The Activist Files

The Activist Files is a podcast by the Center for Constitutional Rights where we feature the stories of people on the front lines fighting for justice, including activists, lawyers, and artists. We interview movement partners, our clients, and people using storytelling to create change, and look to highlight lesser known aspects of the work. Listen to our latest episode here, or subscribe through your iPhone podcast app, or directly on iTunes or Spotify!

January 15, 2020

On episode 22 of “The Activist Files,” Donita Judge, Center for Constitutional Rights’ associate executive director, talks about reparations for Blacks with Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the National African American Reparations Commission, and past executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights, and Marbre Stahly-Butts, executive director of Law 4 Black Lives and a member of the leadership team of the Movement For Black Lives Policy Table, who helped develop the Vision for Black Lives Policy Platform.

Ron and Marbre discuss their respective platforms that demand for reparations for Black people – how they overlap and differ; the shifts in H.R. 40, the Commission to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African-Americans Act; how tools, such as The New York Times’ 1619 Project and Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “The Case for Reparations” published in The Atlantic, have caused a surge in the reparations movement; and the obligation to continue the work for reparations for Black people based on the legacy of activists who have been in this space since before the Civil War.    


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