The Broome Community Land Trust
Utility Justice Film Festival and Speakout
February 18, 2021
Brought to you by the New York Energy Democracy Alliance
From the #NYEDA: It is the 11th month of a global #pandemic, and some of us have to make the hard decision of paying electric bills or rent bills this month. No one should have to live in fear of not being able to make their utility bills and facing the threat of a utility shut off for their home or business. Furthermore, the utilities are not accountable to anyone and build fossil fuel infrastructure through our communities. We invite you to a special event to learn more about how utilities are harming New Yorkers and what we can do to fight back.
When: February 18th, 5:30 P.M.
Where: Attend by computer or call in
(link and phone# will be sent to you when you register)
Why: Energy is a human right!
This event will feature video testimonials from people negatively impacted by utilities during the pandemic, live feeds from organizations committed to energy justice, and small group discussions.
Please join us and add your voice to this important conversation.
The impacts of energy burden and housing instability in Broome County are harsh but together we can make a change for ourselves and the planet. Join us, NEST and Binghamton Community Power staff online to enjoy the #filmfest. You might see some people you know!
Who We Are
Welcome! We're a grassroots coalition of housing advocates committed to creating and launching a community land trust based right here in Broome County, New York -- and we have a grant to make it happen.
We're committed to racial justice, letting community lead, and making sure that everyone in this region has a safe, affordable, stable home. We want those folks most impacted by housing insecurity to own, govern, and lead our area’s Community Land Trust (CLT).
But wait! What's a community land trust? It's a tried and true way to keep affordable housing in the hands of community members. Take a look around this site and learn more!
Starting in 2020 and continuing through 2021, we have a ton of events coming your way (as well as ongoing projects you can check out below). We want to build trust and leadership in this project. Sign up for regular update e-mails and learn all about our progress.
By the way - if we haven't made it clear already - we want you to be a part of this thing!
The Broome Community Land Trust (BCLT) and the Binghamton Community Power (BCP) stand in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.
We can’t use this space to list more statistics trying to capture systemic racism in America.
Numbers about the sickening disparities in education, housing, wealth, health, and leadership can’t hold the anger, rage, and pain spilling onto the streets of this world.
Black Lives Matter is about just that. Lives.
Walking. Running. Resting. Sitting. Shopping. Driving. Having a good day. Having a terrible day. Helping someone. Heading home. Eating. Playing. Laughing. Sleeping.
Black Lives Matter is not a collection of words sharpied on a sign.
It’s a heavy and demanding promise.
A promise that white America, collectively, never made. Not the white “leaders” of government, of industry, or institutions. A promise white people refuse to make to this day, powerful statements or gestures aside.
Instead, the collective promise white people make and re-make each day is to uphold white supremacy at all costs. Housing, employment, clean energy, policing, funding, the ability to care for your child, voting…call out any system, any institution in this country, and it has been intentionally constructed to reward, reaffirm, and subsidize whiteness at great and unforgivable cost.
Fighting for safe, affordable, stable housing, particularly for Black Americans, should be the top, fight-with-all-you’ve-got, priority of every leader in this region, this state, and this country. Those who want to take office should have renewable energy platforms prioritizing the inclusion of those most negatively impacted by fossil and nuclear power.
Instead this work falls to community members and ill-funded, understaffed non-profits trying to band-aid wounds systematically re-opened day by day.
All this requires change.
Be careful when you speak “Black Lives Matter.”
You are not just saying words.
You are, and we are, making a promise to build a nation yet to be built.
BCLT and BCP stand with those demanding, for generations upon generations, enough.
We stand with Black residents of Broome County demanding healthy, joyous, accessible, and affordable housing. We stand with Black residents of Broome County demanding energy justice.
This moment is not new, but it will be historic.
Listen, and act.
Stand with those demanding disruption and change.
Stand for leadership by those who feel the pulse of this country.
And read Ta-Nehisi Coates, A Case for Reparations.
WHAT WE DO
CLT Ambassador Program
In May 2020, the Broome CLT recruited local residents interested in racial and housing justice to participate in our inaugural Ambassador Program.
Our first cohort was amazing! Now we are setting out to recruit and work with a second group!
Applications are out and due by March 12, 2021.
Click below to find out more!
Youth Story Corps
Broome County's young people are amazing!
In the summer of 2020 we partnered with VINES Gardens to work with youth on housing advocacy through media. And they turned what we shared with them, and what they shared with us, into a spectacular film - HOUSING IS A HUMAN RIGHT!
Our Youth Story Corps program will run again in Spring - Summer 2021! Learn more below.
Housing Justice Talks!
Our Ambassadors developed this idea for a virtual community forum - it's open to all community members to discuss and learn about housing justice issues happening in our own backyard!
Broome CLT invites all community members to join these discussions, no RSVP required.
We took a break from the discussions for a few months - but are ready to get them going again!
Look out for more information in our newsletter!
Donate to BCLT
If you wish to make a donation, you will be directed to the PayPal for the Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition - our fiscal sponsor for the current grant.
Please be aware that at this time BCLT is not a non-profit organization.