Reparations for Slavery, Jim Crow Segregation, and Racist Federal Policies

Adopted by the Culver City Democratic Club at its January 13, 2021 meeting

Whereas the 2020 National Platform of the Democratic Party calls for the establishment of a commission to examine the lasting economic effects of slavery, Jim Crow segregation, and racially discriminatory federal policies on income, wealth, educational, health and employment options; to pursue truth and promote racial healing; and to study reparations;

Whereas the platform of the California Democratic Party calls for reparations for those whose ancestors were victimized by slavery; and

Whereas President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris each campaigned in favor of a commission to study the feasibility of reparations for those whose ancestors were victimized by slavery, segregation and racially discriminatory federal policies; therefore be it

1. Resolved, the Culver City Democratic Club urges President Biden to establish a commission during the first 100 days of his administration with the charge to provide a report of its findings by June 19, 2021; and be it further

2. Resolved, that the Culver City Democratic Club urges President Biden to establish a commission and to state to the commission that reparations are due to the descendants of those victimized by slavery, Jim Crow segregation and racially discriminatory federal policies and that the commission focus on eligibility, the financial remuneration and method of payment.

Authors: Rebecca Rona-Tuttle, Rick Tuttle and former Los Angeles City Councilman Robert Farrell.

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