Founded in 2015, the Reparations Working Group is comprised of Coming to the Table members who are very much oriented to “Taking Action,” one of the four pillars 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. The Working Group facilitated two breakout sessions at the 2016 National Gathering, where we solicited additional ideas, and subsequently met with the CTTT Board of Managers to discuss next steps.
In June 2017, the Working Group reached out once again to members and supporters of CTTT for their input on the updated draft, and began to reach out to other groups who have been working on reparations efforts. We believe that to be effective we must collaborate with other like-minded organizations if significant reparations efforts are to succeed. The Working Group plans to provide multiple opportunities for CTTT members to contribute to the reparations cause.
For more information, or to join the group, please contact us here.