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Larry Elder

Democrats won the California recall by invoking Trump. There’s more of that coming

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Philip Elliott, TIME — He wasn’t on the ballot, but ex-President Donald Trump lost Republicans their hopes of recalling California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. The result signals bad fortune for the GOP in statewide elections coming this year in Virginia and New Jersey. It may also hint at how Democrats may yet survive the 2022 midterms that even the most optimistic party loyalists anticipate will be very difficult. A…

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Shirley Weber

Why California’s slavery reparations task force has the power to transform us all

By Reparations

If the task force commissions a school curriculum about slavery in the state, Californians will see more clearly how the past informs the present. By Kevin Waite, LA Times — Unless your school experience was atypical, you probably weren’t taught about the history of slavery in California. That could change for future generations, thanks in part to a new state task force that’s considering the question of reparations for the descendants of…

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African Americans were used as slave labour in California and other western US territories during the 1850s. (

The little-known story of how slavery infiltrated California and the American west

By Reparations

By Kevin Waite, The Conversation — The history of American slavery generally conjures a set of familiar images: sprawling plantations white with cotton, gangs of enslaved African Americans stooped low over the fields, bullwhips cracking in the summer heat. It’s a strictly southern story – or so we’re told. But that narrative misses a huge swath of the North American map and a crucial chapter in US history. American slavery…

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A receipt for the purchase of an 18-year-old enslaved woman named Jane for $4,300. The document was captured from a Confederate ship during the Civil War.

My ancestor was in the slave trade. As California considers reparations, what do I owe?

By Reparations

By Lois Requist, Desert Sun — The receipt for the sale of a 9-year-old girl. That, and Derek Chauvin’s knee on George Floyd’s neck for nine minutes, got my attention. Until these two events, I wasn’t sure what reparations had to do with me, a white woman who has always lived in the American West and who has abhorred the idea of slavery for as long as I’ve known about it….

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Gentrification: A State of Emergency In Black America – The Case of Crenshaw in LA

By Gentrification, News & Current Affairs, Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Monday, July 12, 2021 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with special guest Damien Goodman. Topic Gentrification: A State of Emergency in Black America The Case of the Crenshaw Subway Coalition Special Guest Damien Goodman, Executive Director, Crenshaw Subway Coalition, Los Angeles, CA Plus The Professor on the Soap Box Ways to listen Live (Radio) — Mondays 3-4PM on WBAI, 99.5FM,…

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LA's Eric Garcetti

11 U.S. Mayors Commit To Developing Pilot Projects For Reparations

By Reparations

By The Associated Press — Eleven U.S. mayors, from Los Angeles to tiny Tullahassee, Oklahoma, have pledged to pay reparations for slavery to a small group of Black residents in their cities, saying their aim is to set an example for the federal government on how a nationwide program could work. The mayors had no details on how much it would cost, who would pay for it or how people…

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Kansas City, Missouri

Communities across the country are talking about reparations. What about Kansas City?

By Reparations

Kansas City groups are talking about reparations as cities such as Evanston, Illinois, either implement or discuss their own programs to address past harm to Black residents. By Jonathan Shorman — Every Congressional session for nearly three decades, the late Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan introduced HR 40, calling for a national commission to study the impact of slavery and discriminatory policies on African Americans and to recommend remedies,…

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Dr. Shirley Weber

California Reparations Committee Confronts Harms of Slavery, Debates Direct Payments

By Reparations

By Jackie Botts, Jackie Bottz, Cal Matters — For more than three decades, Black members of Congress have introduced legislation to study the lasting harms of slavery on African Americans, and propose remedies. Year after year, the federal proposal languished. Now, California is doing it alone. This month, California’s first-in-the-nation task force to study reparations met for the first time, kicking off a two-year process to study the consequences of slavery…

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CA Reparations Task Force Elects Chair, Vice Chair at First Meeting

CA Reparations Task Force Elects Chair, Vice Chair at First Meeting

By Reparations

The California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans hosted its first public meeting June 1, 2021. By Bo Tefu, CBM Newswire The virtual gathering marked the official launch of the first-in-the-nation initiative organized to investigate how a state engaged in and benefitted from slavery, and how it practiced or condoned racial discrimination, excluding African Americans from economic and other opportunities. During the meeting that lasted…

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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, wears a face mask as she calls on lawmakers to create a task force to study and develop reparation proposals for African Americans, during the Assembly session in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 11, 2020. The Assembly approved the bill that now goes to the Senate.

California task force launches study of slave reparations

By Reparations

By Janie Har, Associated Press A first-in-the-nation task force in California to study and recommend reparations for African Americans held its inaugural meeting Tuesday, launching a two-year process to address the harms of slavery and systemic racism despite the federal government’s inaction. The nine members of the task force, appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders, include the descendants of slaves who are now prominent lawyers, academics and politicians….

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A monument in Manhattan Beach commemorates Charles and Willa Bruce, whose land was taken by the city in a campaign against Black families in the area.

California’s Novel Attempt at Land Reparations

By Reparations

Property seized from a Black family a century ago is being returned to their descendants. By Michael Scott Moore, The New Yorker More than a hundred years ago, on a stretch of California coast now reminiscent of “Baywatch,” a young Black couple named Charles and Willa Bruce bought the first of two adjacent plots of beachfront property next to some barren dunes in Manhattan Beach, in Los Angeles County. The…

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Committee members needed for SF Reparations Task Force

By News & Current Affairs

By Ella Sogomonian— SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – “This is a time for us to run and save our people intellectually, economically, socially, spiritually, culturally,” Rev. Dr. Amos C. Brown, president of the NAACP San Francisco, said. The NAACP President of the San Francisco chapter referring to the reparations that the county plans to pay descendants of African American slaves. The next step in the process is forming an advisory…

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