Copyright Seeding Sovereignty 2020
Seeding Sovereignty is a grassroots organization, fiscally sponsored by Earth Island Institute
Abolition was birthed out of Black resistance to enslavement in the 1800's (likely earlier). Known Abolitionists are Harriet Tubman, Ida B. Wells, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, among others.
As slavery evolved into modern day policing and prisons, the movement for Abolition has grown to combat this systemic violence by fighting to abolish police who murder and traffic people into modern day plantations (prison) where the majority of common goods are produced. for corporations via slave labor.
Abolition is an action as much as it is a theory and can be practiced by finding alternatives to policing, jail and prison support, and community care, among many many other strategies that are a part of collective organizing.
Decolonization is the practice of unlearning modern day socialization under white supremacy, colonization, and capitalism with the long term goal of removing colonial powers and existing freely without their domination nor influence. One cannot conceptualize decolonization without understanding the historical legacy of violence and destruction that colonization has created globally.
Much of the language created to theorize our liberation is co-opted by capitalism itself. We will see individuals or larger platforms steal what is meant to be a conscious action in solidarity with colonized peoples everywhere for the benefit of their social capital or academic credibility. But decolonizing is an action, a consistent mindfulness of the ways we have learned to internalize white supremacist values. Some of the values we should work to liberate our collective bodies and minds from include hierarchies, gender binaries, anti-Blackness, resource extraction, exploitation of labor, phobias, patriarchy, slavery, criminalization, appropriation, and so on.
We can decolonize by actively re-learning our traditional ways, our languages, stories, medicines, and sciences. To rebuild our kinship to our people, the land, the plant and animal life, as well as to the sky, water, and natural resources. To organize and build collective power, community care, gardens, birth work, education and so on will all be critical to decolonizing as we will need to render the empire obsolete if we ever wish for future generations to see true liberation. Decolonization will mean different things to different people, nations, tribes, pueblos, and bands as we are not a monolith and have experienced colonization in a multitude of ways.
"Food sovereignty is the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems."
Examples of Food Sovereignty Include (non- exhaustive list):
+Local Farming - livestock or produce that does not include antibiotics or GMOS is more environmentally sustainable and offers consumers transparency.
+Community Gardens - teach community members how to grow and nurture food to harvest. Opportunities to implement Indigenous technique (Three Sisters, etc).
+Seed Keeping - to protect plant biodiversity and help with the adaption of food plants to your specific region.
+Exercising Treaty Rights - fishing, ricing, and hunting according to the traditional ways of stewarding the land or ecosystem.
+Land Occupation - protecting land, water, and air from resource extraction to ensure food can grow in decades to come.
"I suppose on an individual level, food sovereignty to me is eating the food of my ancestors as much as possible, eating locally as much as possible. If I'm going to talk about sustainability and if I'm going to talk about food sovereignty, I have to practice that in my everyday life. Something that's very important in my life is the belief that food is medicine. I take that very literally. If we're eating the foods that we're supposed to be eating, we won't have many of the health issues that have plagued Indigenous communities for a few generations now." - Linda Black Elk