Making Reparations Real: A Commitment to Healing

A YTBN Onboarding Workshop

Saturday May 29th
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM Pacific Time
(w 1-hour lunch break)

Reparations, the process of making amends and trying to repair what we can after harm has happened, is part of the process of accountability and a prerequisite to healing and reconciliation. In an era of uprisings around racial justice and a deep desire to move towards racial healing, the conversation about reparations is a critical and necessary step.

Systemic harm requires a systemic response, therefore the centuries of systemic racism against Black, Indigenous and other Peoples of Color will require reparations made by the state. At the same time, we cannot wait until the state is ready to offer amends to begin to make reparations real. 

In this workshop, we will explore the framework of reparations being used by the Yet-To-Be-Named Network (see more below) including:

  • Concrete actions that individuals can take to make reparations real.
  • Having radically honest and vulnerable conversations about our personal and ancestral relationship with wealth.
  • The different roles each of us can play in making reparations real given our own racial identities and positionally.
  • Examples of how we can organize campaigns to fight for systemic accountability and reparations.


YTBN Onboarding

The Yet-To-Be-Named Network (YTBN) is a decentralized constellation of direct action teams committed to racial and climate justice. Making Reparations Real is part of the onboarding process into the Bay Area region of network: a requirement for everyone interested in joining a Network team. However, each onboarding workshop is designed for anyone to participate, regardless of your interest in joining YTBN.

Please also note that different regions are experimenting with different models of onboarding, and there is no "official" national onboarding process at this time. CLICK HERE to learn more about the onboarding process. 

As part of a commitment to building a diverse network with leadership from Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), we will prioritize BIPOC participants, then to people who have interest in joining YTBN. We are committed to creating a space that is a minimum of 50% BIPOC registrants. 

This workshop is being offered in the Gift Economy, which means:
  • You will not be charged a fee for participating.
  • All participants will be invited to make a financial offering to support the facilitators, to contribute to local Black and Indigenous led organizing efforts, and to the Networks' Internal Reparations Fund. 
  • All gifts are voluntary, and no amount is too small or too large. 

IMPORTANT: Throughout this workshop, we will be discussing the history of violence on the lands we now call the United States. We will be asking each of us to look at our own ancestry and history to discern how we want to relate to the process of making reparations real. 

For those of us who come from communities with a history of marginalization, this could bring up a lot of old pain. For those of us who identify as white, it could bring up a lot of old guilt/shame. While creating space for whatever is real in each of us must be part of our path to healing, this workshop is not designed specifically to do that work.

While we are planning to have people present in the workshop to provide additional support for individuals in breakout spaces if necessary, we also want to ask each person to do some self reflection, to ensure that you are in a place in your life where you are able to have vulnerable yet grounded conversations about this country's history and the roles that our immediate ancestors may have played in it. 

Healing the harms that have happened here is not an easy or clean process, and we all have our own unique roles to play. At times, that means engaging in these discussions in an intentional container. Other times, it means recognizing that this is not where we are and doing self-care. Please be discerning in this process, and either way, know that you are seen, appreciated, and have a place of belonging in the Beloved Community we are working to create. 


For more than 30 years Leonie Smith, founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, has been working from an anti-racist, anti-oppressive perspective. Her approach is shaped by her own journey to find and build community that welcomes her perspective as a Black Woman, Canadian-born, of Jamaican heritage.

She has a deep commitment to anti-oppressive practices, sharing practical ways of applying Nonviolent Communication. She shares her people-centered approach for creating group, team, and organizational systems in service to creating a world that works for all as a community member and through her consultancy, The Thoughtful Workplace.

Chris Moore-Backman is an activist-organizer and author of The Gandhian Iceberg: A Nonviolence Manifesto for the Age of the Great Turning. He is also producer of Bringing Down the New Jim Crow, a radio documentary series examining the movement to end the U.S. system of mass incarceration.

Chris has worked with a variety of human rights, peace, and social justice organizations, including the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Christian Peacemaker Teams, the Alternatives to Violence Project, and Right Sharing of World Resources, and he has served on international peace teams in Colombia and Palestine. 

Born in Japan, Kazu Haga has been engaged in social change work since participating in the Interfaith Pilgrimage of the Middle Passage at the age of 17. He would go onto spend a year living in Buddhist monasteries throughout South Asia. He has over 20 years of experience in nonviolence, restorative justice, trainings and organizing.

He spent over 10 years working in social justice philanthropy while being directly involved in many social movements, from the Global Justice Movement of the late 1990s to Occupy Oakland. He has been a Kingian Nonviolence trainers since 2009, is a Core Member of the Ahimsa Collective, and the author of Healing Resistance: A Radically Different Response to Harm.

May 29, 2021 at 10am - 3pm
Virtual Event
East Point Peace Academy · · 510-500-7853

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