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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.

Wednesday on Connections, Congressman Joe Morelle made some strong remarks in favor of a universal basic income, or UBI. This was a significant change for the Congressman, who has previously been lukewarm about UBI.

Congress returns later this month to work on the next round of help for struggling Americans during the pandemic. Is this the time for a national UBI program? Our guests discuss the possible impact of, well, just giving people cash and letting them decide what to do with it. Our guests:

  • Pete Nabozny, director of policy for The Children's Agenda
  • Alex Turner, community resource services program director at Catholic Family Center, and eviction prevention representative to the Homeless Services Network

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has been slowly working his way up in the polls. Some of Yang’s success can be attributed to his proposal for a Universal Basic Income. Critics call his latest UBI proposal gimmicky and insufficient. Yang supporters argue it would give all Americans autonomy the autonomy they don’t currently have.

Our guests debate it. In studio:

  • Daniel Whelan, founder of an advocacy group called Go BIG Now
  • Earl Johnston, member of the Rochester Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America