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oho Raven, i didn't even think to put the page name and not the link in the wikipedia tab (also the first time i used it).

I have friends in Milwaukee and I got the chance to get to know the program when I visited a few years ago, Allen has faced some controversy over taking money from Walmart and the organization is still in transition, but if you want a rockstar, he gets my vote. https://www.macfound.org/fellows/70/
 
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So the other thing I feel a need to add, and hadn't gotten to in my other post, is another thing those of us of dominant/privileged groups can do is become more aware of our privileges and make fewer assumptions--or, better said, learn more about what assumptions we have that we don't know we have.  That's the thing about an assumption, you usually don't make it knowing you're making it.  If we all grow up in our communities, in some kinds of bubbles, then we don't know what lies outside the bubble--like the expression "the water the fish swims in." 

This can get really emotionally charged, so I'm going to leave it really general, but Google can be a help with this.  What I was taught in school didn't cut it in many, many ways.

Just as we have to expand our awareness more and more in order to learn how to be more permanent in our horticulture and other material culture, I am quite sure we need to expand our awareness about how other people experience the world.

This doesn't have to mean, "I did everything you do in heels and backwards so your accomplishments are invalid and you should feel insignificant and inadequate," it just means that other people may have done things beyond what I imagine is possible for myself and I need to let go of the assumptions.  No shaming is necessary for progress.  The people who I know of as really getting aware and doing something constructive about it were taught by compassionate intervention, not by being yelled at.  Compassion is a lot to ask of someone who's already being shat on, but it's still what works.  It may be more effective to say nothing and ask the offending person to web search [fill in the blank].

I have learned a lot about how I was unconsciously assuming people of various oppressed groups were thinking and what opportunities they did and did not enjoy, and I am quite sure I will continue to have more to learn. 

Just as people higher up the eco scale than oneself can appear crazy, people with much more awareness can seem crazy, but from another perspective what they have to say is common sense.

Learning is a part of permaculture.  As Sepp always says, Listen!

Also, regarding the Indian community, a shout out to Bryan Deans, a Lakota permaculturist who teaches and holds builds on reservations, and the Wampanoag of Aquinnah, who built a modern carbon neutral building for their public information building decades before it was cool.  (Of course, all the Indians' buildings were carbon neutral, but doing one that simultaneously meets modern building code is a feat that boggles my mind.)

As for the thing going viral, my thoughts were a bit muddy about that, I have to rethink what I wrote. 

I appreciate learning about more Black permaculture voices in this thread.
 
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There is an article on Mother Jones today called "The Guide to Farming While Black" for anyone who is interested.
 
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