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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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How Black Lives Matter Inspired a New Generation of Youth Activists

By Editors' Choice

By Ryan Bort & Kimberly Aleah— Young people across America found their voice in 2020, harnessing social media to lead the fight for change in their communities Khalea Edwards didn’t believe it at first. Someone on a text chain of organizers from Occupy City Hall STL, a movement she helped lead this past summer calling for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, informed the group in November that Krewson…

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Reparations for slavery discussed at community forum

By Reparations

By: Morgan Cook— The author of a new state law to study options for potential reparations to descendants of enslaved people led a virtual conversation Thursday evening about how to calculate and reckon with society’s debt. California Assembly member Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, joined a panel of experts for the virtual San Diego Union-Tribune Community Forum on Reparations. The conversation came in a year marked by nationwide protests against racial injustice and…

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Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego.

Newsom gets bills to study slavery reparations, require diverse corporate boards

By Reparations

By Dustin Gardiner and Alexei Koseff, SF Chronicles — California legislators approved a bill that would create a task force to study reparations for slavery for African Americans, a measure intended to eliminate disparities that linger more than 150 years after an economic and social system that kept Black people in bondage was banished. Separately, lawmakers also sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom requiring corporations in the state to…

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