Building Justice with Just Construction

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Join us in building a more just future! Just Construction will be leading the construction of small structures for organizations fighting for justice in Vermont. Our project recipients will be leaders and organizers for racial justice, cooperative economics, climate justice, regenerative agriculture, and food sovereignty. We’re prioritizing projects led by People of Color, recognizing that POC populations have been historically stripped of land and denied access to property in this country. Further, black and brown people comprise the core of the Just Transition movement in the US and internationally, and are better poised to lead a people-powered transition to a regenerative, cooperative economy.

We will be constructing spaces to serve three wonderful projects in Vermont: Kunsikeya Temakoce is a queer indigenous women-led space for living and sacred ceremony in Huntington, VT. Every Town, a partner in Just Construction, is accepting land donations for the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust, developing land stewardship opportunities and community support for People of Color across Vermont. And the Center for Grassroots Organizing in Marshfield, VT, continues to build networks and promote opportunities to work for a Just Transition, teaching and organizing at the intersections of regenerative agriculture, racial equity, and climate change. 

Participants will learn basic construction skills while getting exposure to this good work being done in Vermont. The instructors will bring a variety of experiences including conventional carpentry, high-performance building science, and natural building techniques. 

The emphasis of this course is on completing the projects that support the mission-critical work of the recipients. Students participating in this class will be contributing both financially with their tuition dollars and physically with their labor to support this work while also learning fundamental building skills from the talented instructors. 

 

Class will meet Saturdays-Mondays between September 4-27, 2021 at the job sites as outlined below and in the syllabus: 

Kunsikeya Temacoce, Huntington, VT

Project: 3-season cabin to house guests for ongoing ceremonies and programs

September 4-6, and 11-13, 2021

The Center for Grassroots Organizing, Marshfield VT

Project: cabin built on land donated to amazing BIPOC organizers

September 18-20, and 25-27, 2021

 

For students in need of financial assistance, we recommend applying for a VSAC Grant (Vermont Residents only) or a scholarship

Students are welcome to bring a tent and camp on site. No meals will be provided although students and instructors may choose to organize group meals. More information will be provided closer to the start of the program. 

Category

New Course, Whole Structure Design/Build

Competency

All levels

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