African American Farm Co-Operative
Friends of the African Union on this first day of this Historic Black History Month, February 1st 2019, pledge, “We as Citizens of the United States of America who are decedent from Africans made new citizens in 1868, 150 years ago , in order to form a more perfect Union, establish equality of justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the equal blessings of liberty to ourselves and our future generations, do ordain and establish this month a working group to establish a 150 year Black Folks Plan (#150BlackFolksPlan) that is to deliver its work by August 25th 2019. This date being the 400th year anniversary of landing of the first Africans in the English colonies in 1619 at Fort Comfort, which would later become part of the state of Virginia, one of the founding states of the United States of America.
We do this work now after 400 years in the English Colonies as a solution to the results of the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of African slavery in the USA for 77 years (1788-1865) and the 168 years (1619 - 1787) in the progenitors to the 13 English colonies that made up the United States of America. Its is a solution to the effects subsequently de jure & de facto of racial & economic discrimination on the descendant Americans of America’s African slavery.
From our beginning 400 years ago on August 25th, 1619 at Fort Comfort Africans and then African Americans have played a vital role in farming. The shame of it all is that today there is less than 44,000 African American farmers in a rural America that includes 72% of the nation’s land and 46 million people. We shall change that during the coming years.
We understand that rural areas encompass in the USA regions that focus on agricultural production as well as places where work is more often found in industries such as manufacturing, mining, and forestry. They include locales that are prosperous and rapidly-growing, locales that are chronically depressed, and everything in between.
Friends of the African Union started to address this issue in Fort Coffee Oklahoma last year by creating a public private partnership - The Fort Coffee Oklahoma Public Private Partnership.
Now on this day we create The African American Farm Co-Operative based on that work.