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TACTICS FOR BUILDING
BLACK FOOD SOVEREIGNTY

Now that you've gained an understanding of critical historical contexts, food movement terms, and the integral pillars of self-determination, self-determining food economies, and Black Land and Power, you may be wondering how exactly this work is done. 

The National Black Food & Justice Alliance uses three overarching strategies in building collective power and food sovereignty in Black communities: internal organizing (organizing within the Alliance), community organizing (organizing in Black farming and food communities), and external organizing (organizing to advance food movement political agendas at local, state, and federal levels). 

Explore the next three sections to learn the specific tactics, and their definitions, that bolster these organizing strategies. 

Internal Organizing

Collective Governance

NBFJA Co-Executive Director Dr. Jasmine Jackson and Black Land and Power Director Kenya Crumel explain and define Collective Governance and its significance at the Alliance.

Click play to listen. Audio transcription available here.

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Dr. Jasmine Jackson

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Kenya Crumel

Work Groups

NBFJA Field Coordinator Alexis

McKenney and Co-Executive

Director Cicely Garrett explain

and define Works Groups and their pivotal function in the Alliance.

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Alexis McKenney

Cicely Garrett

Community Organizing

(click the side arrows to learn about these terms)

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 Campaign 

 Cooperative 
Model 

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 Resource 
Building 

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 Land  Trusts 

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 Land 
Stewardship 

External Organizing

Policy and Political Organizing

NBFJA Co-Founders Dara Cooper and Baba Malik Yakini contextualize the meaning of Policy, Political Organizing, and the necessity of driving our own political agendas.

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External Organizing

External Organizing

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Dara Cooper

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Malik Yakini

VISION FOR THE FUTURE:
BUILDING RESOURCE COMMONS AND PROTECTING THEM

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The Jackson-Kush Plan defines the Commons as "the resources of the earth that everyone is dependent upon and must utilize to survive and thrive. The essential 'Commons' are land, water, and air."

In building toward self-determining food economies, Black Land and Power, and self-determination for Black people, the National Black Food & Justice Alliance seeks community control of the "essential Commons" via the creation of Resource Commons, Black land spaces where communities sovereignly sustain themselves without threat.

NBFJA staff members provide further context, explore the intentions of Resource Commons, and explain how to prevent their downfall.

 

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REVIEW

You've reached the end of the Guide to Black Food Movement Terms! We hope this experience has been informative and engaging for you, and that you leave with a greater understanding of the National Black Food & Justice Alliance, Black food sovereignty work, and the potential we collectively possess for Black liberation. 

To test your engagement with this guide, please take the quiz below!

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Please email Communications & Culture Director LeeAnn C. Morrissette for all feedback and questions.

leeann@blackfoodjustice.org

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