Reparations March Creativity in Action:
Suggested slogans for protest, signs, banners and placards
“The role of protest art on a March is to make the struggle for reparations irresistible!”
You can use your creative skills and talents in supporting the Afrikan Emancipation Day Reparations March. Banners and placards are tangible records of the opinions, perspectives, voices and messages of the protestors/marchers. Part of Maangamizi (Afrikan Hellacaust) resistance is to resist with words, ideas and symbolism. Creative acts, such as the construction of banners or placards are non-violent methods of defiance. They are an important part of protest aesthetics and art forms.
Your banners and placards on the March are individual or collective ways of communicating relevant Maangamizi related or reparatory justice messages to local and global audiences. This is important in terms of helping to highlight the cause that people are marching for and protesting about. Banners and placards are used as a medium for expressing grievances and dissatisfaction, identifying manifestations and legacies of the Maangamizi, making claims and/or offering solutions. They can also provide an insight into counter-thinking, ideas, policies or programmes that you, your group, organisation or community of interest support, advocate for or believe in.
Know that no matter what your personal, organisational, community, political or ideological stance, the March is of historical significance. In years to come, even your banners will be considered an important part of Afrikan heritage communities political and cultural protest history within and beyond the UK.
Of course, you can also choose your own slogans, the key points to remember are that banners and placards should:
• Be readable, clear and eye-catching;
• Educate and inform as to why you are on the March;
• Convey a particular message about Maangamizi resistance or reparatory justice demands, goals, solutions, programmes or initiatives you want to highlight to the public;
• Express such views in creative ways;
• Use text and imagery (photos, pictures, art work etc.) to make your banner or placard visually stand-out.
In case you want some inspiration, we also have come up with some slogans that we also encourage you to use. There is great value in utilising slogans that others will also use as a mark of solidarity; a way of aligning yourself with others.
You can download some of the template banners that have been developed here and add your own imagery.
1. Nothing About Us Without Us: Reparations by Our Own Peoples Power!
2. We run tings, State’s no run We – We the People will Win Reparations!
3. We organise, speak and act for ourselves! Reparations = Self-Determination!
4. We will never forget Britain’s [or Europe’s] role in the enslavement and colonisation of our people!
5. The wealth which smothers Europe was stolen from us!
6. Stolen from Afrika!
7. We demand a Reparations Commission of Inquiry now!
8. We say No to a Slavery Educational Trust! We want an Afrikan Antislavery Resistance Education Trust (ASRET)!
9. Reparations ARE the ANSWER!
10. RepairNation is Reparations! Reparations for RepairNation!
11. Reparations is internal and external repair!
12. We March with our Ancestors!
13. Afriphobia Kills – Reparations = Guarantees of Non-Repetition!
14. Our people migrate here because you are still occupying there!
15. We Must End Ecocide if We are to Survive!
16. You Stole Us, You Sold Us, You Owe Us!
17. Reparations for Gentrification! (or some other issue)
18. We have a Right to Afrika!
19. We must have every inch of Our lands, every one of Our mines and industries! [Kwame Nkrumah]
(You can also use other relevant quotes from other leaders, past and present, include a picture too).
20. Land expropriation without compensation is Reparations!
21. We will not give up a continent for an island identity- Rematriation Now!
22. No Voluntary Repatriation without Rematriation!
23. Our identity is greater than our passport nationality!
24. We have a right to recognition of our Afrikan identity!
25. Windrush was and still is a Maangamizi crime!
26. West Indies Must Fall – Self-Repair Now!
27. Community Self-Repairs Now!
28. Reparations for Afrikans at Home & Abroad!
29. Reparations for [name of group, community etc.]
30. Afrika and Afrikans worldwide must be free!
31. We support our Freedom Fighters at home and abroad!
32. Free our Political Prisoners – Reparations Now!
33. This System is killing Us: Stop the Maangamizi!
34. Stop the Maangamizi! We Charge Genocide/Ecocide!
35. Stop the Maangamizi! – Build Maatubuntuman!
36. [Name] is a Maangamizi Denier!
37. [Name] is a Maangamizi Resister!
38. [Name] is a Maangamizi Crime Scene!
39. [Name] is a Maangamizi Criminal!
40. [Name] blood is on your hands!
41. We will not be complicit in your Maangamizi Crimes!
42. We honour our Maangamizi Resisters!
43. Shut down Maangamizi Crime Scenes Now!
44. Western promotion of corruption in Afrika & the Caribbean is a Maangamizi crime!
45. It’s Time for Us to Take Reparations!
46. Reparatory Justice by Any Means Necessary!
47. The best approach to reparations for the past is to make preparations for the future.
48. “Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future” [Jomo Kenyatta]
49. None but Ourselves can heal Our kind!
50. None but Ourselves can free Our minds!
Last thing, we encourage you to take pictures of your banners and placards. Please also share them to the various Reparations March and ‘Stop the Maangamizi!’ Campaign social media sites and accounts.