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Here’s Everything We Know About California’s Reparations Task Force Initiative

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UPDATED: 3:30 p.m. ET. Mar. 6

Could reparations be coming to reality in the United States?

After a two-hour debate on Saturday, the California reparations task force decided to vote for an agency that would provide certain services to descendants of Black enslaved people while overseeing groups that provide other services. 

MORE: Fact Check: Would White People Really Be Eligible For Reparations?

According to the Chair of the task force Kamilah Moore, the vote took into account the input from residents who spoke openly about wanting an agency with the power to provide services.

“It’s not enough for us as nine esteemed colleagues to determine what repair looks like,” Moore said to AP. “We have to listen to the descended community.”

It has been two years since the inception of California’s reparations task force. 

A vote on requirements for who would be eligible for payments was scheduled to happen over the weekend but was delayed due to an absent committee member.

The task force will release its comprehensive set of recommendations for what reparations will look like for descendants of slaves in California on July 1.

Here is what we know so far:

Currently, California is pushing the topic into the spotlight with its state-backed reparations task force committee.

Back in 2020, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation to begin a two-year exploration and hopefully a solid plan on what reparations might look like for Black Americans living in the Golden State.  The initiative was also designed to reflect on slavery’s harsh past and its current effect on Black Americas living in the United States. Committee members are expected to deliver a final reparations proposal by July 2023.

Who represents the committee?

California’s reparations task force consists of nine members: Senator Steven Bradford, Dr. Amos C. Brown, who is the vice-chair of the committee, Dr. Cheryl Grills, Lisa Holder, Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer,…

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