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File #: RES 21-886    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 6/16/2021
Title: Establishing the Saint Paul City Council Legislative Advisory Committee on Reparations.
Sponsors: Jane L. Prince, Nelsie Yang, Mitra Jalali
Related files: RES 21-77, SR 22-117, RES 22-928
Title
Establishing the Saint Paul City Council Legislative Advisory Committee on Reparations.

Body
WHEREAS, the Saint Paul City Council adopted Resolution 21-77 on January 13, 2021 committing to racial healing through the exploration of reparations for American descendants of Chattel Slavery Living in Saint Paul; and

WHEREAS, Resolution 21-77 specifically
1) apologized and committed to making amends for -
a. its participation in and sanctioning of institutional racism against the American descendants of chattel slavery
b. Dred Scott being held in bondage at Fort Snelling and its enforcement of institutional racism and its accompanying discriminatory practices
c. allowing the construction of Interstate 94 to destroy a vibrant Black community and successful Black businesses
2) called on other to take action, including -
a. all organizations and institutions in Saint Paul that have advanced and benefited from racial inequity to join the city in these apologies and invites them to address racism within their own structures and programs and to work with the city to more comprehensively address systemic racism
b. the State of Minnesota and our federal delegation to initiate policymaking and provide funding for reparations at the state and national level
3) committed to establish a Legislative Advisory Committee -
a. to use its authority to establish, within the next six months, a legislative advisory committee to work with the Administration to create the roles and responsibilities for a new city commission to be known as the Saint Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission
4) described the role of the Saint Paul Recovery Act Community Reparations Commission which
a. shall be empowered to make short, medium and long-term recommendations to specifically address the creation of generational wealth for the American Descendants of Chattel Slavery and to boost economic mobility and opportunity in the Black community
b. will make significant progress toward r...

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