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Gideon's Army

At Little Seed Farm we're committed to becoming a more actively anti-racist company. Standing against racism is something we've always believed in, but until last year we didn't say or show it, and we failed to recognize the harm that inaction helps perpetuate. 
 
Over the past year we've made progress on our action plan from last year and we're more focused than ever on continuing that progress this year and in the years to come. 
 
This year we are excited to honor and celebrate Juneteenth by partnering with two Nashville-based, Black-owned organizations.  Today we're excited to introduce you to one of the organizations we're partnering with this year: 

Gideon's Army

  
Gideon’s Army is a community-based, grassroots organization that works to design programs, based on contemporary interpretations of the theory of restorative justice. The organization was founded in 2010 by Rasheedat Fetuga as a way to honor those harmed by gun violence. Their work aims to make things right for other Black girls and boys in Nashville who want more for their lives but can’t seem to find their way.

Gideon’s Army is currently the only local organization in Nashville that focuses solely on dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline through social activism. Utilizing research-based practices combined with community outreach, Gideon’s Army builds its restorative justice programs based upon this information and uses program results to guide its policy work. Through intensive volunteer and community training as well as dialogue, they work together with the community throughout the entire process.

The organization uniquely emphasizes youth empowerment and community member leadership as well as direct interfacing with families, the juvenile courts, and the public school system. Gideon’s Army facilitators, mentors, and other volunteers are members of the North Nashville community, who train fellow youth, educators, and others in continuing the process of educating. This training structure creates a positive cyclical pipeline to combat the destructive effects of the school to prison pipeline.

Why focus so intently on the North Nashville community? North Nashville's zip code 37208 has the highest incarceration rate in the country. We recommend watching Out North as a starting point to learn more.

The Mission of Gideon’s Army is to act collectively, boldly and strategically as a unified force for all children. Placing children first at all times, we eliminate the root causes of the prison pipeline, saving children from death and incarceration and guiding them on a secure path to success.

Get Involved

You can take action in supporting Gideon's Army by donating time, funds, or simply sharing about them with a friend!

Learn more about Gideon's Army United here

 

Juneteenth

If you're unfamiliar with the Juneteenth holiday, this day celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and takes place June 19th as a representation of that day in 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Texas (one of the final States lacking enforcement). We recommend listening to this interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed as a starting point.
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