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US and CARICOM Reparation Leaders to Meet Friday, Royals Antigua Visit Features Reparations Request

The New York-based Nationwide African American Reparations Fee (NAARC) says it would maintain a particular dialogue on Friday with members of the Caribbean Group (CARICOM) Reparations Fee (CRC).

“The two commissions will examine the current state of the reparations movements in both the United States and the Caribbean, and will explore a number of joint strategies and actions to strengthen the growing global movement in the months and years ahead,” the NAAC stated in a press release.

NAARC convener, Dr. Ron Daniels, stated “it is important that we reflect on the impact of the milestone 2015 International Summit, as we collaborate with the CARICOM Reparations Commission to explore ways to strengthen the global reparations movement at this crucial moment in history”.

NAARC was launched in April 2015, when an estimated 200 reparations leaders from 22 nations got here collectively “in a strong show of international solidarity” on the Nationwide/Worldwide Reparations Summit at York Faculty, Metropolis College of New York.

NAARC stated the spotlight of the summit was “a productive in-person dialogue” between members of CRC and the brand new NAARC commissioners.

“Overall, the 2015 summit provided a powerful stimulus to the initiatives across Africa, Europe and Latin America,” stated NAARC, including that it’s now “a group of distinguished professionals from across the country with outstanding accomplishments in the fields of law, medicine, journalism, academia, history, civil rights, and social justice advocacy.”

The formation of NAARC got here lower than two years after the launch of CRC at a summit of CARICOM leaders in 2013 in Trinidad & Tobago.

Since then, the CRC has been chaired by Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, vice-chancellor of the College of the West Indies.

“NAARC and CRC are joined at the hip in running this common race to justice. We have been training together, sharing experiences and wisdom, and preparing for the long future,” Sir Hilary stated, including “but this moment before us is a time for deeper sharing and reflecting (and) we shall meet to sustain our souls for the struggle ahead”.

Impressed by the CRC’s 10-point Motion Plan, NAARC stated it has revealed its personal 10-point Plan, which outlines a collection of public coverage calls for.

Friday’s particular dialogue might be held nearly, the NAARC added.

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Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex

The chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Assist Fee. Dorbrene O’Marde says he’ll use the go to of two members of the British royal household later this month to current an open letter on reparation.

“Essentially, it supports the positions taken by other…people as far as the issue of reparation is concerned and the inability of the absence of an apology from the Crown both as family and as an institution for their role in the enslavement of African people in the slave trade and in the slavery of African people,” O’Marde stated on a neighborhood radio program.

Prince Edward and Sophie Countess of Wessex are as a consequence of go to Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the course of the interval April 22-28.

The royal couple might be friends at Authorities Home on the morning of April 25 for an occasion dubbed ‘Showcasing our Nation; Saluting Our People’.

The go to is in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s historic Platinum Jubilee because the longest-serving British monarch and titular head of the Antiguan and Barbudan state.

They would be the second pair of royals to tour the area as a part of Jubilee celebrations; Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, lately wrapped up their Caribbean tour throughout which they visited Belize, Jamaica, and the Bahamas the place the subject of reparation had been raised

O’Marde stated that whereas the Fee can be supporting the requires reparation, it would even be guided by the truth that the royal couple’s go to might be within the context of them being “representatives of our head of state, Queen Elizabeth11.

“The Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Commission is a government-appointed Commission and the decision of the government that appointed this Commission is the invitation of these folks to visit Antigua and Barbuda”.

He stated that it might be St. John’s that may have prolonged the invitation to the royals to go to including “so they are invited to come here”.

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