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Capri Maddox, Executive Director of Civil Rights Los Angeles (courtesy photo)

The seven members of the city Reparations Advisory Board will hold a public meeting this Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m.Back home”, a virtual event, calls on Black Angelenos to share their stories of systemic racism and learn more about the reparations pilot program to be developed in the city. Mayor Eric Garcetti first announcement the creation of the Commission, which is part of the LA Department of Civil Rightsin 2021.

“Reparations are a necessary step to heal our city and address the centuries of harm done to African Americans in Los Angeles,” said Reparations Advisory Board Chairman Micheal Lawson, who is also CEO and President of LA Urban League. “The Reparations Advisory Board is working to take this next step with input from academics and the community. Now is the time for the community to come together and contribute to a repair plan for Los Angeles.

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“Black Americans have always faced bigotry, racism and discrimination and we can trace the consequences of slavery on their health, wealth and unequal educational outcomes,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “By launching a Reparations Commission, the City of Los Angeles recognizes and seeks to remedy the injustices of the past – while working to build a future where all Angelenos have the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential. potential.

“Reunion”, first announcement on October 7, there will be an interactive virtual event on Zoom and Facebook Live. The Reparations Advisory Commissioners will present the mission and goals of the Commission and the next steps in developing a reparations program for the City of Los Angeles. The public and members of the media can confirm their attendance at bit.ly/ReparationLA or watch live on Facebook.com/LACivilRights.

“Los Angeles has a history of institutional racism that has separated African Americans from their health, wealth and freedom for generations,” said Capri Maddox, executive director of LA Civil Rights. “It is time we spoke about these inequalities. Our Reparations Advisory Commission created by Mayor Garcetti is convening Black Angelenos for an honest conversation about what reparations might look like for Los Angeles – I hope you’ll join us.

Meeting attendees will be able to share their stories in a variety of areas, including housing and property, policing, surveillance and mass incarceration, environmental outcomes, education, the wealth gap and the economy, voting and political power, and broken families/lost family ties. These open discussions, along with a general public comment period, will help the Commission develop a potential reparations pilot program that will be submitted to City Council for approval next year.

The Reparations Advisory Board is also looking for a Project Manager, Academic Partner and Development Partner to support its work. More information and opportunities to apply for positions can be found here. The next meetings of the Reparations Advisory Board will be announced at civilandhumanrights.lacity.org.