Black Lives Matters protests have continued in Sonoma County for nearly a month now. On Saturday night, more than 100 people camped out in Old Courthouse Square demanding policy changes, like defunding the city’s police department. The City of Santa Rosa’s budget shows a proposed increase in funding for the police and will be discussed at city council over zoom starting at 4 today.
Many protesters are also calling for reparations to compensate the country’s formerly enslaved people. James Morrison of Duke University’s Ways and Means podcast explains what a U.S. policy of reparations might look like.
See photos of Sonoma County Black Lives Matters protests on our website norcalpublicmedia.org. There you’ll also find more information about what defunding police departments and reparations could look like.