Supporting Organizations Committed to Reparations
An important part of our work is partnering with grassroots organizations. We provide technical assistance through advocacy tools, research, and support capacity building. Below are some of our fantastic partners and their current projects that we are supporting. If you would like to partner with AARN, join the Redress Network and contact us for more information.
The Fund for Reparations Now
We are supporting The Fund for Reparations Now and their Red Summer 1919-2021 Digital Memoria. This is a collaborative project between the National African American Reparations Commission and The Fund for Reparations Now. The goal is to share the stories of the Red Summer 1919 in real time over the course of 2021 that no American should enter 2022 ignorant of this historical period.
The Red Summer took place over an eight month period in which anti-Black riots and lynchings occurred across the South into the North and the Midwest.
There will be some 80 posts beginning April 13th and extending through the month of November to acknowledge and educate about the occurrences that comprise of the Red Summer. Each post will have a date, a geographical location, and in some cases, individual victims to memorialize.
This project will support the efforts of Africatown CHESS. The objective of this project is to create a historic walking tour for the Africatown community.
Part of the tour will include the cemetery of Africatown where the enslaved peoples who were brought illegally to Atlanta in 1860 are buried. The enslaved peoples arrived to the U.S. on board the Clotilda. The Clotilda was the last ship to make the transatlantic trip with enslaved Africans on board. This occurred long after the importation of enslaved peoples from Africa was banned. To hide the evidence, the ship was burned and sunk in the Mobile River.
The Amendment Project aims to mobilize college-age students to lobby city councils for reparations resolutions as well as bring reparations further into our political discourse. TAP is currently working on a Boston, Massachusetts-based campaign.
AARN is working to collect oral histories from those who have worked on U.S. Reparation efforts. The AARN plans to preserve and share these interviews so that others might learn from fellow reparationists. Our first interview featured advocates Waymon Hinson and Shoun Hill from the Black Farmers’ Reparation movement. To learn more, please visit the website for the film “I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice.” This film, written by Hinson and Hill, chronicles the injustice of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, also known as “the last plantation,” and the lived experiences of Black farmers who chose to fight against discrimination.
This project aims to support the efforts of Brown Grove, VA, a predominately Black community that was settled by freed slaves. Currently, the preservation of this land is being threatened by private development. AARN will work alongside the Brown Grove Preservation Group. Through archival research, the collection of first-person narratives, and title searches, we hope to develop a comprehensive history of Brown Grove and trace its land ownership since its time as a plantation.
Coalition on Redress in Virginia
The African American Racial Redress Network is excited to work with the Virginia Redress Network Coalition. This Coalition aims to educate the public and government officials about local redress efforts. Additionally, the Virginia Redress Network Coalition is working to create opportunities for collaboration with other VA grassroots organizations to embolden local reparation campaigns.