In Support of H.R. 40 / S. 40 and the Case for Reparations

On February 22, 2023, DID membership approved a resolution calling for support for the passage of H.R. 40 / S. 40 and the case for reparations. 

Read the Resolution

The resolution included the following letter:

February 22, 2023

Hon. Daniel Goldman
U.S. Representative 
Sen. Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
U.S. Senator 

Dear Rep. Goldman and Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand,

Enclosed please find a Resolution approved by Downtown Independent Democrats General Membership on February 22, 2023:

In Support of H.R. 40 / S. 40 and the Case for Reparations

The enslavement of Black people for their labor is one of the two core crimes of U.S. society, along with the displacement and genocide of Indigenous people. The U.S. Congress has consistently put forth H.R. 40 and S. 40, which would create the Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans. While this falls short of the actual disbursement of reparations, it is a necessary first step in the process of making amends.

Rep. Jackson Lee and Sen. Cory Booker have already sponsored H.R. 40 and S. 40 in the 118th Congress, and we need the House and Senate to quickly move this bill through the legislative process. Sen. Gillibrand is a co-sponsor of S. 40.

DID asks our Congress Member Dan Goldman to co-sponsor H.R. 40, and our Senator Schumer to co-sponsor and move forward S. 40 in the 118th Congress. 


Richard Corman
President, Downtown Independent Democrats


In Support of H.R. 40 / S. 40 and the Case for Reparations

cc: Hon. Eric Adams, NYC Mayor
Hon. Jumaane Williams, NYC Public Advocate
Hon. Brad Lander, NYC Comptroller
Hon. Alvin Bragg, Manhattan District Attorney
Keechant Sewell, NYC Police Commissioner
Hon. Adrienne Adams, NYC Council Speaker
Hon. Erik Bottcher, NYC Council Member
Hon. Christopher Marte, NYC Council Member
Hon. Carlina Rivera, NYC Council Member
Hon. Mark Levine, Manhattan Bor. President

Hon. Kathy Hochul, NYS Governor
Hon. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, NYS Sen. Leader
Hon. Carl Heastie, NYS Assembly Speaker
Hon. Brad Hoylman-Sigal, NY State Senator
Hon. Brian Kavanagh, NY State Senator
Hon. Harvey Epstein, NY State Assembly
Hon. Charles Fall, NY State Assembly
Hon. Deborah J. Glick, NY State Assembly
Hon. Grace Lee, NY State Assembly
Tammy Meltzer, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1
Jeannine Kiely, Chair, Manhattan Community Board 2
Paul Rangel, Chair, Manhattan Community 3