National Black Food and Justice Alliance (NBFJA) is a coalition of Black-led organizations working towards cultivating and advancing Black leadership, building Black self-determination, Black institution building and organizing for food sovereignty, land and justice. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work.
We focus our work on black food sovereignty, self-determining food economies, and land. We approach food sovereignty, land and self-determining food economies through the lens of healing, organizing & resistance against anti-Blackness.
National Organizer Dara Cooper (she/hers)
Based in Atlanta, GA; co-founder of the National Black Food and Justice Alliance. Dara has nearly 20 years of experience organizing, training, strategic thinking and planning, designing programs and providing thought leadership for transformative food systems work in Black communities throughout the U.S. Dara is the former director of the NYC Food and Fitness Partnership in Brooklyn, NY where she worked on creating and strengthening farmers markets for Black farmers, developing a community based local food hub design and creating a farm to headstart program in Brooklyn. Prior to this work, Dara led the launch and expansion of Fresh Moves (Chicago), an award winning mobile produce market with community health programming, which quickly became a nationally recognized model for healthy food distribution and community based self-determination and empowerment.
Regional Organizer, South Alsie Parks (she/hers/honey)
An Atlanta-native, Alsie advocates and activates the use of food as an organizing tool for healing and liberation. A child of the south, she is the granddaughter of educators and sharecroppers from Lincolnton, GA. She works as a network coordinator and farmer organizer in Mississippi for the Southeastern African American Organic Farmers Network (SAAFON), supporting black family farms and sustaining black agrarian culture and lifeways. She is also a grower, and dreams of and is building towards land-based Black futures. Alsie works most closely in self-determining food economies workgroup area and steers the Black Food Ecologies mapping project.
Regional Organizer, East/West randolph carr III (he/him)
randolph is a nomadic interloper. by day, he is an organizer, facilitator and grower, sowing seeds of discontent and cultivating a sense of imagination. by night, he's an unashamed dreamer, hopeful writer, and Lover of all things beautiful. he believes in the work of abolition and Black sovereignty. his experience includes supporting and developing the capacity of high school youth organizers; base-building and training communities around cop watch and alternatives to policing; and building organizational chapters, in new york and new orleans, for a national organization, BYP100. randolph is skilled in group facilitation, trained in conflict mediation, and in curriculum development. randolph leads the Alliance’s prison + food work and is integral in the land work as well.
Regional Organizer, Midwest pau (anything loving)
pau has been an organizer in some official capacity for over 12 years, working for Black liberation as an educator in radical, critical pedagogies, fighting against policing and state terror, and designing arts-based community-building efforts. pau has served as a creative director & communications strategist in Black-led, community-rooted institutions. pau has also produced grant supported research in political rhetoric, postcolonial political economy, mass communication, and the critical psychology of social movements, all connecting design theory to social development to historical, radical resistance. pau provides support with strategic communications, policy and advocacy, and in the Alliance’s prison + food work. additionally, pau centres cultural work as a tool for assembly, enthusiasm, , and imagination on the way to liberation, in all things.