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Reckoning with Racial Justice in Farm Country

As cities erupt in civil unrest, rural communities and agriculture groups are divided over George Floyd's death and the resulting protests. 

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Land loss has plagued black America since emancipation – is it time to look again at ‘black commons’ and collective ownership?

Underlying the recent unrest sweeping U.S. cities over police brutality is a fundamental inequity in wealth, land and power that has circumscribed black lives since the end of slavery in the U.S.

An expanded concept of the “black commons” – based on shared economic, cultural and digital resources as well as land – could act as one means of redress. As professors in urban planning and landscape architecture, our research suggests that such a concept could be a part of undoing the racist legacy of chattel slavery by encouraging economic development and creating communal wealth.

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Programs for Farmers/Producers:

SNAP/EBT 

Community Food Systems

The Emergency Food Assistance Program

Funding Opportunities:

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) Direct Farmer Aid Program

General Funding Information 

General Resources:

2019 Illinois Agricultural Overview


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o    Residents of shared or congregate housing


501(c)(3) Assistance in Response to COVID-19 by Chicago Region Food System Fund

Coronavirus Relief Options by US Small Business Administration




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Last Updated: June 30, 2020