Recovery Act Rejected by Board of Elections Results in Controlled Fury

The Board opened the meeting and annouced the astonished vote of 3-0 by Board Members temporarily dening the proposed Act a place on the November ballot.
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It appears Board members didn't read the Recovery Act before voting on it and stated it relied upon its General Counsel’s flawed recommendation as being

1. Unconstitutional”
2. A burden to DC taxpayers because fund would need to be appropriated.
3. A violation of the D.C. Home Rule Act

After the Board made that brief annoucement the Chairmen attempted to close the meeting.
However John Cheeks, Director of USCRIA and proposer for the Recovery Act interreupted to speak. He made several points to the Chairman, addressing the flawed reasons.
He said, it was Constituional and expressed the Board's lack of principals, comparing its approval of the Marijuna Bill

" We are not looking to use drugs we’re looking to gain the unpaid wages and benefits that the people of the District of Columbia and the rest of this country has been so long been denied and how can you rule psychedelic mushrooms, as constitutionally legal bill When they[Board Members] can vote for legalization of psychedelic mushrooms over my people suffering for over 400 years.
and you are going to give them that over us? We built this city, my ancestorsbuilt it, we paid for it and we’re still paying for it."

John Cheeks, addressed the second flawed objection by the Board. He and others pointed out several time the Bill specifically states no funds are required from the DC governmen programs in the Bill would enhance DC's Treasury.This fell on the Board member's deaf ears.
Only corporations and organizations that used slaves or profited from slavery would contribute funds.

One such organization is the catholic church for its use of slaves. He pointed out 2 Board members and its General Counsel had a conflict of interest having affiliations with the Catholic church. They should have recused themselves because the Catholic church, according to the Bill would be required to make payments of unpaid wages to descendants of enslaved Americans.

He admonished the Board members citing their lack of professional competence and ,a final statment with advice to the Board Chariman:

"You need to raise your level of consciousness Brother,and to your members, you educate them and inform them and tell your general counsel to carry herself back to Georgetown University [a catholic orgainzation] and learn constitutional law"

It remains to be seen what Board Members, Michael Bennett, Mike Gill and Karyn Greenfield; and General Counsel Terry Stroud will do to redeem themselves for attempting to block this Act which would benefit all Americans, at no cost to the Government or tax payers.

Those who wish to support this bill and the struggle ahead are encouraged to click the donate button, contact DC Mayor and Council Members, publicize the Act on social media (twitter, Face book, blogs Youtube etc.) and broadcast and print media.
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Mr. Cheeks Autographing A Copy of The DC Recovery Act (for A Couple That Are Descendants of Abolitionists). The Were Present to Discuss HR Bill 40 and Other Reparations Initiatives. — at Rayburn House Office Building.

Mr. John C. Cheeks Executive Director of the United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance Preparing To Deliver Copies of The DC Recovery Act 2016 for Living Descendants of American Slaves To Select Members of Congress. All Congress Members, Senators, The White House & DC Local Governmental Officials Will Be Presented With The Illustrious Proposed Legislation Soon. — At The Rayburn House Office Building.

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Unprecedented Proposed Law Provides African Americans Recovery ("Reparations") Opportunities to Better Their Lives

On February 21, 2020, proposed legislation was submitted to DC Board of Elections. It is a model for legislators to provide opportunities for previous slave owners, and those that participated in enslavement of African Americans families to make amends.

The proposed legislation submitted by John Cheeks, head of the United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance Inc. (USCRIA), is the first legislation to provide benefits, at no cost to the government or taxpayers. It is also an opportunity for Individual families, industries, businesses, faith based institutions, governments and others. to be held accountable.

The legislation will help descendants of American Slaves, many of who live in poor, underserved, and high crime areas in the United States. The benefits are not handouts, and differ from other historical reparations, such as those given to Japanese citizen entered during WW II and Native Americans

  • Removal of Public Fixtures and Names
  • Financial Restitution (One Time Claim)
  • Housing Ownership
  • Judicial Adjustments and Protections
  • Identity Repair
  • Business Aid
  • Employment and Career Rights
  • Education Support
  • Improving Health
  • and more

All benefits are designed to improve life for individuals, families and communities. In doing so, the nation benefits.

These benefits will be paid by major U.S. and international corporations, foreign governments which fostered and participated in slave trade. Budgets are being prepared for distribution of funds collected from those entities that participated in some way with slavery. Eligibility criteria have been proposed which include proof by DNA testing, those claiming benefits are 40% descendants of slaves, and they were born in the United States.

Distribution of the benefits has been proposed, in part, to be based on DC Ward populations. Further details are being studied. A Hearing is schedule before the Board of Elections April 1, 2020. This is necessary for the initiative -Freestanding billto be on the November 2020 ballot for the public to vote if such an initiative should be enacted into law.

The proposed law, the U.S. Adjustment and Recovery Act for DC, objectives are also to restore identities ,cure injuries, and provide opportunities and justice to families that were subjected to inhumane treatment. The proposed legislation was drafted over a 3 year period, by a dedicated team of organizations, experts and citizens working with USCRIA.

Everyone is gratiful for their contributions of ideas and time.
See Proposed U.S. Adjustment and Recovery Act for DC

Left to Right: Malik Shabazz, Amy Jenkins, Roussan Etienne. Jr.; presenting arguments before the Board of Elections April 5,2017

At the Board of Election Hearing last week, African American leaders, John Cheeks and Jerry Owens of the United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance (USCRIA.Com) Attorney Malik Z. Shabazz, Amy Jenkins, and others, in a capacity filled room, spoke in support of the proposed law, also supported by Congressman John Conyers though he did not attend; in attempts to have the Board’s approval for the proposed law to be placed on the ballot.

DC’s Attorney General, Karl Racine filed an opposition to have the Act to be on the ballot for voters to determine if it should become law.

Malik Shabazz Esq. of Black Lawyers for Justice stated “we hope that all barriers are soon crossed so to clear a path for his [ for Mr. Cheeks] referendum to be placed on the ballot for 2018.

Amy Jenkins, “The DC Recovery Act attempts to make whole living descendants of African American slaves, and for this we will fight for recovery under the DC Recovery Act” She pointed out that the Constitution was created by white men who favored land owners and themselves and did not allow Africans to vote.

Jerry Owens: “The DC Recovery Act is indeed the rising tide that will lift all ships,”

After hearing supporters, the Board Chairman determined a decision was not to be made at this Hearing because of concerns by board members and the Attorney General, the Act may be unlawful. The Board gave Mr. Cheeks and his counsel time to submit a brief defending the legality of the proposed law to be placed on the ballot.

Supports may want to contact DC Council Members to show their support.

Mr. William Walker III, DR. Cornell West, Attorney Dr. Malik Zulu Shabazz of Black Lawyers for Justice - BLFJ and Mr. John C. Cheeks Executive Director of The United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance All Support the D.C. Recovery Act for the Living Descendants of American Slaves. — at the National Press Club Journalism Institute. February 21, 2017.

Nation of Islam Minister Kadir Muhammad of Mosque #4 in Washington, DC - Mr. John Cheeks Proposer of The DC Recovery Act for Living Descendants of American Slaves and National of Islam Western Regional Minister & Minister of Mosque #27 In Los Angeles, CA Tony Muhammad Discuss Recovery and Reparations.