Join the Performance: National Day of Panhandling for Reparations

No commentary from me, just throwing this out to ya’ll. Tell me what you think. Do you plan to get involved? Let me know what’s up.

from Artist, Author and Speak Damali Ayo’s site:

October 10, 2007
We are taking it to the streets.
Join the First Annual National Day of Panhandling for Reparations

OCTOBER 10, 2007. People of all races across the United States will take an hour or two to sit in a range of locations in our communities: outside of businesses, libraries, museums, art galleries, or on busy street corners. We will wear signs reminding passersby of the history of slavery in the United States. We will collect reparations in the form of money from white Americans for the enslavement and free-labor of Africans and African Americans during the establishment and economic rise of this country. This money will be immediately paid out to black passersby. Both parties will be offered a receipt. We will do this to offer a convenient opportunity for American citizens to acknowledge, apologize and compensate the unpaid labor of African Americans, the travesty of slavery, and the rightful due of reparations.

Why panhandling? African Americans have tried several means to recoup reparations for the enslavement of our relatives, with little progress. Panhandling shows the last resort of African Americans after our government has ignored or denied all previous requests for reparations. Panhandling is an immediate means of exacting reparations. We offer ordinary citizens the opportunity to pay the reparations our government has denied us, or to walk past our presence on the street and continue to ignore our collective history. What choice will you make?

This work began in 2003 as a street performance by artist damali ayo. In living flag: panhandling for reparations damali panhandled for reparations on the streets of various cities across the United States. 2007 marks the first annual National Day of Panhandling for Reparations where others join damali in this performance. We plan to continue to offer this service to citizens annually until the government puts a suitable reparations program in place.

“Beyond brilliant! I love this idea.”
– Tim Wise, acclaimed anti-racist activist, author and speaker

“Wickedly funny.”
– Patricia Williams, The Nation, award winning author and law professor

If you are looking to get involved, get more info here (pdf file)

Check the performance that started it all:

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Published on August 3, 2007 at 10:13 pm. 10 Comments.
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