News: CJEC, African American advocacy group says 90% descendants of slavery eligible for reparations in California

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An African American reparations advocacy group, Coalition for a Just and Equitable California (CJEC) has said according to its fact sheet, 80-to-90 percent of Black Californians will be eligible for reparations under the task force’s lineage-based reparations decision.

An article published moguldom.com, said in late March, California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force decided to limit eligibility for reparations for slavery to people who can trace their lineage to free and enslaved Black people living in the U.S. during the 19th century.

The tasks force committee, convened in 2020 through legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, voted 5-4 in favor of limiting compensation to direct descendants.

READ: News: Only African Americans with Lineage to Victims of Chattel Slavery and resident in America up till end of 19th Qualify for Reparations in California

n late March, California’s first-in-the-nation reparations task force decided to limit eligibility for reparations for slavery to people who can trace their lineage to free and enslaved Black people living in the U.S. during the 19th century.

The tasks force committee, convened in 2020 through legislation signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, voted 5-4 in favor of limiting compensation to direct descendants.

CJEC is a statewide, grassroots coalition of California community-based organizations whose mission is to achieve reparations and reparative justice for Black American descendants of U.S. slavery living in California. The organization worked to “improve and enact the law that created California’s first-in-the-nation Reparations Task Force in 2020,” according to its website.

CJEC members Include the California Black Lineage Society, National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants – LA, and American Redress Coalition of California Advocacy.

“Everybody in here is a part of history,” said Chris Lodgson of CJEC in an ABC 10 interview before the meeting.

“I couldn’t be more excited and blessed, really, to be here.”
According to the CJEC fact sheet, 80-to-90 percent of Black Californians will be eligible for reparations under the task force’s lineage-based reparations decision.

They also explained the decision to opt for lineage versus race: “Race-based or ‘All-Black People’ programs are illegal in California and federally.” The task force will soon decide whether or not only current residents are eligible for reparations in California as well as what documents and records will be required to trace lineage and ancestry.

 

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