FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 28, 2006
Contact: Heather Gray  (404) 765-0991

A Resolution in Honor of Anne Braden
From the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

On March 6, 2006 Anne Braden died in Kentucky at the age of 81. She will be missed. Up to the day she died, this renowned civil rights activist was vigilant in addressing white supremacy in America, in challenging whites to tackle their own racism and serving as a prominent and demanding advocate for the justice of African Americans.  As her biographer  Cate Fosl has stated about Anne,  “Hers has been among the most forceful and persistent of white voices for racial equality in modern U.S. history.”

We at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund acknowledge Anne for her profound and important work in the South and in the nation.

Whereas, Anne Braden has been a tireless advocate for the African Americans and people of color throughout the nation and the world; and

Whereas, she has worked diligently in the south and in the United States to end economic and racial injustice;  and

Whereas, she has both created social change institutions as well as always generously offering her assistance and support in grassroots efforts for justice throughout the South; and

Whereas, she was instrumental in the creation of and leadership in the Southern Organizing Committee for Economic and Social Justice that advocated for organizations like the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund; and

Whereas, she has been in the forefront of efforts to end the racial violence by white supremacist groups throughout the southern region; and

Whereas, her work in environmental justice and against police brutality have served as a beacon for those who suffer from this oppression; and

Whereas, Anne has always been the teacher and mentor for Black and white activists alike,

Be it resolved that the board, staff and membership of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund that works with and in support of Black farmers and the rural poor throughout the South, send their condolences to the Braden family and honor Anne Braden for her profound and what will be lasting work toward making the United States more humane and just.

Ralph Paige, Executive Director

Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund

2769 Church Street, East Point, GA 30344

 

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Note: The Federation/LAF, now in its 38th year,  assists Black family farmers across the South with farm management, debt restructuring, alternative crop suggestions, marketing expertise and a whole range of services to ensure family farm survivability.