[Colonialism Reparation] Newsletter 05/20

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United States of America - Slavery

The request for reparation of slavery has developed in the United States of America since its abolition in 1865.

In the same year, shortly after the Civil War and the defeat of the Confederate States, General William Tecumseh Sherman issued pitched Special Order Number 15 to work around the problem of the masses of freed slaves. Each family was given 40 acres of arable land and a mule which the army didn't need anymore. About 40,000 freed slaves were settled on 1600 square kilometers in Georgia and South Carolina. President Andrew Johnson, however, cancelled the order immediately after the assassination of Lincoln and the land was returned to large landowners.

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Colonialism Reparation

Some religious institutions promote reparations

On May 4, 1969 James Forman, spokesman for the National Black Economic Development Conference (NBEDC), presented in the Christian church of Riverside in New York, United States, the Black Manifesto asking the white Christian churches and Jewish synagogues for five hundred million dollars of compensations for the African American population.

In the following decades there were occasional apologies by some religious institutions.

On December 8, 2000 the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, the Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross and the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Kentucky, United States, apologized for the use of slaves in the 19th century.

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The end of the Empire

This is a Global Pandemic – Let’s Treat it as Such” by Adam Hanieh it is our choice for you.

“… And let us not harbour any illusions that these intersecting crises might bring an end to structural adjustment or the emergence of some kind of ‘global social democracy’. As we have repeatedly seen over the last decade, capital frequently seizes moments of crisis as a moment of opportunity – a chance to implement radical change that was previously blocked or appeared impossible.”...

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