California is expanding its guaranteed income program so pregnant black women can receive up to $1,000 per month for 12 months.
The Abundant Births Program began in San Francisco last year in partnership with Expecting Justice to reduce racial disparities in births, such as premature births that occur due to wealth discrepancies. The program served 150 over the past 12 months.
Now with an additional $5 million in state funding, the program will expand into counties including Los Angeles, Riverside, Contra Costa and Alameda in 2023 and serve an additional 425 mothers.
“For so long, black women have been excluded from the resources necessary to have safe and healthy pregnancies,” said Dr. Zea Malawa, director of Expecting Justice.
“This funding will provide financial stability to pregnant individuals during this critical phase of their lives, while allowing public health institutions to test a promising novel public health intervention.”
California allocated $5 million in state funds to expand a guaranteed income program for pregnant Black and Pacific Islander women
Dr. Zea Malawa, director of Expecting Justice, said the funding will help bring economic stability. The program started in San Francisco and is now expanding to Los Angeles, Riverside, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
The program’s website cites that black women are twice as likely to experience preterm birth as white women, and aims to improve the statistics and alleviate economic disparities.
As the program expands, African American mothers will receive between $600 and $1,000 for up to 12 months.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed said she hopes the program will serve as a model across the country for addressing racial birth disparities.
‘The Abundant Birth Project has proven successful in San Francisco and provides an innovative and equitable approach to addressing the disproportionate health impacts largely among Black families, which is why I have committed to investing $1.5 million over the next two years to grow the program in our city and neighboring counties,’
“This guaranteed income program helps alleviate some of the financial burdens that all too often prevent mothers from prioritizing their own health and ultimately impact the health of their babies and family.”
Last year, the program also served Pacific Islander women, but it’s unclear if they are included in the upcoming expansion.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed said she hopes the program will serve as a model across the country for addressing racial birth disparities. Pictured: Breed speaking on November 2.
The increased funding for the guaranteed income program comes after the California Reparations Task Force urged the federal government to pay all African Americans in the US at least $223,000 for ‘housing discrimination.’
The group of nine believe black Americans should get the money for “bearing the economic effects” of racism and slavery, after initially making the suggestions in California.
It was created by legislation Newsom signed in 2020 and is the largest repair effort in recent history.
California is the first state to require agencies to submit a separate demographic category for descendants of enslaved people.
The New York Times reported that the task force has spent months traveling the West Coast to learn the effect of the policies.
In a March 2022 report, those eligible for reparations would have to be descendants of enslaved African-Americans or a “free black person who lived in the United States before the end of the 19th century.”
Announcement of a remedial meeting posted by Kamilah V. Moore, chair of the California Remedial Task Force
Kamilah Moore, a member of the group, has told the federal government that they are not “out of the woods” in light of their findings.
They argue the money is for discriminatory housing practices used from 1933 to 1977, and they have 12 more categories to consider.
Panel members are calling for the federal government to address their concerns, a move that could cost billions of dollars.
Kamilah Moore, a member of the group, told KCRA 3: “For the federal government, what I want to make clear is that while California is making history by repairing the damage done to its African-American community, that doesn’t leave the federal government out.” . the hook.
‘And reparations for African Americans or the freed American community is first and foremost a federal responsibility.
“So I hope this report is used not only as an educational tool, but also as an organizing tool that is leveraged for executive action at the federal level.”
Discussions are still ongoing, with the panel continuing to consider how the payments should be made: some suggested tuition and housing grants, while others proposed cash.
He has until June 2023 to submit his final recommendations to the Legislature.
Proposed Repairs in the California Draft Proposal
- Calculate the amount Black businesses have lost in stolen or destroyed property through ‘racial terror’ and distribute it to Black Californians.
- Adopt a mandatory curriculum for all teachers to receive anti-bias training
- Recruit Black Educators for K-12 Schools
- Provide scholarships to African-American high school graduates to cover four years of college at a school of choice.
- Compensate people who were forcibly evicted from their homes due to state actions, such as park and road construction.
- Create funds to invest in environmental infrastructure
- Create equal access to national parks and resources in African-American neighborhoods
- Compensate families denied inheritances they would have received if they were white
- Compensate those who have been discriminated against and deprived of the legitimate benefits of artistic, creative, sports and intellectual endeavors.
- Raise the minimum wage in predominantly black industries, such as food and agriculture.
- Require an increase in the minimum wage for experienced workers
- Create a fund to support black-owned businesses and remove licensing barriers that hurt black workers.
- Compensate people whose health has been permanently damaged by anti-black health care.
- Implement a policy to close the racial wealth gap in California
- Implement a clear and detailed program to help African Americans obtain reparations.
- Establish an Office of Black/Freedmen Affairs to help document eligibility and prevent future harm
Source: California Attorney General’s Office