In observance of UN Sunday, the October 24th worship service explored the theme All in for Climate Justice: Food Equity & Sustainability, with fantastic, informative presentations from members of our community—Krista, Trish, and Kirstin. (Thank you, all.)
As promised, here are links to organizations that would benefit from your investment of resources (money, time, advocacy), as well as many sources to learn more about the issue of heirs’ property, to which Kirstin introduced many of us.
From Trish’s presentation about work in Baltimore (these groups need monetary contributions!) —
Organizations listed on the last slide of Kirstin’s presentation about heirs’ property —
- Center for Agriculture & Food Systems—Farmland Access Legal Toolkit—Heirs’ Property
- Black Family Land Trust
- The Center for Heirs Property Preservation (South Carolina)
- Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund (Kirstin recommends this organization as an especially worthy recipient of monetary donations!)
- Georgia Heirs’ Property Law Center
- Indian Land Tenure Foundation
- Land Loss Prevention Project (North Carolina)
- Louisiana Appleseed Center for Law & Justice
- Sustainable Forestry and African American Land Retention Program
Other actions / resources —
- Participate in our local (Howard County!) Living Wage Campaign!
- Read about Black US farmers awaiting billions in promised debt relief.
- Encourage your Maryland state representatives to introduce a Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act bill—and work to get it passed—as other states have done. (It makes it easier to clear titles and ensures due process. Maryland has not even introduced such a bill, and there are heirs’ property issues on the Eastern shore.)
- Review the UU Office at the United Nations’ toolkit of Actions to take for Sustainable Development Goals.
And, finally, attend the November 7th Climate Annual Meeting & Call to Action and add your voice and commitment to action plans for the coming year!