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LAND IS POWER. LAND IS LIBERATION. LAND IN THE COMMONS.
On Juneteenth 2017 (Monday, June 19th) Black people across the country will be taking back land and reclaiming space, from vacant lots to empty school buildings. We are taking back land that should be used for the good of the people; land that has historically been denied access to Black people. Through these actions, we will confront the institutions that have been built off the extracted wealth of Black bodies and Black land and the individuals who have profited from them.
CALL TO REPAIR RELATIONS THROUGH REPARATIONS
While we take action with our own labor, we also call for a return of accumulated wealth to Black people in the US and Black people across the diaspora. We call on folks across the U.S. to take up this annual call for repairing our relations. For white folks and others who have access to or benefit from accumulated wealth, this means identifying ways to transfer land title, capital, and other resources to Black-led self-determining sanctuary projects.
We call for both institutional and individual reparations this Juneteenth and every Juneteenth.
Land is essential in the fight for self-determination and liberation for Black folks. The Call to Reclaim is an intervention to shift the national narrative to incorporate both reparations from a land-based lens as well as to make the connections between land and liberation for Black folks. We see Black folks collectively engaging in land reclamation with the goal of shifting our relationship to the land, engaging in healing while creating hubs for movement work to be housed, cultivated and birthed. We believe Black folks, in this moment, can call on our Maroonage legacy to support the creation of Black safe spaces.
We call for a return of accumulated wealth to black people in the US and black people across the diaspora. We call for a release of stolen land. We vow to work with integrity and build partnership with those whose lands were stolen and with the land itself. We vow to continue the struggle, to build black community, institutions, and power until we are returned what is rightfully ours.
We call for a return of accumulated wealth to black people in the US and black people across the diaspora. We demand a release of stolen land. We intend to work with integrity and build partnership with those whose lands were stolen and with the land itself.
Black Land & Liberation!
The Black Land and Liberation Initiative is a vision, strategy and training program grounded in black liberation and anchored by black leadership. Our aim is to develop 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. We are asserting the fundamental right to the resources required to create our own productive, dignified and sustainable livelihoods through our own free labor and self-governance. Key among those resources is land. We will co-create strategies for transformation which are grounded in a long-term vision, guided in the resilience, culture, and creativity of our ancestry, rooted in our sovereignty, and which we can begin putting into place NOW.
The Black Land and Liberation Initiative is anchored by BlackOut Collective, Movement Generation and a diverse cohort of Black organizers from across the country.
We are working with groups of folks across the country to launch a trans-local, Black-led land reclamation and reparations initiative co-created by us and the participants. We are guided by reverence for ancestral knowledge, black love, and collective responsibility.
Our Frameworks & Values
We are working with groups of folks across the country to launch a trans-local, Black-led land reclamation and reparations initiative co-created by us, the participants. We are guided by reverence for ancestral knowledge, black love, and collective responsibility.
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We must transfer wealth from where it has been concentrated and wielded as a chainsaw against Black bodies, Indigenous lands, and the very planet upon which we all depend. This capital is stolen from the living world — it comes from the labor of Black peoples stolen and enslaved to build the US empire on stolen Indigenous lands.
It must be returned to those communities it has been stolen from in order to begin to repair the damage.
Please tag your donation as BLLI.Indigenous lands. It must be returned to those communities it has been stolen from in order to begin to repair the damage.
Please tag your donation as BLLI.