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Durham city leaders approve plan to help descendants of enslaved people

Posted October 7, 2020 9:25 a.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2020 9:29 a.m. EDT

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— On Monday, Durham City Council approved a resolution calling on federal officials to increase racial equity.

The resolution details four programs that would reduce the wealth gap and increase equity. It includes reparations for the descendants of enslaved people, a universal basic income sufficient enough to meet each person's needs, guaranteed federal or federally-funded living-wage jobs for all citizens and a $15 federal minimum wage.

"The Durham City Council calls upon our federal representatives to work toward the immediate enactment of the policies," a line in the resolution reads. "The City commits itself fully to all necessary advocacy to ensure that these policies are implemented."

The ideas came from Durham's recently appointed Racial Equity Task Force.

City leaders sent the document to Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Rep. David Price, Sen. Thom Tillis and Sen. Richard Burr.

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