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Here Are Gov, Newsom's Five Choices (Under 2020's AB 3121 That He Signed) For Nine Member "Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States"

Two Others Will Be Chosen by State Senate President Pro Tem Plus Two by Assembly Speaker



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Here Are Gov, Newsom's Five Choices (Under 2020's AB 3121 That He Signed) For Nine Member "Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States"

Two Others Will Be Chosen by State Senate President Pro Tem Plus Two by Assembly Speaker

(May 8, 2021, 5:05 a.m.) -- Acting under AB 3121 (2020 Sac'to bill) that requires creation of a "Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, with a Special Consideration for African Americans Who are Descendants of Persons Enslaved in the United States," Governor Gavin Newsom (as required by the bill he signed) has chosen five of its nine members (listed below) with two others to be chosen by the state Senate President Pro Tem and two by the Assembly Speaker.

AB 3121 requires the Task Force to, among other things [legislative counsel text] "identify, compile, and synthesize the relevant corpus of evidentiary documentation of the institution of slavery that existed within the United States and the colonies. The bill would require the Task Force to recommend, among other things, the form of compensation that should be awarded, the instrumentalities through which it should be awarded, and who should be eligible for this compensation. The bill would require the Task Force to submit a written report of its findings and recommendations to the Legislature...The bill would state that any state level reparations authorized under these provisions are not to be considered a replacement for any reparations enacted at the federal level."

AB 3121 requires the Governor's appointees to include (1) One appointee "from the field of academia that has expertise in civil rights"; and (2) Two appointees "from major civil society and reparations organizations that have historically championed the cause of reparatory justice." AB 3121 specifies that "Not more than four appointees shall be Members of the Legislature" and "shall be drawn from diverse backgrounds to represent the interests of communities of color throughout the state, have experience working to implement racial justice reform, and, to the extent possible, represent geographically diverse areas of the state."

All LB-area state legislators (all Dems) -- state Senators Lena Gonzalez and Tom Umberg, and Assemblymembers Patrick O'Donnell and Mike Gipson -- voted to enact AB 3121 (full vote tallies here._

Below are the five members chosen by Governor Newsom for the Task Force (descriptions below from a release by the Governor's office)

Cheryl N. Grills, Ph.D., 62, of Inglewood..."recently chosen to serve as Presidentís Professor at Loyola Marymount University, a designation bestowed upon LMUís most distinguished faculty who already hold the rank of tenured full professor and are acknowledged leaders in their respective fields, having achieved national and international recognition of their work. In addition to her community-based research, her work focuses on racial stress and trauma, implicit bias and community healing focused on the needs of people of African ancestry. Grills has been a Professor of Psychology and Director of Psychology of the Applied Research Center at Loyola Marymount University since 1987. She is Commissioner and Vice Chair of the LA County Sybil Brand Commission, where she has served since 2011. She was President of The Association of Black Psychologists from 2011 to 2013. She is the leader of the Global Emotional Emancipation Circles Training Team, where she has served since 2009. She is current lead on a national Impact of COVID-19 on Communities of Color Needs Assessment for several Congressional Caucuses and national civil rights organizations. Grills was leader of the Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circle process under the Community Healing Network in 2009. Grills earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Bachelorís degree from Yale University with a double major in Psychology and African American Studies...Grills is a Democrat."

Dr. Amos Brown, Th.D., 80, of San Francisco..."a renowned civil rights leader who studied under Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and was later arrested with King at a lunch counter sit-in in 1961 and joined the Freedom Riders who protested segregation in the South. Brown was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Ministerial Award for outstanding leadership and contributions to the Black Church in America and was also inducted into the International Hall of Fame at the King International Chapel at Morehouse College. Brown has been a Pastor at the Third Baptist Church of San Francisco since 1976. He was a Pastor at Pilgrim Baptist Church from 1970 to 1976 and at Saint Paulís Baptist Church from 1966 to 1970. Brown is President of the San Francisco Branch and a Member of the Board of Directors of the NAACP. He earned a Doctor of Theology degree from United Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology degree from Crozer Theological Seminary. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is per diem compensation for not more than ten meetings. Brown is a Democrat."

Lisa Holder, J.D., 49, of Los Angeles...."[who has] dedicated her career to racial and social justice and systems change. Holder is a nationally recognized, award-winning trial attorney who has been identified as a 'Super Lawyer' by Los Angeles Magazine for four consecutive years. Holder has been Of Counsel at Equal Justice Society since 2016 and Principal Attorney at the Law Office of Lisa Holder since 2010. She was Lecturer in Law and Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law from 2017 to 2019. Holder was Adjunct Professor at Occidental College from 2012 to 2016 and Associate Attorney at Hadsell Stormer Keeny Richardson from 2005 to 2009. Holder was Deputy Alternate Public Defender at the Office of the Los Angeles County Alternate Public Defender from 2001 to 2005. She was awarded a Soros Justice Fellowship through the Open Society Foundation in 2001. She was an Investigator and Analyst at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem from 1995 to 1997. Holder is a Steering Committee Member of the Equal Opportunity 4 All Coalition and Vice Chair of the Child Care Law Center. She earned a Juris Doctor degree from the New York University School of Law and a Bachelorís degree from Wesleyan University...Holder is a Democrat."

Donald K. Tamaki, J.D., 69, of Piedmont..."known for his historic work serving on the pro bono legal team that reopened the landmark Supreme Court case of Korematsu v. United States, overturning Fred Korematsuís conviction for refusing incarceration during the mass roundup and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and providing a key legal foundation in the decades long Japanese American Redress Movement. He is also Co-Founder of StopRepeatingHistory.Org, a campaign focused on drawing parallels between the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II and the targeting of minority groups based on race or religion. The campaignís current work is focused on the intersectionality of the Japanese American Redress Movement and that of African-American Reparations, with an emphasis on creating solidarity and promoting public awareness on the importance of advancing reparations for African-Americans. Tamaki has been Senior Counsel at Minami Tamaki LLP since 2020, where he also served as Managing Partner from 2006 to 2020 and was Partner from 1987 to 2020. He was Owner of the Law Offices of Donald K. Tamaki from 1984 to 1987. Tamaki was Executive Director at the Asian Law Caucus Ė Advancing Justice from 1980 to 1984. He was a Reginald Heber Smith Staff Attorney at Community Legal Services of San Jose from 1976 to 1979 and Co-Founder of the Asian Law Alliance. Tamaki is a Member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and Asian American Bar Association of the Bay Area. He received the State Bar of California Loren Miller Award in 1987 and the American Bar Associationís Spirit of Excellence Award in 2020. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law...Tamaki is a Democrat."

Jovan S. Lewis, Ph.D., 38, of Berkeley..."[He is] an Economic Anthropologist and Geographer who researches reparations, the political economy of inequality and race in the United States and the Caribbean. His current work focuses on the history and contemporary circumstances of the historic Black community of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the consequences of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Lewis is an Associate Professor and the incoming Chair of the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught since 2015. At Berkeley, he has also been Co-Chair of the Economic Disparities research cluster at the Othering and Belonging Institute and Faculty Affiliate in African American Studies since 2015. He earned Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science degrees in Economic Anthropology from the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts degree in Administration from the University of Miami...Lewis is a Democrat."

The Task Force's work will be staffed by the Attorney Generalís Office and conclude its work with a written report on their findings, along with recommendations to the Legislature.










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