California black leaders seek reforms, reparations study
Added 06-02-20 10:03:01pm EST - “California's Legislative Black Caucus is prioritizing a package of bills for this year that include police reform, a task force to study reparations and a repeal of California's controversial 1996 law barring affirmative action at…” - Washingtontimes.com
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - California’s Legislative Black Caucus is prioritizing a package of bills for this year that include police reform, a task force to study reparations and a repeal of California’s controversial 1996 law barring affirmative action at colleges following the police killing of George Floyd.
Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, who chairs the caucus, said California and the nation need deep reforms, from stricter rules about police conduct to leveling the playing field for black Americans in college admissions and in the workforce.
“Will it be systemic … or will this be a quick response that we’ve had before?” she said at a news conference Tuesday after advocating for sweeping legislation. “Every riot has its somehow quick response to the problem, and it doesn’t sustain itself. And we find ourselves back in the same situation. We’re optimistic that will not happen this time.”
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The caucus’ wish list includes legislation to study whether descendants of slaves in the nation’s most populous state should receive cash reparations. Members are also seeking legislative approval for a proposed ballot measure asking Californians to repeal Proposition 209, a 1996 referendum that banned preferential treatment for minority groups applying to state colleges and government jobs. Another measure would expand the right to vote for parolees.
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