At its meeting on September 27, 2022, the board of directors of the Equal Justice Society endorsed the factual findings of the Interim Report issued in June 2022 by the California Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.
The board also authorized EJS to be listed publicly as an endorsee and encouraged staff to share the endorsement on our website, social media accounts, newsletter, and other such places where our supporters can learn about our position on this issue.
In May 2021, California Governor Gavin Newsom appointed EJS President Lisa Holder to serve on the first-of-its-kind Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, formed by the Governor’s signing of AB 3121, authored by then-Assemblymember Shirley Weber.
The bill established the nine-member task force to educate the public about slavery and its history and pernicious aftereffects in California and make recommendations on how the state could provide reparations.
The Task Force released a stunning 500-page interim report that surveys the history of anti-black discrimination in America and serves as the scholarly underpinning for the reparations legislation.