Want to join us? The Council is open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. Individuals can join on their own or as a representative of a community. Communities that wish to join must assign a BIPOC representative to join the Council.

BIPOC Council Membership Process

  1. Join the BIPOC Council Google Group to receive email updates for the Council. Potential members can request to join. Click here to join the Group.
  2. Review the documents linked in the group such as the BIPOC Council Agenda or other meeting minutes.
  3. Ask questions during Council meetings or through the Google Group.
  4. Attend a Council meeting or subcommittee meeting or participate in an offline conversation to remain an active member. Active members are the ones able to approve funding applications.

Active Council Membership

Anyone who identifies as BIPOC can join the Council and observe meetings and discussions. Non-BIPOC can attend public meetings and follow our progress on the website.

Group documents are managed in Google Drive and Google Group members automatically have access to them. Documents should not be edited except by the document owner and subcommittee members. Others can add comments and suggestions.

Council members can leave the Council at any time by removing themselves from the Google Group.

Council Board Members

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Zarinah Agnew, Co-President

Studying, building & supporting experimental commons and autonomous communities. Related endeavors that might be of interest here include – Haight St Commons – a Bay Area collective of around 70 intentional community houses that brings together people from different co-living spaces and helps them cross-pollinate, curate open-source resources, guides and financial models to help others get set up, District Commons – a non-profit geared to support experimental commoning across the globe, and The Second Life Project – building intentional communities centered around the needs and wisdoms of the formerly incarcerated.

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Crystal Byrd Farmer, Co-President

Crystal Byrd Farmer is an organizer and speaker in the intentional communities movement. She serves as a board member with the Foundation for Intentional Communities and is on the Editorial Review Board of Communities Magazine published by the Global Ecovillage Network-United States. She also serves as Co-President for the BIPOC Intentional Community Council. In 2020 she published The Token: Common Sense Ideas for Increasing Diversity in Your Organization. Crystal is passionate about encouraging people to change their perspectives on diversity, relationships, and the world.

Hayley Feinberg, Secretary

Raymund Lew, Co-Treasurer

Aitalohi Amaize, Co-Treasurer

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Aleta Toure’

Aleta Toure’ a homeschooling mother, liberation organizer/community strategist and worker-owned cooperative member with Parable of the Sower Intentional Community Cooperative, a co-lead for Just Recovery through the Climate Justice Alliance. Aleta has six documentary films on PBS/WFSB -TV, The first being “Eyes On the Prize II Documentary Film and together their cooperative members will be doing organizer services and products, which will include the film documentary “Reviving the Black Cooperative Movement.”

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LaRahna Hughes

Sister Maria Muhammad

Council Members

Organizations

B2tB community
Casa Sabera of the Life Center Association; Gente de Tierra
Deepstep Collective
District Commons
Ekaha Village
The Freedom Georgia Initiative
Grandmothers’ Village Project
Green Horizons
Indigenous Mothers Community Land Trust
Nawaya Village
Our Collective Power
Paradise East Cohousing
People of Color Sustainable Housing Network
Ráithold Cooperative Union
Ravenswood
Regenerative Institute of Community Education’s: Intergenerational Land Stewardship for Sustainable Community Development
Sankofa Village Arkansas
Serenity Solidarity
Shiloh Divine Farms
Soul Sanctuary
Stellar Roots Coop
Tender Care Farm

Individuals

Kirah “Layla” Monroe
Arcadian Barrett
Michael Bonilla Del Rio
Alyssa Moncure
Christine Wyche
Ashley D. Mocorro Powell
Leonardo Æshwa Rainbow Dragon
Rev. Dr. Sandy Range
Crystal Byrd Farmer
Danielle Jones
Alina Talladen
Ericka Williams Rodriguez
Rev Dele
kaamilah muhammad milton
Christina Hylton
Hoiyee Cheung
Angela Moon
Rev. Dr. Sandy Range
Helena Cragg
Michael Bonilla Del Rio
Steve Fuji
Whitney Tymas
Zarinah Agnew
Ashley Scott
Raymund Lew
Muirén Ní Sídach
LaRahna Hughes
Porchea Octavia McGuire