robby bethelThere are several groups working to support Black, indigenous, and people of color land owners and farmers in the U.S., particularly related to land loss, access to financing, and agricultural education.

  • The Federation of Southern Coops/Land Assistance Fund was established in 1967, coming out of rural civil rights organizing in the South. It is a non-profit coop of Black farmers, landowners, coops and credit unions working in 5 southeastern states.
  • National Black Farmers Association. This organization was established in 1995 to work with Black farmers and farm families and other small farmers.
  • Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association. This national organization was formed in 1997, and specifically includes Hispanic farmers as well as both men and women in its outreach.
  • Southeastern African-American Farmers Organic Network. This regional non-profit operates in 10 states from Louisiana through Maryland and the US Virgin Islands. It aims to build an alternative food system with a specifically cultural and ecologically sustainable approach to farming.
  • The Rural Coalition/Coalicion Rural is an alliance of farmers, farm workers, indigenous, migrant and other working people and their organizations with ties across the US border into Mexico. It focuses on policy advocacy at the state and federal level.
[Image: Robby Bethel of New Iberia, Louisiana. Photo by Shalina Chatlani]
Louisiana has strong legal and technical resources for communities of color working on the front lines of environmental and climate justice through the law schools at Loyola and Tulane Universities as well as these two non-profits:
  • Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy

This is a public interest law firm and justice center with a mission to advance climate justice and ecological equity in communities of color on the front line of climate change.  GCCLP works in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas. They take a restorative justice and human rights approach to support systemic change in the region.

  • Deep South Center for Environmental Justice

Founded by Dr. Beverly Wright in 1992, the Center was one of earliest groups which took part in building the budding environmental justice movement in the US.  It was formerly formally affiliated with two HBCUs — Xavier and Dillard. It is now autonomous but still collaborative with both.  They do research, education, community capacity building, policy work, as well as health and safety training for workers.


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