Code of Ethics

  • Our organization is oriented toward the principle that good intentions do not absolve us of responsibility for confronting structural violence. It is better to speak up than be silent; better to act that just speak. It is also everyone’s responsibility to study and learn about the context of their (in)actions or speech. 
  • We do not give cash reparations. Instead, reparations are given in the form of tangible resources, like expertise, labor, equipment, or training to groups, individuals, and organizations active in the project of repair within their own communities. We do offer stipends for employment opportunities to affected communities and individuals. 
  • We work closely with people on the ground to ensure that resources are allocated and used appropriately, with sensitivity to the ways in which reparations interventions can cause unexpected disruptions in communities. 
  • Some of our projects support efforts by advocacy organizations and legal teams seeking institutional reparations, beyond grassroots efforts by individuals.
  • Many participants are active in donating  financial resources in order to enable others to make personal contact and actualize reparations. While giving reparations through Islah acknowledges responsibility for harm, it does not have legal implications for those who give. 
  • Reparations cannot be imposed. Without consent and desire from recipients, the transfer of goods or labor does not qualify as reparations. 
  • We cannot continue to remain passive as structural violence continues. While reparations are retroactive in focus, they impact the way we approach ongoing and impending violence. Reparations is not an opportunity to wash our hands of the past, or conclude the struggle for justice. It is an invitation for more and deeper lifelong commitments. 
  • For our full Code of Ethics, listed in our articles of incorporation, email us at kalirubaii@reparations.org and we will send you the full document.
  • Our organization is oriented toward the principle that good intentions do not absolve us of responsibility for confronting structural violence. It is better to speak up than be silent; better to act that just speak. It is also everyone’s responsibility to study and learn about the context of their (in)actions or speech.
  • We do not give cash reparations. Instead, reparations are given in the form of tangible resources, like expertise, labor, equipment, or training to groups, individuals, and organizations active in the project of repair within their own communities. We do offer stipends for employment opportunities to affected communities and individuals.
  • We work closely with people on the ground to ensure that resources are allocated and used appropriately, with sensitivity to the ways in which reparations interventions can cause unexpected disruptions in communities.
  • Reparations is meant to be a society-wide effort that includes both cultural shifts and institutional policy changes. While The Islah Reparations Projects encourages individuals to take personal responsibility, this alone risks normalizing structural violence. Thus, some of our projects support efforts by advocacy organizations and legal teams seeking institutional reparations, beyond grassroots efforts by individuals.
  • Many participants are active in donating  financial resources in order to enable others to actualize reparations. While giving reparations through Islah acknowledges responsibility for harm, it does not have legal implications for those who give.
  • Reparations cannot be imposed. Without consent and desire from recipients, the transfer of goods or labor does not qualify as reparations.
  • We cannot continue to remain passive as structural violence continues. While reparations are retroactive in focus, they impact the way we approach ongoing and impending violence. Reparations is not an opportunity to wash our hands of the past, or conclude the struggle for justice. It is an invitation for more and deeper lifelong commitments.
  • For our full Code of Ethics, listed in our articles of incorporation, email us at rosscaputi@reparations.org and we will send you the full document.
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