Presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, has released her plan to assist Black Farmers. After months of meeting with a group of Black Farmers and hearing their tragic tales, she has come up with the following actions to “dismantle the last plantation:”
Transform the culture of USDA from the top down to root out discrimination.
Radically restructure the office that handles civil rights.
Reform the civil rights complaint process to prevent abuse.
Stop USDA from letting itself off the hook for civil rights complaints.
Address discrimination in the local administration of farm program resources.
Strengthen USDA’s focus on farmworkers.
Click on the link to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s official website to learn more about her plan, and how we all can help the Black Farmers.
The tragic story of Harry Young is believed to be more of a rumored tale because of the great loss this man encountered before his death, but it is totally true.
Harry Young was a Black Farmer from Owensboro, Kentucky, who had a generational farm of 300 acres. Young applied for an operational loan for the amount of $80,000 but was denied due to technical reasons.
In the early 2000s, the USDA popped up out of nowhere and foreclosed on Young’s land for nonpayment of the loan that he was denied on in the 80s. Young spent years trying to prove that he never received the loan and he had the documented work to prove it, but the courts would not hear him out.
It is strongly believed that Young’s land was targeted because of the millions of dollars in coal reserves it had. Young was often approached to sell his land, but he often refused… Until local USDA authorities plotted against him to take the land themselves.
After spending years to get his land back, Young grew very tired and his health took a great toll on itself. Young passed in January of 2011, his land that generations of his family built was split and sold to local farmers in the area. The heirs of Young received NOTHING!!!
Black Farmers have lost over 6,000,000 (six million) acres of land over the years due to discriminative practices of the USDA. Join us on Saturday, March 13th, 2020, for a video chat with Black Farmer, Michael Stovall, to about his similar story that is currently occurring now with the USDA. Also learn about how more and more Black Farmers are continuing to be affected today, and how you can help by helping them maintain their land and/or help the heirs of decease farmers receive justice for their families’ losses.
Did you know that there are thousands of Black Farmers that are still suffering in the hands of the USDA? The Obama Administration blanketed the suffering and needs of these farmers with the landmark $1.2 billion Pigford II settlement. Now in the year 2020, the need for help for Black Farmers has gotten worst, and more and more are losing their land each day.
Join us on Saturday, March 13, 2020, for a video conference with Black Farmer, Michael Stovall. Stovall currently has an ongoing matter in the Alabama courts concerning the USDA. The government agency is trying to push Stovall to pay on a loan that should have been closed long ago and they are trying to take his land as a result of it.
Listen to Stovall’s story and learn how you can help him and thousands of other Black Farmers just like him that the government doesn’t want you to know about.
Ms. Kattie Gray, the journalist with the Crime Report that previously wrote the article on Michael Stovall, is interviewed by Ann-Marie Green about her article and the ongoing issues of racial discrimination with the USDA.