“Research indicates that the country is not likely to escape its historic cycles of violence and racial oppression without addressing this painful and troubled history” – Yes Magazine
Starting with community activism in St. Louis following the shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown JR. the protests that followed and the anger it generated throughout the community, we have engaged in stories that galvanize thoughtful, empathetic and educated allies for Black and communities of color. Over the years, the Truth Telling Project’s Activism program has hosted seminars, commissions and hearings, encouraging communites nationwide to listen, participate and bear witness to black and communities of color. Our programs honor and provide financial support to the ongoing work of activists committed to change across the country.
The Radical Truth Teller Award
We support activists on the ground around issues of racial justice to encourage Black and people of color led action.
Rapid Repair Activist Fund
In a time when truth is questioned, we need to support those who boldly stand up to tell the truth.
The intention of the Rapid Repair Activist Fund is to provide resources for activists-on-the-ground to receive a one-time grant up to $10,000.
I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is … to tell the truth.
We are committed to transformative and participatory education in our schools, communities, organizations, and within our Network. We educate ourselves in the most current thinking and actions about decolonialism, anti-racism, queer affirmative and state-sanctioned violence. We provide engaged, radical, and participatory learning opportunities for our Networks. We nurture healing within communities that experience police violence with the hope for broader reconciliation.
It’s Time to Listen
The It’s Time To Listen platform shares the experiences of structural racism through the lens of police violence.
Our Policy Program includes organizing for support for HR40 Commission to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act, the call for abolishing white supremacy, defunding the police, ending police brutality and the demand for voting rights and free and fair elections.
We advocate for systemic change by identifying public policy opportunities to improve the experiences of marginalized communities at the national and grassroots level.
We are committed to defunding police as a strategy of abolishing the white supremacist systems that lead to police brutality and violence against BIPOC communities.
Reparations is the midpoint between Truth and Reconciliation
We uplift faith-based, healing and ethically centered frameworks that demand accountability to the history and current world created by slavery. We aim to create a culture of reparations that emerges from spiritual practice, transformative education and action.
GRASSROOTS REPARATIONS CAMPAIGN
The Grassroots Reparations Campaign is a program of The Truth Telling Project. We work with those who have been doing reparations work for decades before us. We partner with faith-based and ethically oriented social justice organizations: the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America’s (N’COBRA), Fellowship of Reconciliation Atlanta , Community of Living Traditions , Psychoanalysis for Social Responsibility,) Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity, Center for Jubilee, Reconciliation and Healing, Racial Justice Rising, Coming to the Table and Coming to the Table RVA.
In this age of a global pandemic, environmental crises, and rising polarization and hatred, the injustice and structural violence originally created through the moral and material harm of slavery is visible. More than ever we need to employ a response that holds us accountable to healing and repairing past harms. This year’s Reparations Sabbath and Reparations Sunday provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our complicity and to take action.