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Eugene City Council to discuss reparations Wednesday

On Wednesday, the Eugene City Council will begin early discussions of possible reparations for those impacted by systemic racism.

Posted: Jun 23, 2021 7:54 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- On Wednesday, the Eugene City Council will begin early discussions of possible reparations for those impacted by systemic racism.

The council meets Wednesday at noon for a work session to look at what other cities and states are doing to compensate for past wrongs.

The meeting is the first of two scheduled work sessions on the topic.

According to a staff memo, the history of Indigenous and Black people in Eugene is “long and complex”, but there’s no question that indigenous occupants were largely forced out. Black people and families in Eugene also faced discriminatory and exclusionary laws.

Recently, several other cities in the United States have explored the idea of reparations.

In Evanston, Illinois, $10 million in marijuana tax revenue is being set aside for reparations over a decade. Some of that money will go to things like home repair, down payments or other property-related expenses for Black residents.

Reparations like this are being discussed at all levels, including local government, state legislatures and the federal government.

The council work session will be livestreamed here.

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