Special News Series: Rising Up For Justice! – CA to study, consider reparations for Black residents after landmark law passed

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This post is one installment in an ongoing news series: a “living history” of the current national and international uprising for justice.

Today’s movement descends directly from the many earlier civil rights struggles against repeated injustices and race-based violence, including the killing of unarmed Black people. The posts in this series serve as a timeline of the uprising that began on May 26, 2020, the day after a Minneapolis police officer killed an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by kneeling on his neck. The viral video of Floyd’s torturous suffocation brought unprecedented national awareness to the ongoing demand to truly make Black Lives Matter in this country.

The posts in this series focus on stories of the particular killings that have spurred the current uprising and on the protests taking place around the USA and across the globe. Sadly, thousands of people have lost their lives to systemic racial, gender, sexuality, judicial, and economic injustice. The few whose names are listed here represent the countless others lost before and since. Likewise, we can report but a few of the countless demonstrations for justice now taking place in our major cities, small towns, and suburbs.

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California to study, consider reparations for Black residents after landmark law passed

By N’dea Yancey-Bragg, USA Today

October 1, 2020

Governor Newsom signing bill into law
CA Gov. Gavin Newsom signs into law a bill that establishes a task force to come up with recommendations on reparations for Black Americans.
Office of the Governor via Associated Press

California has become the first state to adopt a law that requires a study of how the state could provide reparations to Black residents and the descendants of slaves.

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the historic law Wednesday that creates a nine-member task force dedicated to coming up with recommendations for what form reparations might take and who would be eligible to receive them. The task force must have its first meeting no later than June 1 and submit its recommendations to the state Legislature one year later…

Reparations could come in the form of cash payments, student loan forgiveness, public works projects or job training. The law doesn’t limit the payment to slavery but requires the task force give special consideration for Black people who are descendants of slaves.

The law was championed by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat and chair of California’s Legislative Black Caucus. Weber said Wednesday that while many are waiting for federal guidance on reparations, California has a responsibility to lead the way.

“California has come to terms with many of its issues, but it has yet to come to terms with its role in slavery,” she said in a news conference after Newsom signed the bill. “After 400 years, we still have that impact.

“If we can do it others can do it also,” she said…

The law was signed amid months of nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality, but Weber emphasized that this bill was written long before the death of George Floyd and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

After Floyd died in police custody in May, some mayors and local officials proposed ways to examine the impact of slavery and help atone for it, including reparations.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, calls on lawmakers to create a task force to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans, during the Assembly session in Sacramento, CA.

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