Just Construction is working on the built environment of a more just future, focusing on social justice and environmental harmony. We intend to offer building projects for low cost or free to organizations uplifting BIPOC communities. We hope to make homes and buildings affordable for these movements by offering our building skills, offsetting material costs with donations, and will teach our skills in an effort to further empower each other.
“Cooperation Jackson’s basic theory of change is centered on the position that organizing and empowering the structurally under and unemployed sectors of the working class, particularly from Black and Latino communities, to build worker organized and owned cooperatives will be a catalyst for the democratization of our economy and society overall.” As the co-op acquires homes and buildings from negligent landlords, Just Construction offers our carpentry skills to get those spaces livable. In 2021 we worked on two houses that the co-op had purchased - beginning with replacing windows, some structural repairs, and running plumbing and electric. In February of 2022 our crew of volunteers will spend two weeks in Jackson, MS repairing a house damaged by a fire.
Ndn Bayou Food Forest
This land project began as an indigenous-women-led resistance to the Bayou Bridge Pipeline, the southern-most leg of the infamous Dakota Access Pipeline through Standing Rock, and has now been working to grow and build systems to heal the Earth and sustain life. “We want to make food free. That means diversifying local production - a field that once grew only sugarcane for fuel ethanol now grows avocados, sweet potatoes, mulberries, bananas, beans, kale, figs, catfish, okra, watermelon, squash, turmeric, basil, broccoli, cabbage, collards, and more.” In 2021 we finished up their common shower house, worked on their nursery, and built a small cabin on the property.
Kunsikeya Temakoce is a queer indigenous women-led space for living and sacred ceremony in Huntington, VT. In 2021 we began building a cabin for guests visiting the land for ceremony in respite. In 2022 we will finish this cabin and prepare it for use.
Every Town Project accepts land donations to be held in trust permanently for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color throughout Vermont. They are committed to placing one parcel of land permanently in trust in each town in Vermont for stewardship and access for BIPOC and all people of color. In June and July we will spend a week in Corinth, VT finishing up a cabin for Every Town to be used as emergency housing and retreat space for BIPOC and assembling a timber framed pavilion for gatherings and events