NCRR Legislative Positions

Legislation to study the Mexican Deportation
from California in the 1930s.

Click here to view the California bill supporting a fact finding commission to determine whether the federal government was wrong in deporting persons of Mexican descent in the 1930s.

Black Reperations
By Janice Yen

NCRR has voted to support HR40, which provides for the establishment of a commission to study the impact of slavery on African Americans.  Representative John Conyers has reintroduced HR40 every year since 1989.  A summary of the bill (as introduced last year) and its 40 cosponsors in the House of Representatives is followed by the full text of the bill.


Title: To acknowledge the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the United States and the 13 American colonies between 1619 and 1865 and to establish a commission to examine the institution of slavery, subsequently de jure and de facto racial and economic discrimination against African-Americans, and the impact of these forces on living African-Americans, to make recommendations to the Congress on appropriate remedies, and for other purposes.

Sponsor: Rep Conyers, John, Jr. [MI-14] (introduced 1/7/2003)      Cosponsors: 40

Latest Major Action: 3/6/2003 Referred to House subcommittee. Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution.



Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. - 2/26/2003 [GA-2] Rep Brady, Robert - 1/7/2003 [PA-1]

Rep Brown, Corrine - 3/25/2003 [FL-3]             Rep Christensen, Donna M. - 10/7/2003 [VI]

Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy - 3/26/2003 [MO-1]         Rep Cummings, Elijah E. - 1/7/2003 [MD-7]

Rep Davis, Danny K. - 1/7/2003 [IL-7]              Rep Fattah, Chaka - 1/7/2003 [PA-2]

Rep Ford, Harold E., Jr. - 6/4/2003 [TN-9]        Rep Hastings, Alcee L. - 4/3/2003 [FL-23]

Rep Honda, Michael M. - 4/29/2003 [CA-15]   Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. - 1/7/2003 [IL-2]

Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila - 4/3/2003 [TX-18]      Rep Jefferson, William J. - 1/7/2003 [LA-2]

Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice - 1/7/2003 [TX-30] Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs - 5/1/200[OH-11]

Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. - 1/7/2003 [MI-13] Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. - 2/4/2004 [OH-10]

Rep Lee, Barbara - 2/26/2003 [CA-9]                 Rep Lewis, John - 5/21/2003 [GA-5]

Rep McCarthy, Karen - 1/7/2003 [MO-5]         Rep McDermott, Jim - 1/7/2003 [WA-7]

Rep Meek, Kendrick B. - 3/5/2003 [FL-17]       Rep Meeks, Gregory W. - 1/7/2003 [NY-6]

Rep Millender-McDonald, Juanita - 1/7/2003 [CA-37] Rep Moran, James P. - 3/25/2003 [VA-8]

Rep Nadler, Jerrold - 3/11/2003 [NY-8]             Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes - 1/7/2003 [DC]

Rep Olver, John W. - 2/26/2003 [MA-1]           Rep Owens, Major R. - 1/7/2003 [NY-11]

Rep Payne, Donald M. - 4/1/2003 [NJ-10]        Rep Rangel, Charles B. - 1/7/2003 [NY-15]

Rep Rush, Bobby L. - 1/7/2003 [IL-1]               Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 1/7/2003 [IL-9]

Rep Thompson, Bennie G. - 1/7/2003 [MS-2]   Rep Towns, Edolphus - 1/7/2003 [NY-10]

Rep Waters, Maxine - 1/7/2003 [CA-35]            Rep Watson, Diane E. - 1/7/2003 [CA-33]

Rep Watt, Melvin L. - 10/7/2003 [NC-12]         Rep Wynn, Albert Russell - 1/7/2003 [MD-4]