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Annual Review Newsletter

2018

Oct 25th Action for Community Control of Land

on the Laura Flanders Show

land justice • food sovereignty • agroecology

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We made our second brigade trip to Puerto Rico with Our Power Puerto Rico and the Climate Justice Alliance!

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SG hosted an Urban Botanica Certification course to empower women of color in herbal medicinal skill building.

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Charlyn Griffith was featured on the front cover of Edible Philly magazine, for her incredible work in urban agroecology at Farm for the City.

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Terrence Topping-Brown led an agroecology course at OneArt Community Center

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Kirtrina Baxter, Stanley Morgan & Charlyn Griffith participated in CJA's Black to Just Transition assembly & training in Detroit, MI

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Zakia Elliott & Charlyn Griffith joined hand-in-hand with Philly folks and the Climate Justice Alliance, to fight for just climate solutions in San Francisco

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Lan Dinh supported youth at VietLead in their movement to end the 10-year tax abatement!

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Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance

Nyambi Royster became a

co-op developer fellow with PACA, pushing the boundaries of food equity in Philadelphia.

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Malaika Hart prioritized for farmers of color at this year's NESAWG regional conference.

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Atiba Ellerby is developing his praxis of agroecology at Two Bears Farm, in Durango, CO.

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Sonia Galiber spoke volumes at the HEAL School of Political Leadership!


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Threatened Garden Series

An on-going project to address displacement politics and the right to grow, thrive, and feed ourselves in Black and Brown communities of Philadelphia.

#Wehaveasimplestatement #Endthetaxabatement

#Landbankhearourcall #6percentiswaytoosmall

#Developmentwithoutdisplacement

#Freethepeople #Freetheland

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Power Mapping

Political Players

We used our collective power to identify major players in the Philadelphia land and food systems, as part of the Threatened Gardens Series.

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Community Control of Land

On October 25th, we took to the streets with our demands


SIGN THE PETITION

COMMUNITY CONTROL of LAND is the foundation of our collective struggle towards liberation. As a coalition of Black and Brown-led farmers, growers and community members, these demands impact us readily and deeply. Whether the issue is food, education, or housing; community control of resources REQUIRE community control of the land. Our gardens are not just extracurricular spaces! They are community-driven acts of resistance and resilience mostly by communities of color in historically underinvested communities.

We are calling to attention changes that need to happen to create real and transparent pathways towards community control of land.  WHO controls land and HOW its being used dictates what our communities look like.  In the urban agriculture community, we’ve seen too many community gardens and farms lost to Sheriff sales & development in the waves of gentrification across the city.  We are calling for three specific changes from City Council & the Land Bank in order to move communities closer towards COMMUNITY control of land in Philadelphia. We would like you to support us in the following community demands by signing the petition:

  • End the 10-year tax abatement

  • Call for a moratorium on sheriff sales of active gardens

  • Provide gardens REAL security and pathways to community ownership


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Thanks to Our Funders

Merck Family Fund

Claneil Foundation

The Nature Conservancy

Just Community Energy Transition Project (JCET)

BEAI Grassroots International

Bread & Roses Community Fund

Fikira Bakery

Community Congratulations!

Kirtrina & Stanley

Kirtrina & Stanley

Bri & Ethan

Bri & Ethan


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2019, Here We Come!

We are starting the year in a new chapter, with our

Agroecology Manual, designed collectively by community members,

leaders and activists in Philadelphia.

A Black and Brown led movement of growers

IN PHILADELPHIA, BUILDING A GRASSROOTS MOVEMENT THROUGH RELATIONSHIP BUILDING, HONORING CULTURE, COMMUNITY EDUCATION, ORGANIZING, ACTIVISM AND ADVOCACY: A PEOPLE’S AGROECOLOGY. 

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