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Juneteenth Screening: The Big Payback

Date : Monday, June 17, 2024

For the first time in American history, a tax-funded reparations bill targeted for Black Americans is passed in Evanston, IL. The film follows the fight of rookie alderman Robin Rue Simmons as she leads the community in an uphill battle to obtain this ‘big payback’. 

Overview

For the first time in American history, a tax-funded reparations bill targeted for Black Americans is passed in Evanston, IL. The film follows the fight of rookie alderman Robin Rue Simmons as she leads the community in an uphill battle to obtain this ‘big payback’. 

Meanwhile, in Washington DC, the formidable Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee continues the fight to pass HR 40: a national bill to examine the merits of introducing reparations for slavery to African Americans.

Together, they pressure the government to deliver monetary justice and appropriate remedies for Black Americans harmed by centuries of chattel slavery, state-sponsored terrorism, systemic injustice, and corporate exploitation. Will the debt ever be addressed, or is it too late for a reparations movement to finally get the big payback?

We are delighted to present a post-screening conversation with Founder and Executive Director of FirstRepair Robin Rue Simmons and activist Nkechi Taifa, moderated by Linda Adams, a racial justice advocate in the DMV’s Jewish community.

About the Edlavitch DCJCC’s Center for Social Responsibility:
The Center for Social Responsibility offers both hands-on volunteer opportunities as well as learning about systemic inequality in our communities. At the core of our work is Judaism’s sacred mandate to create justice and repair the world. Join us at www.edcjcc.org/volunteer.

Co-sponsors:
Adas Israel Congregation
Bet Mishpachah
B’nai Israel Congregation
Linda Adams
Sixth & I
Washington Hebrew Congregation

  • Dirs. Erika Alexander and Whitney Dow | 85 min
  • Documentary | USA | 2023
  • English

About our Panel

Robin Rue Simmons is the Founder and Executive Director of FirstRepair, a not-for-profit organization that informs local reparations, nationally. Previously, Rue Simmons was the 5th Ward Alderman for the City of Evanston, IL, when she led, in collaboration with others, the passage of the nation’s first government- funded Black reparations legislation. Rue Simmons is also a commissioner of the National African-American Reparations Commission (NAARC), a board member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), and a board member of Evanston’s Connections for the Homeless. She previously served as a board member for the National League of Cities’ National Black Caucus of Local Elected Leaders and as the President of the Evanston Black Business Alliance.

Nkechi Taifa is founder, principal and CEO of The Taifa Group LLC, a social enterprise firm whose mission is to advance justice. The Taifa Group’s portfolio of client services has included coalition-building, convenings, government relations, meeting and retreat facilitation, strategic planning, and trainings. She is founder and convener emeritus of the Justice Roundtable – a broad network of advocacy groups advancing progressive justice system reform and serves as a Senior Fellow for the Center for Justice at Columbia University.  Nkechi serves on the governing board of the Corrections Information Council, an independent monitoring body that provides oversight over the conditions of District residents imprisoned throughout the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the D.C. Department of Corrections. She is a founding member of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA), and an inaugural commissioner of the National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC). 

Linda Adams has been a racial and social justice advocate as a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation for over thirty years. She is currently the Co-leader of the Jews of Color Affinity Group at WHC and a recent inductee as an At-Large Board member to the Jewish Federation. She is a core team member of SEA Change DMV, a coalition of area synagogues partnering with local social justice organizations to effect systemic changes.

Schedule

Monday, June 17, 2024

7:00 PM Cafritz Hall
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