These Mayors Are Vowing to Bring Reparations to Their Cities

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg marked this Juneteenth with a historic pledge to pursue reparations for some Black residents in their communities. They are among 11 mayors who have vowed to support pilot reparations programs for slavery and establish local commissions to guide them.

The Mayors Organized for Reparations and Equity (MORE) also includes former Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs; Michael Hancock of Denver, Colorado; Jorge Elorza of Providence, Rhode Island; Steve Adler of Austin, Texas; Steve Schewel of Durham, North Carolina: Esther Manheimer of Asheville, North Carolina: Quinton Lucas of Kansas City, Missouri; Melvin Carter of St. Paul, Minnesota; and Keisha Currin of Tullahassee, Oklahoma.

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The idea of reparations for Black Americans has been locked in a conversation that has hardly moved beyond theory since the end of the Civil War. The members of Mayors Organized for Reparations & Equity (MORE) are committed to moving that needle with action and advocacy that points toward justice and healing the wounds of history.

Our coalition stands on the belief that cities can — and should — act as laboratories for bold ideas that can be transformative for racial and economic justice on a larger scale, and demonstrate for the country how to pursue and improve initiatives that take a reparatory approach to confronting and dismantling structural and institutional racism.