Regenerating Democracy through Repair
As we witness a global resurgence of reactionary nationalism and authoritarian transformation of political systems, we must deploy both defensive strategies that help us resist, and offensive strategies that allow us to be futurists and reimagine a future of thriving, equitable, and multi-racial democracies across the world. In order to reimagine living in this kind of world, we must have a hard, but honest conversation about how we get to that future, and whether a democracy can ultimately thrive without meaningful repair, particularly after injury from or complicity in mass atrocities.
This event will take place on during and bring together world leaders on the urgent issue of global racial and reparative justice.
Today, we are living in the legacy and presence of these systems as they have never been dismantled. From current global governance to the current global financial infrastructure, these systems are evolutions that have become normalized, and understood as just the way things are. But, we must reimagine a future outside the confines of colonialism, and build it on a framework of repair.
At this unique moment in history, local movements are merging into a unified global movement to reimagine the future of democracy through the lens of reparations. Even with public apologies from governments, religious institutions, and financial institutions, there has been no repair, or any remedy that is proportionate to the harm done.
Reparations remain a contentious issue, with outstanding questions surrounding feasibility and implementation. The goal of this event is to bring key world leaders together to demystify it, address different sides of the discourse, and reframe it as a systemic equalizer.
This event aims to:
• Cultivate solidarity among political leaders and allies across various sectors, and inspire strategic and meaningful collaboration to advance reparations for global Africa.
• Foster a safe and collaborative environment where like-minded leaders and allies can establish relationships and common ground.
• Illuminate the potential impact of a united global alliance of leaders and allies driving progress on the issue of reparations.
• Highlight the critical importance of reparations as a human rights issue, particularly in the context of rising authoritarianism and the need to regenerate democracies.
• Demonstrate how reparations links the past, present, and future, and enables self-determined development, political reconciliation, and democratic transformation
Our goal is to shift the conversation from “why” to “how” to advance reparations globally, and to emphasize the importance of solidarity with those who share our commitment to this cause. By doing so, we aim to provide both newcomers to the debate and supporters with outstanding questions a more comprehensive understanding of the current state of the global reparations movement and the path forward towards collective action.
Parameters for the discussion:
Under the Chatham House Rules, all information and comments made during the event are strictly off the record, meaning that they cannot be shared or attributed to any specific individual or organization without their express permission.
By participating in this event, attendees agree to abide by these rules, and we trust that they will honor this commitment to ensure that we have a productive and engaging discussion.