The Movement for Black Lives and the Water Protectors at Standing Rock have punctured public consciousness in recent years, calling for deeper recognition of the historical theft of land, dignity, and agency of sacred places and people across this continent by white colonizers, including the Catholic Church.
Sisters are already on the front lines of movements to right these wrongs by joining in solidarity with these movements. Naturally, we believe it is also critical to consider how the sale of sister’s properties might be seen as an historic opportunity to serve the work of reconciliation and reparations to generations of Black, Indigenous, and other historically oppressed communities.
In many cases, doing this might be only be a slight variation or adaptation of some of strategies discussed above, such as:
Sale of land to a Conservation Land Trust or Community Land Trust, but perhaps selling (with funder support) or gifting land instead to a Land Trust run by indigenous women.
Building Anchor Tenant Partnerships or Intergenerational Co-Living Communities (as discussed above), but with an explicit focus on creating living or organizing space for young POC organizers.
Or, more directly, conversion of a rural site into a black or indigenous-owned farm.