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Free the Land: Land Tenure and Stewardship Reimagined
The NYU Environmental Law Journal (“ELJ”) and the NYU Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law present “Free the Land: Land Tenure and Stewardship Reimagined.”

The expression “free the land” is derived from Black social movements of the 1960s, whose leaders like Fannie Lou Hamer and Frantz Fanon saw land and liberation as one in the same. By freeing the land — tending land through common property arrangements — they hoped to secure the bread and dignity that their communities needed to thrive.

As evinced by settler colonialism, chattel slavery, exclusionary zoning and redlining, and environmental racism, land has long been an instrument of degradation. Yet land has also figured heavily in freedom dreams, whether it is “40 acres and a mule,” “land back” or the call to “free the land.” This tension is the point of departure for ELJ’s symposium.

“Free the Land” will examine environmental and socioeconomic inequities, critique the legal structures that foment these inequities, and amplify new, bold approaches to land tenure and stewardship with the potential to reverse them.

Join us for a conversation that explores land and liberation, the many connections between land and racial justice; land decommodification, opportunities to remove land from the private market and foster permanent affordability and shared use; and land rematriation, Indigenous land return and restoration initiatives that work to initiate the decolonization process.

“Free the Land” is funded in part by an NYU Office of Global Inclusion Faculty Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrant.

Jan 28, 2022 09:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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