Based on a report from ABC News, Evanston city is adhering to its plan to provide reparations to African-American residents financed by recreational cannabis tax proceeds.
Evanston approved its marijuana-based reparations law in late 2019, attaching a 3% tax on recreational marijuana to cater for it. Currently, $10M acquired from the tax that will be allocated for helping Black individuals residing within the North Chicago neighborhood. Payments will be available in $25,000 chunks for qualifying residents of Evanston.
When Robin Rue Simmons, Fifth Ward Alderman, sponsored the reform during 2019 she disclosed to The Washington Post that Illinois was damaged because of the Drug War and cannabis convictions. She added that there’s an opportunity to correct that.
Simmons said that the measure stems from the notion that Black U.S Citizens should merit from marijuana sales since they were disproportionately affected by marijuana law enforcement- both nationally and locally. According to city representatives, during the past 3 years, about three-quarters of the folks arrested over marijuana-related possession charges within Evanston were the Black folk.
Almost a year later, the measure now focuses on undoing the impacts of racist redlining across the city. Alderman Simmons Rue expects the new measure to create living-wage employment opportunities and offer a more sense of belonging for the sixteen percent of Evanston inhabitants who are African-American.
Longhaul reparations advocate and actor, Danny Glover, asserted in the Evanston Town hall after the legislation’s signing and admitted that the discussion was the deepest conversation that he believes the state will have during the 21st century.
Glover noted that the measure is an incredible move. He added that the city’s residents, at that particular juncture, will be remembered in history for having stood up against condemnation and made the decision to stand up for all humanity.