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What Can You Do Now That You’ve Listened to ‘Queer Freedom & Trans Delight. Trans Day of Resilience Art Project with Micah Bazant + Kemi Alibi’

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

LGBTQIA+ Organizations to Donate to & Learn More About

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis, and organizing.

Familia Trans Queer Liberation Movement works at local and national levels to achieve the collective liberation of trans, queer, and gender nonconforming Latinxs through building community, organizing, advocacy, and education.

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What can you do now that you’ve listened to “Decolonizing the Land, Liberating the Farmer”?

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds and Thalia Cachimuel

Organizations to Support:

  • Soul Fire Farm is a BIPOC*-centered community farm committed to ending racism and injustice in the food system. They raise and distribute life-giving food as a means to end food apartheid. With deep reverence for the land and wisdom of our ancestors, we work to reclaim our collective right to belong to the earth and to have agency in the food system. They bring diverse communities together on this healing land to share skills on sustainable agriculture, natural building, spiritual activism, health, and environmental justice. They are training the next generation of activist-farmers and strengthening the movements for food sovereignty and community self-determination. Consider a donation here.
  • The Food Project’s mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system.
  • The Farm School connects people to the land by serving as a family farm for the coming generations. We are an organization of three interweaving programs spread out over the land of four old family farms in rural Mass, now linked together under our common stewardship. Careful mentoring, meaningful work, humor and kindness are at the center of all we do.
  • Many Hands Organic Farm has been in existence since 1982 and has been selling to the public since 1985. They were first certified organic by the Massachusetts chapter of the Northeast Organic Farming Association in 1987. To learn more visit their website at https://mhof.net/ 
  • Youth Grow (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester) is an urban agriculture-focused youth development and employment program for low-income teens. YouthGROW employs 32-40 low income high school teens (age 14-18) year-round who gain leadership and jobs skills as they maintain two urban organic farms. YouthGROWers complete a curriculum focused on Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Urban Agriculture, and Social Justice (PLUS,) through participation in the 8-week summer session, monthly workshops, internships, and community service. 
  • Consider a donation to “Help Fund Black Urban Farmers with Organic Seeds.”
  • National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) organizes for black food and land, by increasing the visibility of visionary Black leadership, advancing Black people’s struggle for just and sustainable communities, and building power in our food systems and land stewardship.
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Podcast Episode 7: Decolonizing the Land, Liberating the Farmer

Today, 98% of farmland in the entire United States is white-owned. That is the lowest it has been in history. What does this mean for communities of color now? 

We talk to Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm, which heals ancestral wounds and works to end racism and injustice in the food system. Much of the formerly owned Black and brown land was stolen, and is still owned by the descendants of white families. Soul Fire teaches BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) folks how to farm and reconnect with the earth and their ancestors. 

Leah provides powerful insights on how we can decolonize the land and our minds. From land reparations to acknowledging social disparities to access to culturally appropriate food, she takes us on a journey of healing. 

Please listen to this critical episode and check out how to get involved. Learn more about their Reparations Map for Black-Indigenous Farmers here.

And check out Leah’s book, Farming While Black, a love song for the earth and her peoples.

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What can you do now that you’ve listened to ‘The Sabotage of Black Education: The Fight Against Rahm Emanuel to Save Dyett High School’?

By Greg Jobin-Leeds & Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Listen on Stitcher to Episode 6 here.

Many listeners want to know what they can do after they have listened to our podcast. What can you do now that you’ve listened to ‘The Sabotage of Black Education” with Jitu Brown

Here you can find:  

  • organizations to support and make a donation   
  • resources to learn more (books, films, websites)  
  • additional podcasts to listen to 
  • educational social issues to continue learning more about 
  • legislation to support 
  • miscellaneous additional resources
  • activists/community leaders to follow and  repost on your social channels.

Donate (our frontline organizations need money to survive):

Journey for Justice Alliance  Journey for Justice Alliance was launched in 2012, in response to the growing problem of school privatization (starving of neighborhood schools, school closings, charter and contract school expansion, turnarounds) impacting cities across the United States.

The Kenwood Oakland Community Organization through the sustained engagement of low-income and working families develops multi-generational leaders who impact decision-making process and public policies, improving the quality of life in local communities. 

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Podcast Episode 6 – The Sabotage of Black Education: The fight against Rahm Emanuel to save Dyett High School

According to Jitu Brown, the organizer’s job is to create a space where people can begin to actually envision what they want to see, then create the experiences where people begin to win. The continued closures of our public schools and high-stakes testing illustrate the institutionalized racism that is embedded in our educational system. Jitu reflects on his work as National Director of Journey for Justice Alliance (J4J), which defends public education against school closings, turnarounds, phase-outs, and charter expansion. To combat institutionalized racism present in public schools, J4J has begun organizing campaigns at the local and federal level for sustainable community schools, calling for 25,000 by 2025.

Artwork by José Hernández Díaz of AgitArte

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Podcast Episode 5 – Queer Freedom and Trans Delight: Trans Day of Resilience Art Project with Micah Bazant + Kemi Alabi”

We reflect on the role of art and cultural strategy in movement building, and how imagining creative processes outside the dominant narratives supports intersectional and vibrant social justice movements, which allow us to be free!

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Ways to Support Navajo Nation: “Indigenous Mutual Aid + COVID-19 Response” Follow-Up Resource List

By: Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

Indigenous Mutual Aid is an information and support network with an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist framework. We exist to inspire and empower autonomous Indigenous relief organizing in response to COVID-19.

Indigenous Action is a radical volunteer crew of anti-colonial & anti-capitalist Indigenous media makers & agitators that work together on a project by project basis for liberation for Mother Earth and all her beings.

Find Indigenous Mutual Aid Groups to learn more about and support.

Donate to the Radical Indigenous Mutual Aid Emergency Fund.

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Solidarity, Love, Death

By: Greg Jobin-Leeds

June 5, 2020.

Tomorrow will be the 5th anniversary of my best friend, Damon’s death. Damon died 9 months after my Dad, and 9 months before my Mom. From this period of loss, I learned a lot about how to grieve and how to care for the grieving and dying. During those 18 months, I completed WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! and went on a book tour— it was during this time I was called to step up and be transformed.  

Two weeks ago, we began seeing the horrific images of the police murder of George Floyd following the murder Breonna Taylor, an EMT also killed by the police. Today would have been her birthday. Breonna was 26 years old, the same age as Ahmaud Arbery who was hunted down and murdered just weeks before, for the crime of being Black. 

It strikes me that some of the age-old wisdom that I learned about how to accompany the sick or grieving may apply to how to be in solidarity with folks on the frontlines of disaster or oppression.  

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REST IN PEACE #GEORGEFLOYD – WAYS TO SUPPORT #BLACKLIVESMATTER ACTION NOW!

By: Thalia Carroll-Cachimuel

The When We Fight, We Win! team honors the life of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and all of the other murder victims of senseless anti-Black police violence and brutality. We are sending love and light to these families, and may they all rest in power.

Looking for ways to support during this time? Here are a few resources you can donate to or learn more about. Any donation counts.

Minnesota Organizations

The Minnesota Freedom Fund pays criminal bail and immigration bond for those who cannot afford to as we seek to end discriminatory, coercive, and oppressive jailing.

Black Visions Collective (BLVC) believes in a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and we are in right relationship within our ecosystems.

Reclaim The Block works to make sure communities have the resources they need to thrive. Their grassroots group is up against the deep pockets of the Minneapolis police union, and they need your support.

North Star Health Collective your financial support enables North Start Health Collective to build a stronger and more robust radical healthcare collective. Your commitment strengthens radical health care in Minnesota and beyond.

Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar

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Podcast Episode 4 – Black and Brown Solidarity: The Struggle to Defend Public Education in Puerto Rico and the USA

How can we stand together to ensure the educational future of the next generation? Listen to the voices of AgitArte, the Federation of Teachers of Puerto Rico, Journey for Justice Alliance, and the Alliance for Quality Education as they worked together to convene The Transnational Encounter to Defend Public Education. This forum was held to explore how solidarity between two nations is imperative in working towards creating a strong public education system.

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