Reparations Action Plan For Activists, Organizations and Governments

David Comissiong
July 2018

1. Acquire and inculcate in ourselves, our people, our institutions, and our Governments a deep knowledge of our history.

2. Systematically identify, expose, and root out all still existing structural and institutional discriminatory practices and built-in obstacles to the advancement of Black or African people in our nations and in the international arena.

3. Consciously strive for, uphold and apply the principle of the “Just Society” (a society in which there has been a transformation of currently existing inequitable and exploitative economic and power relationships) — inclusive of the application of that principle to our own Governments and their relations with us, their very own citizens.

4. Engage in “Self Repair” at the individual, communal and national levels by taking measures to identify all vestiges of notions of white superiority / black inferiority in our culture and psyches, and to remove them.

5. Uphold and insist upon the application of the principle that we Black or African people came across the Middle Passage as an undifferentiated dispossessed mass of people in the bottom of the hold of a slave ship, and that — in this contemporary era — we are committed to NOT leaving any of our brothers or sisters behind in slavery-like conditions of poverty and powerlessness.

6. Facilitate our people in carrying out — at the mass level — a reevaluation of their history and of themselves, in order to perceive the gravity of the injustice done to them and to feel the tragic historical loss they have suffered– all in an effort to generate mass support for the Reparations cause.

7. Engage in Governmental diplomacy campaigns (utilizing our Ministries of Foreign Affairs and embassies) and other outreach efforts designed to explain our history and our interlinked Reparations cause to the world, in order to bring fellow black or African nations on board the Reparations campaign and to generally win allies for the cause.

9. Engage in popular Groundings with our people in order that they might deliberate on and generate a popular consensus on the vital questions of Reparations, namely : an estimation of the damage done to us as a people ; a calculation of the appropriate reparative measures (programmes) and capital transfers ; and a design of the appropriate structures and procedures for administering Reparations funds and other resources.

10. Build our “Reparations Infrastructure” by creating Reparations research institutions and by establishing national, regional, and international interlinked networks of Reparations organizations and activists.

11. At the level of our Pan-Africanist civil society :– prepare, file, and prosecute Reparations law cases against relevant European and North American companies and institutions.

12. At the level of our Governments : — carry out the preparatory work for a final and decisive historical, moral, and legal multilateral “Reparations Reckoning” with the Governments of the relevant European and North American countries.

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