MLK Week 2019: Hilltop Urban Gardens: Growing Towards Freedom


MY NAME IS EDWINA. I WORK AS THE INTERCULTURAL CENTER ADVISOR WITH MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS. WELCOME TO MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. WEEK. THIS IS OUR DAY THREE. HILLTOP URBAN GARDEN’S MISSION IS TO CREATE A SOVEREIGN FOOD SYSTEM AND TO CREATE ECONOMIC AND RACIAL JUSTICE. WE ARE A BLACK, QUEER, AND TRANS-LED ORGANIZATION THAT CENTERS THE NEEDS OF BLACK FOLKS AND WHO DOES WORK TO SUPPORT AND UPLIFT OTHER MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES. WE OPERATE THROUGH AN ANTI-RACIST LENS TO CREATE A COMMUNITY WE CAN ALL THRIVE IN. OUR FIRST SPEAKER IS MIRIAM McBRIDE. FOR THE PAST TWO YEARS, SHE’S BEEN INVOLVED WITH H.U.G. SHE’S WORKING WITH PROJECTS TO GET YOUTH INVOLVED IN GARDENING AND COMMUNITY ORGANIZING. JUST A LITTLE SIDE NOTE. FUN FACT, I USED TO WORK WITH MIRIAM AT TACOMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE. I’M SO PROUD OF YOU. AARON MARTYNOVYCH HAS A PH.D. IN THE SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAM. SHE’S CURRENTLY ON WORKING ON EDUCATING AND TRAINING WHITE VOLUNTEERS AT H.U.G. THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORIENTATION IS TO HELP WHITE VOLUNTEERS BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE WHEN WORKING WITHIN A BLACK-LED ORGANIZATION. THIS TRAINING TEACHES THE WHITE FOLKS ABOUT THEIR WHITENESS AND HOW IT IMPACTS THE SPACES THEY’RE IN AND HOW IT AFFECTS PEOPLE OF COLOR. HIGHLINE, CAN YOU PLEASE JOIN ME IN WELCOMING MIRIAM AND EVAN? [ APPLAUSE ]>>HI, Y’ALL.>>HELLO.>>AGAIN, MY NAME IS MIRIAM. MY PRONOUNS ARE SHE/HER. I’M SUPER GLAD TO BE HERE.>>MY NAME IS EVAN, AND MY PRONOUNS ARE ALSO SHE/HER.>>LIKE EDWINA SAID, OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE RACIAL AND SOCIAL ECONOMIC JUSTICE. TODAY, WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHY WE PRETTY MUCH STARTED THE WORK. THAT’S REALLY ABOUT FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. WE’RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND FOOD JUSTICE. THEN WE’LL TALK ABOUT SOME OF THE PROGRAMS WE DO IN THE COMMUNITY AND ONE OUR PROGRAMS ADDRESSING GENTRIFICATION. THEN EVAN WILL TALK SOME ABOUT THE ROLE WHITE FOLKS PLAY IN OUR ORGANIZATION AND HOW THEY CAN BE INVOLVED IN A WAY THAT’S EQUITABLE. BEFORE WE GET INTO THAT, SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT H.U.G. H.U.G. WAS STARTED BACK IN 2010 AS A PROJECT OF OUR FOUNDER, DEAN JACKSON. THROUGH THAT PROJECT, THEY TOOK A PACKET AND THEIR IDEA. THEIR IDEA WAS — IN TACOMA, BETWEEN THE SIDEWALK AND THE STREET SIDE, WE HAVE THESE BIG PLOTS OF GRASS. THEY’RE JUST CURBSIDE GRASS. DEAN HAD AN IDEA THAT WE HAD ALL THIS LAND. WE COULD BE GROWING FOOD ON IT BECAUSE THERE’S NOTHING THERE. IN THE SUMMERTIME, IT JUST DIES. THEY TOOK A PACKET AND TOOK IT TO THE NEIGHBORS ON THEIR BLOCK. TWO PEOPLE RESPONDED AND SAID THEY ARE TOTALLY OKAY WITH THEM BUILDING GARDENS. THAT WAS THE START OF IT ALL. THEY STARTED GROWING JUST ON THEIR FREE TIME WHEN THEY GOT OFF WORK AND STUFF, GROWING FOOD AND THEN SHARING IT BACK WITH THE NEIGHBORS THAT SHARED THEIR YARD. NOW WE HAVE OUR MAIN FARM ON SOUTH 19th AND AINSWORTH. WE HAVE 11 OTHER CURBSIDE GARDENS. WE HAVE SOME BIGGER GARDENS THROUGHOUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD. ALL THIS WORK THAT WE DO WAS CREATED TO CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE FOOD SYSTEM FOR FOLKS THAT ARE LOW INCOME, THAT ARE BLACK, THAT ARE PEOPLE OF COLOR, SO THAT THEY CAN HAVE ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD.>>THIS WORK IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THE HILLTOP COMMUNITY BECAUSE THAT NEIGHBORHOOD IS A FOOD INSECURE AREA. THERE’S ONE GROCERY STORE, AND OR MIDNIGHT. IN THE MORNING, SO THERE REALLY ISN’T A LOT OF OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING HEALTHY FOOD IN THE HILLTOP COMMUNITY. OKAY. WE WANTED TO KIND OF EXPLAIN WHERE H.U.G. IS COMING FROM WITHIN THIS CONTEXT OF FOOD JUSTICE AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. WHAT COMES WITH THAT, A LOT OF PEOPLE ABOUT FOOD CHARITY. WITHIN THESE, WE WANT TO THINK ABOUT WHO IS BENEFITTING FROM FOOD CHARITY, FOOD JUSTICE, AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. IS IT LONG TERM, SHORT TERM? WHO IS MAKING MONEY OFF OF THIS? WHO IS IN CHARGE? WHO IS CONTROLLING IT? FOOD SECURITY IS — THERE’S A QUOTE HERE. FOOD SECURITY EXISTS WHEN ALL PEOPLE AT ALL TIMES HAVE ACCESS TO SUFFICIENT, SAFE NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO MAINTAIN A HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFE. PEOPLE HAVING ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD IN THEIR COMMUNITIES IS A COMPONENT OF FOOD SECURITY. HERE’S SOME EXAMPLES OF DIFFERENT WAYS FOOD SECURITY CAN BE MODELLED. PART OF FOOD SECURITY A LOT OF THE TIME IS FOOD CHARITY, WHICH IS FOOD BANKS WHERE PEOPLE GO AND THEY GET THE FOOD THAT THEY NEED BECAUSE THEY DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO IT ANOTHER WAY. SOME ISSUES WITH FOOD CHARITY IS THAT IT WAS MEANT AS A TEMPORARY FIX TO THE PROBLEM OF COMMUNITIES NOT HAVING ENOUGH ACCESS TO FOOD, SO WE KIND OF WANT TO CHANGE OUR RELATIONSHIP TO HOW WE’RE CONNECTING PEOPLE WITH FOOD. WE DON’T WANT IT TO BE AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE OR A TEMPORARY THING. WE WANT IT MORE LONG TERM.>>YEAH. AND THE ISSUE WITH FOOD CHARITY AND FOOD BANKS, YES, THEY DO SERVE A COMMUNITY, BUT IT’S ONLY FOR LIKE A WEEK AND THAT TEMPORARY THING. BECAUSE IT IS TEMPORARY, IT DOESN’T ACTUALLY SOLVE — GET TO THE ROOT ISSUES OF WHAT CAUSES HUNGER AND LACK OF ACCESS TO FOOD. IT’S NOT A SOLUTION AT ALL BECAUSE IT JUST CONTINUES THE CYCLE, AND PEOPLE STILL HAVE TO CONTINUALLY DEPEND ON IT. YOU DON’T GET TO THE FOOD BANK AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU’RE GOOD ON FOOD FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. YOU HAVE TO KEEP GOING. THAT’S A PROBLEM. WE WANT TO GET TO THE ROOT OF THE ISSUE AND ACTUALLY HAVE A SUSTAINABLE FIX.>>THESE HERE ARE THE THREE PILLARS OF FOOD SECURITY. IT JUST KIND OF BREAKS DOWN THE AVAILABILITY, ACCESS, AND USE. FOR FOOD AVAILABILITY, SUFFICIENT QUANTITY NEEDS TO BE CONSISTENTLY AVAILABLE. WE TALKED ABOUT THE SAFEWAY THAT’S ON HILLTOP. IT’S THE SMALLEST SAFEWAY IN TACOMA. IT IS ONE STORY. THE PRODUCE SECTION IS NOT GOOD. MOST OF THE TIME THE FRUITS AREN’T EDIBLE BY THE TIME YOU GO AND GET THEM. IT IS REAL BAD COMPARED TO THE OTHER STORES IN TACOMA. THAT HAS A LOT TO DO WITH RED LINING AND SYSTEMATIC RACISM. WE’LL GO INTO THAT AND TALK ABOUT IT DEEPER. FOOD ACCESS IS HAVING JOBS AND INCOME TO BE ABLE TO SUPPORT BUYING THAT FOOD OR SOME TYPE OF SUPPORT TO GET THAT FOOD. THAT’S KIND OF WHERE OUR MAIN FOCUS IS FOOD ACCESS. THEN FOOD USE IS THE USE BASED ON KNOWLEDGE OF NUTRITION AND ADEQUATE WATER. WE TRY TO DO THAT THROUGH OUR DIFFERENT EDUCATION SOURCES THAT WE’LL TALK ABOUT. WE’LL TALK ABOUT WHAT FOOD SOVEREIGNTY MEANS, WHICH IS OUR GOAL. IN 1998 AT THE WORLD OF — DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE CONFERENCE WAS? IT’S OKAY. BACK IN 1998, THE TERM FOOD SOVEREIGNTY WAS COINED. BECAUSE IN CENTRAL AMERICA, THERE WAS A LOT OF FIGHTS GOING ON AROUND INDIGENOUS FOLKS TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR LAND AND THE WAY THEY GROW, BUT THERE WAS A LARGE CULTURE OF MONOCROPPING THAT GOT TAKEN OVER. CORPORATIONS COMING IN AND LIKE GRABBING UP LAND. THE ISSUE WITH MONOCROPPING IS THAT THAT’S LITERALLY GROWING JUST ONE TYPE OF FOOD. IF YOU’RE JUST GROWING ONE FOOD FOREVER, YOU’RE GOING TO KEEP TAKING THE SAME NUTRIENTS OUT OF THE GROUND. THOSE NUTRIENTS ARE NEVER REPLENISHED, SO THE LAND IS UNUSEFUL AFTER A CERTAIN POINT IN TIME. PEOPLE WEREN’T ABLE TO PRACTICE THEIR INDIGENOUS WAYS OF GROWING FOOD AND HAVING ACCESS TO IT AS EASILY, SO THEY COINED THE TERM FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AS A RESPONSE. THESE ARE THE SIX PRINCIPLES. ONE FOCUSES ON FOOD FOR PEOPLE AND NOT LIKE CORPORATIONS AND SHIPPING FOOD OUT ELSEWHERE AND MONEY. TWO VALUES FOOD PROVIDERS. THAT’S PRETTY MUCH FROM TOP TO BOTTOM OF THE FOOD CHAIN, SO FROM PLANTING AND PROCESSING AND THEN MAKING TO THE TABLE. EACH PERSON IS BEING VALUED. THEN LOCALIZES FOOD SYSTEMS SO THAT THE FOOD THAT’S GROWING IN THE AREA IS ALSO FEEDING THE PEOPLE IN THAT AREA, WHICH DOESN’T HAPPEN A LOT OF TIME, EVEN HERE IN AMERICA. WE GROW A LOT OF THIS FOOD, AND A LOT OF IT GETS SHIPPED OUT OR WASTED. THEN WE HAVE A LOT OF FOLKS HERE AT HOME THAT DON’T HAVE ANY FOOD. MAKES DECISIONS LOCALLY. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE DIRECTLY IMPACTED AND ARE ALSO PART OF THE DECISION-MAKING — POWER IS BEING DISTRIBUTED. BUILDS KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS. PEOPLE AREN’T LIKE THIS IS FOOD AND WHERE IT COMES FROM, BUT PEOPLE HAVE THE SKILLS TO GO AND GROW AND PROCESS SO THAT IT IS SUSTAINABLE, SO THEY CAN PASS IT ON AND KEEP IT GOING BECAUSE EVERYBODY HAS A PART AND HAS A PLAY INTO IT AND HAS SOMETHING THAT THEY’RE GETTING BACK. SIX, WORKS WITH NATURE, WHICH IS SOMETHING THAT — THAT REALLY COMES FROM INDIGENOUS CULTURES. VALUES IS VALUING NATURE AND REALIZING THAT IT IS A RECIPROCAL RELATIONSHIP. IT’S NOT, OH, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE WHAT WE GET. WE HAVE TO GIVE BACK AND TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE AND LAND. IT IS A FULL CIRCLE. THESE WERE THE SIX THAT THEY CAME UP WITH. TO KIND OF PUT — THESE ARE JUST SOME QUESTIONS I WANT TO POST OUT TO YOU. IT’S OKAY IF YOU DON’T KNOW THE ANSWERS. THE QUESTIONS ARE, WHO CONTROLS THE SEEDS? WE CAN THINK IN WASHINGTON WHO CONTROLS THE SEEDS THAT GROWS THE FOOD. WHO CONTROLS THE LAND? WHO CONTROLS THE WATER? WHO GROWS THE FOOD? WHO DISTRIBUTES IT? WHO HOLDS THE KNOWLEDGE AND MAKES DECISIONS? DOES ANYBODY KNOW THE ANSWERS TO THOSE? EXACTLY. THAT’S THE POINT. WE GO TO THE GROCERY STORE AND GET THIS FOOD, BUT WE HAVE NO IDEA WHERE IT IS COMING FROM. WE DON’T KNOW WHO IS PLANTING IT. WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE PUTTING IN THE GROUND OR WHAT IS BEING PUT ON OUR FOOD. WORKERS ARE USUALLY WORKING FOR LOW WAGES AND ARE BEING ABUSED. OUR FOOD SYSTEM, WE’RE REALLY IN THE DARK ABOUT IT. THE CONVENIENCE OF IT ALSO PUTS US IN THE DARK. WHOEVER OWNS THESE SYSTEMS, THEY CONTROL ALL THE FOOD THAT WE EAT. YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? THAT’S WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. BECAUSE OF THAT POWER DYNAMIC THAT WE RECOGNIZE, WE, AS H.U.G., DECIDED TO ADD IN A SEVENTH ONE THAT’S A WORKING PRINCIPLE. THAT EXAMINES POWER RELATIONSHIPS TO ENSURE EQUITY IN THE FOOD SYSTEM. IT WAS CREATED FOR THE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE POWER STRUCTURE AND TO UNDERSTAND A LOCAL, NATIONAL, AND GLOBAL ASPECT BECAUSE THIS WORK WE’RE DOING, IT REALLY IS A GLOBAL FIGHT. IN BRAZIL, THEY’VE BEEN DOING THIS WORK FOR A LONG TIME. ALL THE WAY DOWN TO AUSTRALIA WITH INDIGENOUS FOLKS THERE. IT IS WORLDWIDE AND A SERIOUS ISSUE. EXAMINING THE POWER RELATIONSHIPS HELPS UNDERSTAND WHERE WE ARE AND WHAT WE CAN DO BECAUSE IT IS A WHOLE SYSTEM.>>FOOD JUSTICE ALSO FITS INTO FOOD SOVEREIGNTY. THEY’RE OFTEN A LOT OF TIMES COMBINED OR PEOPLE THINK OF THEM VERY SIMILAR BECAUSE THEY’RE BOTH AIMING TO DO THE SAME THINGS, SO FOOD JUSTICE WAS ORGANIZED AS A RESPONSE TO EXPERIENCE AND CONSEQUENCES FROM FOOD INJUSTICES. A LOT OF THE TIME FOOD JUSTICE WORK FOCUSES ON FARM WORKER RIGHTS, GETTING LIVING WAGES FOR FARM WORKERS AND FOOD WORKERS, AND GROWING FOOD IN MORE URBAN SPACES TO INCREASE ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOODS.>>THE PEOPLE THAT COINED THE TERM WAS VIA CAMPESINA. NOW WE’LL GET INTO THE WORK WE DO AND OUR DIFFERENT PROGRAMS.>>MIRIAM AT THE BEGINNING KIND OF EXPLAINED HOW H.U.G. IS SET UP. OUR URBAN FARM NETWORK IS ALL OF OUR SITES COMBINED TOGETHER THAT CREATE THIS URBAN FARM NETWORK. NEIGHBORS SHARE PORTIONS OF THEIR YARDS. THEY CAN DECIDE WHAT SIZE THEY WANT TO SHARE. H.U.G. MANAGES THE LAND AND GROWS THE FOOD. ALL THAT WE ASK OF THE HOMEOWNER OR RENTER IS THAT THEY LET US USE THEIR WATER ON THEIR SITE. WE’RE NOT GOING TO BRING IN OUR OWN WATER. DO WE KNOW TOTAL ACREAGE?>>I DON’T KNOW, BUT –>>1/4 OF AN ACRE.>>YEAH, I THINK WE’RE AT 1/4 OF AN ACRE. WE JUST GOT ACCESS TO A 1/2 ACRE OF LAND, SO WE’RE GOING TO BE GROWING. [ APPLAUSE ]>>I THINK OVER THE SUMMER WE DISTRIBUTED CLOSE TO — WHAT WAS IT — TWO TONS OF PRODUCE IN HILLTOP IN AN URBAN AREA, WHICH A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T REALLY THINK SOMETHING LIKE THAT IS POSSIBLE, BUT IT IS. ANOTHER MAJOR COMPONENT OF OUR URBAN FARM NETWORK IS H.U.G. GRUB. THAT’S OUR COMMUNITY FARM STAND THAT WE DO IN THE SUMMER MONTHS. IT USUALLY GOES FROM JUNE TO BEGINNING OF OCTOBER. IT’S EVERY SATURDAY. WE HAVE VOLUNTEERS HARVEST PRODUCE SATURDAY MORNING, AND THEN LATER IN THE AFTERNOON IT IS SHARED BACK OUT TO THE COMMUNITY. WE REALLY FOCUS ON USING THE LANGUAGE OF SHARING AND NOT GIVING BECAUSE WE’RE ASKING IN EXCHANGE FOR THE PRODUCE WHAT IS YOUR TIME, TALENT, OR TREASURE THAT YOU CAN SHARE WITH THE COMMUNITY OR WITH H.U.G. CAN YOU VOLUNTEER WITH US? CAN YOU VOLUNTEER SOMEWHERE ELSE? ARE YOU ABLE TO KNIT BLANKETS OR QUILTS AND SHARE THAT WITH YOUR NEIGHBORS? THEN TREASURE. DO YOU HAVE SOMETHING THAT YOU CAN GIVE TO H.U.G. OR TO SOMEONE ELSE? WE DO ACCEPT DONATIONS IF THAT IS YOUR PREFERRED METHOD OF SHARING, BUT IT IS NOT REQUIRED. MONEY IS NOT REQUIRED TO GET PRODUCE.>>THE PRODUCE IS NOT JUST FOR LIKE FOLKS ON HILLTOP. IT IS FOR ANYBODY IN THE COMMUNITY. YOU CAN COME FROM ALL THE WAY OUT HERE. NOT FREE. SHARE PRODUCE. THE REASON FOR THIS IS BECAUSE WE ARE REALLY WORKING TO CREATE AN ALTERNATIVE SYSTEM THAT IS ANTI-CAPITALISTIC AND THAT ACTUALLY BENEFITS EVERYBODY. THIS IS ONE HAVE O — OF OUR WAYS THAT WE IMPLEMENT ANTI-CAPITALIST WAYS THAT BENEFITS EVERYBODY.>>IT USED TO BE ON SUNDAYS. THAT’S WHY THAT SIGN SAYS SUNDAY. A COUPLE YEARS AGO. WE’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR A WHILE.>>WE USED TO DO IT AT OUR FARM STAND WHERE OUR MAIN FARM WAS. IN THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY LAST YEAR, WE GOT OUR FIRST OFFICE BUILDING, WHICH IS ALSO A VERY CULTURALLY HISTORIC SITE ON HILLTOP THAT HOLDS A LOT OF MEMORIES AND TRAUMAS FOR PEOPLE. WE’RE NOW IN THAT SPACE, AND WE NOW HOLD OUR FARM STAND RIGHT OUT THERE. IT’S NICE. ONE OF OUR PROJECTS WE DO IS THE BLACK MYCELIUM PROJECT. THE REASON BEHIND IT AND THE SPACE IS FOR BLACK FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO RECONNECT TO THE LAND. THROUGH SLAVERY AND BECAUSE OF BEING STOLEN FROM OUR ORIGINAL PLACE, THERE’S A LOT OF TRAUMA BLACK FOLKS HAVE WITH THE LAND. WORKING IN THE GARDEN? I AIN’T NO SLAVE ANYMORE. THERE’S THAT MENTALITY. WE FORGOT THAT — OUR ANCESTRY, WE WERE CONNECTED WITH THE LAND. A LOT OF ORGANIC FARMING AND TOOLS CAME FROM AFRICA. I’M JUST NOW LEARNING SO MANY FARMING INVENTIONS AND TECHNIQUES AND SYSTEMS HAVE BEEN CREATED BY BLACK FARMERS IN THE SOUTH AND ALSO IN AFRICA. WE ARE LAND WORKERS. WE HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH LAND, AND THIS IS ALL ABOUT RECONNECTING AND REKNOWING THE LAND. THROUGH THAT, WE HAVE A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT THINGS. WE’RE GOING TO BE DOING FOOD CLASSES SO FOLKS CAN KNOW HOW TO PREPARE FOOD THAT COMES RIGHT OUT OF THE GARDEN. WE’VE DONE SOME PRESERVATION CLASSES. THEN ALSO FOODS THAT ARE CULTURALLY RELEVANT. I THINK WE DID SWEET POTATOES. CORN BREAD TOO OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. FOOD THAT FEELS GOOD TO US. IT IS JUST A SPACE FOR BLACK FOLKS. THEN WE ALSO HAVE — WE TALKED ABOUT OUR MEDICINE GARDENS THAT WE’RE GOING TO START. OUR MEDICINE GARDENS ARE DIRECTLY IN COLLABORATION WITH CANOE JOURNEY HERBALISTS. THEY ARE AN INDIGENOUS GROUP THAT DOES ROSE MEDICINES YEAR ROUND FOR THE ANNUAL CANOE JOURNEY THAT HAPPENS UP AND DOWN THE COAST. WE’RE WORKING ON APOTHECARY AND ALL THAT. WE ALSO HAVE EVENTS. ONE OF OUR EVENTS ARE “BLACK EARTH.” THAT HAPPENS RIGHT ON EARTH DAY. IT’S LIKE THE SAME THING. BLACK-CENTERED SPACE, AND THERE’S SPACE FOR FOLKS THAT ARE BLACK FOLKS THAT WORK IN HEALING. WE HAVE BLACK DOCTORS AND PEOPLE WHO DO NATURAL SKIN CARE AND PRODUCTS AND SOMEBODY WHO COMES AND DOES A JUICE BAR. LAST YEAR, WE HAD THIS AFRICAN JUMP CIRCLE THERE. IT IS JUST A SPACE FOR BLACK FOLKS THAT YOU DON’T REALLY GET TO SEE OFTEN THAT’S CENTERED AROUND HEALTH. IT’S JUST A REALLY NICE HEALING SPACE. WE OPEN IT UP WITH CALLING ON OUR ANCESTORS. WE REALLY WANT TO PRACTICE WAYS — DIFFERENT WAYS WE GET TO SHOW UP AND DIFFERENT WAYS WE GET TO PRACTICE OUR INDIGENEITY. WE HAVE A COUPLE YOUTH PROGRAMS. THE LAST TWO SUMMERS WE HAD A COLOR YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAM. WE HAD IT IN COORDINATION WITH ONE OF THE — IT’S A SCIENCE, ART, MATH INSTITUTE.>>SAMI.>>STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO GET SCIENCE CREDIT AND LEARN ABOUT GARDENING. STUDENTS WERE ABLE TO WORK WITH INDIGENOUS FOLKS. WE WENT DOWN TO THE CANOE JOURNEY SITE WHERE THEY PADDLED IN. WE WERE ABLE TO HELP WITH THE MEDICINES THERE AND HAND OUT TEA. THEY WERE ABLE TO LEARN SOME SKILLS AND LEARN SOME LEADERSHIP SKILLS ALONG THE WAY. IT WAS A REALLY DOPE PROGRAM. THIS YEAR, WE’RE STARTING A YOUTH ORGANIZING PROGRAM. I’M CO-LEADING THAT ONE. RIGHT NOW, WE’RE LOOKING FOR A PLANNING TEAM. THE GOAL IS TO BE ABLE TO GET BROWN, BLACK, AND INDIGENOUS YOUTH INVOLVED IN WORKING IN THE MEDICINE GARDEN AND ALSO GAINING SKILLS TO BECOME YOUTH ORGANIZERS. LEARN BY DIRECT ACTION AND CAMPAIGNING SO FOLKS FEEL EMPOWERED AND THAT YOUTH ORGANIZING BEING AROUND LAND, WATER, AND FOOD. THAT INCLUDES GENTRIFICATION IN OUR NEIGHBORHOODS. THAT’S ONE THAT’S COMING UP. THESE ARE SOME OF OUR PAST YOUTH PROGRAMS. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. ANOTHER MOST RECENT PROGRAM, CAMPAIGN, INITIATIVE — I THINK WE’RE SAYING INITIATIVE — IS THE LAND AND HOUSING LIBERATION. TWO OR THREE YEARS BACK, WE BEGAN DOING — WE HAD A TEAM OF PEOPLE THAT DID SOME SURVEYS. PH.D., Y’ALL. THEY DID THE SURVEYS FOR THE NEIGHBORHOOD. IT WAS VERY CLEAR GENTRIFICATION WAS STARTING TO AFFECT FOLKS. WHEN THEY REACHED OUT TO THESE FOLKS AFTERWARD, THEY WERE ALL GONE. IT SHOWED THERE WAS SOMETHING WE NEEDED TO DO AND AN ISSUE THAT NEEDED TO BE ADDRESS. A LOT OF RESEARCH WAS DONE ABOUT GENTRIFICATION. AFTER THAT, WE DECIDED THAT GENTRIFICATION IS THIS HUGE MONSTER. IT CAN FEEL SUPER OVERWHELMING, SO WE DECIDED TO FOCUS ON DISPLACEMENT. PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD FOR DECADES, FOR GENERATIONS, ARE BEING MOVED OUT, ARE BEING PRICED OUT. EVEN IF THEY OWN THEIR OWN HOMES, THEY’RE BEING PRICED OUT BECAUSE OF RISING TAXES. OUR GOAL IS TO PROTECT, PRESERVE, AND INCREASE BLACK HOME OWNERSHIP IN HILLTOP. WE WANT FOLKS IN THE COMMUNITY TO BE LEADING THIS WORK BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES IN TACOMA, WHEN THERE IS AGENCIES LEADING THIS WORK, IT IS FOR THEIR OWN BENEFITS. THEY ASK FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT. PEOPLE COME AND SHOW UP AND DON’T GET ANYTHING IN RETURN, SO THEY END UP BEING DISPLACED. WE’RE FOCUSING ON COMMUNITY-LED ORGANIZING BECAUSE THAT’S WHAT’S GOING TO BE SUSTAINABLE.>>YEAH. I WOULD SAY THAT PART OF THE RESEARCH THAT WE GATHERED AROUND SURVEYING COMMUNITY MEMBERS WAS ASKING ABOUT HOW THEY ACCESS FOOD, HOW THEY FELT THEIR ACCESS TO FOOD WAS. AND WE FOUND THAT IF PEOPLE DON’T HAVE SECURE HOUSING AND AREN’T ABLE TO STAY IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY, THEN IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER IF THEY HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD, SO WE NEED TO FIRST FOCUS ON GETTING SECURE HOUSING FOR THEM AND AFFORDABLE RENTING OR OWNERSHIP AND THEN WE CAN FOCUS ON THE FOOD.>>DEAN ALWAYS SAYS THIS REALLY COOL THING. IMAGINE WHAT BLACK FOLKS COULD DO OR PEOPLE IN GENERAL COULD DO IF THEY DIDN’T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT FOOD AND HOUSING. LITERALLY, IT IS LIMITLESS. FOLKS COULD ACTUALLY FOCUS ON WHAT THEY WANT TO ACHIEVE AND PASSIONS AND ALL THAT. THINGS ARE BASIC NECESSITIES, SO THIS IS WHAT WE NEED TO BE ADDRESSING. THEN SOME MORE ABOUT THE BLACK INDIGENOUS SOLIDARITY. WE STARTED WORKING CLOSER WITH THE INDIGENOUS FOLKS, SO WE WANT TO BUILD OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH BLACK AND INDIGENOUS FOLKS. IT IS THEIR LAND, AND WE WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE WE’RE TAKING UP SPACE THERE. WE ALSO WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT WE NEED TO BE WORKING TOGETHER. WORKING APART DOESN’T HELP ANYBODY. GENTRIFICATION AND ALL THESE THINGS, ALL THESE FACTORS JUST SO MOVE SO FAST, SO WE NEED TO HAVE EACH OTHER AND WORK TOGETHER. IT STARTED THROUGH THE MEDICINE GARDENS. WE’LL START DOING CLASSES TOGETHER NOW ON TEACHING FOLKS HOW TO ACTUALLY PICK UP THESE MEDICINES AND HOW TO USE THEM AND ALL THAT. EVENTUALLY, WE’LL HAVE THE APOTHECARY THAT WE RUN TOGETHER AND THEN THE CLASSES. THAT’S THE BUILDING RELATIONSHIP. THAT’S ALSO GOING TO SHOW UP WITH THE YOUTH ORGANIZING PROGRAM. WE’RE JUST TRYING TO DO IT.>>SO, I CREATED A WHITE FOLKS ORIENTATION IN COLLABORATION WITH DEAN JACKSON, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF H.U.G. I WAS ASKED BY THEM TO CREATE THIS. AND THE PURPOSE OF THIS ORIENTATION IS TO INFORM WHITE FOLKS ON HOW THEIR WHITENESS IMPACTS THE WORK THAT IS DONE IN FOOD JUSTICE ORGANIZATIONS AND HOW TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITHIN ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE LED BY PEOPLE OF COLOR AN ISSUE IS THAT OFTEN WHEN WHITE PEOPLE WHO HAVE LEARNED ABOUT THEIR WHITE PRIVILEGE — THEY CONTINUE TO PERPETUATE SYSTEMS OF WHITE SUPREMACY. A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT COME TO WORK WITH H.U.G., A LOT OF WHITE VOLUNTEERS, THEY HAVE A BEGINNING UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT THEIR WHITENESS MEANS, LIKE WHAT WHITE PRIVILEGE IS, BUT THEY STILL CONTINUE TO HAVE PROBLEMATIC ENCOUNTERS OR OTHER ISSUES WITHIN WORKING WITHIN A PERSON OF COLOR-LED ORGANIZATION BECAUSE WHITE PEOPLE AREN’T USED TO THAT AND DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW THAT IS DIFFERENT. H.U.G. WANTED AN ORIENTATION FOR WHITE VOLUNTEERS TO HELP WHITE PEOPLE BETTER UNDERSTAND THEIR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY WHEN WORKING WITHIN A FOOD JUSTICE ORGANIZATION. ON THIS SLIDE, I JUST PUT A FEW OF THE TOPICS THAT ARE DISCUSSED WITHIN THE ORIENTATION. WE TALK ABOUT FOOD JUSTICE THROUGH AN ANTI-RACIST LENS. WHAT DOES FOOD JUSTICE LOOK LIKE THROUGH AN ANTI-RACIST LENS? PARTICIPANTS BECOME INFORMED ON FOOD JUSTICE THROUGH AN ANTI-RACIST LENS AND WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT. WE TALK MORE DEEPLY ABOUT HOW WHITE PEOPLE CAN COME FROM AN ANTI-RACIST LENS WITHIN THE WORK BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES THAT’S NOT EXPLICITLY STATED. SAME THING WITH WHITENESS IN ALTERNATIVE FOOD. I DON’T THINK I HAVE ENOUGH TIME. THAT NEEDS TO BE UNPACKED A LOT OF TIME. ALTERNATIVE FOOD IS SEEN AS A VERY WHITE THING. IT’S VERY NOMINATED BY WHITE MIDDLE-CLASS PEOPLE, SO WE DISCUSS THAT BECAUSE THAT’S ALSO ANOTHER REASON WHY WHITE FOLKS COME TO H.U.G. WE’RE GROWING FOOD, AND THEY’RE SUPER EXCITED FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND GROWING FOOD IN YOUR OWN COMMUNITY AND THINGS LIKE THAT, BUT THEY DON’T REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW OFTEN THOSE SPACES ARE DOMINATED BY WHITE PEOPLE. ANOTHER TOPIC WE HAVE IS EXPLICITLY GOING OVER HOW TO WORK IN A PERSON OF COLOR-LED ORGANIZATION, LIKE GOING OVER STEP BY STEP CERTAIN THINGS THAT WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO BE AWARE OF AND PRACTICE DOING TO WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY WITHIN A PERSON OF COLOR-LED ORGANIZATION. WE TALK ABOUT WAYS THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR EXPERIENCE RACISM DIFFERENTLY AND SPECIFICALLY HOW ANTI-BLACKNESS IS A BIG ISSUE IN TACOMA. KNOWING HOW AND WHEN TO STEP BACK IN SPACES AND PRACTICE MORE LISTENING, LESS TALKING, LESS JUMPING FORWARD AND HAVING THE IDEA OR THE ANSWER AND LETTING OTHER PEOPLE SPEAK UP. A BIG ONE IS CHOOSING TO BELIEVE PEOPLE OF COLOR’S LIVED EXPERIENCES, THINGS THAT PEOPLE OF COLOR EXPLAIN OR MIGHT SAY IS HAPPENING TO THEM A LOT OF THE TIME. WHITE PEOPLE DON’T BELIEVE IT OR, OH, THAT DIDN’T REALLY HAPPEN. YOU MISUNDERSTOOD THEM. WE’RE FOCUSING ON JUST LISTENING MORE AND ACCEPTING OTHER PEOPLE’S REALITIES.>>AND THEN ANOTHER THING THAT WE’VE LEARNED THROUGHOUT THE YEARS IS THAT BECAUSE WE ARE BUILDING GARDENS IN A GENTRIFYING NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR GARDENS HAVE BECOME ATTRACTIVE TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD. WE HAVE HAD TO ASK REALTORS TO STOP USING PICTURES TO PROMOTE PEOPLE COMING. WE HAVE A SMALL PART IN THE WAY THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS GENTRIFYING, SO WE NEED TO BE DOING ALL THESE THINGS TO ADDRESS THAT. FOLKS ARE LIKE, I WANT TO BE PART OF IT. THAT’S ALL GOOD, BUT THE WAY THEY SHOW UP ENDS UP PUTTING A BURDEN ON THE FOLKS OF COLOR TO BE LIKE, OH, NO. STOP. THIS ISN’T GOOD. THAT’S WHY WE HAVE EVAN AND ALSO LORI WHO DOES A WHITE FOLKS TRAINING BECAUSE IT TAKES A HUGE LOAD OFF OF US. IT’S GREAT. THEY COME TO OUR EVENTS. IT’S JUST GREAT. IT’S AMAZING. THEN HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET INVOLVED. IN MARCH, WE START OUR WEEKLY VOLUNTEER HOURS, AND THEY HAPPEN EVERY SATURDAY FROM 10:00 TO 1:00. YOU JUST MEET AT OUR MAIN GARDEN ON SOUTH 19th AND AINSWORTH. IT IS GOING TO BE EVERY WEEK ONCE MARCH STARTS. IF YOU’RE BLACK, YOU CAN JOIN OUR BLACK AND WHITE PROJECT. OH, CAN THEY SIGN THEIR NAMES ON THAT? WE HAVE A PIECE OF PAPER GOING AROUND. IF PEOPLE WANT TO PUT THEIR INFORMATION DOWN, YOU CAN TO KNOW MORE INFORMATION. EITHER BEING PART OF THE TASK FORCE TEAM OR JUST SHOWING UP TO OUR EVENTS. AT OUR MEETINGS, WE’RE GOING TO START DOING SKILL SHARES. AT OUR LAST MEETING, WE LEARNED HOW TO MAKE INCENSE TOGETHER. WE’RE GOING TO HAVE OPEN INVITES TO THOSE. OUR MEETINGS ARE USUALLY ON SATURDAYS AS WELL. IF YOU WANT TO BE A LONG-TIME VOLUNTEER AND YOU’RE WHITE, YOU CAN CONTACT EVAN. I THINK WE HAVE OUR EMAIL CONTACTS ON THE NEXT ONE. IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF THAT OR JUST DO THE TRAINING JUST FOR YOURSELF, JUST TO GET THAT INFORMATION, YOU CAN ALSO DO THAT. THIS IS FROM OUR LAST PRESENTATION, BUT WE DO HAVE A BOWLATHON COMING UP ON FEBRUARY 9th. IF YOU WANT TO COME OUT AND SUPPORT, IT IS GOING TO BE IN TACOMA AT NARROW’S PLAZA. THAT’S MY EMAIL. YOU CAN’T SEE IT, BUT IT IS [email protected] IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HOW YOU CAN LEARN MORE, JUST CONTACT ME. THAT’S MY EMAIL. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRAINING AND WANT TO GET IN TOUCH WITH EVAN, IT IS JUST [email protected] YEAH.>>THAT’S ALL. [ APPLAUSE ]>>ALL RIGHT. CAN WE GIVE UP AGAIN FOR MIRIAM AND EVAN? [ APPLAUSE ]>>WE DO HAVE A SET TIME FOR Q&A AND 10:30. WE HAVE SOME TIME IF STUDENTS IN THE ROOM HAVE SOME QUESTIONS. SUCH AMAZING WORK. YOU HAVE A QUESTION? RED LINING IS — IF YOU GO TO WHERE 6th AV IS, THERE’S HILLTOP AND THE NORTH END. YOU CAN SEE VISIBLY THE DIFFERENCES. THAT’S BECAUSE THAT WAS VERY ON PURPOSE. THEY HAVE THE PROPERTY AREAS THAT ARE LITERALLY RED LINED. THEY’RE BASED OFF OF DESIRABILITY. THIS IS A GOOD AREA TO BUY PROPERTY OR NOT. THOSE PRACTICES ARE BASED OFF RACE. IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 10% OF BLACK PEOPLE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, THE PROPERTY VALUE DROPS. THAT IDEA OF RED LINING, THAT WAS CREATED AWHILE AGO. IT IS STILL VERY PRESENT IN TACOMA. YOU CAN LITERALLY SEE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE SCHOOLS AND FOODS. WE HAVE ONE STORE IN HILLTOP. YOU GO TO THE NORTH END. THEY HAVE THREE DIFFERENT STORES. THEIR SAFEWAYS STAY OPEN 24 HOURS. THE SCHOOLS ARE DIFFERENT. THE ROADS ARE DIFFERENT. THAT SHOWS UP IN GENTRIFICATION BECAUSE THE AREA IS [ INAUDIBLE ]. PEOPLE ARE BEING MOVED OUT OF SEATTLE. PEOPLE THAT ARE USUALLY MIDDLE CLASS ARE COMING HERE BECAUSE THAT IS TOO EXPENSIVE FOR THEM, SO THEY’RE COMING TO TACOMA WHICH PUSHES PEOPLE OUT. THOSE THAT ARE BUYING HOUSES ARE BEING SOLD AT HIGHER PRICES. THE PROPERTY TAX GOES UP. PEOPLE ARE BEING MOVED OUT. THAT AREA CHANGES TOO.>>RED LINING WAS A PRACTICE THAT WAS STARTED BY REALTORS AND BANKERS. I DON’T REMEMBER EXACTLY WHEN, BUT I THINK IT STARTED AFTER WORLD WAR II WHEN VETS WERE COMING BACK AND GETTING THEIR BENEFITS. THERE WAS AN INCREASED NEED FOR HOUSING, AND A LOT OF THE WHITE PEOPLE WOULD GET THE LOANS THAT THEY NEED AT THE PROPER RATES WHILE BLACK PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR WOULD GET HIGHER RATES OR GET DENIED LOANS OR NOT, NOT GET THE THINGS THAT THEY WERE PROMISED, AND SO A LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE WERE FUNNELED INTO CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS SO THOSE AREAS BECAME MORE WHITE. ALL THE PEOPLE OF COLOR WERE FORCED INTO OTHER NEIGHBORHOODS BECAUSE THOSE WERE THE ONLY PLACES THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO AFFORD. THERE’S ACTUAL MAPS THAT THEY USED WHERE CERTAIN NEIGHBORHOODS WERE OUTLINED IN GREEN AS GOOD, YELLOW AS ACCEPTABLE, BLUE WAS MORE RISKY, AND RED WAS DO NOT INVEST IN THIS NEIGHBORHOOD. WHEN THERE’S NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE RED LINED, THOSE AREAS DO NOT GET AS MUCH ECONOMIC INVESTMENT FROM THE CITY OR FROM OTHER PEOPLE, SO THERE’S DISINVESTMENT FROM THE SCHOOLS, FROM THE HOUSING, FROM EVERYTHING, SO IT DECLINES. WHAT’S NOW HAPPENING IN HILLTOP IS BECAUSE THERE WAS SUCH A DECLINE FOR A WHILE. NOW CORPORATIONS AND LIKE HOUSING BUSINESSES ARE ABLE TO BUY UP THE LAND — AND WHAT IS IT CALLED — REVITALIZE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. REVITALIZE THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THE PRICES ARE NOW SKYROCKETING. THAT’S WHAT’S INCREASING THE RENT FOR RENTERS AND PROPERTY VALUES FOR HOMEOWNERS AND MAKING IT UNAFFORDABLE FOR THEM.>>RED LINING IS BASICALLY JUST LEGAL SEGREGATION. THE THING ABOUT HILLTOP IS IT WAS THE FIRST NEIGHBORHOOD IN TACOMA. THAT WAS BECAUSE THE — IT WAS LITERALLY MADE UP OF WORKING-CLASS FOLKS, NOT JUST BLACK FOLKS. IT WAS IMMIGRANTS. FOLKS THAT COME FROM THE EAST COAST. IT WAS FOLKS OF COLOR THAT WERE WORKING. I LIKE THE WORD DISINVESTMENT BECAUSE THE CITY OF TACOMA HAD NO INTEREST IN INVESTING INTO THAT PART OF THE CITY, WHICH ENDED UP LEADING TO THAT AND ALSO THE SHIPMENT IN OF DRUGS AND GUNS –>>AND GANGS.>>YEP, GANGS. THAT HEAVILY IMPACTED THE FOLKS THERE. TODD HAS GROWN UP IN HILLTOP ALL THEIR LIFE. THE WAY THEY DESCRIBE IT IS LIKE IN THE 80s IT WAS NICE. IT WAS VITAL. IT WAS LIKE A VITAL COMMUNITY. THERE WAS BLACK FAIRS GOING ON AT THE PARKS. THERE WAS PARADES. IT WAS AN ACTIVE BLACK COMMUNITY THAT WAS HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONING. THEN IN THE 90s, WHEN ALL THE SHIPMENT OF ALL THOSE THINGS CAME IN, THE COMMUNITY JUST ENDED UP BEING FILLED WITH A LOT OF TRAUMA. ESPECIALLY THE BUILDING WE ARE NOW IN. IT USED TO BE — RIGHT NOW, IT IS TWO SEPARATE STORES, BUT IT USED TO BE JUST ONE BUILDING. IT WAS A MARKETPLACE. IT HAD A MEAT MARKET ON ONE SIDE. THEN A REGULAR MARKET. TODD WOULD GO UP EVERY DAY ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL BECAUSE THE SCHOOL WAS RIGHT DOWN THE STREET. IT WAS A SAFE HAVEN. WHEN ALL THAT HIT, IT WAS STILL A SAFE HAVEN. PEOPLE WERE ABLE TO COME THERE TO BE PROTECTED FROM THE COPS. PEOPLE LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE CORNER. IT WAS ALSO CONSIDERED THE HEART OF HILLTOP. BEFORE WE MOVED IN, IT WAS PRETTY MUCH EMPTY. THE MARKET HAS BEEN CLOSED DOWN FOR A REALLY LONG TIME. PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS WALKING BY WITH THEIR MEMORIES OF THE SPACE AND WHAT IT COULD BE. ALSO, I TALK FAST SO TELL ME TO SLOW DOWN. SORRY. NOW THAT WE’RE IN THAT SPACE, IT’S REALLY MEANINGFUL AND IMPACTFUL BECAUSE WE’RE NOW CREATING LIKE A SPACE FOR HEALING TO HAPPEN AND REGROWTH AND CREATION AND COMMUNITY TO BE REBUILT. I CAN’T SAY THAT WE CAN MAKE HILLTOP BACK TO WHAT IT WAS BECAUSE IT IS SO DIFFERENT NOW. GENTRIFICATION LOOKS SO DIFFERENT. THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD ARE DIFFERENT, SO WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO GROW AS WELL.>>ACTUALLY, I WANT TO. IF THERE ARE ANY FOLKS OF COLOR THAT HAVE A QUESTION, I WOULD LIKE TO ANSWER YOUR QUESTION FIRST. WE WANT TO BE IN PRACTICE OF ANSWERING FOLKS OF COLOR.>>HI. I HAVE TWO QUESTIONS.>>YEAH, GO AHEAD.>>ONE IS THE HOUSING LIBERATION — I CAN’T REMEMBER THE FULL NAME.>>LAND AND HOUSING LIBERATION.>>YES, LAND AND HOUSING LIBERATION PROGRAM. CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THAT, ABOUT HOW YOU EMPOWER BLACK HOMEOWNERS, LIKE WHAT RESOURCES DO YOU GIVE THEM? WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE DO YOU HAVE TO — SPECIALISTS TO GIVE THEM THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED TO SUSTAIN AND STAY. ARE THOSE RESOURCES FREE TO THEM? HOW DO YOU — WHO DO YOU GET TO COME IN AND ARE THEY PAID TO DO THAT WORK? THE SECOND QUESTION IS CAN YOU ALSO TALK MORE ABOUT THE WHITE ALLYSHIP PROGRAM. WHAT ARE THE ASPECTS THAT ARE MOST IMPORTANT WHEN YOU ARE CREATING A WHITE ALLYSHIP PROGRAM?>>I’LL TAKE THE FIRST QUESTION. THE LAND AND HOUSING LIBERATION TEAM IS MADE UP OF FOLKS FROM THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY DISPLACEMENT. EVERYONE WHO HAS FELT THOSE ISSUES ARE COMING FROM A PLACE OF KNOWING, SO RIGHT NOW AS FAR AS THE WAY WE SPREAD INFORMATION — AT OUR MLK EVENT ON MONDAY, ONE OF OUR ORGANIZERS DID A PRESENTATION ON GENTRIFICATION. A LOT OF PEOPLE YOU JUST CAN’T AFFORD IT BECAUSE YOU DON’T MAKE ENOUGH. IT IS YOU. WE DID A PRESENTATION, LIKE NO, THE LARGER SYSTEM OF IT AND IMPACTING ALL THAT. WE’RE DEFINITELY TRYING TO EDUCATE FOLKS ON WHAT’S GOING ON. SOMETHING THAT IS IN THE WORKS — I DON’T WANT TO GO TOO DEEP INTO IT, BUT WE ARE WORKING ON WHAT’S CALLED A COMMUNITY LAND TRUST. SOME BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THAT. COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS WERE STARTED BY BLACK FARMERS IN THE SOUTH. I BELIEVE IT WAS IN GEORGIA. IT WAS STARTED IN ORDER TO PROTECT FARMLAND AND BE ABLE TO BE IN COMMUNITY. WE’RE WORKING ON THAT AS A RESOURCE FOR FOLKS TO BE ABLE TO MAINTAIN OWNERSHIP OF THEIR HOMES. THE WAY THAT WORKS IS THAT A CLT — YOU HAVE YOUR HOUSE. WHEN YOU OWN YOUR HOME, YOU OWN THE HOUSE AND THE LAND THAT IT IS ON. A CLT WOULD BUY THE LAND THAT YOUR HOUSE IS ON, AND THEN YOU WOULD KEEP OWNERSHIP OF YOUR HOME. WHAT THAT DOES IS ALLEVIATE THE PRICE BECAUSE A LOT OF TIMES, DEPENDING ON WHERE YOU LIVE, THE HOUSE CAN BE LIKE UP TO HALF OF WHAT YOU’RE PAYING FOR, SO THEN YOUR COST OF YOUR MORTGAGE ENDS UP GOING DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY, WHICH ALLOWS YOU TO BE ABLE TO STAY THERE. A CLT IS ALSO COMMUNITY RAN. IF YOU OWN A HOME WITHIN THE CLT, THEN YOU’RE AUTOMATICALLY PART OF THE BOARD AND THE LEADERSHIP MAKEUP. THEN YOU HAVE DIRECT CONTROL OF WHAT HAPPENS. THEN YOU CREATE THE RULES FOR IT ALL TOGETHER. IT IS VERY MUCH COMMUNITY BASED, SO THAT’S WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON GROWING AND THEN GETTING FOLKS INTO IT. YEAH, WE’RE REALLY CREATING THOSE FOUNDATIONS FOR FOLKS RIGHT AWAY. THERE’S SOMETHING THAT CAN BE DONE RIGHT AWAY AND ALSO HAVING THESE CONVERSATIONS WITH FOLKS SO THEY ALSO KNOW AND ARE GETTING THE SKILLS TO BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT THIS AND SHOW UP. THERE’S A LOT OF WORK THAT’S HAPPENING AROUND LAND AND HOUSING AS WELL. WORK IN COLLABORATION IS IMPORTANT.>>WHAT WERE YOU SPECIFICALLY LOOKING FOR? INFORMATION ON THE WHITE FOLKS TRAINING?>>YEAH. I ACTUALLY LEAD AN ORGANIZATION CALLED — I LEAD THE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION PART OF AN ORGANIZATION CALLED LEAN-IN SEATTLE. WE WANT TO DEVELOP A WHITE ALLIES TRAINING. I WAS REALLY INTRIGUED WHEN YOU TALKED ABOUT IT, BUT WE WANT TO CENTER THE VOICES OF FOLKS OF COLOR IN OUR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION TRAINING BECAUSE WE DON’T WANT IT TO BE — WE DON’T WANT TO CREATE A SAVIOR COMPLEX. WE ALSO DON’T WANT TO PUT FOLKS OF COLOR WITH THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO ALWAYS HAVE TO SHOW UP TO EDUCATE. I’M JUST WONDERING WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS THAT HAVE BEEN MOST SUCCESSFUL FOR YOU IN TERMS OF CREATING IT AND WHAT’S CRITICAL.>>I’LL TRY TO ANSWER THE BEST I CAN. I WOULD SAY THAT WHAT WAS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR CREATING THE WHITE FOLKS ORIENTATION WAS THAT IT WAS DONE WITH DEAN AND THE REST OF THE H.U.G. TEAM WHO ARE BLACK PEOPLE AND PEOPLE OF COLOR. I’M THE ONLY WHITE PERSON ON THE TEAM. THEY ASKED ME — THEY TOLD ME BASICALLY WHAT THEY WANTED TO SEE IN IT, AND THEN I CREATED THE CONTENT AROUND THAT AND WAS CHECKING IN THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE PROCESS OF CREATING IT, LIKE MAKING SURE IT WAS GOING DOWN THE RIGHT PATH AND COVERING THE TOPICS THAT THEY FELT WERE THE MOST IMPORTANT AND MOST NEEDED TO COMMUNICATE TO WHITE VOLUNTEERS. I THINK THAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING. ALSO, ME AND ANOTHER WHITE WOMAN FACILITATE THESE TRAININGS AND INTERACT WITH THE WHITE VOLUNTEERS TO TRY TO GET THEM TO SIGN UP FOR THE TRAINING. IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY AND NOT THE PEOPLE OF COLOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO GET THEM ENGAGED. ANOTHER ASPECT IS WE’RE ALWAYS AT THE EVENTS THAT H.U.G. HAS FOR PEOPLE OF COLOR. THERE’S ALWAYS A WHITE FOLKS TABLE. IF WHITE PEOPLE DO COME — BECAUSE OUR EVENTS, WE’RE NOT EXCLUDEING PEOPLE. WE’RE CENTERING A CERTAIN GROUP OF PEOPLE, SO EVERYONE CAN STILL COME. WE HAVE OUR WHITE FOLKS TABLE WITH RESOURCES AND INFORMATION. WHEN THEY DO COME, WE TALK TO THEM ABOUT WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE THESE SPACES THAT CENTER PEOPLE OF COLOR. I THINK THAT ALSO HELPS.>>FOR ME, IT IS SUPER AWKWARD TALKING ABOUT THE WHITE FOLKS ORIENTATION. I DON’T WANT YOU TO FEEL LIKE YOU CAN’T COME. THE WAY I’VE HEARD DEAN EXPLAIN IT THAT WAS REALLY, REALLY HELPFUL TO GET AN UNDERSTANDING ABOUT IT IS THAT WE ARE ALL — WE ALL ARE CONDITIONED AND SOCIALIZED WITHIN THIS SYSTEM OF CAPITALISM, WHITE SUPREMACY, PATRIARCHY, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US, AND WE ALL HAVE BIASES WITHIN THAT. IN ORDER TO NOT RECREATE THE TRAUMAS WE HAVE ALREADY EXPERIENCED IN THE WORLD, WE NEED TO BE ABLE TO REVIEW AND SEE HOW THOSE SOCIALIZATIONS HAVE SHOWN UP IN OURSELVES IN ORDER TO COME TO AN EASIER PATH OF HEALING AND SOLIDARITY BECAUSE WE LITERALLY CAN’T JUST DO IT ON OUR OWN, BUT WE ALSO CAN’T DO IT IN A WAY THAT WE’RE CONTINUOUSLY HARMING EACH OTHER ON THE WAY TO FREEDOM, SO WE HAVE TO BE ABLE TO BOTH BE AT A PLACE WHERE WE’RE UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES AND OUR IMPACTS. THAT IS THE MAIN REASON FOR THAT ORIENTATION.>>AWESOME. ALL RIGHT. WE’LL JUST TAKE ONE MORE QUESTION BECAUSE I KNOW WE’RE GOING TO TRANSITION. PEOPLE HAVE TO GO TO CLASSES. IF YOU CAN, STICK AROUND. TO SPEAK WITH MIRIAM AND EVAN.>>THE GARDENS, YOU MADE IT SEEM LIKE THEY WERE IN A VERY PUBLIC LOCATION. HAS THAT CREATED ANY PROBLEMS, LIKE THEM NOT BEING SECURED? IF SO, WHAT KIND?>>WE DON’T HAVE ANY KIND OF FENCES. WE DON’T LOCK UP OUR GARDENS. WE DON’T BELIEVE THAT YOU CAN STEAL FOOD. WE DON’T BELIEVE YOU CAN STEAL FOOD. IF YOU WANT TO HARVEST SOMETHING AND YOU DON’T KNOW HOW, YOU CAN CALL AND WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW. THEY’VE ALSO BEEN SAFE PLACES FOR PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY OUR MAIN GARDEN. ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO DURING THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM, THERE WERE A COUPLE PEOPLE THAT WERE IN A STATE OF — WHAT’S THE WORD? THEY WERE IN A STATE OF MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS AND SHOWED UP THERE, WHICH PROMPTED US TO DO A MENTAL HEALTH TRAINING. THEY WOULD SHOW UP AND JUST NEED TO BE SOMEWHERE. WE’VE NOTICED IT’S ALSO BEEN A SAFE PLACE FOR PEOPLE. WE HAVE THESE PLACES WHERE IT IS REALLY WARM WHEN IT IS RAINING. PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SLEEPING IN THERE. WE GET IT. LIFE IS HARD. WE DON’T HAVE ANY KIND OF STIPULATIONS AROUND THAT.>>[ OFF MIC ].>>I MEAN, BECAUSE WE HAVE THIS GROUP CALLED BT53 THAT DID SOME COLLABORATION WITH US, SOMEBODY KNOCKED THE HIVES OVER ONE TIME. WHAT THEY DID IN RESPONSE IS THEY WOULD THIS EVENT THAT WAS — WHAT WAS IT? IT WAS THE CUTEST THING. I CAN’T REMEMBER, BUT IT WAS SOMETHING HONEY. IT WAS REALLY CUTE. THEY LITERALLY HAD THIS COMMUNITY EVENT WHERE PEOPLE COULD COME AND LEARN ABOUT THE BEES AND UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY’RE THERE FOR. IT WAS SUPER COOL. AFTER THAT, THERE WAS NO ISSUES. IT WAS JUST COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.>>ALSO, CAN WE GIVE IT UP ONE MORE TIME FOR MIRIAM AND EVAN? [ CHEERING AND APPLAUSE ]>>ANYONE INSPIRED TO ORGANIZE OR VOLUNTEER? YEAH, THANK YOU. I DO HAVE A SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE YOU LEAVE TO YOUR NEXT CLASS OR IF YOU WANT TO STICK AROUND AND HANG OUT WITH US. OUR STUDENTS OF COLOR CONFERENCE IS COMING UP. IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE THESE CONVERSATIONS AROUND SOCIAL JUSTICE, ORGANIZING, PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, I ENCOURAGE YOU TO APPLY. IT IS DUE TOMORROW. WHO IS APPLYING? HEY. THANK YOU. I’M GOING TO ENCOURAGE THE REST OF Y’ALL. DON’T WORRY. I GOT YOU. P.M. TURN IT INTO THIS BUILDING ON THE THIRD FLOOR CLSCMA. THAT’S ALL WE ASK. WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO ATTEND THIS CONFERENCE AND THE SECOND QUESTION ABOUT THE PILLARS. WE HAVE AN APPLICATION HERE AT THE FRONT. WE’LL HAVE A TEN-MINUTE BREAK, AND THEN Q&A WILL START RIGHT AT 10:00.>>IF YOU WANT TO BE PART OF OUR MAILING LIST, WE HAVE PAPER WITH A PURPLE PEN ON IT. YOU CAN JUST WRITE YOUR NAME AND YOUR EMAIL RIGHT THERE. THANK YOU. SHIVER EXACTA HEADQUARTERED HEADQUARTER.>>>HELLO. HELLO, EVERYONE. WE’RE GOING TO GET STARTED WITH OUR Q&A WITH EVAN AND MIRIAM. FOR THOSE STILL IN THE ROOM, WE THINK EVERYONE COULD SCOOT UP TO THE FRONT MIDDLE TABLE OR THIS FRONT TABLE OVER HERE. WE’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE AN INFORMAL CONVERSATION, MORE GET TO KNOW, ASK MORE QUESTIONS OF EVAN AND MIRIAM. JEN AND ZOEY, IF YOU WANT TO JOIN US, THAT’S OKAY. WE’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE A Q&A TIME. ALL RIGHT.

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