Talk: Resistance and Cooperative Land Ownership by Black Farmers
October 24, 2018
Integrated Sciences Building
UMass Amherst Campus
Resistance Studies Initiative Fall Speaker Series:
Distinguished researchers and activists share critical reflections on resistance issues.
Refreshments will be served
Open to all
Joanne Sheehan has been an organizer, nonviolence trainer and educator for over 48 years. She is on the staff of War Resisters League's New England Office in Norwich, CT, and has been involved with community land trusts for decades. Joanne is a Resistance Studies Fellow with the Resistance Studies Initiative at UMass, focusing on the history of nonviolent action training.
Abstract: The racist backlash to organizing during the Civil Rights Movement inspired the development of a community land trust to help secure economic independence for black farmers. The film "Arc of Justice– the Rise, Fall and Rebirth of a Beloved Community" (22 min) tells the story of a legendary land struggle started in 1969. Joanne Sheehan will introduce this land struggle and discuss how it inspired the development of community land trusts and what more we can learn about resistance and resilience from their experience.
In Collaboration with The Social Thought and Political Economy Program (STPEC), an interdisciplinary undergraduate major in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UMass, Amherst. The STPEC Program encourages students to engage in a critical examination of society and to develop their own capacities for critical reading, writing and thinking.