Where Freedom Grows

Update from Key:

Dear ones, thank you so much for your support and willingness to dream with us! We have submitted a cash offer to the bank and they have countered at a much higher number than we anticipated - it looks like capitalism isn’t going to let this land come home without a fight. We are preparing to do battle and are raising our goal to 100k. We refuse to give up on this freedom dream and hope you will join us in our struggle to return this land to Black stewardship!

We met our goal of $50,000! We did it! Thank you so much everybody. We are raising our goal to $70,000 in case there is a counter-offer + to support needed repairs. Thank you for keeping the love flowing!

We are raising the funds to buy back a house that sits on Carlin's people's land. It was sold some 48 years ago, and today: it is for sale. We must move swiftly to obtain the necessary funds and return this land to the Black family who have stewarded it for generations.

Please write the organizers for more detailed info on sending large donations via wire transfer <3

Update from Carlin on July 4 + photos of the land:

The outpouring of support has been so great I am beside myself. In less than 24 hours we are almost halfway to our goal to reacquire this land. For all who have given and for all who are considering, we say thank you from the bottom of hearts for being willing to support our freedom dreams. My family and I are blown away. With your support I hope to place an offer on the property in the next 72 hours.

We are looking forward to creating a safe space for our people (TGNC, Queer, BIPOC organizers, artists, teachers, healers and those who might just need to get loved on for a while) to come rest, dream, and strategize.

We are trusting and believing that this is possible. We are trusting and believing that we will be able to pour even more love back into this home that has held us. Stewardship and love was my grandparents’ vision for this land and that is my goal.


Carlin's words:

There is a patch of land in North Carolina where freedom grows. The seeds were planted by my grandfather's hands over 70 years ago and have been nurtured by my family each generation since. 

As a child I would look out and over what he had held for us for so long and picture the unspeakable acts of terror bestowed upon the land by white men washed away by the unimaginable strength and goodness and love that my family soaked back into the earth year after year. 

In this time many of us find ourselves wondering what it means to find home, to fight for freedom and to hold onto it by any means necessary. This moment holds more truth and possibility and bitterness than we could have ever collectively imagined. This moment also holds within it a possibility for a return to the land. 

There is a house, a tired and seen many-a-thing house that sits on the land my grandfather planted those freedom seeds on. It was removed from my family's possession 48 years ago, and today - it is for sale. 

It is no small thing to be called to a place. It is a larger thing still to let myself hope that there is a possibility of return. As a Black Queer southern organizer, fighting for the freedom of my people is my birthright. I am seeking a reclamation of what it means to be free and am reaching out to you for support in realizing it. 

We have a limited amount of time to raise the money required to bring the house and the land home again. I am humbly asking for those who feel called, to give what you are able. In making this request of my community I am fighting against losing hope. 

Any and everything would be a blessing. 

In the greatest love, 


  • Brendan O'Connor 
    • $150 
    • 18 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 19 mos
  • Alexis Waller 
    • $25 
    • 19 mos
  • Shira Breen 
    • $138 
    • 22 mos
  • Whip Randolph 
    • $25 
    • 22 mos
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Fundraising team (5)

Jade Brooks 
Raised $7,829 from 71 donations
Whitakers, NC
Carlin Rushing 
Keyante Love 
Team member
Raised $1,760 from 13 donations
Rhiana Anthony 
Team member