The first Community Land Trust (CLT) in the United States was founded by black farmers and civil rights activists in Georgia, to realize the motto “cooperative living, learning, earning and doing together empowers a collective group of people." Today, in urban areas like Roxbury and the Lower East Side, CLTs are being used to anchor low-income communities against the effects of gentrification. It works by building a community corporation that is constitutionally committed to the permanent stewardship of land and its affordable use. It is governed by a mix of tenants, community members, and activists, to ensure balance between diverse interests in the area. Come to Word Up to learn more about how the model works, to hear from our allies who will discuss GREEN elements, and about efforts to start a CLT uptown!