Newsom pick for CA secretary of state spearheaded reparations bill

Tuesday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced Shirley Weber is his pick for California Secretary of State. Weber will fill the role that was held by Alex Padilla, who will take the vacant Senate Seat for Kamala Harris.

Newsom wrote “a fearless advocate with unimpeachable integrity and moral clarity — there’s no one better suited for the job of Secretary of State than @AsmShirleyWeber.”

He added “With her, CA will continue to be a model for the nation in expanding democratic participation and access to the ballot box.”

Weber, a Democrat from San Diego, had her reparations bill signed into law in September.

Per Fox News “the legislation calls for a nine-member task force to study how slavery has impacted Black people in California develop recommendations on how reparations should be distributed to begin to address the harms of slavery and structural racism in the country.”

The bill to create a “task force” to study reparations for African Americans passed the California Assembly by a 56-5 vote in June.

Weber 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

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted June 10th.

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.