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Previewing The September Meeting Of The California Reparations Task Force

Previewing The September Meeting Of The California Reparations Task Force

The California Reparations Task Force meets for the third time on September 23rd and 24th. Elk Grove Tribune has your preview of the September California Reparations Task Force meeting. Keep reading!

September Meeting

The California Reparations Task Force met once in June, once in July, and meets again on September 23rd and 24th. The Task Force needs to meet publicly at least 10 times over the next two years, according to AB3121, the 2020 law that created it. The July meeting focused on Community Engagement. Specifically, the Task Force talked at length about how it planned to bring the public into its work. Task Force member Dr. Cheryl Grills presented a community engagement plan. So did Task Force member Lisa Holder. Both were approved. Talks at the July meeting also focused on what Reparations topics to discuss at the upcoming meetings. Kamilah V. Moore, Chair of the California Reparations Task Force, presented a public meeting plan, also approved. Read our recap of the July Task Force meeting. Here is what we know about the upcoming September meeting:

  1. Instead of meeting for one day, the Task Force will meet over two days with the goal of increasing public participation.
  2. Members of the public have three minutes for public comment instead of two minutes.
  3. Topics of discussion will include Slavery, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and the Great Migration(s).
  4. The September meeting will feature expert and public testimony, as well as public comment.
  5. A series of public listening sessions is planned, over and above the 10 legally required public meetings.

Great Migration Stories

The Reparations advocacy group Coalition for a Just and Equitable California (CJEC) is collecting Great Migration stories to submit to the California Reparations Task Force ahead of their next meeting. Specifically, the group is asking Black California residents whose ancestors were enslaved in the U.S. about how/why their family came to California. You can share your Great Migration story at or use this form. For more information on CJEC, visit CJEC also submitted a Community Engagement Planning Guide to the California Reparations Task Force, based on the community feedback it gathers.

About The California Reparations Task Force

In 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB3121 into law, creating the California Reparations Task Force. 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 recommend Reparations proposals.

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

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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