Pendle Hill: Aiming for Justice

Sunday, February 2, 2020 - 15:30 to Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 12:30

Aiming for Justice: Race, Reparations, and Right Paths


Feb 2-6, 2020


A short course with Melchor Hall
(Sunday evening through Thursday lunch.)

$750/private room; $650/shared room; $350/commuter.

The Movement for Black Lives, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, and the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration and National Memorial for Peace and Justice (i.e., lynching memorial) have all led to this historical moment. White people in the US, especially those who have inherited wealth from family members, must reckon with the question of race-based reparations. While many workshops about racial injustices focus on the feelings and comfort of white participants regarding a troubled past, very few workshops ask that white participants address the material benefits of that past. This workshop asks participants to imagine what material justice might entail and to take the first steps in that direction. As a prerequisite to participation in this year’s workshop, applicants will have to commit some amount of personal or organizational wealth to race-based redistribution.


The workshop will only happen if $10,000 total has been committed by the group, so register early if you want to ensure that it will happen.


The first full day participants will engage a case study that explores Quaker historical connections to the prison industrial complex, and specifically to solitary confinement. How could Quakers make reparations for the harm this system has created? On the second full day, participants will present and discuss their individual or organizational histories, and the racial injustices embedded within. On day three, we will workshop appropriate reparatory action for individual or organizational participants, given what we will have learned on day two. Three months and six months after the workshop, participants will be invited to web conferences to update the group on progress in enacting race-based justice. Future workshop offerings will depend on participants moving beyond conversations into justice-oriented action.


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