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Lineage, Not Race Will Determine CA Reparations Eligibility

Last updated on April 10, 2022 by BVN

Antonio Ray Harvey | California Black Media

After a failed first ballot, the California Working Group to study and develop repair proposals for African Americans decided that the lineage would determine who would be eligible for the repairs.

During the first session of the eighth two-day meeting, five members of the working group voted in favor of lineage on race as a determining factor for compensation. Four members said no, 90 minutes after the first ballot failed.

The measure required a two-thirds majority of the working group to vote in favor of the ratification proposal. “Yes they have it and the motion is taken,” working group chairwoman Kamilah Moore said after the vote.

“Then the eligibility of the community will be based on the lineage determined by an African-American individual, descendant of a (enslaved person as furniture) or descendant of a free black person living in the United States before the end of the 19th century.”

Members of the Moore Working Group, Vice President Amos Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco and chair of its local branch of the NAACP; University of California-Berkeley professor Jovan Scott Lewis; and San Diego City Councilwoman Monica Montgomery-Steppe voted in favor of the lineage qualifier.

A divided decision

Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) broke the tie. He abstained in the process during the first round of voting, which ended with four in favor, three against the lineage and two abstentions, with the other being lawyer Don Tamaki. Tamaki, Assemblywoman Reggie Jones-Sawyer (D-Los Angeles), Los Angeles attorney Lisa Holder and Loyola-Marymount teacher Cheryl Grills voted in favor of race as the deciding factor.

In February, the Working Group voted 5-4 to postpone the vote on whether race or lineage would be the key to having more time to listen to the experts and weigh the requirements. During the March 29 meeting, members listened to the perspectives and ideas of 11 genealogy experts on eligibility considerations before the vote.

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber was the author of the legislation establishing the repair working group while serving in the Assembly in 2020. (source: ncaawa.org).

California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, author of the legislation establishing the working group, Assembly Bill (AB) 3121 in 2020, while serving in the Assembly, appeared before the panel in January. She argued that compensation should be limited to African Americans who are descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States.

“The repairs are designed to repair and heal the damage done to Africans for 400 years who (suffered) through Jim Crow (laws),” Weber said in January. “Repairs are for the descendants of slavery. Their ties are permanently severed from their homeland and their ability to return to Africa is almost impossible. We are truly American. ”

The language of the bill indicates

Gov. Gavin Newsom signed AB 3121 as a law in 2020. The task force is tasked with studying slavery and its persistent effects on African Americans with “special consideration” for descendants of enslaved people in the United States, depending on the language of the project. of lei.

AB 3121 also requires members to recommend what compensation should be, who should receive it, and how it should be paid. A panel of economists hired by the working group will give their views on the financial aspects of compensation and impacts. “We will use this community of eligibility standards to establish the team of economic consultants with the next steps,” Moore said.



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