A rookie alderwoman in Evanston, Illinois passes the first tax funded reparations bill for Black Americans and stirs up a debate about the debt owed by a dysfunctional and unapologetic nation.
Rookie Alderwoman Robin Rue Simmons, in Evanston, Illinois, does the impossible and passes the first tax funded reparations bill in history for Black Americans. What follows is grief and debate as she and her community struggle with the burden of instituting repair and restitution for its citizens, while a national racial and social crisis engulfs the country. Meanwhile, US Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee faces a thirty-year, uphill battle to pass HR40, a national bill to study reparations and make recommendations. Both women are met with racism and historical resistance, as well as assistance from allies and abolitionists within. Together they must work to force a government to deliver monetary justice and appropriate remedies to Black Americans harmed by centuries of chattle slavery, state sponsored terrorism, systemic injustice and corporate exploitation. Can the long overdue debt ever be addressed, or is it too late for a reparations movement to finally get the big payback?