BREAKING: African American Reparation Bill Passes California Assembly

A proposal to create a “task force” to study reparations for African Americans has passed the California Assembly by a 56-5 vote.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted Wednesday:

I support the legislative package put forward by the CA Legislative Black Caucus chairs @AsmShirleyWeber and @SteveBradford — to restore voting rights to those serving parole, end the CA ban on affirmative action, seek reparations for Black Americans and more.

CBSLocal reports a proposal to establish a task force to study and prepare recommendations for how to give reparations to African Americans passed the California Assembly on Thursday.

The bill advanced with a 56-5 vote as protests nationwide over police brutality re-energized the movement for racial justice and activists pressed for sweeping reforms. It is a top priority for California’s Legislative Black Caucus.

If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, eight people with backgrounds in racial justice reforms would lead a study into who would be eligible for compensation and how it should be awarded.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a Democrat from San Diego who wrote the bill, said the study would reiterate California’s history of abetting slavery, even as it joined the union as a “free state” in 1850.

“The discriminatory practices of the past echo into the everyday lives of today’s Californians,” said Weber, who leads the Legislative Black Caucus.

The panel would start meeting no later than June 2021

Congress last June held the first hearing on reparations in over a decade about a bill to study providing compensation to atone for the country’s history of slavery. But the legislation did not make it to a vote.