Community Land Trusts: A Model for Reparations?

400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Jamestown, many people agree reparations are due, but what would they look like? How about affordable property put into Black hands, in perpetuity? Could community land trusts be one way of making repairs? A lawyer, a policy advocate and an organizer with homeless New Yorkers, explain what’s possible, and what’s being done.


  • Catherine Albisa is the Executive Director of the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative.
  • Professor Katherine Franke is the Director of the Center For Gender Sexuality & Law at Columbia University. Her book, Repair: Redeeming the Promise of Abolition is out now from Haymarket Books.
  • Jaritza Geigel is the Senior Organizer for Picture the Homeless.

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