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City Roots is working to empower residents and preserve affordability in our neighborhoods, but we can't do it without YOU! Join us every Third Thursday at 5:30 pm.

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Hello City Roots friends!

In 1967, a group of activists in the South organized around land reform and the struggles of rural Black farmers. Black farmers and the racist system of sharecropping & tenant farming left black farmers in debt they could never get out of, and on top of that, Black farmers were at risk of being displaced. The group of activists included Lewis Black, board member of the Southwest Alabama Farmers’ Cooperative Association; Fay Bennett’s of the National Sharecroppers Fund; Albert Turner, field director for the Southern Conference Leadership Conference in Alabama; and Charles Sherrod, key member and organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). The group flew to Israel to learn about a new method of community ownership & land-leasing for 99 years, and in 1969, the first Community Land Trust, New Communities Inc was founded. Before Black History Month was ever recognized & celebrated globally, Black people were committing themselves to the struggle for a better world. 

The first Community Land Trust, and the history of City Roots Community Land Trust, highlight the struggle for social justice, fair quality affordable housing for all people, and what it looks like to show up for your neighbor. We want to redefine what it means to be in community with one another; Community is a verb

Thank you to all of the BIPOC Rochester organizers, writers, artists, educators, developers, and everyone else we are in community with and take guidance from. Of course, thank you for following along and being our a part of our CLT fam. 
Happy Black History Month!
- Anastajah, Community Engagement Coordinator

Third Thursday: General Member Meeting
Thursday, February 18 from 5:30-7:00 pm

We hold our general meeting on the Third Thursday of every month. This is a great time to catch up on what's been going on with the CLT, other members and supporters, and to ask questions!

This month, we will be reviewing potential logos the 3 chosen graphic designers have made, and introducing our proposal for the Gentrification Conference in Collaboration with 540WMain, and getting ready for the event!

We will also be talking about ways to get involved in City Roots CLT, like our  new Member Leader Program, committee updates, and discussing ways to support tenants who are directly affected by slumlords and would like to control their buildings!
Join the meeting: 
See you soon!

Mark your calendars for our Annual Meeting!
Thursday, March 18th, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 pm

Don't forget to join our Slack Family! We've added channels for all of our committees; Advocacy, Fundraising, Outreach & Engagement, Stewardship, and Policy & Governance. This way, our members can stay updated on what the CLT is currently working on, provide us with feedback, or share relevant news & information with your fellow members! Click here to join!
We're 2 months into our membership campaign! If you haven't filled out the form yet, stop what you're doing and click HERE to fill out a free membership form! Even if you live on CLT land, we want to make it official by filling out a membership form online. This helps us know more about potential members interests, and helps track attendance. 

You qualify as a member if you live within the City Rochester and you meet two of the three qualifications: 1) Pay $25 annual dues; 2) Attend at least 4 CLT meetings within 12 months; and 3) Volunteer in some capacity on behalf of the CLT. If you think you qualify but aren't sure, please reach out to Anastajah.
We have several volunteer opportunities coming up! 
Gearing up for our Annual Meeting, we want all of our CLT fam to be registered voting members by March 18th! Voting members are the decision makers of the CLT. In order to get as many people registered as possible, we're holding volunteer phone banking days! This way if anyone wants to volunteer on behalf of the CLT to become a member, these phone banking days will count towards volunteering! Phone banking will be every Thursday at 4pm until March 18th. 

We have the opportunity to rehab our rental properties at Hazelwood Terrace! In order to get a beautiful affordable CLT home, we have to get dirty! Some of the work will include, but not limited to:
  • taking out kitchen cabinets
  • pull up the carpet throughout the house
  • remove the bathroom sink and tub
  • remove leftover couches, clothing, and other abandoned items
  • remove old water heaters
Get involved today! Click here to fill out form detailing volunteer times slots. We will be social distancing, please wear a mask!
Here are a few questions for inspiration!
  • What drives you to be a City Roots CLT member?
  • What is one memorable experience you've had with City Roots?
  • Do you believe in community control?
  • What is your vision for your community, for City Roots CLT, or the city of Rochester?
Click here to check out an amazing D&C article detailing our friends over at ROC MAPP! We are so grateful to work with Project Phoenix, they are a vital resource in the City of Rochester, giving young Black people in this city the tools and education for life long success in trades & construction.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 7% of working men in construction and extraction occupations are Black, and only 4% of everyone working in those fields are women. The apprenticeship preparation program works to change that disparity by opening doors to disenfranchised individuals who would not have been introduced to construction otherwise... the program is in the second phase of a two-part vetting and construction training process. In the first half, Project Phoenix trainees renovate vacant "zombie" homes in Rochester through a partnership with City Roots Community Land Trust. Both parts of the program introduce and prepare individuals to work in all construction paths.
Project Phoenix trainee's bringing City Roots rehabs to life! 

City Roots Community Land Trust is a 501.c.3 community controlled non-profit working to establish lasting affordability in our communities here in Rochester, NY. City Roots acquires land and improvements (houses, apartments, commercial buildings, gardens, playgrounds, etc) and then puts it to our members to decide how it should be used.

You qualify as a member if you live within the City Rochester and you meet two of the three qualifications: 1) Pay $25 annual dues; 2) Attend at least 4 CLT meetings within 12 months; and 3) Volunteer in some capacity on behalf of the CLT.
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