To: CEOs of Aetna Inc., American International Group, Lloyd\'s of London, New York Life Insurance Company, Southern Mutual Insurance Company, FleetBoston Financial Corporation (Bank of America), AFSA Data Corporation, Brown Brothers Harriman, JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank (Bank One), Lehman Brothers, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, Brown and Williamson, Liggett Group Inc., Loews Corporation (Lorrilard), Canadian National Railway, CSX Corporation, Norfolk Southern Corp., Union Pacific Railroad, and Westpoint Stevens Inc.
We, the undersigned members of the consuming public, are outraged to learn that you, through your predecessors in interest, played a role in the enslavement of African people.
According to reports, you are accused of benefiting from: stealing African people from their homelands, torturing them to keep them enslaved, stealing their labor, raping African women, and breeding humans like cattle. All of this was done for your economic gain.
Some of you have chosen to lie to the consuming public, on your websites and in other public communications, about the roles you played in slavery. We find this behavior disgraceful.
Today you are multi-billion and trillion dollar entities, while African Americans are still struggling to overcome the vestiges of slavery -- discrimination in housing, employment, education, economic development opportunities, and healthcare opportunities, to name a few. All this, while you continue to grow richer off the fruits of their enslaved African ancestors’ labor.
We demand that you take responsibility for your present consumer fraud, and your historical crimes against humanity.
We urge your institutional investors to demand that you do the same.
Tell the Truth! Pay the Debt! Reparations Now!
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PART I OF THIS PETITION: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reparationscorporations/ NEW DEVELOPMENTS Federal Appeals Court Upholds Slave Descendants\' Fraud Claims Against Major Banks, Insurers http://nyc.indymedia.org/en/2006/12/81239.html Bank of America, JPMorgan Slave Trade Cases Reinstated by Court http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/newspid=newsarchive&sid=aRCQp48f6z2k Link to Decision (click on Opinion): http://www.ca7.uscourts.gov/fdocs/docs.fwxcaseno=05-3265&submit=showdkt&yr=05&num=3265 Blacks In Government Demand Slavery Restitution From Aetna http://www.blacknews.com/pr/blacksingovernment101.html Slave Descendant Pushes Aetna Boycott http://www.nysun.com/article/43552 Video: Boycott Announcement: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=X8_sfuw75y0 Audio: Reparations Lawsuit Oral Argument, September 27, 2006 http://rsgincorp.zoomshare.com/files/05-3265.mp3 Video: Appeals Court to Hear Arguments for Reparations - CBS2Chicago http://email@example.com Court Hears Appeal of Slavery Reparations Case - Chicago Sun Times http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/74833,CST-NWS-slave28.article Descendants of Slaves Defend Right to Sue - Contra Costa Times http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/nation/15627836.htm Court Asked to Reinstate Slavery Reparations Case - Hartford Courant http://www.courant.com/business/hc-slavery0928.artsep28,0,7984016.storycoll=hc-headlines-business Banks Named in Reparations Lawsuit - Dow Jones Market Watch http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/story.aspxguid=%7B15755CFA-9BFE-4C81-9F72-B255C721EC86%7D&print=true&dist=printTop Boycott JP MorganChase Student Loans -- One Student Campaign, http://www.onestudent.us Activist Vows to Appeal Dismissed Slavery Lawsuit, http://www.participate.net/node/304 Reparations suit tossed, 7/6/05 http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/slave06.html Restitution Town Hall Meetings http://www.rsgincorp.com/townhall.html Seeking More Than Just Apologies for Slavery http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/06/19/AR2005061900694_pf.html Wachovia Apologizes for Predecessor\'s Links to Slavery http://www.wachovia.com/misc/0,,877,00.htmlDCMP=ILL-2433&ATTINFO=7759-lowerleft JP Morgan Chase To Pay $5 million in restitution http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4193797.stm INFORMATION ON REPARATIONS LAWSUITS AGAINST CORPORATIONS: Appeal filed 8/3/05 Appeal Name: Farmer-Paellmann, et al v. Brown & Williamson United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit 219 S. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60604 Judges: Posner, Easterbrook, and Manion Appeal Number: 05-3265 and 05-3266 Appeal argued: 9/27/06 Case Reversed and Remanded W/O Prejudice: 12/13/06 Case Number: 05-3266 and MDL 1491 Case Name: Farmer-Paellmann v. Brown & Williamson US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Dirksen Building 219 S. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL 60604 Judge: Norgle Amended Complaint Filed 4/5/04 Case Dismissed With Prejudice: 7/6/05 News Articles - Judge rejects lawsuit seeking reparations http://www.usatoday.com/money/companies/regulation/2004-01-26-reparations_x.htm Court Order Dismissing Lawsuit Without Prejudice http://www.aetna.com/legal_issues/pdf_documents/Order_JMTD.pdf ABC News Nightline Segment Featuring the Lawsuit http://abcnews.go.com/Business/storyid=89884&page=1 Reparation Supporters Seek Damages http://www.blackenterprise.com/ExclusivesEKOpen.aspid=593 Lehman Brothers acknowledges ties to slavery http://www.wqad.com/global/story.asps=1538092&ClientType=Printable CNN Coverage of Lawsuit Filing http://www.cnn.com/2002/LAW/03/26/slavery.reparations/ Original Complaint Filed Against Corporations http://www.aetna.com/legal_issues/suits/06-26-03_complaint.pdf USA Today Article About Several \"Slave Money\" Corporations http://www.usatoday.com/money/general/2002/02/21/slave-reparations.htm CORPORATE DISTORTION OF SLAVE LABOR PAST: Blood On The Tracks -- About Canadian National Railway http://www.nowtoronto.com/issues/2003-02-27/news_story.php Chase\'s Historical Ledger http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml%3Fi=20001009&s=friedman The Target Companies And Why They Were Chosen http://www.thenorthstarnetwork.com/news/topstories/181510-1.html RESTITUTION STUDY GROUP PRESS: Corporate Apologies for Slavery Fall Short http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/editorials/2005-02-10-moss-edit_x.htm Blacks Demand Equal Justice from New York Life Insurance Company http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2004/11/prweb181047.htm Reparations Activists Working to Prevent Bank Merger http://www.amsterdamnews.org/News/article/article.aspNewsID=37631&sID=4 Federal Reserve Hearing Testimony on FleetBoston Merger with Bank of America (see section .0199) http://www.federalreserve.gov/events/publicmeeting/20040114/20040114.htm Conference by White Supporters of Black Reparations a Great Success! http://www.globalblacknews.com/Lamb62.html Ndaba: A great sitting-down http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_940.shtml Should Corporate America Pay Report on Scholars Meeting on Reparations Case http://www.prweb.com/releases/2003/7/prweb71551.php Statement Applauding President Bush\'s Speech at Goree Island, Senegal http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.aspid=148-07082003
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