“Why We Can’t Wait”

The “Why We Can’t Wait” Campaign in support of the HR-40 bill is endorsed by dozens of organizations, associations and groups across the length and breadth of the USA. Below is a sampling of some of those organizations.

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About Campaign

The recent protests across the United States have ushered in a national reckoning on structural racism — and a sea change in attitudes. A clear majority support the protests and believe that racism is a serious issue in this country and that addressing it can’t wait. Americans are now more eager than ever to pull back the curtain on institutions to see whether they have helped to advance or stall racial progress, and Congress is no exception. One bill in particular can demonstrate support for meeting this moment in a reasonable, rational, and compassionate way: HR 40.

The current social movement, the largest in US history, is in response to problems that are 400-plus years in the making — issues intractably tied to the enslavement of Black people in America. Americans are increasingly aware that there is no way forward from the current strife without addressing one of the nation’s most enduring crimes against humanity. HR 40 would establish a commission to investigate the legacy of slavery and its ongoing harms as well as come up with proposals to Congress for financial redress and repair.

HR 40 is simply a first and reasonable step toward reconciliation — it is a commitment to truth-telling, studying and coming up with ideas to treat the disease, rather than a commitment to the treatment itself. The bill has been introduced for 30 years — yet for 30 years, it has languished. If the protests have demonstrated anything, it is that immediate action can longer wait.

  • HR 40 cannot wait, when Covid-19 is decimating Black Americans at more than twice the rate of their white counterparts, across all age groups and areas of the country.
  • HR 40 cannot wait, when Black infants are over twice as likely to die as white infants — making the disparity worse than it was in 1850, when Black people were enslaved.
  • HR 40 cannot wait, when heads of white households, who only have a high school diploma, are sitting on almost 10 times more wealth than Black households with the same level of education, and still if Black families did “everything right,” their advanced degree would accumulate less wealth than a white family with only a high school diploma and they’d be disproportionately denied mortgages and fair lending rates regardless of their incomes.
  • HR 40 cannot wait, when the gap between Black and white wealth is as large as it was in 1968.
  • HR 40 cannot wait, when school districts that serve higher populations of Black and brown students receive $23 billion less in funding compared to mostly white school districts.
  • HR 40 cannot wait, when Black students are overcriminalized in their schools, facing greater rates of suspension, expulsion, and arrest compared to their white peers, often for the same behaviors.
  • Don’t ask us to wait, when US governments’ infrastructure plans have racially segregated cities across the country, through “urban removal,” highway construction, restrictive zoning laws, and use of eminent domain, creating separate residential areas and conditions of life for Black people and white people.
  • Don’t ask us to wait, when even after the failed promise of “40 acres and a mule,” formerly enslaved Black people and their descendants owned 14 million acres of land, and today at least 90 percent of that land is not in their possession, due to systemic oppression, targeted racist violence, and an inequitable legal system.
  • Don’t ask us to wait, when dying cost more for Black people, as end-of-life care under Medicare is $7,100 more expensive for Black individuals compared to their white counterparts.
  • Don’t ask us to wait, when Black people are more than six times as likely as white people to languish behind bars for drug-related crimes, even though Black and white people use and sell drugs at similar rates.
  • Don’t ask us to wait, when 1 in 1,000 Black men and boys in America can expect to die at the hands of police, in a country where it’s rare for police officers to face legal consequences — and even rarer to face a conviction — for killing Black people.

We can’t get back those years and wages that Black people lost while in bondage and unfairly behind bars. We can’t recover the lives lost to systemic anti-blackness and heinous racial terror. We can’t undo the trauma that has wreaked havoc on Black communities and bodies. But what we can do is pass HR 40. It is what the moment requires. It is an opportunity to start moving America out of this deep quagmire of inequality and to finally make it whole.

Endorsed by the following organizations

  • 1863 Ventures
  • 1Hood Media
  • 4S Bay Partners
  • ACR Capital, LLC
  • ADDY PRODUCTIONS LLC
  • Adrian Dominican Sisters
  • African Ancestral Society
  • Alabama New South Coalition
  • Alabama Save OurSelves Movement for Justice and Democracy
  • Alchemy Space
  • Alianza Nacional de Campesinas
  • All Healers Mental Health Alliance
  • Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, Yale Law School
  • AME Zion Church
  • American Baptist Churches, USA
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • American Friends Service Committee
  • American Humanist Association
  • Amherst Mindfulness
  • Amnesty International USA
  • Amplify Action
  • Appeal Incorporated
  • Arise For Social Justice
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)
  • Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO
  • Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
  • Athlete Ally
  • Autistic Self Advocacy Network
  • AveryEden, LLC
  • Bayard Rustin Liberation Initiative
  • Bend the Arc: Jewish Action
  • Big&Chewy, LLC
  • Black Administrators in Child Welfare (BACW)
  • Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  • Black and Pink
  • Black and Pink, Boston
  • Black Mental Health Task Force
  • Black Millennials 4 Flint
  • Black Millennial Political Convention
  • Black Music Action Coalition (BMAC)
  • Blacks in Law Enforcement
  • Bleeker
  • Board of Aldermen City of New Bern, NC
  • Bon Secours Associates
  • Boston Workers Circle
  • Braxton Institute
  • Breakout
  • BreAtheWithMe Revolution
  • Brighter View Foundation
  • Broken Crayons still color
  • Bronze Investments, LLC
  • California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice
  • Center for Community Alternatives
  • Center for Disability Rights
  • Center for Gender & Refugee Studies
  • Center for LGBTQ Economic Advancement & Research
  • CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
  • Centro Legal de La Raza
  • Change The Ref
  • Chinese-American Planning Council
  • Chi-Town Impact
  • Council of Jewish Women
  • Children’s Defense Fund
  • Children’s Defense Fund – California
  • Children’s Defense Fund – Minnesota
  • Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
  • Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Church World Service
  • City of Durham, NC
  • City of Yonkers, NY
  • Collaborating Voices Foundation
  • Color of Change
  • Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
  • Community Healing Network, Inc.
  • Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, U.S. Provinces
  • Connecticut General Assembly
  • Creation Justice Ministries
  • Criminal Justice Policy Coalition, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Dance/NYC
  • Demand Progress
  • Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project
  • Disability Rights California
  • Disciples Center for Public Witness (Disciples of Christ)
  • Discovering U
  • Dominican Cultural Association of Yonkers
  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids
  • Dream Catcher Initiative Inc.
  • Drug Policy Alliance
  • Dynamic Force Productions, LLC
  • East Bay Community Law Center
  • Empowering Pacific Islander Communities (EPIC)
  • Evelution INC
  • Equality North Carolina
  • Faith Action Network – Washington State
  • Faith For Black Lives
  • Faith in Public Life
  • First Christian Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Fit, Fyne & Fabulous, LLC
  • Fred T. Korematsu Institute
  • FUSD Racial Justice Project
  • FUSD Reparations Group
  • Friends Committee on National Legislation
  • Giving Blueprint
  • Global Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School (for affiliation
    purposes)
  • GLSEN
  • Hawai’i Institute for Human Rights
  • HBCUNomics, LLC
  • HBCU Pride Nation
  • HBCU STEAM, LLC
  • HBCU Wall Street
  • Heart to Heart Coalition
  • Health in Justice Action Lab, Northeastern University School of Law
  • Henrose Cares, Inc
  • HERitage Giving Fund
  • Historic Vernon AME Church
  • Holy Spirit Missionary Sisters, USA-JPIC
  • Human Rights Watch
  • I Love Black People
  • IKAR Jewish Community
  • Immigrant Legal Defense
  • Impact Youth Services
  • Institute of the Black World (IBW) 21st Century
  • International Black Women’s Congress
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Dayton Chapter
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Sacramento Chapter
  • Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), Seattle Chapter
  • Japanese American National Museum
  • Johnson & Klein Law
  • Justice Roundtable
  • Keep The Change, LLC
  • Klassy Gyrlz Empire SP&C
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious
  • Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
  • Let’s ReUp
  • LGBT Center of Raleigh
  • LGBTQ Allyship
  • Life Line Financial Group
  • makeitplain.com
  • Matthew Shepard Foundation
  • McPherson Strategies, LLC
  • Merakai
  • Messiah Baptist Church
  • Minnesota Council of Churches
  • Murph-Emmanuel AME Church
  • My Community Too PAC
  • Nathalie Molina Niño, LLC (O3)
  • National Action Network (NAN)
  • National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE)
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  • NAACP Yonkers Branch #2188
  • National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC)
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse (NAPAFASA)
  • National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF)
  • National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
  • National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW)
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • National Center for Lesbian Rights
  • National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA)
  • National Conference of Black Lawyers (NCBL)
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
  • National Council of Churches
  • National Council of Jewish Women
  • National Council of Negro Women, Inc. – Hudson Valley Section
  • National Equality Action Team (NEAT)
  • National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
  • National Health Law Program
  • National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG)
  • National Lawyers Guild (NLG)
  • National Lawyers Guild – International Committee
  • National LGBT Bar Association
  • National LGBT Cancer Network
  • National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
  • National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
  • National Partnership for New Americans
  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
  • National Religious Campaign Against Torture
  • National Stop the Violence Alliance. Inc.
  • NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • New American Leaders
  • New York Day of Remembrance Committee
  • New Yorkers for Culture & Arts
  • Nikkei for Civil Rights & Redress
  • Nikkei Progressives (Los Angeles)
  • North Carolina Council of Churches
  • North Forest Bulldogs Youth Sports
  • OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates
  • One World Exchange
  • Project Blueprint
  • Operation Restoration
  • Optional Outreach
  • Orthodox Church in America
  • OutNebraska
  • Pacific Community Ventures
  • Pillows to Pads
  • Pivot Sac
  • Positive Women’s Network-USA
  • Poo-Pourri
  • Powerful Community Church in Wichita, Kansas
  • Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
  • Primera Impact
  • Progressives Educating New Yorkers
  • Pure Heart Worship Center
  • Radical Health
  • Raleigh Immigration Law Firm
  • Ramirez & Sunnerberg
  • Rare and Black
  • RaVae Entertainment, Inc.
  • Red-Horse Financial Group, Inc.
  • Religious of Jesus and Mary, USA-Haiti Province
  • Reparations for Amherst, MA
  • Reparations Pledge
  • RESULTS
  • Rise Up Kingston
  • Rosalyn Cares Foundation
  • Safer Foundation
  • Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference
  • San Jose Nikkei Resisters
  • School Sisters of Notre Dame, Central Pacific Province
  • ScienceVest
  • Shining Stars Leadership Academy
  • SimonSays Entertainment, Inc.
  • Sisters of Bon Secours, USA
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Congregational Leadership
  • Sisters of Charity of Nazareth Western Province Leadership
  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Justice Team and Office of Anti-Racism & Racial Equity
  • Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, USA
  • Sisters of the Presentation, Dubuque, Iowa
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of the United States and Canada
  • Sixth Episcopal District African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)
  • Society of the Sacred Heart United States Canada Province
  • South Carolina Christian Action Council, Inc.
  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
  • Southern Poverty Law Center Action Fund
  • James African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • James African Methodist Episcopal Church, San Jose, California
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Strive Till I Rise
  • Strong Asian Lead
  • Sunrise Movement
  • Terence Crutcher Foundation
  • T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
  • The Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations
  • The Association of Black Psychologists, Inc.
  • The Bridge Crossing Jubilee
  • The Taifa Group, LLC
  • The Chocolate Factory
  • The Husseini Group, Inc.
  • The Josa Group LLC
  • The Mezzanine Fund
  • The Prinz Law Firm, P.C.
  • The Reparations Project
  • The United Church of Christ
  • The United Methodist Church – General Board of Church and Society
  • Think Rubix Woke Vote
  • Third Avenue Business Improvement District
  • Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center
  • TRANScending Barriers
  • Tsuru for Solidarity
  • Tule Lake Committee
  • Tyler Household Girl Chat 3.0
  • Umbrelly Welly
  • Union for Reform Judaism
  • Unitarian Church in Denver
  • Universal Negro Improvement Association-African Communities League Rehabilitating
  • Committee Government
  • University Network for Human Rights
  • Ureeka, Inc.
  • URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity
  • USC Gould School of Law International Human Rights Clinic
  • Vision Walkers
  • Vote Run Lead
  • #WeAllGrow Latina Network
  • WESPAC Foundation, Inc.
  • Whitman-Walker Institute
  • WOCstar Fund
  • Women’s Law Project
  • Woodhull Freedom Foundation
  • World Within Labs
  • reparations4slavery.com
  • Yard Talk 101
  • Yoga Center Amherst
  • YOUnify
  • Zehner, LLC