Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
Co-Sponsor H.R. 40
“Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act”
James E. Clyburn, Jerrold Nadler, Bennie G. Thompson, Elijah Cummings, Adam Smith, Eliot L. Engel, Frank Pallone, John Yarmuth, Jose E. Serrano, Jim Cooper, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Bobby Rush, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Danny Davis, Janice
Schakowsky, Gregory Meeks, Donald Payne, Barbara Lee, Gwen Moore, G.K. Butterfield, Henry C. Johnson, Yvette Clarke, Al Green, Cedric L. Richmond, Karen Bass, Steve Cohen, Frederica S. Wilson, Terri A. Sewell, Joyce Beatty, Alan S. Lowenthal, Tulsi Gabbard,
Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna, Dwight Evans, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Alma Adams, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Suzanne Bonamici, Andre Carson, Brenda Lawrence, Eric Swalwell, Sean Casten, Adriano Espaillat
Organizations Supporting H.R. 40
Alliance for Democracy, American Association of University Women, American Civil Liberties Union, Association of Black Psychologist,
California American Friends Service Committee, Coalition of Labor Union Women, Communication Workers of America, Council of Independent Black Institutions, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., International Association of Black Firefighters, Lawyers Committee
for Civil Rights, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Association of Black Social Workers, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, National Baptist Convention, National Bar Association,
National Black Environmental Justice League, National Conference of Black Lawyers, National Conference of Black Political Scientists, National Lawyers Guild, National Political Congress of Black Women Inc., National Rainbow Push Coalition, National Urban League,
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, The Green Party, TransAfrica Forum, United Church of Christ, United Methodist Church General Board of Church and Society
I invite you to co-sponsor HR 40, the “Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act,” which
establishes a Commission to study reparation proposals and consider a national apology for the institution of slavery. This legislation was first introduced by retired Member
of Congress John Conyers of Michigan in 1989, and was intended to examine the institution of slavery in the colonies and the United States from 1619 to the present, and further recommend appropriate remedies.
HR40 is a first step toward addressing the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United
States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865. Approximately 4,000,000 Africans and their descendants were enslaved in the United States and colonies that became the United States from 1619 to 1865. The institution of slavery was constitutionally
and statutorily sanctioned by the Government of the United States from 1789 through 1865.
In the past, the focus on the social effects of slavery, segregation and its continuing economic implications had remained largely
ignored by mainstream analysis. These economic issues are the root cause of many critical issues in the African-American community today, such as education, healthcare and criminal justice policy, including policing practices.
H.R. 40 represents a commitment to entering a constructive dialogue on the role of slavery and racism in shaping present-day conditions
both in our community and American society as a whole. Slavery is a blemish on this nation’s history, and until it is formally addressed, our country’s story will remain incomplete. It is with this hope that I ask you join me in co-sponsoring H.R. 40.
If you would like to cosponsor or have any questions, please contact Lillie Coney or Jaida Hampton of my staff at Lillie.Coney@mail.house.gov
or Jaida.Hampton@mail.house.gov at (202) 225-3816
Very truly yours,
Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress
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