Law requiring city contractors to disclose slavery links is passed

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    Joshua Sabatini, The Examiner
    Nov 1, 2006 5:00 AM (17 hrs ago)
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    SAN FRANCISCO - Banks, clothing manufacturers and insurance companies will have to disclose any past connections to the slave trade if they want to do business with the city of San Francisco.


    The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a slavery era disclosure ordinance Tuesday that gives city contractors nine months to prove under oath that they searched for historical documents that would show ties to the slave trade and the results of that search.

    “It’s important that this country and San Francisco apologize and are aware of the slavery. We cannot just let it go and assume it didn’t happen,” said Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, author of the ordinance.

    Insurance polices, loan documents and other records show some companies that are still around today profited from slavery.

    While there are no penalties should a contractor reveal ties to the slave trade, contractors are encouraged to donate money into a fund that will be established under the legislation. The fund will be used to pay for educational programs and developments “designed to ameliorate the effects of slavery” on San Francisco residents.

    All companies that provide financial, insurance or textile services for The City are covered by the legislation.

    The legislation follows passage of the state’s first slavery era accountability ordinance, which required all insurance companies to research their archives and provide the state with any information that linked them to the slave industry.

    Other cities have similar ordinances, including Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland and Berkeley.

    It’s unclear if any of The City’s contractors had ties to the slave trade. The City has contracts with at least 10 textile companies and has more than $1 billion deposited in interest-bearing accounts in a number of banks, including Bank of America.

    “The Bank of America is currently examining its records to determine if it participated or profited from slavery,” Maxwell said.

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    GOOD LORD - I am serious when I say this world would be MUCH better off if the leaders of SF would 'cease' to be alive, or would have NEVER been born.

    I lose faith in humanity when I read about IDIOTS. :(
     
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    It confirms my long held belief that thier water supply has been permanently contaminated. I'm afraid to even offer a guess as to with what.
     
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    That should be easy. There is no slave trade in most of the known world. Therefore its unlikely that any companies would be part of it.

    I cant see that the law would be constitutional anyway. You cant punish companies for engaging in activities that were legal hundreds of years ago when people who now own and run the companies have had no part in.
     
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    SF was built by chinese slaves....how many think they are talking about them?
     
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    What a total crock of shit!
     
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    The United States Constitution forbids placing any legal penalty on an individual for crimes committed before the action in question was rendered illegal. Also, there's a statute of limitations for slavery. Then there's also the fact that forcing the company to investigate itself for connections amounts to a violation of the 5th ammendment. This whole thing is a feel-good, PC, piece of unconstitutional bullcrap that will accomplish nothing except to chase off 150 year old businesses by plastering a scarlet "S" on their doors.
     
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    Since when has 'legality' bothered SF's leadership?
     
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    Your argument is valid and cannot be challenged.
     

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