THE NDABA MOVEMENT NATIONAL REPARATIONS PETITION CAMPAIGN
HAS BEEN EXTENDED THROUGH MARCH 11, 2005!

A PETITION IN SUPPORT OF BLACK PEOPLE’S DEMAND
FOR REPARATIONS FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
AND OTHER PRIVATE AND PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS IN AMERICA


Whereas, we the undersigned people of African ancestry understand that various oppressed peoples have been paid reparations. Indigenous groups such as the Choctaw, Lakota, and Lambuth people have received reparations (and rightly so) for treaty violations that occurred before the emancipation of African Americans. Japanese Americans have received reparations for their inhumane incarceration in internment camps during WWII, as well as the Jews who received reparations after the Nuremberg trials.

Whereas, slavery and the slave trade are recognized by international human rights organizations, e.g., the United Nations, as “crimes against humanity” and as such there are no statutes of limitations against nations who are to pay for these crimes.

Whereas, we the undersigned understand that the demand for reparations for Black people in America is a demand for justice for years of injustice and inhumane treatment and not a request for a handout. Elected leaders and those seeking public office must recognize the elementary truth that slavery and historical patterns of discrimination, based on race, are the direct cause of continued increases in unemployment, substandard education, higher mortality, higher rates of incarceration, etc. for African Americans. Similarly rooted in slavery is the engrained psychosis of racism among White Americans.

We, above all others in America, have sacrificed the most for this country. It is clear at this hour in history that the major issue for Black people in the upcoming presidential election is restitution for a long standing debt of the United States Government owed to Black people in America since the end of the Civil War.

In 1898, one of the many petitions to Congress in support of slave pension (reparations) legislation stated,

It is in this spirit, as descendants of slavery in America, that we sign this petition in support of our just demand for reparations.

The Petitions will be submitted to the NDABA V Meeting on March 18 and 19, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia. The NDABA Movement will join N`COBRA’s “Year of Black Presence” lobbying efforts to the Congress of the United States in March 2005. The petitions will be formally submitted to the Congress of the United States during this N`COBRA lobbying campaign.

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