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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?

The film will be followed by a panel with Robin Rue Simmons, the subject of the film, and Nkechi Taifa, a national reparations activist, moderated by Linda Adams, a leader and racial justice activist in the DMV’s Jewish community.

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

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

Schedule

Monday, June 17, 2024

7:00 PM Cafritz Hall
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