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

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Hosted by Marti Oakley with Lawrence Lucas

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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.

TS Radio Network: The USDA Hour Updates

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TS Radio Network: The USDA Hour with Lawrence Lucas & Tanya Ward Jordan

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Join us this evening, January 31 , 2019 at 7:00 pm CST!

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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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Bastard Buffalo? The Gross Disrespect of USDA-APHIS

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Source:  Buffalo Field Campaign

Putting it mildly. A female buffalo expresses her people’s sentiment towards the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service.

Buffalo Field Campaign’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit continues to divulge more evidence of how unfit the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is in having any role managing our National Mammal, the wild buffalo. Thank you to attorney Daniel Snyder and our legal team at the Charlie Tebbutt law firm who have been of tremendous help in disclosing the public’s business.

APHIS’s offensive statements (provided here, APHIS’s Bastard Bison, PDF, excerpted below) show a callous disregard for buffalo. At the same time APHIS sought Yellowstone National Park’s help in taking more buffalo for their birth control study using GonaCon, a chemical sterilant, they didn’t want any obligation placed on them to get rid of the “bastard” buffalo under their care.

APHIS’s GonaCon study was shut down by their higher ups in the bureaucracy for running afoul of agency rules (See our article Good news for wild buffalo in Gardiner basin.). The buffalo taken from the wild under permit from Yellowstone National Park were killed or shipped to Colorado for more “study.”

However, APHIS remains entrenched in buffalo management through the taxpayer moneys they annually dole out to the Montana Dept. of Livestock. APHIS Funding MDOL Bison Operations 2018 (PDF).

We can and must take action for the buffalo. Contact your representative in the U.S. House.

Ask them to cut-off taxpayer moneys and axe APHIS’s on-going cooperative agreement with the Montana Dept. of Livestock to fund their buffalo management scheme.

APHIS has funneled millions of taxpayer dollars to the Montana Dept. of Livestock to remove all wild buffalo that migrate into the state. The spigot of American taxpayer funding has been running nonstop for two decades.

There’s an action we can take to stop it! The U.S. Congress has the power to cut-off the free taxpayer funding pipeline that is destroying our last wild buffalo in Montana. Please contact the U.S. Congress today!

Thank you for taking action on behalf of our National Mammal, the buffalo.

From: Rhyan, Jack C – APHIS
Sent: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 3:21 PM
To: Clarke, Patrick R. – APHIS
Subject: RE: Conference call about GonaCon (2nd rendition) ? Elk study at Brogan’s?
Off the top of my bald head:
I like the bastard question best. I think with those we donate their little bastard carcasses to the food bank, as they have no special value for conservation.
Jack 
PS: we might should delete these emails.

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Advocates Bonnie Kohleriter & Carla Bowers on the Devil’s Garden wild horses in California (Wild Horse & Burro Radio, Friday, 11/16/18)

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Our guests tonight are advocates Bonnie Kohleriter and Carla Bowers, who will tell you about the wild horses in the Devil’s Garden Wild Horse Territory in the Modoc National Forest in northern California.  They’ll tell you about the recent roundup of over 900 wild horses from 258,000 acres.  They’ll tell you what the Forest Service is planning to do with do with these wild horses.  They’ll also tell you about the corrupt politics behind all of this.  The devil is in the details.

This show will be hosted by Debbie Coffey (V.P. and Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs) of Wild Horse Freedom Federation.

To contact us: ppj1@hush.com

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2018/11/17/advocates-bonnie-kohleriter-amp-carla-bowers-on-the-devils-garden-wild-horses

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Forestry Service Misconduct and Retaliation information

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There will be an oversight hearing Thur. Nov. 15th 10:00 am Eastern regarding misconduct in the Forestry Service. I would encourage you to share this and watch the hearing either live or archived via this link.

https://oversight.house.gov/hearing/examining-misconduct-and-retaliation-at-the-u-s-forest-service/

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy has asked the Department of Agriculture for extensive documents related to sexual harassment and misconduct at the Forest Service, citing persistent reports of such conduct and retaliation against employees who report it.

In an Oct. 22 letter to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen, Gowdy (R-S.C.) requested all communications regarding anti-harassment policies sent or received by top officials overseeing the Forest Service and all regional foresters since Dec. 2, 2016.

He also asked for information including the number of employees disciplined or terminated in relation to anti-harassment policies since that date, as well as an accounting of penalties imposed. And he asked for all personnel actions associated with employees who filed complaints or reported sexual misconduct or harassment since Jan. 1, 2016.

Gowdy asked the department to comply by Nov. 5. As of this morning, the committee hadn’t received a response, a spokeswoman said.

His letter comes on the heels of several Forest Service initiatives to combat a history of sexual misconduct and harassment in the agency, particularly in firefighting crews. Christiansen took over earlier this year after Tony Tooke resigned as Forest Service chief, following backlash over his own past conduct — a relationship he had a decade earlier with a lower-ranking Forest Service employee when he was a regional forester.

Addressing sexual misconduct is a top priority, USDA Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment James Hubbard has said. He oversees the Forest Service (E&E Daily, July 25). More

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