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Pan-african forum on reparations in Brooklyn

Maryam Abdul-Aleem | 10/10/2013, 4:33 p.m.

Finally the reparations movement in the U.S. is gaining tremendous momentum, largely from the Caribbean Community’s [CARICOM] unified declaration for reparations at their July summit in Trinidad and the First CARICOM Reparations Conference, held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last month. Subsequently, Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St. Vincent, has spoken to our community in Harlem and Brooklyn, providing updates on the outcome of the conference and leading a call for solidarity in the international reparations movement.

As a continuation of the work, there will be a reparations forum on Friday, Oct. 11 at Sistas’ Place, located at 456 Nostrand Ave. at the corner of Jefferson Avenue in Brooklyn, at 6 p.m. The keynote speaker will be David Comissiong Esq. of the Reparations Committee in Barbados. Comissiong has been at the forefront of the reparations movement for decades, and he has recently published the book “It’s the Healing of the Nation: The Case for Reparations in an Era of Recession and Colonization.”

Additional guest speakers will include Roger Wareham Esq. of the December 12th Movement International Secretariat and Cikiah Thomas of the Global African Congress of Canada. For more information, call 718-398-1766.