Friday, July 20, 2007

What is the "Slave Disclosure Ordinance"?

Join City Administrator Edwin Lee and African-American Historical Society Board President Al Williams as they talk about the history and implementation of the San Francisco Slavery Disclosure Ordinance.

Wednesday, July 25th at 6 pm
Southeast Community Facility
Alex L. Pitcher, Jr. Community Room
1800 Oakdale Avenue
In November of last year, San Francisco legislators voted to require certain companies doing business with the city to disclose any links to the slave trade.

Laws forcing companies to go public with aspects of their operations during the slave trade date to 2000, when the State of California required insurers doing business in the state to demonstrate whether or not the companies ever held policies insuring slaves for slave owners.

In 2002 the city of Chicago passed its Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance, and Bay Area communities such as Oakland, Berkeley and Richmond later responded by passing similar laws.

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