Founded in 2015, the Reparations Working Group is comprised of eight Coming to the Table members who are very much oriented to “Taking Action,” one of the four practices in CTTT’s approach to achieving its mission and vision. The group was formed after several community conference calls on “reparations” and a subsequent solicitation for volunteers. We are exploring many avenues toward “repairing the harms” of slavery and its many legacies. A starting point is promoting the continuing support by CTTT of HR 40, a bill proposed in the House of Representatives by Congressman John Conyers to establish a Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans.
In addition, the group has been working to organize into a coherent document all the reparations ideas put forth by CTTT members in the reparations community conference calls. The draft list can be found HERE. Our next step will be to host two sessions at the 2016 National Gathering, where we solicit additional ideas and develop a final list for submission to the CTTT Board.
We then plan to work with the CTTT board to prioritize those ideas and actions that CTTT can start working on first in concert with other partners. We believe that to be effective we must collaborate with other like-minded organizations if significant reparations efforts are to succeed. The group plans to provide other opportunities for CTTT members to contribute to the reparations cause.For more information, or to join the group, please contact us here.