This week, we're spotlighting the U.S. Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Commission (H.Con.Res.100) - legislation drafted and written by SSN member Marcus Anthony Hunter. The Commission, which would "properly acknowledge, memorialize, and be a catalyst for progress, including toward permanently eliminating persistent racial inequities" garnered 170 cosponsors in the House as of December 2020.
Alongside this effort, Senator Cory Booker has also introduced companion legislation which would establish a national Archive of Racial and Cultural Healing to provide scholarships, training, and student loan relief for students as well as residencies, exhibits, and trainings for and by Black cultural workers, entrepreneurs, scholars, and artists. As an accessible, digital “repository of accountability” for restorative justice, the ARCH is designed to create and maintain an accurate national history of 400+ years of racial injustice.
So far, the US National TRHT Coalition has gained the support of major civic groups, civil rights advocates, the philanthropic community, faith leaders, schools, scholars, artists, celebrities, and others. Representatives have also met with the Biden-Harris administration to discuss furthering this work through executive action. Bravo to Marcus for his instrumental role in this bipartisan effort!