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We continue our series of conversations about the recent report released by the RASE Commission. Co-chairs Bill Johnson and Muhammad Shafiq join us to focus on the economic recommendations in the report. They answer your questions as well.

Our guests:

  • Bill Johnson, co-chair of the RASE Commission, and former mayor Rochester
  • Muhammad Shafiq, co-chair of the RASE Commission, executive director of the Brian and Jean Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue, and professor of Islamic and religious studies at Nazareth College

Is Rochester ready to finalize a plan for reparations? Mayor Lovely Warren said on Friday that she wants to see reparations for Black residents and residents of color who have long suffered from the multi-generational impact of redlining and economic dispossession. How would this work?

Last week, the RASE Commission released its own report and recommendations for action, but two members of the commission dissented, because they wanted to see a recommendation for reparations. We've invited them to join us, to explain how they think this could be done. We've also invited Rochester's two mayoral candidates to join us.

Confirmed guests:

  • Damond Wilson, RASE Commissioner and member of Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach
  • Danielle Ponder, RASE Commissioner and attorney
  • Malik Evans, candidate for Rochester Mayor

Note: Mayor Lovely Warren was unable to join the conversation.

Warren eyes using pot revenue for reparations

Mar 26, 2021
Max Schulte/WXXI News

Mayor Lovely Warren said Friday that she is launching an effort to explore paying reparations to Black and brown city residents using tax revenues generated through the legal marijuana market.

The mayor said she was eyeing reparations and homeownership initiatives, including what she called a “universal basic income program.” Universal basic income, or UBI, generally involves giving a fixed government subsidy to every adult on a regular basis.