#ADOS has been a rising group calling for the elimination of the racial wealth gap through reparations. A nascent group with a growing membership, they push the line for the political shift and economic enfranchisement of Blacks who are descendants of American slaves.
This week on The Remedy Podcast we speak to members of #ADOS to talk about their movement and why are reparations their central demand. Chad Brown (ADOS Los Angeles), Mark Stevenson (ADOS Columbus, OH) and Reggie (ADOS Boston) speak to Dr. Kaia Shivers in a two-part dialogue. This is part 1.
Since the emancipation of millions of enslaved Black people who were forced to endure hundreds of years of chattel slavery, there has been a demand or call for reparations since the end of the Civil War.
What are reparations? It is an act of restorative justice. In the case of the US, it has happened in the form of payment, the allotment of resources, and even legislative protections. While there have been groups who have been given some form of compensation to make some type of amends, those who were enslaved or the children that followed were not.
In fact, Blacks in the US, also called African Americans endured another 100-plus years of damaging discriminatory treatment in the form of Jim Crow Laws, Mass Incarceration, Red lining and other forms of systemic anti-black racism that is baked into the US, almost like Apple Pie.
With this group’s ascension, there has been a lot of controversy. So, Ark Republic sent out a call and 3 members of ADOS agreed to talk about their solutions to the generations of disenfranchisement of people on this episode of the Remedy.
Our discussion went on for hours, so we have two parts. Here is part one of ADOS: The movement, reparations and demands during a major election year.
Chad Brown – #ADOS Los Angeles
Chad Brown is a native of Jackson, MS now residing in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of Tougaloo College and began his professional career with the Atlanta-based municipal bond underwriting firm, Jackson Securities founded by former three-term mayor of Atlanta, Maynard H. Jackson. After 12 years in muni bond finance, Chad changed career paths and entered into digital marketing, advertising and sales where he continues to work today. Chad is a Reparations advocate, sits on the advisory board of ADOS Los Angeles and an active member of the SFV chapter of the NAACP.
Mark Stevenson – #ADOS Columbus
Mark Stevenson, is an US Navy Veteran, entrepreneur and political activist in Columbus, OH. He has been featured in the NY Times, Washington Post, and local newspapers throughout the state of Ohio for his work fighting for police reform, reparations, housing and education reform.
Reggie – #ADOS Boston
Reggie is a real estate broker in Boston, MA with nearly a decade of experience in the industry. He also volunteers with Keeping Codman Affordable, a group of community organizers dedicated to fighting gentrification and displacement and promoting tenants’ rights. The group seeks to engage and empower the local community through voter registration and education, lobbying, and demonstration.
Reggie is best known for his commentary on the Breaking Brown and Tone Talks YouTube broadcasts on which he is a frequent caller.
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