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Reparations: Where Do We Go from Here? Resources & Materials

Thursdays, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 14, 7:00-8:30 pm Zoom 

In the wake of Reconstructing Judaism's adoption of a resolution supporting reparations for historical and ongoing harms done to African Americans and Native Americans, we will gather together to review the case for reparations and explore historical examples of reparations and current proposals and actions for reparations in the U.S. today. What in Jewish tradition supports the case for reparations? What are our personal connections to this issue? How might we as a congregation begin to take action in this realm? The class will combine reading, conversation, and presentations from activists as we move from study to action on reparations.

We invite all who are interested in this topic to join us for exploration and conversation. We will assume some basic understanding of the issues; if you have not read it, we ask that all participants read "The Case for Reparations" by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Class #1 (Class recording)
Sources/Resources: Jewish Sources on Reparations | “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism,” Edward E. Baptist

Class #2 (Class recording)
Sources/Resources: Historical Reparations | Reparations Timeline | Video-History of Reparations

Class #3 (Class recording)
Sources/Resources: CA Task Force on Reparations
Nat'l African-American Reparations Commission
 | H.R. 40
Amherst Report | Video-Racial Wealth Gap

Class #4 (Class recording)
Sources/Resources:   Dispossession of Native Americans; The Cost of Free Land

Class #5 (Class recording)

Sun, May 19 2024 11 Iyyar 5784