Stein Observes Juneteenth with a Call for Racial Justice and Reparations for Slavery

(Philadelphia, PA) Jill Stein, the presumptive Green Party nominee for President, participated today in the Juneteenth observances in Philadelphia. The day marks when slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865 first learned of the Emancipation Proclamation from union soldiers.

"It is unfortunate that more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, African-Americans still have been denied equality in our country. We need to ensure that all Americans have access to housing, a living wage job, universal health care, and a free, quality education, including college. It is also time for the United States to deliver on the promise of reparations for the sins of slavery, a promise made in 1865," said Stein.

To address the issue of reparations, Stein supports the creation of a commission to study reparations proposals and make recommendations to Congress, as called for in HR40, sponsored by Cong. John Conyers. She supports a Truth and Reconciliation process for slavery similar to what was done for apartheid.

Stein also said she would enforce laws and strengthen policies against racial discrimination in jobs, education, housing (mortgages, rental housing), and criminal justice and against the growing segregation of housing and schools.

Stein also said if elected she will make Juneteenth Independence Day a National Day of Observance in the United States. Education and self-improvement have been consistent themes of Juneteenth celebrations.

In January of this year, a UN Working group on People of African Descent reported that "The colonial history, the legacy of enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism, and racial inequality in the US remains a serious challenge as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation… Ideology ensuring the domination of one group over another, continues to negatively impact the civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of African Americans today."

The UN group cited "the persistent gap in almost all the human development indicators, such as life expectancy, income and wealth, level of education, housing, employment and labor, and even food security, among African-Americans and the rest of the US population," and pointed to police killings, the criminalization of poverty, environmental racism, discriminatory voter ID laws and schools' insufficient teaching about the history of slavery as constituting a human rights crisis that must be addressed.

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  • MalishaBobbi Green
    followed this page 2016-08-04 23:35:27 -0400
  • Joni LeViness
    commented 2016-06-20 16:10:27 -0400
    Jay, to be sure!
    So much needs to be changed, especially in regards to education towards critical thinking rather than standardized tests, Towards solutionaries rather than robots and it all begins with knowing our history. Take Tulsa 1921 Race Massacre. Never taught in our schools or even mentioned until the Reconcilliation and Reparations Committee insisted upon the truth and would not let go. Even still there’s much ignorance, some of it willful some just uninformed.
  • Jay Lindberg
    commented 2016-06-20 07:19:22 -0400
    Being from Charleston SC, the Southern capital of the slave trade, I can state that there is a hell of a lot that was left of our history books. Our history books got a lot of it wrong and that is intentional.
  • Joni LeViness
    commented 2016-06-18 12:47:50 -0400
    “It is unfortunate that more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, African-Americans still have been denied equality in our country. We need to ensure that all Americans have access to housing, a living wage job, universal health care, and a free, quality education, including college. It is also time for the United States to deliver on the promise of reparations for the sins of slavery, a promise made in 1865,” said Stein.
    This is a Powerful statement, and knowing Dr. Stein’s integrity, made with the full intention of follow thru. It’s amazing not only what you can Promise when you’re not “of the Corporate Parties” but equally amazing at what a President can Actually accomplish. Even as the media would have us believe the schizophrenic view that “Voting Against the Greater Evil is of Paramount importance” while excusing Presidents for NOT representing the People’s will by saying “The office of POTUS has their hands tied”….“Honestly!”, "Obama, could have bailed out the student debt through quantitative easing, instead of tripling the bailout to WallStreet Banksters who only increased their salaries and bonuses even as 10’s of 1,000’s of people were foreclosed upon….etc… etc… But couldn’t because of “Boogeyman Republicans”…march to fascism with the way we’re going…So much of what i hear from Drumph and Clinton really sounded better in it’s original German. Meanwhile….we who’ve awakened, Know true vision forward doesn’t Happen until you address Reparations both to the First Nation People and the African American people who are basically just as disenfranchised as they ever were. True intergenerational healing can go far through forgiveness, but without we who benefit on the oppression of these communities First Listening…listening Deeply and then having true dialog towards a Just reparation we will never move forward as a country in the regenerating way that’s needed. Peace through Justice, Peace through stillness and true listening, Peace through collaborative direct actions big and small (all are needed, especially a multitude of small at the community level. GP is all about Grassroots up, strength is in the Means. We Know that the means ARE the ends.