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Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust

Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust We are creating sustainable residential and cooperative business ownership programs in the Historic Smithfield Community, through Permanently Affordable Eco-Housing and Regenerative Urban Ag

​The Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Land Trust (DH-SCLT) is a community-led (501C3) non-profit initiative to establish a Community Land Trust centered in the Historic Smithfield Community of Birmingham, Alabama. Named in honor of the legacy of social justice. thriving black entrepreneurship and property ownership, and social justice and civil rights activism that came from and protected the community fr

​The Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Land Trust (DH-SCLT) is a community-led (501C3) non-profit initiative to establish a Community Land Trust centered in the Historic Smithfield Community of Birmingham, Alabama. Named in honor of the legacy of social justice. thriving black entrepreneurship and property ownership, and social justice and civil rights activism that came from and protected the community fr

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MORE WHITE FARMER FEAST, MORE BLACK FARMER FAMINE: USDA AWARDS 63.3M TO 26 PROJECTS IN SC WHILE DENYING $750M IN DIRECT ...
03/01/2022
MORE WHITE FARMER FEAST, MORE BLACK FARMER FAMINE: USDA AWARDS 63.3M TO 26 PROJECTS IN SC WHILE DENYING $750M IN DIRECT PAYMENTS TO BLACK FARMERS FOR DECADES OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM

Today, Black legacy farmers from across the country will hold a press conference and roll call to demand the resignation of Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Currently, Secretary Vilsack is refusing to implement Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act that mandates direct payments to farmers who have suffered from past USDA discrimination. There is $750M available NOW to Black farmers, but implementation of restorative land justice is being obstructed once again by Secretary Vilsack.

While denying direct payments to Black farmers, Secretary Vilsack continues to funnel billions to agricultural conglomerates and white family farms. This week, we will critique how USDA recently funneled $63.3M in rural development grants and loan guarantees to 26 projects in South Carolina including a $10M loan guarantee to Winyah Hotel Holdings to build a 56-room hotel in Georgetown, SC. The majority of these grants and loan guarantees were awarded to white farms and business entities with glaring funding disparities compared to the handful of Black farms and business entities that received awards.

These latest actions combined affirm Secretary Vilsack’s abysmal civil rights record. The Black Agrarian Community has suffered greatly under 10 years of Secretary Vilsack’s misleadership. It is time for him to go!

“In closing, I pray that while the sons, daughters and the grandchildren of Black farmers spill their blood and lose their lives in Iraq for the cause of democracy that we cannot, and we must not allow democracy to fail their parents and grandparents.”
​​-Phillip Haynie II, legacy farmer from Northumberland County, Virginia

Source: USDA invests $63.3 million in 26 projects in South Carolina’s rural communities. WLTX. February 4, 2022.
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​​#AcresofAncestry #BlackAgrarianFund #BlackFarmersAppeal #CancelPigfordDebt #TheLionGotthePen #BlackFarmsStolen #PhillipHaynie #NorthumberlandCountyVA #JusticeForBlackFarmers #NoMorePerformativeJustice #TheEquityCommissionIsASham

MORE WHITE FARMER FEAST, MORE BLACK FARMER FAMINE: USDA AWARDS 63.3M TO 26 PROJECTS IN SC WHILE DENYING $750M IN DIRECT PAYMENTS TO BLACK FARMERS FOR DECADES OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM

Today, Black legacy farmers from across the country will hold a press conference and roll call to demand the resignation of Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Currently, Secretary Vilsack is refusing to implement Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act that mandates direct payments to farmers who have suffered from past USDA discrimination. There is $750M available NOW to Black farmers, but implementation of restorative land justice is being obstructed once again by Secretary Vilsack.

While denying direct payments to Black farmers, Secretary Vilsack continues to funnel billions to agricultural conglomerates and white family farms. This week, we will critique how USDA recently funneled $63.3M in rural development grants and loan guarantees to 26 projects in South Carolina including a $10M loan guarantee to Winyah Hotel Holdings to build a 56-room hotel in Georgetown, SC. The majority of these grants and loan guarantees were awarded to white farms and business entities with glaring funding disparities compared to the handful of Black farms and business entities that received awards.

These latest actions combined affirm Secretary Vilsack’s abysmal civil rights record. The Black Agrarian Community has suffered greatly under 10 years of Secretary Vilsack’s misleadership. It is time for him to go!

“In closing, I pray that while the sons, daughters and the grandchildren of Black farmers spill their blood and lose their lives in Iraq for the cause of democracy that we cannot, and we must not allow democracy to fail their parents and grandparents.”
​​-Phillip Haynie II, legacy farmer from Northumberland County, Virginia

Source: USDA invests $63.3 million in 26 projects in South Carolina’s rural communities. WLTX. February 4, 2022.
​​
​​#AcresofAncestry #BlackAgrarianFund #BlackFarmersAppeal #CancelPigfordDebt #TheLionGotthePen #BlackFarmsStolen #PhillipHaynie #NorthumberlandCountyVA #JusticeForBlackFarmers #NoMorePerformativeJustice #TheEquityCommissionIsASham

MORE WHITE FARMER FEAST, MORE BLACK FARMER FAMINE: USDA AWARDS 63.3M TO 26 PROJECTS IN SC WHILE DENYING $750M IN DIRECT ...
03/01/2022
MORE WHITE FARMER FEAST, MORE BLACK FARMER FAMINE: USDA AWARDS 63.3M TO 26 PROJECTS IN SC WHILE DENYING $750M IN DIRECT PAYMENTS TO BLACK FARMERS FOR DECADES OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM

Today, Black legacy farmers from across the country will hold a press conference and roll call to demand the resignation of Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Currently, Secretary Vilsack is refusing to implement Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act that mandates direct payments to farmers who have suffered from past USDA discrimination. There is $750M available NOW to Black farmers, but implementation of restorative land justice is being obstructed once again by Secretary Vilsack.

While denying direct payments to Black farmers, Secretary Vilsack continues to funnel billions to agricultural conglomerates and white family farms. This week, we will critique how USDA recently funneled $63.3M in rural development grants and loan guarantees to 26 projects in South Carolina including a $10M loan guarantee to Winyah Hotel Holdings to build a 56-room hotel in Georgetown, SC. The majority of these grants and loan guarantees were awarded to white farms and business entities with glaring funding disparities compared to the handful of Black farms and business entities that received awards.

These latest actions combined affirm Secretary Vilsack’s abysmal civil rights record. The Black Agrarian Community has suffered greatly under 10 years of Secretary Vilsack’s misleadership. It is time for him to go!

“In closing, I pray that while the sons, daughters and the grandchildren of Black farmers spill their blood and lose their lives in Iraq for the cause of democracy that we cannot, and we must not allow democracy to fail their parents and grandparents.”
​​-Phillip Haynie II, legacy farmer from Northumberland County, Virginia

Source: USDA invests $63.3 million in 26 projects in South Carolina’s rural communities. WLTX. February 4, 2022.
​​
​​#AcresofAncestry #BlackAgrarianFund #BlackFarmersAppeal #CancelPigfordDebt #TheLionGotthePen #BlackFarmsStolen #PhillipHaynie #NorthumberlandCountyVA #JusticeForBlackFarmers #NoMorePerformativeJustice #TheEquityCommissionIsASham

MORE WHITE FARMER FEAST, MORE BLACK FARMER FAMINE: USDA AWARDS 63.3M TO 26 PROJECTS IN SC WHILE DENYING $750M IN DIRECT PAYMENTS TO BLACK FARMERS FOR DECADES OF ANTI-BLACK RACISM

Today, Black legacy farmers from across the country will hold a press conference and roll call to demand the resignation of Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack. Currently, Secretary Vilsack is refusing to implement Section 1006 of the American Rescue Plan Act that mandates direct payments to farmers who have suffered from past USDA discrimination. There is $750M available NOW to Black farmers, but implementation of restorative land justice is being obstructed once again by Secretary Vilsack.

While denying direct payments to Black farmers, Secretary Vilsack continues to funnel billions to agricultural conglomerates and white family farms. This week, we will critique how USDA recently funneled $63.3M in rural development grants and loan guarantees to 26 projects in South Carolina including a $10M loan guarantee to Winyah Hotel Holdings to build a 56-room hotel in Georgetown, SC. The majority of these grants and loan guarantees were awarded to white farms and business entities with glaring funding disparities compared to the handful of Black farms and business entities that received awards.

These latest actions combined affirm Secretary Vilsack’s abysmal civil rights record. The Black Agrarian Community has suffered greatly under 10 years of Secretary Vilsack’s misleadership. It is time for him to go!

“In closing, I pray that while the sons, daughters and the grandchildren of Black farmers spill their blood and lose their lives in Iraq for the cause of democracy that we cannot, and we must not allow democracy to fail their parents and grandparents.”
​​-Phillip Haynie II, legacy farmer from Northumberland County, Virginia

Source: USDA invests $63.3 million in 26 projects in South Carolina’s rural communities. WLTX. February 4, 2022.
​​
​​#AcresofAncestry #BlackAgrarianFund #BlackFarmersAppeal #CancelPigfordDebt #TheLionGotthePen #BlackFarmsStolen #PhillipHaynie #NorthumberlandCountyVA #JusticeForBlackFarmers #NoMorePerformativeJustice #TheEquityCommissionIsASham

02/16/2022

Featuring Rev.Màjadi Baruti

Here's some really beautiful t-shirts for you to purchase from Ms. Susan Diane Mitchell the founder and visionary for Dy...
02/09/2022
watercolor tees by susan diane mitchell | Bonfire

Here's some really beautiful t-shirts for you to purchase from Ms. Susan Diane Mitchell the founder and visionary for Dynamite Hill Smithfield Community Land Trust

Grab your limited edition watercolor tees by susan diane mitchell merchandise before the campaign closes. Featuring Dark Heather Grey Premium Unisex Tees, professionally printed in the USA.

02/02/2022

Let's wish my best friend , and the founder / visionary for Dynamite Hill Smithfield Community Land Trust
Ms. Susan Diane Mitchell a happy birthday

if you can throw some money at her please

Cash app: $SusanDMitchell9

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01/20/2022

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Free The Land ! Attention to all Conscious New Afrikan Citizens and those interested in learning more about the PG-RNA as well as seeking citizenship and active involvement. New Afrikan Nation Day is approaching and there is a early beard special for tickets which expires Feb the 21st,2022. To learn more please go to your search engine on your phone ,computer ,tablet ,ipad and etc . to type in the Event Brite link below . Thanks . TSIFLI !

01/18/2022

2022 - Upcoming Direct Services Dates:
Due to COVID19, we are limiting in person activities. Please review the flyer and the following information.
FOOD DISTRIBUTION - 3rd Friday of the Month - Drive Thru - Beginning at 6:30am. 1st Come - 1st Served. Next 2 dates are 1/21 and 2/18. We will also be distributing PPE supplies (boxes of KN95 masks and hand sanitizer).
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE - 1st Wednesday of Month - Please call 205-716-2168 beginning at 9am and follow the directions of voice message. We can only assist with electric, gas, and water bills. Next upcoming date 2/2 (1st Wednesday).
OAK MOUNTAIN REFERRALS - We have had a tremendous increase in requests! We will only process requests on the 1st Monday and Tuesday of each month beginning at 9am. Please call 205-716-2168 beginning at 9am and follow directions of voice message. We are limited to 60 referrals per month. upcoming dates are 2/1 (1st Tuesday) and 2/7 (1st Monday).

12/09/2021
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LIHEAP is accepting applications for assistance through these folks

12/03/2021
¡Alerta! Contrato entre Ciudad de Birmingham con ICE

La ciudad de Birmingham estará decidiendo el próximo martes si renuevan su contrato con ICE.

Queremos que tengas toda la información al respecto y que sepas cuáles son los siguientes pasos.

Si tienes preguntas, puedes hacerlas en el chat.

Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust through our Community Education Director and Founder Ms. Susan Diane Mitch...
12/02/2021

Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust through our Community Education Director and Founder Ms. Susan Diane Mitchell are proponents of pulic libraries

A crucial discussion on our Water, our humanity and the true need for equity, please join us
11/29/2021
SPECIAL Water is Life: Water Equity

A crucial discussion on our Water, our humanity and the true need for equity, please join us

Join us for a special SPECIAL Water is Life on Giving Tuesday with Greater Birmingham Ministries and SWEET Alabama. Last one of 2022! This Giving Tuesday, join us for a special bonus Water is Life: Water Equity with Sweet Alabama and Greater Birmingham Ministries. Clean, healthy, affordable drinking...

Thank you Rob for always clarifying this dynamic we are here to be worked with by the city of Birmingham we are ready.
11/28/2021

Thank you Rob for always clarifying this dynamic we are here to be worked with by the city of Birmingham we are ready.

The City of Birmingham's 2013 Comprehensive Plan, along with its subsequent Community Framework Plans, recommend the creation of Community Land Trust's (CLT) to address issues around housing, blight, and affordability.

Currently there is only one CLT in the state of Alabama. This is the Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust in west Birmingham.

Please come to support their efforts today!
12:00 PM - November workday
2:00 PM - November cookout

#ComprehensivePlan #CommunityOwnership #BlackWomenLeadership #CLT

Photos from SWEET Alabama's post
11/17/2021

Photos from SWEET Alabama's post

If you can please assist our friends at GBMhttps://gbm.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/pcp/info?reset=1&id=219&component=contri...
11/15/2021
Help Me Raise $250 | Greater Birmingham Ministries

If you can please assist our friends at GBM

https://gbm.ourpowerbase.net/civicrm/pcp/info?reset=1&id=219&component=contribute&fbclid=IwAR1HGoCd9LHVi8bOJJgr2XSIPwTFYYNZZUbscDB_VZaL3LpmSr9wWAUvQ6M

Greater Birmingham Ministries is at the pinnacle of organizing work, from adaptation through COVID-19, this horrific pandemic to making sure those most in need and dealing with hunger, and higher utility bills which were further exacerbated by the pandemic. This David facing the Goliath of poverty h...

Photos from SWEET Alabama's post
11/10/2021

Photos from SWEET Alabama's post

11/10/2021

I am asking all of the allies and friends of Dynamite Hill-Smithfield to show us, even if not to speak but to show that you care about the folks we service.

One of our beloved Partners, and such a crucial work for Black Women
11/05/2021

One of our beloved Partners, and such a crucial work for Black Women

10/22/2021

Help DH-SCLT Finish Its Water Catchment System

Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust is almost done with its beautiful and necessary Water Catchment System being built by our friends at 360 Solutions. In a twist of irony, to do a major part of the project……….we are asking you to donate some water to the worksite. The water is to set concrete and this is a very big system!!!

You can bring as many gallons as you like we are in need of roughly 220 Gallons so this is an all call. The work will be done the morning of Oct. 23rd. This Saturday Morning

Starting NOW you can bring gallons to the site and place them next to the Trailer where we are building the system.

As a Donation we can provide a Donation Receipt for your records

1133 Bankhead HWY North

09/25/2021

Hey y’all our Organization has a bush hog that is brand new has never been used, it was through a grant to our organization. The problem is when the company the manufacturer sent us the bush hog it seems they did not send all of the pieces for it and we are having difficulty in communicating with them so we are wondering if someone can come to our site help us figure out what he needs still to work it’s just like a few little screws and bolts in that type of thing but we’re not aware of how to do that. If someone can come to the site we can arrange it and then we can pay them to put it together correctly to make sure everything works that would be really great we are really in need of our bush hog.

08/29/2021

Saturday September 11 from 4-7, We will have a workday and Cookout at Dynamite Hill Community Land Trust.

1133 Bankhead hwy n. 35204

come get something tasty and join us for some work on the land.

08/29/2021
No-Emission Aeration

If someone wants to gift the dynamite Hill Smithfield community land trust with anything in particular here is something we wanted for a while now if we could have someone gift 3 to 4 of these maybe even more probably 3 to 4 will be fine we would be so appreciative . This would help us to move our soil in a more sustainable way

Gulf South for a Green New Deal Fund
08/29/2021
Gulf South for a Green New Deal Fund

Gulf South for a Green New Deal Fund

*Project South currently acts as fiscal sponsor and will process payments and provide tax letters to contributors. All donations are tax-deductible.

Hey y'all....We are in need of some volunteers in the morning at our worksite...If we could get 5 more folks that would ...
06/03/2021

Hey y'all....We are in need of some volunteers in the morning at our worksite...If we could get 5 more folks that would be great.

10am -2pm

at
1133 Banhead HWY North
Birmingham, Alabam 35204
Text me if you need information
205-396-5377

So there is a City Council Meeting this evening that will at some point deal with the budget for the City. I am strongly...
06/01/2021

So there is a City Council Meeting this evening that will at some point deal with the budget for the City. I am strongly, strongly encouraging citizens to participate. It is crucial that we are a part of what affects our every aspect of our lives, the lives of our families and children. The difficulty is present for some of us to attend, yet here we are, I need y'all to sign up and speak on what you hear. We have not been presented with the budget as citizens prior to this, we have no idea how it breaks down,

Last year we had the same issue, the citizens and community organizers are being ignored, why?

Why are processes related to the budget which belongs to the City (Citizens, YES YOU!!!) being made difficult to access?

so here we are now at this hearing.....we need to be present.

"TONIGHT: If you are a member of the public who would like to speak at tonight's Budget Hearing, log on early to sign up. The meeting will be active and sign-ups will be available starting at 5:00pm. The list will close at 5:30pm. Here is the link where you can join: https://birmingham.webex.com/birmingham/onstage/g.php...

You can also watch LIVE right here on Facebook, or call in at the number on this flyer. If you call in to the meeting between 5:00PM and 5:30PM, you can also sign up to speak. You will have to press *3 on your telephone to request speaking privileges. We look forward to seeing you this evening!

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10 Eleventh Court North
Birmingham, AL
35204

General information

“A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a non-profit organized by a community to empower themselves to collectively develop and steward the land in that community. The CLT focuses on affordable housing and can develop ideas such as urban agriculture, community run markets, co-ops, and any variety of human needs while preserving the affordability, livability and well being for all of those who live there.” (Majadi Baruti and Susan Diane Mitchell)

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A Brief History of the Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust The Dynamite Hill-Smithfield Community Land Trust (DH-SCLT) is a 501c3, non-profit and service based community land trust initiated in the Historic Smithfield Community of Birmingham, Alabama. It focuses on the best practices for regenerative community building. The focus areas of the DH-SCLT include permanently affordable housing and home ownership opportunities to low and moderate income families; community stewardship programs; sustainable urban agribusiness cooperatives; and community education and resources. The Smithfield Community constitutes the five neighborhoods of, Lower Smithfield, Enon Ridge, Graymont, College Hills and East Thomas and covers a geographic area of about 26 square miles. Supported by Magic City Agriculture Project (MCAP), the DH-SCLT was initiated in 2015 by Susan Diane Mitchell. Magic City Agriculture Project’s work include assisting communities in establishing Community Land Trusts, organizing cooperative businesses and democratic institutions in their communities, with a focus on developing sustainable agri-businesses. Susan, a 25 year resident of Birmingham, Alabama, currently lives at the top of Center Street and 11th Court North, in the heart and at the apex of what was once called “Dynamite Hill.” Upon moving to the East Thomas Neighborhood in the Historic Smithfield Community of Birmingham, Alabama, in 2005, Susan learned from community members and through her own research about the historic and cultural significance of the community in the Civil Rights Movement, educating herself of the spirit and history of the area, and becoming further inspired by the legacy of resistance and self-determination that the residents of “Dynamite Hill” expressed in their narratives about the community. Her work as a volunteer with MCAP led to education and training in the CLT model, which prompted her to lead this initiative. “Dynamite Hill” became a nickname of the area in Smithfield along Center Street that was the site of numerous bombings against black citizens of Birmingham who were moving into Smithfield after Attorney Arthur Shores overturned segregated zoning laws which allowed them to purchase land spaces and residential housing in the area in the late 1940s. This action led to systematic attacks and bombings on black citizens by the Ku Klux Klan (1947-1965), with impunity under the egregiously oppressive regime of City Commissioner of Public Safety Eugene “Bull” Connor (1957-1963), which further prompted a neighborhood group commonly called a rifle patrol, aptly named “The Dynamite Hill Defenders,” to defend their properties from attack. Many of the civil rights organizing meetings and meetings between black clergy and moderate whites took place in Smithfield Community churches. It was from Smithfield and surrounding areas that the children marched from AH Parker High School and other schools downtown to sit in protest of segregation in the Children’s Crusade of 1963. One of the four young girls killed in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing , Cynthia Wesley, lived near Center Street. Moreover, the Angela Y. Davis family home is situated at the top of Dynamite Hill and acts as a constant source of visual inspiration from the view of Susan’s porch across the street, Professor Angela Y. Davis is an esteemed human rights leader, scholar, person of honor, and a personal heroine for Susan, and her inspired writings on the liberation of black people informs much of her own studies.

The spirit of prosperity, social justice, academic excellence, a thriving local economy, and strong community relationships was once very vibrant in Smithfield. Due to redlining, disinvestment, neglect and decline over several decades, the community is now experiencing a 41.3% poverty rate, and a 25.6% vacant housing rate. The DH-SCLT is working through the social economic strategy of the community land trust model to catalyze this natural spirit and the wealth of human creative energy it contains with community members as the greatest community assets.

In 2014, Birmingham implemented a Western Area Framework Plan which outlines development of three Western area communities: Smithfield, West End, and Five Points West. In the same year, Birmingham was also chosen as the site of the 2021 World Games, which along with other incentives has helped to accelerate the rapid development of Downtown Birmingham. The Smithfield Community is the first community west of I-65 and Downtown Birmingham, and in clear vulnerability of the vapid gentrification and displacement of low and moderate income residents that often comes with urban renewal. In 2015, Susan decided to form the Dynamite Hill- Smithfield Community Land Trust in honor of the bravery of the black families who defended their homes and community under oppression, and as a community effort to resist gentrification, preserve the cultural integrity of the Historic Smithfield Community, and catalyze the re-creation of a thriving sustainable business district. Its vision is to be a strong strategy for localized cooperative economic stabilization and community led development as Birmingham engages in its Western Area Framework Expansion efforts during the revitalization of the Magic City. For Susan, her family of nine children, and many others, Smithfield is home.

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Featuring Rev.Màjadi Baruti
Here's some really beautiful t-shirts for you to purchase from Ms. Susan Diane Mitchell the founder and visionary for Dynamite Hill Smithfield Community Land Trust
Let's wish my best friend , and the founder / visionary for Dynamite Hill Smithfield Community Land Trust Ms. Susan Diane Mitchell a happy birthday if you can throw some money at her please Cash app: $SusanDMitchell9
Please help us complete this project to fill out our community agriculture space
LIHEAP is accepting applications for assistance through these folks
Yesterday’s shipping container delivery thanks to a grant through Cawaco RC&D!