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11 Years later… Black Farmers…may…just may…get their settlement money from the government…..

Black farmers

The same department that fired Shirly Sherrod…

The US Departmnent of Agriculture

Can’t seem to get this case taken care off…..


After 11 Years!

Willie Adams has been waiting for more than 10 years. But his wait could be almost over.

But his wait could be almost over.Adams is one of more than 70,000 black farmers who still haven’t received their share of money from the 1999 United States Department of Agriculture discrimination-lawsuit settlement, in which a federal judge ruled that the USDA was guilty of decades of loan and subsidy practices that favored white farmers over blacks.The $1.15 billion in funding – the second part of what’s known asthe Pigford settlement – was approved by the House this year, but has been repeatedly stripped from larger spending bills in the Senate. The measure could be brought up this week as part of a stand-alone unanimous consent bill. Under the unanimous consent rule, a bill is considered passed if no senator objects.

John Boyd, the president of the Black Farmers Association, said the action represents “long-overdue justice for nearly 80,000 black farmers who, spiritually and mentally, have really given up on the federal government ever treating them right.”

“In previous votes against bills that included the Pigford settlement funding, Republican senators expressed concerns about the settlement money adding to the deficit.Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is pushing the Senate to approve the funding.”We have tried to pass funding for these settlements several times and each time Republicans object,” a spokesman from Reid’s office said Monday. “We expect to ask consent to do so again later today. The bill that we expect to ask consent on will be fully paid for.”That means the money will be off-set by cuts elsewhere in the national budget.Boyd said he thinks the delay in funding appropriation is the result of “political games that are being played in Capitol Hill.””This is a group of poor black farmers who don’t have the money to defend themselves. We don’t have high-power lobby firms,” he said. “We don’t have the money to contribute to congressional campaigns the way [others] do.”Boyd said he has been fighting for equality for black American farmers for 26 years, and that the aging farmers named in the case are running out of time.