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!
The Restitution Study Group,
Inc. is a not-for-profit
organization pursuing restitution
for injuries inflicted upon
501(c)3 status is pending.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org or 917-365-3007
WEB PAGE: www.rsgincorp.com
PART I OF THIS PETITION: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/reparationscorporations/
Federal Appeals Court Upholds Slave Descendants\' Fraud Claims Against Major Banks, Insurers
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
Video: Boycott Announcement:
Audio: Reparations Lawsuit Oral Argument, September 27, 2006
Video: Appeals Court to Hear Arguments for Reparations - CBS2Chicago
Court Hears Appeal of Slavery Reparations Case - Chicago Sun Times
Descendants of Slaves Defend Right to Sue - Contra Costa Times
Court Asked to Reinstate Slavery Reparations Case - Hartford Courant
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
Restitution Town Hall Meetings
Seeking More Than Just Apologies for Slavery
Wachovia Apologizes for Predecessor\'s Links to Slavery
JP Morgan Chase To Pay $5 million in restitution
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
219 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60604
Amended Complaint Filed 4/5/04
Case Dismissed With Prejudice: 7/6/05
News Articles -
Judge rejects lawsuit seeking reparations
Court Order Dismissing Lawsuit Without Prejudice
ABC News Nightline Segment
Featuring the Lawsuit
Reparation Supporters Seek
Lehman Brothers acknowledges ties
CNN Coverage of Lawsuit
Original Complaint Filed Against
USA Today Article About
Several \"Slave Money\"
CORPORATE DISTORTION OF SLAVE LABOR PAST:
Blood On The Tracks -- About
Canadian National Railway
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
Blacks Demand Equal Justice from
New York Life Insurance Company
Reparations Activists Working to Prevent Bank Merger
Federal Reserve Hearing Testimony on FleetBoston Merger with Bank of America (see section .0199)
Conference by White Supporters of
Black Reparations a Great Success!
Ndaba: A great sitting-down
Should Corporate America Pay
Report on Scholars Meeting on
Statement Applauding President Bush\'s
Speech at Goree Island, Senegal