Black Lives Matter – A Message of Solidarity

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Quail Springs acknowledges that U.S. structures of governance enable police violence against black and brown people at a disproportionately high rate. We stand in solidarity with the number of Black Lives Matter protests that are happening in large cities across the United States and the world to oppose these systems of oppression and police violence.

We are an environmental organization located on unceded Chumash territory that has reaped advantages from a nationwide history of systematic racism. In particular, as an environmental organization focused on food, housing, and water justice, we recognize the history of black enslavement for industry and agriculture, and the dispossession of indigenous peoples and black folks of land and resources. This is a central part of history in the US that carries forward today and must be addressed in the current context.

We recognize our responsibility to use our platform to bring attention to the injustices that have occurred historically and continue to occur in the United States as well as around the world. No agriculture or society is sustainable without justice. Members of our community, specifically white community members, are pooling funds to donate to black-led movements against racism. We encourage others, specifically white people, to join us in donating what you can. Black Lives Matter.


Resources & Places to Donate

Some of our most cherished sustainable farming practices have roots in African wisdom. Yet, discrimination and violence against African-American farmers has led to their decline from 14 percent of all growers in 1920 to less than 2 percent today, with a corresponding loss of over 14 million acres of land. Further, Black communities suffer disproportionately from illnesses related to lack of access to fresh food and healthy natural ecosystems.

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Since 2017, Black Visions Collective, has been putting into practice the lessons learned from organizations before us in order to shape a political home for Black people across Minnesota. We aim to center our work in healing and transformative justice principles, intentionally develop our organizations core “DNA” to ensure sustainability, and develop Minnesota’s emerging Black leadership to lead powerful campaigns.

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Reclaim the Block began in 2018 and organizes Minneapolis community and city council members to move money from the police department into other areas of the city’s budget that truly promote community health and safety. We believe health, safety and resiliency exist without police of any kind. We organize around policies that strengthen community-led safety initiatives and reduce reliance on police departments.

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Rachel Cargle is a public academic, writer, and lecturer. Her activism and academic work are rooted in providing intellectual discourse, tools, and resources that explore the intersection of race and womanhood. Her social media platforms boast a community of over 315k where Rachel guides conversations, encourages critical thinking and nurtures meaningful engagement with people all over the world.

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SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts.

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This document was created to be used as a resource for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of anti-racism and get involved to combat racism, specifically as it relates to anti-Blackness and police violence. Within this guide, please find a variety of resources to explore practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity, white supremacy, police violence, and injustice.

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