About NAASD L.A.
NAASD Los Angeles was founded in 2019 as a grass roots organization to forward the agenda of reparations for Black American Descendants of ChattelSlavery (BADOCS.) We were formed out of an ideology shared by many others of this unique lineage --that blacks are not monolithic and that the nationwide push for reparations and a black agenda requires the conversations to be focused on lineage and not race. We are actively working to advance the issues that are important for BADOCS both in California and across the country. We are engaging our local political office holders and challenging them to adopt policies and action plans that specifically benefit BADOCS in the greater Los Angeles area.
Mission & Goals:
Los Angeles: Increase in SBA loans for BADOCS, Enforcement of job quotas to ensure equitable workforce representation based on our percentage of the population. End to discriminatory hiring practices in ALL industries. End to racial based redlining and property devaluation. Obtain affordable housing & rent control for Black Americans; guaranteed assistance for the 40% of homeless Black Americans in the city. Election of NAASD LA endorsed candidates to Municipal, City, State, and Federal offices.
National: The adoption of a black agenda that includes reparations in the form of a large cash payment to Black American Descendants of Chattel Slavery, as well as large-scale initiatives targeted at this specific group. Policy items should include—but should not be limited to—debt free college, home ownership assistance, business financing support, fully endowing all historically black colleges (and incentivizing those schools to admit black descendants of the formerly enslaved, guaranteed government contracts for black businesses, and free medical care.
As a specific group with a specific justice claim, the movement for Reparations demands a targeted agenda with policy solutions that address the losses stemming from the institution of slavery, Jim Crow, redlining, convict leasing, mass incarceration and immigration and more.
NAASD L.A. —which stands for National Assembly of American Slavery Descendants is a grass roots organization that seeks to redefine the global understanding of the African American identity and experience. Our identity is grounded in our unique lineage, which is central to our continuing position as the bottom caste in the U.S. and the reason we are seeking racial, social and economic justice from the United States.
The movement started as an online swell centered around reparation. After pushing congress via social media, a hearing was conducted for HR40, the bill to study reparations. Soon after, those identifying as Black American Descendants of Chattel Slavery (BADOCS) were encouraged to take the call to the streets. NAASD Los Angeles heeded the call for a grass-roots movement underpinned by the demand for reparative justice in making us whole We believe reparative justice, in the form of cash payouts and comprehensive programs and policies, is a necessary component in fulfilling the promise of opportunity from which BADOCS people have been historically excluded. The denial of equal opportunity has lead to the accrued disadvantage and benign neglect under which Black America is being crushed today.
To make Black American Descendants of Chattel Slavery whole by advocating for the necessity of recompense for the wide-ranging damages done to Black America throughout our nation’s history--beginning with slavery, and encompassing 400 years of accrued disadvantage which reaches right up to the present. To push the US to atone for its original sin by recognizing and honoring our justice claim. To position our unique tribe as no longer a bottom caste, slated to eat the failure for everyone, but instead ensure full citizenship in this nation and to guarantee all of the benefits and advantages that goes with it.