(Tuesday, May 18, 2021) – I was joined by City Chief of Staff Brittaney Wells, Chief Equity Officer Dr. Cephas Archie and representatives from faith, community and philanthropic organizations at the City’s first Reparations and Universal Basic Income (RUBI) Committee meeting.
The (RUBI) Committee is tasked with exploring the implementation of reparations and a universal basic income program for Rochester. The exploratory committee is reviewing reparations pilots in other cities across the country to see how a similar program might be developed for Rochester.
We currently have a unique opportunity here in Rochester. With the legalization of marijuana, now is the time to see how we can utilize these new resources to right the historic wrongs that have plagued our community and our Black and Brown citizens for decades. Reparations literally means making amends for past wrongs, and with the help of our community leaders, that’s exactly what this committee will achieve.
Representatives from faith, community and philanthropic organizations will serve as committee members. Organizations with representatives present at the first meeting include; Rochester City Council, Ibero-American Action League, Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, Action for a Better Community, Monroe County Legislature, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Committee and the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative (RMAPI).