American Descendants of Slavery in California applaud first steps taken by the legislature in attempt to rectify specific grievances of Black Americans in the State.
Los Angeles California, August 29th, 2020 – American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS) California welcomes Senate passage of AB 3121 – Task Force To Study and Develop Reparations Proposals For African Americans. Senate passage of AB 3121 brings our great state of California one step closer to finally confronting its legacy of supporting the institution of Slavery, Jim Crow and ongoing racial exclusion. We thank Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber for her leadership in spearheading the passage of AB 3121. Likewise, we thank Senator’s Steven Bradford and Holly Mitchell for their tireless efforts to ensure the Bill’s safe passage through the California Senate. We thank Governor Gavin Newsom for his support along the way. We must also thank the legislative and gubernatorial staff members for their unrelenting hard work. Indeed, we must especially thank the grassroots ADOS organizers, activists, and allies throughout the state of California for their tenacious and energetic efforts to see this Bill through to its successful end. All of the organizing and community meetings, emails to legislators, position support letters, visits to the Capitol for hearings, and hundreds of calls to give testimony were not in vain. You are the groundswell that made this effort possible. And it is you, the organized masses, who ultimately will see to it that this Task Force carries out its duties to the fullest extent. We acknowledge and appreciate your sacrifice and your struggle. We are grateful for your continued presence.
While we applaud this next step toward justice, we must acknowledge the strong desire to continue to improve AB 3121. The fight is not over. We look forward to the opportunity for follow-up in the upcoming legislative session where AB 3121 can be enhanced to ensure it meets this historic moment in our nation’s history. We believe AB 3121 must be enhanced to truly be effective in its mission. This can be accomplished by ensuring Black American Descendants of U.S. Slavery and Jim Crow are the sole and exclusive focus, that Task Force membership is expanded to include leading reparationists and reparations scholars, and requiring the California legislature to consider the Task Force’s proposals for redress. There is much work to be done. We are confident members of the California legislature, including Assemblywoman Dr. Shirley Weber and (CLBC), share our commitment to further enhancing AB 3121 and continuing the fight for reparative justice.