epstein #Maxwell #Wexner #JPMorgan #slavery #humanrights #drugtrafficking #cocaine #humanslavery #humantrafficking #reparations

Let's talk about JP Morgan (Jeffrey Epstein's bank) for a minute.

In 2005 JP Morgan admitted it owned slaves.
Citizens Bank and Canal Bank in Louisiana, which were ultimately acquired by JP Morgan, accepted approximately 13,000 slaves as collateral and took ownership of approximately 1250 between 1831 and 1865, according to
a memo to employees from CEO and Chairman William Harrison and President James Dimon aka Jamie Dimon.

PLEASE notice that when the press finally publishes information about high profile crimes the first name is usually different than the known name.…
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A thread—Black shields, White cover:

(1 of 6)After this election, there are a lot a Black celebrities and Black political pundits who should never be trusted again. If they are not fighting for #ADOS justice, they are part of the plan to continue our oppression.
(2 of 6)If they are endorsing a candidate while not advocating for a #blackagenda that includes #Reparations, then their role is to sell us down the river and/or provide cover for those who want us to remain a bottom caste.
(3 of 6) Think about this: Iowa is only 3.5 percent Black. Nonetheless, we’ve seen several Black surrogates in Iowa giving speeches. Ask yourself why?
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But for what, exactly?

For #EconomicJustice, #RacialJustice, #EnvironmentalJustice, #EducationalJustice...and so much more.

But if you put your faith in a leader to get it done, it will all fail. As it always has.

So what do we do? WE get it done. #AllOfUs 1/
A leader, an elected official, an activist, can have all manner of good intentions. Their heart can be in the right place. They can advocate for the right policies. They can have all the right answers. They can fight for the right things.

But they’re just 1 person. 2/
It’s not reasonable to throw one person, no matter who that is, no matter how “great“ you think they are, up against the most massive corporate machine the #Oligarchy has ever been able to produce in the history of the world and expect that they can pass the agenda you want. 3/
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When I see someone refer to ADOS as trash... a Thread:

In today’s world of social media, the game is about influence—not substance. Companies and political operatives are looking to see who can move the people towards their product or towards their objective...
Politics is an objective based field, with the primary objective being who can make money and how it is made. The second objective is how to divide the money generated.
Many of the so-called “influencers” are merely vying for the fruits that come with proving they can influence Black folks. For example, folks tweet about Trump all day to show the DNC that they can be counted on to carry the water...
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🤦🏻‍♂️.... ok, this has been going on for two days, now, and showing no signs of stopping. So, let’s be clear:

2 days ago, CNN “Reported” that 4 unnamed Warren staffers say that, over a year ago, Bernie told Warren that “A woman can’t win the Presidency”. 1/
....four decades of evidence of Sanders saying exactly the opposite, and the fact that he encountered Warren to run in the 2016 election means nothing to CNN, it seems.... 2/
This, it seems, is ‘journalism’. What passes for hair salon gossip is just as good as real news on what we’re told to believe is a real new station. CNN bristled at being called ‘fake news’ but thinks gossip is the same thing as journalism? Ok....3/
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Good evening family.

This thread is likely to get long, possibly VERY long, & it might meander a bit.

With my latest round of work, I want to have a conversation about *doing the work,* and what that means. #ADOS (1/)
I want to talk about a subject that is absolutely going to matter as we work in local chapters with engagement, or as we attend meetings in city halls or gov't venues in your state...

The power of Political Framing and language. #ADOS (2/)
A critical part of this work as we continue to mobilize & organize in this fight for #reparations and #BlackAgenda is developing a "language for liberation."

We have a moral view which is our #ADOS framework, & our demands for public policy should filter through this lens. (3/)
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Here it is. "100,000 Days A Year" illustrates the links between the Merrimack Manufacturing Company's cotton textile mills and the slave labor camps along the Mississippi River. Thank you to Madeline Dall for her artistry. Read more about this project below.
Why: This project grew out of an attempt to summarize three books about the "new history" of capitalism, which focuses on how slavery in the USA was an essential feature of the origins of modern industrial capitalism.
Instead of writing something, I designed this visualization and hired an illustrator. I tried to put all the elements of the process on one page. Hoping it can be used as a learning aide for people interested in this period of history.
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Blacks have always practiced Group Economics. Mound Bayou, MS was founded by former Slave Benjamin Montgomery in 1867. It was one of the earliest Self Governing Black Communities in America. It covered 846 acres of land. #ADOSPolitics… @NPRmelissablock
The problem that Blacks have had throughout history is a lack of Political Capital that protect their economic interests. Mound Bayou, MS is a perfect example of why a political framework is so important. #ADOSPolitics @BennieGThompson @jerameyanderson…
To add context to the Political repercussions of not having agency, more than half of the 98% Black population in Mound Bayou, MS live below the Poverty Level. They have a population of 1,408.
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1. I would support #reparations but the fact is that is not likely to happen in the time I have left. But what can happen and will correct much of the harm our apartheid system caused is to establish that a child born in poverty in Alabama, West Virginia, NY or Montana has a
2. right to a quality education that is not determined by the wealth or ethnic make up of their community. @BarackObama went to the same school as my son. He got the best education available in the United States and achieved the greatness that he was destined
3. to achieve. That would not have happened if he was struggling in an inferior school. Brown v. Board of Ed. was a promise that as never met. Make quality education a human right for all and America will retain its leadership.
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Thanks to a group of TRIAL donors, all donations between now and Sunday will be doubled! Join the #FightAgainstImpunity and #donate today! #MatchFunding
Looking for reasons to support TRIAL in its fight against impunity?
Here are a few taken from recents weeks:
1. We briefed the UN #SecurityCouncil on the question of #justice and reconciliation in #Bosnia and Herzegovina (5 Nov.)…
2. Erwin #Sperisen, former chief of police of #Guatemala, will have to serve his 15-year prison sentence for complicity in 7 cases of #extrajudicialexecutions of prisoners. So has decided #Switzerland’s Supreme Court (26 Nov.)…
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It’s #GivingTuesday!
Here are 9 great reasons to support TRIAL.
Oops, 10 reasons actually, as 2 generous donors will match all donations up to a total of 30,000 USD!!!
Reason #1: Erwin #Sperisen, former chief of police of #Guatemala, will have to serve his 15-year prison sentence for complicity in 7 cases of #extrajudicialexecutions of prisoners. So has decided #Switzerland’s Supreme Court (26 Nov.)…
2. #DRC: three former militiamen, including the infamous warlord Kokodikoko, have been sentenced for #CrimesAgainstHumanity to between 15 years and life in prison. Hundreds of victims have been awarded reparations (19 Nov.)…
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