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Join Us This Weekend at
 PATOIS: New Orleans International Human Rights Festival

WHAT DOES COMMUNITY MEAN?

A NIGHT OF FILMS AND DISCUSSION

 

JPNSI advocates for and creates community-controlled development, building equity for our residents and supporting the security of tenure for renters in our city. Our work as a community land trust (CLT) is tied to a deep history of community members joining together to fight for racial and economic justice. On Sunday, April 16th, we invite you to attend a night of short films, including a powerful film depicting the first CLT established in the United States by a group of Black activists, Civil Rights leaders, and farmers in rural Georgia.
 

Co-hosted with PATOIS: New Orleans' International Human Rights Film Festival, all three films explore struggles for community self-determination, the power of land ownership, and the restorative ties that networks of families, allies, and supporters can provide during times of hardship.

 

The films will be followed by a brief discussion lead by JPNSI's co-founder Shana griffin. Featured panelists include:


kai lumumba barrow, Since the late 1970s, Kai is an inspirational figure in abolitionist grassroots organizing in the United States: she is one of the founders of Critical Resistance, a prison industrial complex-abolitionist organization. She has played a leadership role in groups such as the Provisional Government of the Republic of New Afrika; the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; the Black Panther Newspaper Committee; FIERCE! INCITE! UBUNTU; SONG, and Queers for Economic Justice (to name but a few). In 2010 kai formed Gallery Of The Streets--an evolving network of artists, activists, organizers, scholars, cultural workers, and community supporters committed to exploring radical possibilities within Black geographies. 

M. Endesha Jukali, Radical socialist community organizer, activist, and lifelong resident of New Orleans. Endesha is currently working for the NEW DAY BLACK COMMUNITY FIGHT BACK ORGANIZATION with an emphasis on opposing the destruction of housing for the poor, wealth inequality, police terror, and the mass incarceration of Blacks and other people of color.

Monica Berra and Gini Richards, Directors of Soul City

Dr. Charmaine Mckissick-Melton, Soul City resident and Associate Professor of Mass Communication at North Carolina Central University

Evan Kidd, Director of Flooded With You

FILM DESCRIPTIONS



FLOODED WITH YOU
- The inspiring, strong family bond of the Davis family whose homes in Baton Rouge were flooded last year and who now live all together in one small apartment. Documentary, Directed by Evan Kidd. 8 minutes.


SOUL CITY - Tells the story of a group of civil rights activists and city slickers who attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina in the 1970s. Their pioneering efforts to jumpstart this black-owned, black-built town run up against tenacious enemies--ingrained racism, public skepticism, and hostility from some parts of the government. As this group of dreamers tries to bring together unlikely allies to support black power and economic development, they are forced to balance their soaring idealism with the hostile reality of the times. Documentary, Directed by Monica Berra, SheRea DelSol, and Gini Richards. 21 minutes.


ARC OF JUSTICE - The remarkable journey of New Communities, Inc. (NCI) in southwest Georgia, a story of racial justice, community organizing, and perseverance in the face of enormous obstacles. NCI was created in 1969 in Albany, Georgia by leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, including Congressman John Lewis, and Charles and Shirley Sherrod, to help secure economic independence for African American families. For 15 years, NCI cooperatively farmed nearly 6,000 acres, the largest tract of land in the United States owned by African Americans at the time, but racist opposition prevented them from implementing plans to build 500 affordable homes as part of their community land trust. Documentary, Directed by Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman. 22 minutes.

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