Location visible to members
Come meet other people of color seeking intentional community! This is a chance to find out more about the network's goals and strategies, get updates on projects and resources, share your projects and dreams, link up with like-minded & like-hearted folks, and learn about opportunities to become involved.
1-1:30 > Potluck & Meeting Folks
1:30-2 > Film Screening of "Arc of Justice: The Rise, Fall & Rebirth of a Beloved Community"
2-3 > Discussion, POCSHN Updates & Projects, Sharing Dreams & Schemes
Please bring a dish to share if you can, but no worries if you can't, we usually have enough. :) You can post what you're bringing as a comment below!
About the Film:
Arc of Justice traces the remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles.
NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families.
For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust.
NCI lost the land to foreclosure in 1985, but 25 years later it was given new life as a result of a successful class action lawsuit brought by hundreds of African American farmers against the U.S. Department of Agriculture for loan discrimination.
With the settlement, the original founders purchased a 1,600-acre plantation once owned by the largest slave owner and richest man in Georgia. NCI is now growing pecans and using the property as a retreat and training center promoting racial justice and economic development.
We look forward to meeting/seeing you!
Casey, Desi, Lailan, Lina, Marissa, Sasha, and Tavi
Donations at the door for use of the LOL space are appreciated to thank them for hosting!
Please Note: We will not be holding a New Member Orientation at this quarterly potluck, but we plan to hold an orientation at the next one in May & encourage folks to checkout our fancy new website that Desi updated to get acquainted with us! http://www.pochousingnetwork.com