Race, Food & Justice. April 4-5th, 2014. Cleveland,OH.

Published March 25th, 2014 by

race food Justice LogoEnvironmental Health Watch in collaboration with Rid-All Green Partnership, and Case Western Reserve University Social Justice Institute will come together once again to present the Race, Food & Justice Conference. The theme for 2014 is Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens. The two day conference will be held at Case Western Reserve University, April 4th – 5th, 2014.

On Saturday, April 5th, Allison Guess and Mistinguette Smith of The Black/Land Project will offer a Desire Mapping workshop. This is an opportunity for black Clevelanders to reflect on how they want to see land used in their communities in the future.

This workshop is sold out, although tickets for the Friday plenary may still be available here.

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Service to Justice . Jan 24-25, 2014. Washington D.C.

Published January 10th, 2014 by

service to justice

Many of us entered social change work to be of service.  But what is it we serve?  Sometimes, the way we do our work actually gets in the way of  justice and self-determination. What would our work look like if it was specifically organized to increase the autonomy, authority and relatedness of the communities we serve?

Join Tavia Benjamin of The Black/Land Project for a conversation about how we use the principles of self-determination in our work,  and how you might apply them in your work, too.

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Grist Magazine: Black to the Land

Published June 20th, 2013 by

M SmithGrist magazine  really understands that The Black/Land Project is about more than just agriculture: it’s about the very relationship between race and place.

Be sure to read Andrea Appleton’s interview with Black/Land founder Mistinguette Smith, “Black to the Land: Project explores connections between race and place” in the June edition of  the online magazine.  The interview draws the connections between U-Pick farms,  redlining and  the Underground Railroad.

You can find more of Appleton’s fantastic Grist posts, which focus on race and place, here.

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Allied Media Conference. June 20-23, 2013. Detroit, MI

Published June 9th, 2013 by

Are you going to Detroit for the Allied Media Conference? Look for Black/Land as a participant in the Research Justice track!


Black/Land team members Allison Guess and Tavia Benjamin will be discussants on the panel Tierra Y Libertad, presenting  Black/Land’s work on how black people understand and transcend the effects of historical trauma as part of organizing. Set in the context of contested public  land in Detroit, Black/Land will offer a critical perspective on an aspect of organizing that is often overlooked – responding to transhistorical trauma in ways that help black people to become more self determining in the present.

We will also be at the Research Justice Network Gathering, sharing and learning with others engaged in the work of  tactical, grassroots research in pursuit of social justice, and social justice movement building.


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Race Food Justice Conference. April 26, 2013. Cleveland, OH

Published April 3rd, 2013 by


Join Black/Land at the Race Food  Justice Conference co-convened by Case Western Reserve University, Environmental  Health Watch, Growing Power  and The RidAll  “Greenin’ The Ghetto” Partnership in Cleveland, Ohio coming this April!rid-all_newlogo

Speakers will include:

This conference aims to create a dialog about food, farming, race, land use, health, jobs and social justice issues. It is a collaboration between Case’s Social Justice Institute, the Milwaukee-based Growing Power Inc., and two Cleveland groups — Environmental Health Watch and the Rid-All Green Partnership,  operators of  an urban farm in the Kinsman neighborhood.

Events take place from 6-9PM Thursday and Friday evening, and are free to the public. Just click here to register.

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