Youth activists request meeting with DNC chair to advance reparations mandate ahead of DC rally

New York, New York - Youth activists are requesting an urgent meeting with Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Jaime Harrison in order to secure party support for reparations ahead of the 2024 election.

Youth activists have requested a meeting with Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison to ensure robust support for reparations in the party's 2024 platform.
Youth activists have requested a meeting with Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison to ensure robust support for reparations in the party's 2024 platform.  © TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP

Get Free, a Millennial and Gen Z-led movement for racial justice and equality, sent a letter to Harrison on June 18 asking to discuss the inclusion of their Our Repair Mandate in the 2024 Democratic Party Platform.

"On this Juneteenth, our struggle for our freedoms is being threatened by a white supremacist faction, helmed by MAGA Republicans, who are doing everything they can to deepen existing inequalities and bolster the hierarchies a wealthy, white few have relied on to wield power," Get Free's Executive Director Nicole Carty said in a press release.

"We need our leaders to stand up to the MAGA threat and commit to truly reckon with the ongoing legacy of white supremacy from its foundation," she added.

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The 2020 Democratic Party Platform endorsed a national reparations study, and the DNC reaffirmed its support for a federal commission in March 2022. If enacted, the body would be tasked with examining the US' legacy of enslavement and racial discrimination and crafting a comprehensive plan to address ongoing harms.

Since taking office, President Joe Biden has not followed through, despite sustained grassroots calls for him to establish a commission by executive order and warnings of possible repercussions at the ballot box should he fail to do so.

Get Free demands action on reparations

Get Free has requested a response from Harrison by July 18, the final day of the Republican National Convention, where Donald Trump is expected to secure the GOP nomination for president.

On July 18-19, Get Free is planning a youth-led rally in Washington DC to demand action on racial and reparative justice.

"The generations that turned out in a historic reckoning for Black lives in 2020 are calling on Democrats to stand with us on the side of freedom and equality by committing to repair," Carty urged.

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