I am still thinking about how Ta-Nahesi Coates made the case for reparations yesterday, Juneteenth, in testimony before a Congressional committee.
I’m no advocate for a national curriculum.
However, if I were king, Coates’ presentation – only 8 minutes in length – would be required in every high school in America.
The hearings were all about a bill, H.R. 40, to establish a committee to study the issue of reparations.
I believe Coates just did the work for them.
Let’s write the damn check now.
Meanwhile Chicago’s Fair Workweek bill is waiting for Chicago city council action.
Politico’s Illinois Playbook reports:
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Chicago Legislative Reception at Joy District cocktail bar. Chamber President & CEO Jack Lavin surprised guests when he urged urged chamber members to talk to aldermen about finding a compromise on the city legislation that would change how companies schedule employees. Proponents call it the “fair workweek” ordinance, and chamber folks describe it as “restrictive scheduling.” SPOTTED: Aldermen Roderick Sawyer, Stephanie Coleman, Matt O’Shea, Gilbert Villegas, Gregory Mitchell, James Cappleman and Tom Tunney; Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin; state Reps. Ann Williams, La Shawn Ford and Theresa Mah; state Sen. Toi Hutchinson, Omar Aquino and Elgie Sims; and Illinois Retail Merchants Association CEO Rob Karr.
Those aldermen who attended the Chamber of Commerce reception might want to hear from you.
I’m not sure what the “compromise” to fair treatment of workers and timely notice of work schedules might be. I’m pretty sure that if it is coming from the Chamber it won’t be good.
If you live in their wards, you might want to give your alderman’s office a call.