California legislators are earnestly considering
passing a sweeping statewide reparations bill, the first of its kind in the United States.
This would be an amazing first step towards achieving true racial justice. On top of that, this bill could set the standard for how other states throughout the country will move forward on the issue. That is why it is so important we don't let this bill die! Sign now to tell California legislators to pass their reparations bill NOW!
White families have roughly ten times the amount of wealth that Black families in the U.S. do. Research has repeatedly shown that a massive cause of the racial wealth gap is the fact that Black people were enslaved and never received wages for multiple lifetimes and generations of labor
- the same labor that our country was literally built on. Further generations of racial terror
, redlining with housing, incarceration, and more have only amplified this economic inequality.
The reality is that we do not need any more reports or studies. We need action. California has the largest economy in the entire U.S. and the fifth largest economy in the whole world. For this highly influential state to take such an important step, it would send a huge ripple effect throughout the country.
Crucially, there is also a precedent for this action. In the late 1980s, Reagan literally created a $1.25 billion trust fund to pay reparations to Japanese Americans whom the government had forced into internment camps during World War II
, and to their families.
When will we do the same for the families of those who were enslaved?Sign the petition to show that you support racial justice in California, and support giving descendants of slaves the money that they are owed!