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Explore why California launched the first-in-the-nation task force to study reparations for Black people — and what reparations could mean for the state.

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Track the Success of California's 14 Reparations Bills for Black Residents
The legislation is designed to provide some semblance of repair to Black Californians targeted by anti-Black bias in public policy since the state’s founding.

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Reparations Efforts in Alameda County Stumble and Try to Pick Themselves Up
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How George Floyd's Murder Ignited Solidarity in the Streets and California's Reparations Movement
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When BART Was Built, People — and Houses — Had to Go
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Forced Sterilization Survivors Undertake Own Healing After Feeling 'Silenced Again' by State
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Reparations Efforts in Alameda County Stumble and Try to Pick Themselves Up

The Alameda County Reparations Commission is asking for two more years and $5 million in funding to get the job done after a slow start.

How George Floyd's Murder Ignited Solidarity in the Streets and California's Reparations Movement

Through personal essay and striking photography, KQED’s Otis R. Taylor Jr. and Beth LaBerge reflect on the Bay Area and nationwide protests that led to the creation of California’s reparations task force following George Floyd's murder in May 2020.

State Assembly Passes Bill Apologizing for California's Role in Supporting Slavery

Lawmakers backed an effort to confront 'tough truths' about votes dating back to the Legislature's 19th-century support of the expansion of slavery.
A younger woman and an older woman stand in front of a train track, holding a black and white photo.

When BART Was Built, People — and Houses — Had to Go

Building the BART system in the 1960s required thousands of parcels of land. Decades later, memories of the homes and communities that were destroyed remain strong

Forced Sterilization Survivors Undertake Own Healing After Feeling 'Silenced Again' by State

A law required California to involve survivors in memorializing the state's history of forced sterilization. Survivors say that didn’t happen — so they undertook their own project of healing.

California's Black Lawmakers are Advancing Different Sets of Reparations Bills

Though California’s Legislative Black Caucus filed a slate of 14 bills linked to reparations, a few lawmakers are floating their own proposals.
A group of men and women pose for a photo onstage.

Track the Success of California's 14 Reparations Bills for Black Residents

The legislation is designed to provide some semblance of repair to Black Californians targeted by anti-Black bias in public policy since the state’s founding.
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