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Danny Glover, national activists converge on Evanston as city funds reparations with cannabis tax | Chicago Sun Times

Danny Glover, national activists converge on Evanston as city funds reparations with cannabis tax | Chicago Sun Times

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The north suburb, with its historic passage last month of legislation creating a $10 million reparations fund seeded by cannabis sales, drew activists and scholars to a “Reparations Town Hall” Wednesday night, keynoted by actor Danny Glover.

Actor Danny Glover told an Evanston town hall Wednesday night the Chicago suburb will go down in history as having led the way in the reparations movement with its groundbreaking legislation funding amends for African Americans with a cannabis sales tax.

On Nov. 25, the Evanston City Council passed a proposal by Ald. Robin Rue Simmons establishing a $10 million reparations fund making amends to its African American population for historic wrongs traced to racial inequities in the affluent north suburb.

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“This is an extraordinary moment for us to celebrate, no doubt about that. Those who worked in support of this have stood in the fire to make this happen,” Glover told a standing-room-only crowd of over 500 gathered at Evanston’s First Church of God


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