First City In The US Institutes Reparations

Robin Rue Simmons, alderman of the 5th Ward of Evanston, Illinois.

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A Chicago suburb on Monday approved a reparations program of housing grants to black residents, creating what has been hailed as the first government-funded slavery reparations program.

The Evanston, Illinois, City Council voted 8-1 to establish a $400,000 housing grant program, according to the Chicago Tribune. The program is targeted at remedying past housing discrimination in the city.

The project comes at a time when Congress is debating whether to create a federal commission on the issue of reparations for slavery.

Evanston has set aside $10 million in revenue from its marijuana sales tax for reparations-linked projects. This was the first to be approved.

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