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Reviving the Black Cooperative & Intentional Community Movement [Panel]

February 4, 2022 @ 6:00 PM 7:30 PM CST

February 4th | 7-8:30pm Eastern

Reviving the Black Cooperative & Intentional Community Movement [Panel]

Join us for a panel discussion with African Indigenous Diaspora to learn about the reality of Black-led and women-led intentional communities, as well as an opportunity to respond with collective action.

In this 90-minute panel, you will learn about a variety of global African diasporic intentional communities, and the challenges they face, through the Black people leading them. This panel discussion will address the following:

  • What have been some obstacles encountered as black intentional communities?
  • How have white intentional communities been in support or otherwise?
  • How can the larger intentional communities movement support black intentional communities?
  • Advice for black intentional communities forming within the US

There will be some space for naming how these impacts all land movements and an opportunity to co-create shared action plans for moving forward based on what we’ve discussed.

During this panel you will gain:

  • For Western audience members, a shift in perception toward more inclusivity of African and Indigenous perspectives
  • A broader understanding of what it means to be an intentional community
  • An opportunity to understand how our panel has experienced community in the context issues that deeply impact BIPOC individuals
  • Solidarity with our panel and a committment to meet the needs of BIPOC in community
  • Actionable steps you can take to make a difference

Presenting Communities

Parable of the Sower Intentional Community Cooperative

The Parable of the Sower Intentional Community Co-op’s mission is to develop their co-op as a housing model for black women organizers, and worker-owned intentional communities. They will provide holistic services through community organizing, housing and health services. Simultaneously, they will assist in alleviating social stigmas through community support systems, sustainable economics, political education and natural healing practices. They are committed to proactively investing in land and liberation to prepare for the next future seven generations. They accomplish this through autonomy, democracy, equality and solidarity in their work, homes and community. The Parable of the Sower plans to build our first intentional community in 2021, and then build four more communities by 2035.


Accompong Village

Accompong Village is a historical Maroon village located in the hills of St. Elizabeth Parish on the island of Jamaica. It is located in Cockpit Country, where Jamaican Maroons and indigenous Taíno established a fortified stronghold in the hilly terrain in the 17th century. They defended it and maintained independence from the Spanish and then later against British forces, after the colony changed hands.


Brazilian Quilombos

Quilombos are communities in Brazil that were formed by descendants of runaway slaves. Many of these communities are fighting for the official title and control over their land, but have been facing issues such as structural racism.


Gullah Geeche Nation

Gullah Geeche Nation extends from Jacksonville, NC to Jacksonville, FL. The Gullah/Geechee people have been considered “a nation within a nation” from the time of chattel enslavement in the United States until They officially became an internationally recognized nation on July 2, 2000. Their mission is to preserve, protect, and promote their history, culture, language, and homeland and to institute and demand official recognition of the governance (minority) rights necessary to accomplish their mission to take care of their community through collective efforts which will provide a healthy environment, care for the well beings of each person, and economic empowerment.


Pelenques Cuban Slave Settlements

The first recorded uprising of enslaved Africans in Cuba took place in 1533 at the Jobabo mines. There were frequent uprisings thereafter with the participants escaping into the mountains and linking with indigenous Taino groups to form independent African maroon settlements called Palenques.


Republic of New Afrika

Republic of New Afrika (RNA), was born in March 1968, when five hundred black nationalists met in Detroit. The RNA’s avowed purpose was to culturally and literally separate African Americans from mainstream American culture and to set up a new nation consisting of five states in the South—Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina.


Umoja Village

The village was founded in 1990 by a group of 15 women who were survivors of rape by local British soldiers. Umoja’s population has now expanded to include any women escaping child marriage, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and rape – all of which are cultural norms among the Samburu.



The Online Event Experience


Live Zoom Sessions

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Affordable and Accessible

All our events are run on a sliding scale basis. Generous donations cover the costs for low-income attendees. FIC is committed to making our programs accessible to people of all walks of life.

Watch the Recording

You’ll receive the recording of your event to view for up to one month (unless otherwise noted). So don’t worry if you can’t attend a live session. Watch or listen whenever it is convenient for you.

Loved by Community Builders

What a beautiful gift to our intentional community builders and leaders! FIC’s programs provide a way for thinking and concerned people to collaborate for solutions to our multitude of global crises. Thank you FIC!Terri Garcia

I am constantly impressed by the down-to-earth practicality of the FIC workshops combined with the philosophical questions that are so vital for us to explore. I’m grateful for the excellent planning and delivery of the workshops by skilled and inclusive presenters, who create a space that is both welcoming and invites participants to challenge existing ideas and world views. Well done and thank you FIC.Claire Ogden

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