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WHO WE ARE
Near Futures Projects isn’t a conventional non-profit, we’re a network, a set of experiments, a commitment to practice something new, something vibrant, something delicious as capitalism, as we know it, dies, and the unknown future of this nation unfolds.
We’re based in Apalachicola, Florida. We belong to the waterways and woods of the Gulf Coast, the Apalachicola National Forest, the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin and the Aucilla-suwanee-Ochlocknee River Basin.
The vision and work of NFP is part of the ever-evolving struggle for a different world, one where humans are in right relationship with the earth, each other, and all other living beings. Our work and vision grow out of abolitionist struggles, the Black Freedom Movement and the immigrant justice movement of this country, indigenous movements domestically and internationally for land and food sovereignty, and feminist values and principles.
Xochitl Bervera is a queer, mixed race, Latinx organizer, oyster farmer, and water and land steward based in the Gulf Coast of FL. She is the founder and Director of Near Futures Projects, an experiment in creating vibrant, delicious, sustainable, and inclusive local food systems centered in the wisdom and legacies of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
Prior to oyster farming and water/land stewarding, Xochitl spent 25 years building community power and waging campaigns to dismantle the criminal legal system, one of the primary pillars of American racial injustice. Her work has contributed to the closure of prisons and jails, reducing the number of people behind bars, shifting policing and court system policies, and moving resources toward community-based systems of safety and wellness. She has incubated and founded 6 social justice organizations, led by those most impacted by criminalization, policing and incarceration in Louisiana and Georgia, including Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), Women on the Rise, and the Solutions Not Punishment Collaborative. From 2013-2020, Xochitl directed the Racial Justice Action Center where she was a lead organizer and strategist with the Communities Over Cages: Close the Jail ATL Campaign.
Xochitl was trained as a historian at Sarah Lawrence College, a lawyer at NYU School of Law, a somatics practitioner with generative somatics, and an organizer in the field from Oakland to the Bronx, New Orleans to Atlanta through the teachings and methodologies of the Center for Third World Organizing and of many mentors and teachers from the Black Freedom Movement and the Immigrant Justice Movement. She has received training in farming and land stewarding from Soul Fire Farms and graduated the Oyster Aquaculture course at the Wakulla Environmental Institute.
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