WHAT IS THE REPARATIONS CHALLENGE?
The Reparations Challenge was created by the Uhuru Solidarity Movement, an organization of white people under the leadership of the African People’s Socialist Party, to generate a discussion in the white community about our responsibility to pay reparations to the black or African community for hundreds of years of oppression that continues today.
The Reparations Challenge is a call to go deeper than “unlearning racism” or offering charity that maintains the status quo where all of the power and resources remain in the hands of white people.
It is a call from the African liberation movement for white people to face the reality that there are two Americas, one reality in which white people enjoy prosperity, opportunity and have 22 times the wealth of the average black family, and another reality in which African people are gunned down by the police every 26 hours, locked up in droves in the U.S. prison system, and face colonial conditions of extreme poverty.
The Reparations Challenge is a way for everyday white people to pay reparations to African people using our own skills and talents. It is time for every white person in the U.S. and throughout the world to “Take the Reparations Challenge” and commit to raising money towards the revolutionary programs of the African People’s Socialist Party, the organization fighting to liberate Africa and African people everywhere. This is not charity; it is reparations!
Below you will find ideas so you can decide on how you plan to Take the Reparations Challenge!
Why Reparations? Watch this video to learn more!
Check out the Reparations Challenge Facebook Group here. Learn how white people are doing events, activities, workshops, and asks to raise reparations to African people!
Take a selfie holding up a sign that says “I pledge to raise $X in reparations to African people” and post it on the Reparations Challenge Group facebook page. Along with your photo, post YOUR pledge of solidarity and why you are doing this.
Take the Reparations Challenge! Fill out the form here. Tell us your plan to raise money and we will provide support to you!
Participate in our weekly phone conference of the International Days in Solidarity with African People (DSAP) committee every Sunday from 11:30-1:30 PST, 2:30-4:30 EST. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for call-in information.
Make a video of yourself taking the Reparations Challenge and call on your friends and family to do the same! Submit your video to email@example.com. Here’s a sample script:
My name is _____ and I live in [city and state]. I am taking the Reparations Challenge because I recognize that I benefit on a daily basis from the exploitation of African and oppressed people. I am sick of living at the expense of 80% of the world’ population which lives off of less than $10 a day. I don’t think it is fair that white people in the U.S. have 22 times the wealth as black people. I can no longer stand silently when I see the police murders of black people like Freddie Gray and Mike Brown. I am raising [amount of money you plan to raise] by [describe your activity – workshop, event, etc.] I urge you to take the Reparations Challenge too, or make a donation in my name? Simply go to www.uhurusolidarity.org and click on the red box that says “Pay Reparations!”
What Can I Do to Raise Money for My Reparations Challenge?
Reparations Challenges are one of the single most important ways that USM members and supporters can actively participate in a material stand of solidarity with African people by turning over resources to the African People’s Socialist Party. Reparations work involves raising resources to support the programs of the African People’s Socialist Party – programs designed for African self-determination and the upliftment of the African community. We can stand in solidarity with these efforts in a concrete way by turning back over the wealth that has been acquired by the Euro American community historically through the enslavement of African people and through the continued colonization and exploitation of African people.
All YOU have to do is be creative in how you raise these resources! USM members have achieved this in a variety of ways with great success, raising thousands of dollars a year!
Here’s What Our Members Say
USM member Wendy Craig is raising $1,500 in 2016
“I am excited this year to fundraise $1,500 as part of the Reparations Challenge Campaign. I plan to hold several workshops on how to make natural products such as laundry soap, lip balm, deodorant and more! I also repurpose furniture and hope to sell them at an event! I know that every dollar I raise goes to the liberation of African people and I am determined to do my part because this is a concrete way I can show my solidarity! This is the great thing about being a member of USM; there are so many ways we can take real action as opposed to being simply well-wishers.”
How Can I Participate?
All you have to do is complete the Reparations Challenge form. Within a week, a USM member will contact you to discuss your plan and assist you in ideas to achieve it. This USM member will become your sponsor – someone who is there for you to help you in any way possible to achieve your fundraising goal!
The main thing is to make a goal using one or more of the activities detailed below and win people to join the right side of humanity!
Once you turn in your form, take a selfie (a picture of yourself) holding up a sign that says “I pledge to raise $X in reparations to African people” and post it on the Reparations Challenge Group facebook page. Along with your photo, post YOUR pledge of solidarity and why you are doing this.
Make a one-minute video and post it on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add it to our Reparations Challenge video for YouTube.
- State your name and your city
- State why you are taking the Reparations Challenge
- State what your activity is and how much you plan to raise
- Closing statement urging others to join you
How to Make Donations
Donations can be made in the following ways:
- Make an online donation on the Uhuru Solidarity Movement website.(Click on the red “Pay Reparations” icon)
- Write a check to “Uhuru” and mail it to Uhuru Solidarity Movement, PO Box 3630, St Petersburg, FL 33731
Members and supporters got creative in 2015! We know 2016 will be even more amazing!
Last year, USM members and supporters kicked it up a notch in raising reparations! Several members have held workshops and events, with more to come!
In 2015, Chelsea Hirsch held an event called “The Only Thing Better Than Chocolate is Revolution” raising over $500 as she taught people the benefits of raw chocolate and how to make delicious treats. Wendy Craig raised over $500 as well with “The Revolution Starts at Home”, a workshop on how to make natural laundry detergent! USM member starr taught people how to surf with her “Surfing with a Purpose” workshops this summer! Other members held music benefits, poetry events, and other workshops! What will YOU do in 2016?
Friends and family
Make a list of family members and friends who you think might support this campaign. Either speak to them personally or send an email with the Reparations Now! article. Discuss the information in the DSAP Call and ask them what they think. Ask them to make an online donation on the Uhuru Solidarity Movement website or write a check to “Uhuru” and send it to PO Box 3630, St Petersburg, FL 33731.
Who needs an excuse for a party? With Labor Day or any other occasion you can think of, this is the perfect way to combine fun with a purpose! Create an Evite or invite people another way, but in the invitation, use this brief description (or adapt it to fit your own style):
“I am having this party to support the Days in Solidarity with African People. Taking a stand in solidarity and unity with reparations for African and oppressed peoples ends our isolation from the rest of the world. It supports a process to end racism and injustice by supporting the struggle for national liberation that will end the colonial system that has oppressed so many for the past 500 years!”
At your party, have a table with envelopes, pens and the Reparations Now! article and Reparations Challenge Form so that people can make their pledges. Even better, have a laptop computer with the USM home page “Pay Reparations”button up and ready for people to make their pledges and donations online!
If you want to go even deeper, play a this excellent short video by Penny Hess “White Reparations to African People” video for the group in order to encourage them to make a donation and give them more information about the urgency of this campaign.
Grab the rolling pin and put on your apron because you are baking for a cause!
When doing a bake sale, make sure you figure in the cost of your supplies (unless you plan to donate that cost to the cause) and make sure you recoup that amount when figuring out the cost of your product. Asking people for a donation (with a base price such as $2) often raises more money than pricing out the items. Another thing that works is to set a price for one item and then sell 2 or 3 items for a set price (E.g., 1 item is $2 and any 3 items for a $5 or larger donation).
Brownies, lemon bars and bread mixes are usually the most cost effective and less time-intensive than cookies. Even better is to get day old bakery items and sell those! Sell your products at work, around the neighborhood, at a community event or farmers market.
Who needs spring cleaning when you can clear out your unwanted and unused items for a cause like this? An end-of summer or early fall yard sale is the perfect way to raise money! You can sometimes advertise it for free in the local paper or put on your local Craigslist. While you’re at it, set up a display table with the Reparations Now! article and Reparations Challenge Form so that people can make pledges if so inclined! People interested in taking the Reparations Challenge themselves can also fill out the form online here.
If you have a birthday coming up, use this as an opportunity to give up a little of your own material gain for the larger gain of humanity and liberation! If people have a habit of giving you a gift or birthday money, request that they make a donation to the USM home page “Pay Reparations” button and put your name in the “memo’ box. Or take that birthday money and write your own check to “Uhuru” and send it to
Uhuru Solidarity Movement, PO Box 3630, St Pete, FL 33731
or make an online donation on the Uhuru Solidarity Movement website. Some of our USM members have found it very rewarding to turn their birthday party into a fundraising party: NO gifts, just pledges and donations!
Post your own personal message on Facebook with a link to the USM home page “Pay Reparations” button. Some of the statements we like are:
“There is something wrong with this system when we see that Whites hold 20 times the wealth of Africans! Help overturn this wealth gap by taking a stand of solidarity with the liberation of African people. Support the Days in Solidarity with African People campaign and donate today!” (Then add link to the USM home page “Pay Reparations” button)
“African is the richest continent in the world but 85% of its resources go towards maintaining the lifestyle we enjoy as white people! Take a stand of solidarity with the liberation of African people and return the resources to Africans! Support the Days in Solidarity with African People campaign and donate today!” (Then add link to the USM home page “Pay Reparations” button.)
“We as white people have expropriated most of the world’s resources to maintain our lifestyle. We can unthinkingly drink a $5 latte every day, while the vast majority of the world’s population lives on less than a dollar a day. Give up your lattes for one month and donate that $150 to support the Days in Solidarity with African People campaign! Take a stand of solidarity with the liberation of African people!” (Then add link to the USM home page “Pay Reparations” button.)