The term reparationist integrates the holistic and spiritual conception of reparations for Black people with the ‘abolition-democracy' conception - the practiced dismantling of the systems that maintain, reinforce and profit from various forms of oppression that dominates the world chattal slavery created. To be sure, reparationists engage in the spiritual journey to uproot white supremacy externally and internally while working toward full reparations and abolition-democracy. According to Woullard Lett Reparationists are the abolitionists of our time.
The Reparationist Pledge of Accountability pledge is a way to remain faithful to the sacred work of reparations. The Reparationist Pledge is a personal and communal tool of accountability and steadfast solidarity.
Recite the pledge out loud in your community or to another person. When you take the pledge, please add your name/and or the name of your community group to the recitation.
Together, we recite this REPARATIONIST PLEDGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY in acknowledgment for the ways we continue to profit and privilege, whether directly or indirectly, from systems of harm that impact black people as a result of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade and its ongoing systems of oppression. We recite the reparationist pledge because we want to help build a reparationist culture. Take The Reparationist Pledge of Accountability here:
Reparations requires a culture where accountability for past
harm is a prominent feature in the society. Our approach
draws on the ten injury areas described by the National
Association of Blacks for Reparations in America (N’COBRA)
and the framing by the United Nations Development Program
where reparations comes in the form of compensation, healing,
education, restitution and guarantees of non repeat. We
support the passing of H.R. 40 but we believe that reparations
must be advocated from the grassroots if we are to go beyond
commissions studying reparations. We believe faith based
communities and ethically centered organizations are well
situated to the necessity of reparations as a spiritual/ ethicalcivic
practice. Our campaign utilized #ReparationSunday
as a pathway for faith based organizations to bring their
congregations toward this culture. This toolkit describes our
history, our principles, and strategies for hosting a Reparations Sunday event
in your faith-based community or organization,
Beginning March 24th, the Grassroots Reparations Campaign will begin holding ceremonies every other week to organize our political education efforts around reparations. The ceremony help people commit to learning about what it means to be a reparationist, and to taking The Pledge of Accountability. We also encourage communities to organize amongst themselves to host a Juneteeth event with a National Night of a Thousand Conversations. NOTC is a space where we communities hold conversations about full reparations.. Juneteenth will then lead to Reparations Sunday which is 8/21 this year. We hope that this conversation will lead to groups and individuals putting Reparations Sunday on their calendars. We designated the time between Juneteenth and August 21st as a period of preparations - where communities will meet to learn what they need to be accountable for in terms of slavery and its white supremacist afterlife.
Dates - All gatherings begin at 8:30 pm EST
April 21, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceyprj0oE9KYcp7c0-QfuiUqLzechoBu May 5, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEvcuisqjwvGtevcfgGy9Lz1QRUFLush-ok May 19, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAvdeqsrDgiH9fFHKLKyukw4mMTby-6QYp
This course examines the history, spiritual, conceptual (ethical and moral) and practical dimensions of reparations as a global movement.
Recently the conversation around reparations for African Americans and Indigenous is experiencing more attention than at any other time in U.S. history. This is, in part, thanks to Ta-Nehisi Coates and the continued efforts of reparations activists and organizations like NCOBRA, NAARC, and Caricom across the U.S. and throughout the African Diaspora. This course is offered in two parts: first as an introduction to the concept, history and current movement in reparations. Part two looks at the theories, cases, campaigns and spirituality that offers spiritual, ethical and political possibilities for accountability and social transformation. We will explore the many perspectives that justify and help many ground the case for faith-based reparations. This course provides an introduction to reparations by describing its history and major figures; it then explores economic, experiential, theoretical and legal bases for understanding reparations as articulated in academia, social movements, and in advocacy arenas.This course will provide an overview of the historical calls of the current movement and the possibilities toward reparations for Blacks in the U.S. Building on the key histories, theories and ideas that inform reparations, we will frame this contemporary discussion through the lens of spirituality and decoloniality to understand slavery, reconstruction, civil rights, truth and reconciliation, restorative and transitional justice. We will explore various understandings and approaches to reparations from organizations like the United Nations, the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America, National African American Reparations Commission, Caribbean Reparations Commission, UHURU solidarity, and many others. See Reparations Course for dates and registration link.
In this age of global #coronavirus pandemic, we the injustice and structural violence created through the moral and material harm of slavery is amplified. More than ever we need to employ a healing response, which is reparations. We want you to join us in a period of reflection culminating in a day of action, deploy the healing power, and create a culture of reparations in communities across the U.S.
In this age of global #coronavirus pandemic, we the injustice and structural violence created through the moral and material harm of slavery is amplyfied. More than ever we need to employ a healing response, which is reparations. We want you to join us in a period of reflection culminating in a day of action, deploy the healing power, and create a culture of reparations in communities across the U.S.
Reparations are a spiritual practice, not just a transaction. We believe reparations are a relational practice of healing spiritual, moral, and material harm. Now more than ever we need healing, religious, spiritual, and faith communities to help lead and support this work. The National Days of Reparations for Faith-Based, Spiritual and Ethically Centered Communities or #ReparationSundays serve as a path toward educating and building a culture of reparations.
Every year there are two Reparations Sundays. Each date begins with a period of preparation and is planned on historically significant dates. In the summer, we begin with Juneteenth June 19, as a period of preparation leading into the August Reparations Sunday. The period of preparations involves internal investigation, education, reflection and planning in your community for Reparations Sunday. Each August, #ReparationSunday corresponds with the International Day for the abolition of Slavery.