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California Reparations Task Force Holds 2nd Meeting

California Reparations Task Force Holds 2nd Meeting

The California Reparations Task Force met for the second time on Friday. So, of course, Elk Grove Tribune was there!

We’ve got your monthly California Reparations Task Force recap below!

Starting at 9 AM and lasting over six hours, on Friday July 9th California’s first-in-the-nation Task Force to Study and Develop Reparations Proposals for African Americans met again, discussed many important topics. Among them, how often the Task Force will meet and what Reparations topics they will discuss when they meet. In addition, the Task Force talked about how they will engage the California community. More on that below. Keep reading!

Community Engagement

Friday’s agenda included a long discussion about how the California Reparations Task Force will engage the community. Community engagement is about how the public is involved and participates. The Chair of the Task Force, Kamilah Moore, proposed that the Task Force extend its meetings from one day to two days to allow more of the public to participate.

Task Force members Dr. Cheryl Grills and Attorney Lisa Holder both presented ideas for community engagement as well. Some of their ideas for Community Engagement included hosting a series of public listening sessions across the state. The purpose of these listening sessions: Collect and share public testimony and personal stories about the current impact of our nation’s legacy of Slavery and Jim Crow.

Just as well, the Task Force decided to move public comment toward the beginning of the public meetings, and add more time for public comment. The Coalition for a Just and Equitable California, a community based association of community members fighting for Reparations also shared ideas for community engagement. Before the meeting, the group collected online and in person feedback from community members. Check out their ideas below.

In addition, ETM Media Group, a community based media company in Sacramento, streamed the entire California Reparations Task Force meeting on YouTube and Facebook.

Click here to watch part one of the stream.

Click here to watch part two.

About The California Reparations Task Force

Governor Gavin Newsom in 2020 signed the law (AB3121) creating the California Reparations Task Force. The Task Force has nine members. Generally, it has to do three things: Put together the record and evidence of Slavery and Jim Crow in California and beyond, come up with ways to educate the public about its findings, and design actual Reparations proposals.

For more info about the California Reparations Task Force, visit You can email the Task Force directly with your comments at

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About The Author

Chris Lodgson

Chris Lodgson our News & Events Editor. Chris is a researcher and regulatory analyst at a legal information company, where he creates and delivers legal content on current issues on a daily basis. Originally from New York City, he's also a local organizer, business owner, and social media-marketer supporting Sacramento County Black-owned businesses.

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