Reparations Circle update
Hello Friends,

We hope that you are doing well during these challenging times.

We appreciate your interest and commitment to the CTTT - RVA Reparations Action Circle to "repair what is broken" and move reparations from discussion to action.

As promised, this is the first of our every other week communication initiative about upcoming opportunities and how you can help. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Tina Slaughter and Frank Moseley II
Reparations Circle Co-Conveners

Reparations Activity From Around The Country
Asheville, North Carolina - City Council adopted a resolution (July 14, 2020) formally apologizing for enslavement and forced segregation and the destruction of successful black communities in the area; directed the City Manager to develop recommendations to create generational wealth; and, established a Community Reparations Commission to make recommendations to repair the damage caused by systemic Racism. The resolution does not make any direct payments to local black families. See this NPR article for more information.

Evanston Illinois - City Council, in November 2019, approved a plan to use the sales tax revenue collected from newly legalized recreational marijuana purchases to a fund reparations. The Council created a sub-committee to work with residents, City staff and experts to explore and identify programs and opportunities to be supported by the Reparations Fund. Get more information at

California - General Assembly passed a bill creating a task force to study what reparations should look like, who would be eligible to receive compensation, and recommend, among other things, the appropriate mechanism for redress as it pertains to California’s role in the enslavement of Black people. The bill needs to be approved by the State Senate and signed by the governor to become law. See the following for more information:

What's Next

Brown vs Board of Education Scholarship Program: We continue to support the expansion of this program to extend beyond to descendants of the students impacted by the closing of public schools in Prince Edward and other VA counties. Watch for information about the ‘Write-In Campaign’ during the next legislative session. - LEARN MORE

Reparations in VA: Given our state's political climate and an unprecedented desire to create lasting equity and ensure equality in this country, we feel that now is the time to create a reparations commission right here in VA. Let's explore and identify opportunities and actions that can help us make this happen.
Please include me in this discussion:

"What I’m talking about is more than recompense for past injustices—more than a handout, a payoff, hush money, or a reluctant bribe. What I’m talking about is a national reckoning that would lead to spiritual renewal. Reparations would mean the end of scarfing hot dogs on the Fourth of July while denying the facts of our heritage. Reparations would mean the end of yelling 'patriotism' while waving a Confederate flag. Reparations would mean a revolution of the American consciousness, a reconciling of our self-image as the great democratizer with the facts of our history. "
- Ta-Nehisi Coates