Membership and Organizational Development Commissions
Our ancestors have shown us that people in power will never concede anything without a demand! The strength of our grass roots Reparations movement will determine whether our demands are met. Support for the Reparations movement will depend upon how well informed we are about the issue. As more and more information reaches the people there is growing acceptance of the worthiness of the African descendants' quest for Reparations, for this generation, for our children and for generations yet unborn. That is why NCOBRA's membership is growing and why your membership in N'COBRA is so important!
Membership in N'COBRA is based on an annual $10 nominal fee. Your membership is effective for a period of one year from the date upon which you started or renewed your membership. We trust that you will continue your commitment to N'COBRA and the Reparations movement by paying your annual dues of $10.00 and encouraging others to do the same.
N'COBRA continues to fight on a number of fronts. NCOBRA was well represented at the World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban South Africa in 2001, and played a critical role in persuading the body to declare that Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade are and always should have been crimes against humanity. Consequently, NCOBRA's participation in the international struggle for reparations was tremendously strengthened.
On January 30, 2003, N'COBRA launched the "A Year of Black Presence (AYBP)" lobbying initiative to urge Congress to pass H.R. 40 (also know as the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act). H.R. 40, sponsored by Representative John Conyers Jr. every year since 1989, has yet to move out of committee onto the House floor. AYBP aims to mobilize African-Americans to "walk the halls of Congress" one day a month for an entire year, creating the mass support needed to get H.R. 40 passed. Additionally, the Legislative Commission is encouraging organizations, and city and state municipalities to adopt resolutions in support of the passage of H.R. 40.
Support the Reparations movement and N'COBRA's efforts by recruiting 10 new members. Consider giving a membership to loved ones instead of holiday gifts or a birthday presents. We encourage you to duplicate the NCOBRA membership application and encourage people to mail in their membership fee as soon as possible. Take every opportunity to share with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, your reasons for joining the movement. Help them to understand that the work that must be done to realize our quest for Reparations is worthy of our time and energy. Reparations are achievable in our lifetime if we all do our part!