(PRWEB) February 14, 2005
In a statement released this morning, Dr. Conrad Worrill, Chairperson of the National Black United Front, denounced what he called "a pattern of massive non-compliance with the Chicago Slavery Era Disclosure Law, and a trail of lies that have been left in the public record by at least 41 companies and non-profits entities who do business with the City of Chicago."
"Bob Brown, our researcher," Dr. Worrill announced, "has proven that the Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance has been willfully, repeatedly, and maliciously violated, by at least 41 Vendors who lied, withheld information, committed perjury, and/or failed to fully and truthfully fill out or submit their Certifications Regarding Slavery Era Business."
Mr. Brown is co-director of Pan-African Roots, and the author of a recently published book titled Slavery and the Slavery Trade Were and Are Crimes Against Humanity! "Research by Bob Brown, Deadria Farmer-Paellman, Alice Hammon, and numerous other academic and movement researchers, proves, without any legal doubt," Dr. Worrill stated, "that the predecessor entities of these and other Chicago Vendors invested in and/or profited from slavery, the slave industry, and/or slaveholder insurance policies from the slavery era; owned, held, mortgaged or leased slaves; and/or profited from damage to slaves or their injury or death."
"The Mayor of the City of Chicago, the Department of Procurement Services, and the City Council," Dr. Worrill demanded, "must implement this law, immediately and without any further delay, or be charged with non-compliance as well."
"City Council hearings must be convened immediately, and all interested parties must be invited to testify and present their evidence against all 41 Vendors," Dr. Worrill declared. "The truth, the full truth, and nothing but the truth must be told, or contracts must be voided, and business interrupted, as mandated by the Chicago Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance."
The Vendors identified in Bob's report include: Catholic Church, Ilinois International Port District Landing, Air France, Iberia Airlines, British Air, Olin-Winchester, Tate & Lyle PLC, Bacardi Limited, Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation, Conwood Sales Company LP, Dimon Inc., Ligget & Meyers Tobacco Company,Lorillard Tobacco Company Inc., Philip Morris Companies Inc., RJ Reynolds Tobacco Holdings Inc., Standard Commercial Corporation, United States Tobacco Inc., Universal Corporation, Cargill, Incorporated, John Deere Company, Illinois Central Railroad, CSX Transportation, Inc., Kansas City Southern Railroad, Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Union Pacific Railroad, American Express, Bank of America, Bank of New York, Citi Bank, Citybank and Citigroup, Federal Express Corporation, Western Union, J.P. Morgan Chase and Bank One,Lehman Brothers, Lloyds TSB Bank, State Street Bank, Stern Brothers, Dun & Bradstreet Inc., UBS Financial Services Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, Georgetown University, Harvard University and the Chicago Tribune.