“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.”
In response to the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, Missouri, and the ensuing protests and anger generated throughout the community, The Truth Telling Project (TTP) began using the power of stories to connect with and galvanize thoughtful, empathetic, educated allies for Black and Brown communities. Over the years, our Activism program has also hosted seminars, commissions, and hearings, encouraging communities nationwide to listen, bear witness to, and take supportive action in response to truth telling about injustice. 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 honor and give financial support to on-the-ground activists working for racial justice through 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 Rapid Repair Activist Fund exists to provide resources to activists working for racial justice. Individuals that we name a Radical Truth Teller receive a one-time grant of up to $10,000.
“Research “I suppose the most revolutionary act one can engage in is… to tell the truth.”
— Howard Zinn
The Truth Telling Project is committed to transformative education in our schools, communities, organizations, and other networks. Educating ourselves in the most current thinking and action to do with decolonialism, anti-racist and queer affirmative work, and state-sanctioned violence, we provide engaged, radical, and participatory learning opportunities for our networks. We also nurture healing within communities that experience police violence with the hope for broader reconciliation.
It’s Time to Listen is a platform for sharing the experiences of structural racism through the lens of police violence.
Our Policy Program includes organizing 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, removing and replacing racist monuments, and the demand for voting rights and free and fair elections.
We advocate for systemic change by identifying public policy opportunities to improve the conditions of marginalized communities at the local-to-national, grassroots levels. 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 a spiritual practice. Reparations is the midpoint between truth and reconciliation.”
–TTP Co-Founders Dr. David Ragland and Dr. Melinda Salazar
We uplift faith-based and ethically centered frameworks that demand accountability due to the history and current world created by slavery. We set out to create a culture of reparations that emerges from spiritual practice, transformative education, and action.
The Grassroots Reparations Campaign (GRC) is the premiere a program of The Truth Telling Project. GRC works with those who have been doing reparations work for decades before us. We are partnered with faith-based and ethically centered social justice organizations, including the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (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 VA.
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. Visit ReparationSunday.org for additional information and to sign up to host your own Reparations Sabbath or Sunday event.