The theme this week is “Regenerating and Re-patterning.”

Today’s topic is New Patterns: Reparations 

01 Learn

The National Black Food and Justice Alliance, along with growing numbers of regional and local groups, including white “accomplices,” are calling for reparations of land and resources to Black and Indigenous people  to account for decades of extracted wealth. For more on the history of, and some of the numbers associated with, the economic damage in the African American community, see this infographic.

In the last several years, the US Government has settled a few lawsuits brought by American Indian tribes for mismanaging natural resources and other tribal assets. This has been a very slow process and many recognize that this has not accounted fully for the economic damage done in those communities. Clearly there is much more work to be done. 

There is also a growing chorus of voices, across race and ethnicity,  who are saying that reparations must not simply be transactional, they must be transformative in process, relationship and outcome. 

We invite you to look through the resource links above, as well as this guide from Coming to the Table that includes a variety of ways to engage in the work of reparations.   

02 ReflectWhat comes up for you as you read these resources and solutions related to reparations? How are you already, or how might you be, engaged in reparations through your food systems work, studies or community activity? Are reparations possible or enough? If not, what more or what else?  

03 Act

04 Digging Deeper, Time Permitting…