Events, Local, Notice

March 27: Reparations in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica City Council is now considering how to right past wrongs on the Ebony Beach Club land, which was seized through eminent domain by the City of Santa Monica in the 1960s from a Black entrepreneur named Silas White and converted into the luxury Viceroy Hotel.

Like the Bruce’s Beach land return in Manhattan Beach a few years ago, this is an example of how land return and compensation for lost revenues can function as reparations for racially motivated land seizures by our city.

For our March 27 membership meeting, we have invited several experts on this subject to discuss the topic of reparations and what role we have to play in repairing these past harms. Joining us will be:

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer

– Loyola Marymount University Professor Dr. Cheryl Grills, Ph.D

– Founder of Justice for Bruce’s Beach and Where Is My Land Kavon Ward

– Munger, Tolles & Olsen Litigation Partner Wesley Burrell, part of the firm team representing the Bruce Family in the 2022 Bruce’s Beach case

Councilmember Caroline Torosis, who has been working with the affected communities to bring this item to Santa Monica City Council

Date: March 27, 2024

Time: Doors Open 6:30pm, Program Start 7:00pm

Location: Thelma Terry Center (2200 Virginia Avenue) OR via Zoom