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A Resolution To Explore Reparations Heads To California Senate

Shirley Weber speaks at the Westin Hotel in downtown San Diego, June 7, 2016.

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Above: Shirley Weber speaks at the Westin Hotel in downtown San Diego, June 7, 2016.

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California is taking the first steps in discussing ways to give descendants of enslaved people reparations. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 130 calls on lawmakers to research what reparations would look like here and how best to fix inequity.

Aired: September 9, 2019 | Transcript

California lawmakers are taking the first steps in discussing ways to give descendants of enslaved people reparations. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 130 headed to the state senate Monday after being adopted in the state Assembly in late August.

Related: Congressional Hearing On Slavery Reparations Set For Wednesday

"It's is acknowledgement...that (California) played some role in the legislation and the laws and the things that took place that had a tendency to reinforce slavery in the United States and allowed California to have over 2,000 slaves when it became a state," Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who authored the resolution, said.

The resolution calls on lawmakers to research what reparations would look like in California and how best to fix inequity caused by it. Weber joined Midday Edition Monday to talk about why she supports reparations.

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