Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 15:07:31 -0500
From: Leo Horrigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Community Food Security Coalition <email@example.com>
Subject: Update on Black Farmers' Struggle
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We got this update on what's happened recently between the black
farmers' group and USDA ....
Gary Grant, President of the Black Farmers and Agriculturists
Association (BFAA) related that their group went to DC again this past
Monday, March 20. They are protesting the fact that the provisions of
the Consent Decree between Black Farmers and the Department of Agriculture
are not being carried out.
It has now been almost one year since Judge Paul Friedman signed the
preliminary Consent Decree. The decree promised $50,000 and a debt
writeoff to those black farmers who could prove - with a minimum amount
of documentation - that illegal actions were taken against them by USDA
agents and officers in the past.
(The Consent Agreement, the result of an out-of-court settlement of a
lawsuit against USDA, involves compensation to individual black farmers
for past discrimination by USDA and its agents that was settled out of court)
On March 20, seven more members of the BFAA were arrested. However, the
group did get to meet with Secretary of Agriculture Glickman for 45
minutes and 5 other officials for another 45 minutes.
The BFAA is allowing a 30-day time period for USDA to carry out its
If nothing happens, the BFAA is scheduled to return on May 1 to continue
We'll keep you posted.
Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association web site:
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