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TS Radio Network: The USDA Hour with Kordel Davis 10/31

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Join us Thursday evening October 31. 2019 at 7:00 pm CST!

5:00 pm PST…6:00 pm MST…7:00 pm CST…8:00 pm EST

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Whistleblower’s is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Annual Whistleblower’s Summit  in Washington D.C.

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Our guest this evening is Kordel Davis and Waymon Henson

Kordel is originally from Reading, Pennsylvania. He is currently a student at Rutgers University. In 2018 producers from Dateline NBC connected Kordel with the USDA and Coalition of Minority Employees. In May of 2018 Kordel wrote the paper “USDA Discrimination and the Effects on Food Systems and Food Security” under Dr. Xenia Morin at Rutgers University.

Kordel was one of the over seventy farmers, advocates, and researchers to sign their name to the letter to Elizabeth Warren. He has since created a video posted to YouTube regarding the letter entitled “USDA Discrimination, Elizabeth Warren, and The Future,” which has caught the attention of documentary creators and helped to spur new national interest in the Black farmers movement. Kordel wishes to continue to be a powerful voice for displaced farmers in the future.

Waymon Henderson is a Black farmer documentary, researcher & publisher. He has earned degrees in theology and psychology is licensed as a psychologist and marriage and family therapist in Texas. His history with the Black farmer cause extends back to 1994 when he began to consult with farmers and their legal counsel. He has been affiliated with the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association in Tillery, NC since 2005 and currently is a board member. He has two published articles in the area of Black farmers and land loss and has presented at international, national, state, and regional conferences on racism, the USDA, and Black land loss. His special area of interest is the impact on the health and well being of farmers and families when dealing with the USDA and DOJ. He and Shoun Hill partnered on the Black farmer documentary beginning in 2018 and will complete it in late 2019.

Whistleblowers Mobilize to Address EEOC Failings at 8th Annual Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival

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“The EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations’ failure to apply fairly Federal EEO complaint guidelines undermines the Notification and Federal Employees Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act and spurs a health crisis within the Federal workforce.”

Advocacy groups and Whistleblowers will gather at the upcoming 2019 Annual Whistleblower Summit and Film Festival. The gathering, which will take place in Washington, DC during July 29th-August 1st, 2019, provides a meaningful “mutual support network” for whistleblowers and advocates across the country.

The theme of this year’s Summit is True North—Persevering in the Pursuit of Justice. It will feature a variety of events, film screenings, and panel discussions to empower “truth-tellers” who create a better world for all people to thrive.

The Coalition For Change, Inc. (C4C), a 2019 Summit committee member, will host a panel to address the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) flaws. “The EEOC’s Office of Federal Operations’ failure to apply “fairly” the Federal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) complaint guidelines undermines the Notification and Federal Employees Anti-Discrimination and Retaliation Act (No FEAR Act). It also spurs a health crisis within the Federal workforce,” said Tanya Ward Jordan, President of the Coalition For Change, Inc.(C4C) and Author of 17 Steps: A Federal Employee’s Guide For Tackling Workplace Discrimination.

The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees will host a separate panel to address the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) harmful workplace culture. “Wrongful firings, reprisal, and intimidation are out of control at USDA. It has been this way administration after administration, The EEOC fails to hold government agencies within Agriculture accountable for unlawful acts against minority farmers, especially Black farmers, and USDA employees.” said Mr. Lawrence Lucas, President Emeritus of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees.

In addition to panels hosted by the C4C and the USDA Coalition, the Government Accountability Project will host a panel on the role of the Office of Special Counsel. The 2019 Summit event organizers, Michael McCray, Esq., and Marcel Reid, have arranged for an assembly of whistleblowers to cover additional panels covering topics such as: Guardianship, Surviving Whistleblowing, Working with Congress, Is Your Story a Book?, Working With Media, and Blackballing Minority Financial Institutions. Whistleblowers, advocates and members of the civil and human rights community are invited to participate in the free conference. For more information visit https://www.whistleblowersummit.com/

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The Coalition For Change, Inc.(C4C) is a member of the Make It Safe Coalition. The C4C, a proactive non-profit civil rights organization and support network, incorporated in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2009. Members devote their time, talent and resources addressing racial injustice and reprisal in Federal employment. The C4C is comprised of former and present Federal employees who have been harmed due to racial discrimination and/or reprisal.

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TS Radio Network: THE USDA HOUR 6/27

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TS Radio Network: Whistleblower’s! The USDA Hour

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Join us this evening March 28, 2019 at 7:00 pm CST!

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Whistleblower’s is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the annual Whistleblower’s Summit July 29, 30 and 31st in Washington, D.C.

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Lawrence Lucas and I host Lesa Donnelly and Ron Cotton as we discuss recent updates in the Women of Forestry Service and ongoing issues with the USDA in general.  The continuing failure of the USDA to respond to more than 20 years of reported sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting incidences of abuse, allows these egregious acts to continue without penalty.  We we also be discussing the ongoing disparity of treatment and access to programs that affects minority farmers; a system that has resulted in more than 2 million acres of agricultural land stolen from the rightful owners.

Tune in as we update and recap the current state of affairs with regards to the USDA and its failure to function appropriately.

Lesa donnelly: vice president, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, representative & spokesperson for abused women & class complainants (Forest Service in the western region).

Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held yet another hearing on November 15, 2018 to address the rampant and decades long history of sexual misconduct including documented cases of molestation, rape, gender discrimination and retaliation and intimidation for reporting these abuses.

Ron Cotton is President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees which is a USDA sanctioned, independent employee resource organization that works to ensure respect, dignity, and equal opportunities for employees and farmers.

Lawrence Lucas, Founding member and President Emeritus, of the USDA Coalition of Minority employees since May 1994.
The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees and the Black farmers, representing 13 southern states. Lawrence is a regular guest on TS Radio Network and will co-host the last Thursday of every month to update us on the issues with USDA.

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USDA Makes GMOs Disappear

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It’s official: the “mandatory” GMO labeling rule will obscure more than it makes transparent. Action Alert!

The USDA has released its final GMO labeling rule, and it’s not good. As we feared when the agency released its proposal earlier this year, the so-called GMO labeling law will apply only to a narrow set of foods. Congress and the USDA have offered a number of loopholes and exemptions to food companies, undermining any semblance of a consumer’s right to know. It’s as if the USDA asked the food industry to write the rule themselves.

The problems start right at the foundation. The agency has decided to use the term “bioengineered”—a term many Americans may not be familiar with—rather than GMO. When the proposal was released, we pointed out that this is straight out of an Orwellian playbook. Many Americans know the term “GMO” and can connect it to the labeling debate—so the government decides to use a different term that sounds more innocuous. If the government was actually concerned with communicating information clearly to consumers, they would simply use the term “GMO” and not other terminology with which Americans may not be familiar.

The problems continue with the definition of “bioengineered.” The final rule defines bioengineered as a food that 1) contains genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques and 2) for which the modification could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature”—essentially, combining DNA from two different sources, usually two different organisms.

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