Black Land & Liberation Initiative
Since 2015, MG has been in collaboration with our friends and comrades in The BlackOUT Collective to create long-term movement strategy and concrete interventions towards Black Liberation, Reparations and Land Reform, rooted in ecological justice and the long history of Black self-determination.
The first phase of that collaborative work was the Black Land and Liberation Initiative. BLLI was an 18 month rigorous vision, strategy and training program for Black organizers from around the country grounded in Black liberation and anchored by Black leadership. A cohort of 35 organizers participated in two national retreats, organized regional trainings where they brought in more folks and experimented with land-based direct actions on Reclaim MLK and Juneteenth.
On Juneteenth, 2017, Black-led organizing around the country took direct action under the frame, “40 Acres, 40 Cities, One Day,” to draw the connections between Black Liberation, Reparations, Land Reform and Ecological Justice.
Our aim is to co-create diverse and interdependent strategies that move us away from the current extractive economy which depends on the violent enclosure of land, labor, culture, power, wealth and spirit. At the heart of our analysis is the fundamental right to the resources required for Black people in the US to create their own productive, dignified and sustainable livelihoods through their own free labor and self-governance. Key among those resources is land. We endeavor to co-create strategies for transformation which are grounded in a long-term vision, guided in the resilience, culture, and creativity of ancestry, rooted in sovereignty, and which we can begin putting into place today.
The Initiative is a collaboration anchored by Movement Generation and BlackOUT Collective.
We root the program in exploring and understanding the following principles:
- Black Liberation
- Land Reform and Reparations
- Deep Economic Democracy
- Ecological Integrity
- Hard Skills in Land-Based Work (including Horticulture and Afroecology)
To read more about the Black Land & Liberation Initiative, visit the website here.