reparations

California Assembly Passes Reparations Resolution  

The process the California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) promised to initiate to pass a package of reparations bills began Feb. 26, on the Assembly floor at the State Capitol with the passage of Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 135.

Black Californians hope state reparations don’t become another broken promise

San Francisco resident Pia Harris hopes for reparations in her lifetime. But the nonprofit program director is not confident that California lawmakers will turn the recommendations of a first-in-the-nation task force into concrete legislation given pushback from opponents who say slavery was a thing of the past.

Black Church and NHL Penguins reach historic land-use accord

More than 60 years ago, a historic Black church was forced to give up its sanctuary, compensated for what it says was a fraction of its value, to an urban renewal project that wiped out the heart of an African American neighborhood known as the Hill District.  Now, Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is poised to recoup some of that loss and reclaim a spot near its former home. It has reached an agreement with the Pittsburgh Penguins – the NHL franchise that now holds development rights to the site near its current arena – for the church to use

Is Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday Supposed to Be Enough? Do We Not Deserve Reparations?

African Americans have been enslaved more than once in their lifespan. In fact, the community is still enslaved today because most African Americans suffer the long-term social-economic effects that slavery has had on us as a people both directly and indirectly. Do you, as an African American person reading this article, feel free? Are you as an African American parent having to coach your children about what to do when encountering police authority? Do you as an African American feel there are fewer opportunities for you to get ahead based on the color of your skin? Do you as an

Californians Await Key Decisions from Reparations Task Force

Nearly two years into the California reparations task force’s work, the group still has yet to make key decisions that will be at the heart of its final report recommending how the state should apologize and compensate Black residents for the harms caused by slavery and discrimination.

Reparations Commission Releases Public Survey

Following their first community meeting, the city’s Reparations Advisory Commission released a survey for Angelenos to share their experiences with institutional racism and their ideas on reparations in Los Angeles. Insights from the survey will guide the Commission’s work.

Reparations Supporters: All Black Americans Should Read Calif. Task Force First Report

One year to the day since making its historic debut, the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans delivered its anticipated interim report to the California legislature.  Responding to the release, Black reparations activists are encouraging Black Californians to read the report and share their reactions with the task force during a series of upcoming listening sessions scheduled both in Northern and Southern California.

Cal Reparations Task Force Votes to Replace Economic Advisor

One day after Darrick Hamilton testified before California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, the panel decided that it would not enter into a contractual agreement with the noted economist. 

The Way West: Reparations Task Force Looks at Black Migration to California

During its third meeting, California’s Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans looked at reasons formerly enslaved Black people migrated to the Golden State — and detailed setbacks they faced after arriving.

During the period historians dub the “Great Migration”– which lasted from the early 1900s through the 1970s – approximately six million Black Americans relocated from Deep South states to Northern, Midwestern, Eastern and Western states. Significant numbers ended up in California, escaping Jim Crow laws and racial violence and seeking economic opportunity.

WATCH: Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks on signing Bruce’s Beach bill, returning stolen land back to Black family

The story behind Bruce’s Beach tells a narrative of Black-ownership in America. Original property owners Charles and Willa Bruce had their land seized by the City of Manhattan Beach, California. The local government managed the rights to the land for almost 100 years.

However, on Thursday, September 30, 2021 the authority of Bruce’s Beach has been given back to the descendants of the original landowners.

The waves from the pacific ocean pulled onto the sandy shores owned by Willa and Charles Bruce. In 1912, they were the first Black landowners in Manhattan Beach, the Bruce’s became a family that owned multiple beach plots.

Read more about Bruce’s Beach on https://lasentinel.net/bruces-beach-property-returned-to-family.html

Stolen Bruce’s Beach Property Returned to Black Family

The story behind Bruce’s Beach tells a narrative of Black-ownership in America. Original property owners Charles and Willa Bruce had their land seized by the City of Manhattan Beach, California. The local government managed the rights to the land for almost 100 years.