All That DEI & Still No Reparations?!?!

July 5th-7th, 2023
7-9pm EST/4-6pm PST

a three day class on reparations frameworks

About this event

How can we focus on addressing institutional accountability and racial disparities directly, rather than talking in circles about the solutions? This three day class is for those invested in moving beyond conversations into actionable steps towards repairing harm against Black communities in the United States and will cover:

  • Defining Reparations
  • A History of Reparations within the US
  • Understanding Reparations Frameworks
  • Deep Dive into Current Reparations Models
  • Identifying Roles People of all Racial Backgrounds Can Play in this Work
  • Opportunities to Connect with Others Invested in Deep Racial Justice Work
  • Mapping Out Implementation

Facilitators will work with participants to identify what reparations models could be incorporated into their individual, communal and/or organizational commitment to racial justice.

This event will be closed captioned and ASL provided. Please contact for any additional access needs.


Question:1 Where does the fee go?
Fees collected from this training will go towards facilitators, funding community led reparations visioning space, and Black led projects.

Question:2 How will you make this event accessible?
This class will be closed captioned and will have ASL interpreters. Please contact us via the links below with any other accessibility needs.

Question:3 Who should attend this training?
Anyone interested in better understanding possible models for reparations and how to be involved in deep racial justice work. This is for folks new to the work and folks who have been doing reparations and racial justice work for years and are looking for brainstorming partners and collaborators.

Question:4 Who is running this?
Lead Facilitators

J Mase III

J Mase III is a Black/Trans/queer poet & educator based in Seattle by way of Philly. As an educator, Mase has worked with community members in the US, UK, and Canada on the needs of LGBTQIA+ folks and racial justice in spaces such as K-12 schools, universities, faith communities and restricted care facilities. He is founder of awQward, the first trans and queer people of color talent agency.

J Mase is author of And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death as well as White Folks Be Trippin’: An Ethnography Through Poetry & Prose. He is head writer for the theatrical production Black Bois.

His work has been featured on MSNBC, Essence Live, Everyday Feminism, Black Girl Dangerous, the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Blavity, the Root, the Huffington Post, TEDx and more.

Winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Non-Fiction and a Creative Capital Award, he is co-director of the forthcoming documentary, the Black Trans Prayer Book and is finishing his latest solo work, Is Your God a Violent God? Finding a Theology for Survivors.

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi

Dubbed the Ancient Jazz Priestess of Mother Africa, Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Black Nigerian, Cuban, Indigenous, American Performance Artist, Author, Educator, a Helen Hayes Award winning Playwright (Klytmnestra: An Epic Slam Poem), a 2021 Helen Merrill Award Winner, Advocate, Dramaturg, a 2x Helen Hayes Award Nominated choreographer (2016, 2018) and co-editor/co-founder of the Black Trans Prayer Book.

She is the curator and associate producer of Long Wharf Theater’s Black Trans Women At The Center: An Evening of Short Plays.

She also narrated The Netflix Docu-series Visions of Us

Apart of her work on the Black Trans Prayer Book documentary, she is producing and curating events centering Black/ Indigenous/ Brown trans people, Co-facilitating workshops focused on healing and Black Trans history.

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