“Virtual Panhandling for Reparations” (better late than never)

Completely forgot this despite constant reminders on Facebook and other blogs. This one from Kameelah writes

National Day of Panhandling for Reparations is a national street performance on October 10, 2007, led by conceptual artist damali ayo.


I am participating in this performance because I believe that a conversation about reparations has been pushed aside for way too long. This country has paid reparations for some of its past injustices, but not for slavery. Why not? I am sitting with this sign to show that I want reparations for American Slavery to move forward.

You can participate too. Bloggers- spread this post to any and all blogs that you belong to. This performance is a great way to generate dialogue and re-energize the stalled conversation about reparations, and a great way to show the power of blogs for connecting people, art, social issues and dialogue!

Here is How to Panhandle Online:

note: If you want to physically participate by panhandling on a street corner in your community, sign up here.

1-REPOST this post to your blog under the title “Virtual Panhandling for Reparations” Remember to include this entire post, including these instructions and the “about” section below.

2-TAKE A PHOTO of yourself with a handmade sign that reads “Reparations accepted here” or “I support Reparations.” Post this to your blog with the reason you find this performance worth your participation. Try to inspire others to participate.

3-EMAIL YOUR PHOTO with your name, city and state to pictures@reparationsday.com. A collection of all the photos will be posted here (include the link) on October 11th.

4- COLLECT ACTUAL REPARATIONS! Click here to make a reparations payment. The money will be collected and redistributed to individual African Americans. Those who make and receive payments will receive a receipt (via paypal).

The National Day of Panhandling for Reparations Voice Mail is (971) 285-4820 Share your experiences, thoughts, opinions, excitements, concerns, and most importantly stories! On the day itself you can give this number out to people who can call in and share their thoughts.
Help us collect all the participating blogs and virtual panhanlders. Paste the following code at the end of your post Panhandling for Reparations

Make sure everyone knows that you are a virtual panhandler for reparations by posting a banner. Grab the code from Kameelah’s blog

Copy this code into your profile to display this banner!

Copy this code into your profile to display this banner!

About 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.

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. In each of her locations she engaged a steady flow of reparations received and paid. October 10, 2007 marks the first annual National Day of Panhandling for Reparations where others join damali in this performance.

Even more Info:
The Basics Panhandling Instruction Kit, Video, Audio, Questions etc.

Q&A with Heather Day
Get Reparations Gear!
See all the Virtual Panhandlers! Photos will be posted on October 11, 2007
More on damali ayo