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In the age of COVID-19 and the global uprising for Black lives, resource lists abound; we hope ours will be useful to our members and the broader community for raising consciousness to take action.
Our focus in compiling these resources is to highlight how racism shapes our food system, and to uplift the leadership of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) who are organized and building food sovereignty in resistance to racial capitalism.
CAGJ has previously shared information about Black-owned farms with whom we have had the privilege to collaborate, with the intention of encouraging our members to redistributing resources their way. Here we expand that list: SUPPORT THESE FARMS & ORGANIZATIONS – Thank you!
Anti-Racism & Black History Articles/Resources
- Educational Resources
- Action-based Resources
- More Anti-Racism Resource Lists
- BIPOC Farms & Food Sovereignty Organizations
- Washington State Organizations
- Organizations outside of WA State
- Anti-Racism & Black Liberation Organizations
- Washington State Organizations
- National Organizations
Anti-Racism & Black History Articles/Resources
Educational Resources on Anti-Racism & Black History
- Civil Eats: Leaders of Color Discuss Structural Racism and White Privilege in the Food System
- Civil Eats: Beyond Access: What the Movement for Black Lives’ Policy Says about Food
- A Growing Culture: To Free Ourselves We Must Feed Ourselves. Juneteenth statement, linked to the Juneteenth Broadcast, produced by A Growing Culture as part of their Hunger for Justice series.
- The Sun: To Free Ourselves We Must Feed Ourselves: Leah Penniman on Bringing People of Color Back to the Land
- Food First: Dismantling Racism in the Food System
- Rachel Slocum: Dismantling Racism in Community Food Work
- The Conversation: The Racist Roots of American Policing: From Slave Patrols to Traffic Stops
- Michelle Alexander Op-ed in NY Times, June 8, 2020: America, This is Your Chance
- 1619 Project: An interactive project developed by Nikole Hannah-Jones and published by The New York Times to provide an historical analysis of how slavery shaped American political, social, and economic institutions. Now includes a podcast, a high-school curriculum, and an upcoming book.
- Showing Up for Racial Justice: The Characteristics of White Supremacy Culture
- Black Junction: Black History Month Library. A vast archive of resources accessible through a google drive format.
- The Secret Ingredient Podcast: Hosts Raj Patel, Tom Philpott and Rebecca McInroy dig into the complexities of the food system through a critical lens, often addressing structural inequalities.
Action-Based Resources: How You can Support/Reflect/Take Action
- Food Solutions New England website: 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge
- Buzzfeed: 12 Black-Owned Bookstores You Can Support Right Now
- South Seattle Emerald: Opinion: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
- AdHoc: Take Action: A List of Ways You Can Stand In Solidarity with the Black Community
- Medium: 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- TimeOut Magazine: How to Support Black Lives Matter, Wherever You Are
More Anti-Racism Resource Lists
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources: A working document for scaffolding anti-racism resources. The goal is to facilitate growth for white folks to become allies, and eventually accomplices for anti-racist work.
- Anti-Racism Resources for White People: List of resources for white people and parents to deepen anti-racism work, organized by medium (articles, videos, podcasts, books, films & TV, and organizations to follow.
- Justice in June: A month-long daily schedule for intentionally learning how to be an active ally of the black community (based on 10 mins, 25 mins, or 45 mins per day). Includes materials to watch, read, listen to, as well as action items.
- Black Lives Matter Toolkit: Articles & resources organized by topic (e.g. systemic racism, Black history, the Black Lives Matter movement, and white privilege), as well as suggested ways to take action.
BIPOC-Owned Farms & Food Sovereignty Organizations
Washington State BIPOC-Owned Farms & Food Sovereignty Organizations & Restaurants
The farms and organizations included in this list are those with whom CAGJ has a relationship:
- Black Food Sovereignty Coalition: The Black Food Sovereignty Coalition serves as a collaboration hub for Black and Brown communities to confront the systemic barriers that make food, place and economic opportunities inaccessible to us. BFSC is focused on meeting these barriers with creative, innovative, and sustainable solutions. Built on a decade of work of founding members of the Black Food Sovereignty Council and other Black-identified leaders and stakeholders in the Pacific Northwest, the BFSC mission is to ignite Black and brown communities to participate as owners and movement leaders within food systems, placemaking, and economic development.
- Clean Greens Farm and Market (Duvall, WA): A small nonprofit organization, owned and operated by longstanding African American residents of Seattle’s Central District, Clean Greens was established to supply fresh, sustainably grown produce at affordable prices to low-income families in the CD.
- Cooperativa Tierra y Libertad (Land and Liberty Cooperative), a worker-owned cooperative formed by four members of the independent Farmworker union Familias Unidas por la Justicia (FUJ), which is led by indigenous workers, representing over 500 Triqui, Mixteco, and Spanish speaking workers. The members are now raising capital to buy 60 acres in Everson to combine all their farming efforts into one location that they own collectively as a co-op. Donate to the fund: please email [email protected]westoffice.net
- Hilltop Urban Gardens (Tacoma, WA): A community-based urban agriculture, justice, and equity organization, HUG partners with the community to grow healthy food and to create a healthy community.
- Nurturing Roots (Seattle & Auburn): A community farming program focused on educating youth and community members on healthy food choices. Creating community through gardening.
- Wakulima (Seattle): A farming and food business cooperative that advances small business development and food sovereignty for low income immigrants and people of color in the Puget Sound region.
- YES Farm (Seattle): A two acre urban agricultural farm collective, spearheaded by the Black Farmers Collective that functions as an extension of the Yesler Terrace Redevelopment Initiative. Our purpose is to build integrated food systems for communities of color throughout the greater Seattle area.
Other WA-based groups:
- Percussion Farms (Seattle): Works to undo racism and other oppression that prevent access to nutrition and healthy spaces for black people, indigenous people, and people of color.
- Gathering Roots Retreat & Wellness Center (Whidbey Island): A Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) led and centered organization focused on creating retreat space for community and organizations. We seek to offer space for teaching the Dharma, holistic wellness, and community justice.
- Seattle and National Black Owned Restaurants (compiled by Bon Appetit)
- Please refer to the Tilth Alliance list of WA State Black Farmers, Farms, and Farm Stands for additional farms and opportunities to support the WA BIPOC community.
BIPOC Farms / Food Sovereignty Organizations outside of WA State
- Detroit Black Community Food Security Network: Creating model urban agricultural projects that seek to build community self-reliance and to change our consciousness about food.
- Farmers of Color Network: The project provides farmer-led technical assistance and funding for farmers of color, and hosts farm tours, networking events, and gatherings to highlight ancestral traditions and knowledge, as well as explore market solutions.
- Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund The Federation is a non-profit cooperative association of black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives.
- Michigan Urban Farming Initiative: We hope to empower urban communities by using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and community while simultaneously reducing socioeconomic disparity.
- Montgomery Countryside Alliance Land Link: Montgomery Countryside Alliance’s Land Link is another example of local nonprofits working to support getting more African-American farmers on the ground.
- The National Black Farmers Association: A non-profit organization representing African American farmers and their families in the United States. As an association, it serves tens of thousands of members nationwide.
- The National Black Food Justice Alliance (NBFJA): A coalition of Black-led organizations advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, building Black institutions and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice.
- Black Land & Power, a project of NBFJA, is building a land-based movement for Black liberation. On Juneteenth 2020 they launched Reparations Summer. Each Juneteenth shall mark a summer of organizing and moving no strings attached resources to Black land stewards.
- Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust: A community-led organization that acquires land or easements for the purpose of conservation and permanent affordability/access for certain peoples.
- The Rural Coalition: Born of the civil rights and anti-poverty rural movements, Rural Coalition has worked for over 40 years to assure that diverse organizations from all regions, ethnic and racial groups and genders have the opportunity to work in solidarity on the issues that affect us all.
- Soul Fire Farm: Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. We raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid.
- Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land by Leah Penniman (article about book here)
- Southeastern African-American Farmers’ Organic Network: A network of Black farmers in the Southeastern US who are committed to culturally relevant, ancestrally guided, and ecologically sustainable agricultural-based living.
- Black owned Farms & Food Gardens (compiled by Shoppe Black)
Anti-Racism / Black Liberation Organizations
Washington State Anti-Racism / Black Liberation Organizations
- Africatown Land Trust: Africatown Community Land Trust is working for community ownership of land in the Central District that can support the cultural and economic thriving of people who are part of the African diaspora in the Greater Seattle region.
- Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County: Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization which primarily focuses on advocacy and direct action. The core activists and organizers of BLM Seattle King County is a group of Black and other people of color focused on dismantling anti-black systems and policies of oppression.
- Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (CARW): CARW educates, organizes, and mobilizes white people to show up powerfully for racial justice and collective liberation.
- Dismantling Whiteness: This is an open forum for white folks to process their whiteness, undo internalized racial superiority, and share knowledge and resources.
- European Dissent: We are people of European descent (whites) who organize to be a visible force in a multiracial network of people fighting to undo racism personally, culturally and institutionally. We are guided by the People’s Institute Anti-Racist Organizing Principles.
- King County Equity Now: A coalition of long-standing, accountable, Black-led community-based organizations in King County.
- Liberation Flow: We are a POC Collective that offers yoga as an every-day healing art, a practice of self-liberation and anti-oppression.
- The People’s Institute Northwest: for Survival and Beyond: The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond is a collective of anti-racist community organizers and educators committed to building an anti-racist movement. Founded in 1980 by Ronald Chisom and Jim Dunn, the organization’s national office is based in New Orleans, Louisiana.
- We Out Here Seattle: We Out Here was an online festival (held in June 2020) to honor and celebrate Black excellence and share resources in the Seattle area. Recordings of events and other resources are available.
National Anti-Racism Organizations
- #8toAbolition: While communities across the country mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Jamel Floyd, and so many more Black victims of police murder, Campaign Zero released its 8 Can’t Wait campaign, offering a set of eight reforms they claim would reduce police killings by 72%. As police and prison abolitionists, we believe that this campaign is dangerous and irresponsible, offering a slate of reforms that have already been tried and failed, that mislead a public newly invigorated to the possibilities of police and prison abolition, and that do not reflect the needs of criminalized communities.
- Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
- Color of Change: Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. We help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 1.7 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
- The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL): The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) seeks to reach millions, mobilize hundreds of thousands, and organize tens of thousands, so that Black political power is a force able to influence national and local agendas in the direction of our shared Vision for Black Lives. M4BL have created a popular strategy rooted in transformative goals that will impact the millions of Black people looking for direction and leadership in this moment.
- Poor People’s Campaign: From Alaska to Arkansas, the Bronx to the border, people are coming together to confront the interlocking evils of systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism and the war economy, and the distorted moral narrative of religious nationalism. We understand that as a nation we are at a critical juncture — that we need a movement that will shift the moral narrative, impact policies and elections at every level of government, and build lasting power for poor and impacted people.
- Reclaim the Block: Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. (Due to overwhelming support received in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, they are suggesting donations be directed to other organizations.)
- Showing Up for Racial Justice: SURJ’s role as part of a multi-racial movement is to undermine white support for white supremacy and to help build a racially-just society.