Founder of the United States Citizens Recovery Initiative Alliance Inc., John Cheeks, has submitted the first proposed law to the District of Columbia Board of Elections that is a model bill for businesses, faith-based institutions, industries and governments that participated in or benefited from slavery to redress past maltreatment and exploitation of enslaved Africans.
The proposed bill on February 21st, 2020, would require these bodies to contribute to a fund that will serve as benefits to families and descendants of enslaved Americans. The benefits and programs for descendants are at no cost to the government or taxpayers, because the funding would be provided by major U.S and international corporations and organizations.
After the bill was passed, John commented that, “This is a re-addressing known injuries, not taxpayer sponsored lawsuits, that will divide or keep divided the country. The fund is expected to help descendants of enslaved Americans, many of whom live in poor, underserved, and high crime environments in the United States. The benefits are not handouts and differ from historical compensation where the United States government gave money interned to Japanese American during WWII and Native Americans.”
According to John, the fund would serve as a benefit for removal of public fixtures and names; financial restitution (one time claim); home ownership; judicial adjustments and protections; identity repair; business Aid; employment and career rights; education support.
Its has been clearly stated that eligibility for benefits by claimants will require a DNA test which must show 35% of DNA from enslaved ancestors. Claimants also need to be an indigenes of the United States.
The Bill proposes a law, “The U.S. Adjustment and Recovery Act for the District of Columbia,” which also has the objectives to restore identities ,cure injuries, remove statues, change street names of slavery supporters and provide opportunities and justice to families that were subjected to inhumane treatment.