Community Reparations

Committed to Reparations

AARN provides advocacy tools, research, and capacity building to descendant communities in their efforts to secure racial justice and reparation initiatives. Highlighted below are several of the communities we collaborate with. If you would like to work with AARN, join the Redress Network and contact us for more information.

Highlighted in red represents the states where AARN has directly collaborated on reparation efforts.

Other Projects

TAP

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. AARN and TAP worked together to create a public campaign in support of reparations in Tulsa, OK. AARN and TAP also collaborated with local organizations in Boston, Massachusetts to forward a state-wide reparations campaign.

HR40

AARN provided research to Congressperson Sheila Jackson Lee to support HR40. Utilizing AARN’s mapping data, a list of 165 municipal and state sponsored reparation efforts were provided to Congressperson Jackson Lee demonstrating the significant call and need for US racial reparations.

Reparationist Stories

The AARN is collecting oral histories from those who have worked on U.S. Reparation efforts. We are currently collaborating with Reparations4slavery to use excerpts from these interviews for training modules on historic harms. Reparations4slavery will use these as part of their curriculum to help white individuals make reparations to Black Americans. Our first interview featured advocates Waymon Hinson and Shoun Hill from the Black Farmers’ Reparation movement, who produced a documentary on their work “I’m Just a Layman in Pursuit of Justice.” Recently, we interviewed Ald. Simmons on her historic work in Evanston, IL.  Ald. Simmons is now Founder and Director of First Repair, an organization committed to assisting other municipalities with their reparation efforts.  

The Fund for Reparations Now

Who we are: The Fund for Reparations Now launched their Red Summer 1919-2021 Digital Memorial. This was a collaborative project between the National African American Reparations Commission and The Fund for Reparations Now. The goal was 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.

Historical context: 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. 

What we do: Approximately 80 posts began April 13th and extended through the month of November 2021 to acknowledge and educate about the occurrences that comprised the Red Summer. Each post provided a date, a geographical location, and in some cases, individual victims to memorialize. Funds raised through this campaign supported efforts in Elaine, AK.