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In Solidarity

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June 4, 2020

MOFGA condemns race-based violence and stands in solidarity with black lives.

Systemic discrimination exists throughout the food system today. The agricultural system in our country is predicated on stolen land and labor. We must learn from and continue to work to address these injustices.

As a white-led organization with a primarily white membership base, MOFGA is at the beginning stages of understanding past harms and systems of racial oppression and we are committing to our own internal work of centering social justice. We hope to use the MOFGA platform to encourage others to engage in the work of racial justice.

At this time we would like to share our social media platforms with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) farmers, farm workers and food workers. If you would like to be highlighted on our feed, please contact us with a picture, link and details by emailing Lucy Cayard ([email protected]).

We encourage learning, listening, support, and advocacy from our community at this time.

Learn about racism in the food system:
Racial Inequity in the Food System from the National Young Farmers Coalition
Food-Systems-Racism: From Mistreatment to Transformation from Food First

Listen to Black, Indigenous and People of Color voices

Consider supporting these organizations (this is not an exhaustive list):
Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust
National Black Farmers Association
Soul Fire Farm
Maine Wabanaki REACH
Nibezun
This Civil Eats article offers additional organizations to consider.

Consider supporting these Maine farms and businesses (this is not an exhaustive list):
New Roots Cooperative Farm
Somali Bantu Community Association Liberation Farms
Support black-owned businesses and farmers

 

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