Platform Focus Areas
● Black Food Sovereignty: Sovereignty as the ultimate goal cannot be achieved without confronting the question of governance. As such we must ensure that Black people have not only the right, but the ability to have community control of our food including but not limited to the means of production and distribution. The governance of food systems should be rooted in the right to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and the right to define our own food and agriculture systems. Shifting from an exclusively rights based framework to one of governance puts the needs of those who work and consume at all points of the food chain at the center rather than the demands of corporations and markets.
● Self-determining food economies: Centering the principles of self-determination in building our collective power, we work to reclaim our economies within the food system. We understand the need to radically shift from a white dominant power paradigm that is dependent on the extraction of Black wealth and labor for the purpose of resourcing a corporatized food system towards one of Black ownership over all parts of our labor, businesses and systems of monetization including the utilization of alternative economies including but not limited to cooperatives and shared economies.
● Land: Historically affirmed by leaders including Malcolm X, land has been the root of dominion and as such is the root of revolution and self-determination. Displacement pre and post colonialism continues to deracinate our ability to take root, reclaim, liberate exploited land and call it home. Our connection to, relationship with and access to land is an essential source of our healing, power and ultimately our liberation. As land based indigenous people, Black communities have a deep connection to the earth with land as a source of spiritual, economic, cultural and communal grounding. We understand building a healthy, ecologically sound connection to the land in all its manifestations