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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!

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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.

TS Radio Network: The USDA Hour 8/29

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TS Radio Network: THE USDA HOUR 6/27

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Black Farmers bring suit against the State of Georgia for Voting Rights violations

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


THE COWTOWN FOUNDATION INC.

COREY LEA

P.O. BOX 422

ARRINGTON, TN. 37014

615 308 7787


THE BATTLE LINES HAVE BEEN DRAWN AS BLACK FARMERS CHALLENGE THE STATE OF GEORGIA AND SECRETARY OF STATE BRIAN KEMP OVER VOTING RIGHTS FOR AFRICAN AMERICANS IN PREDOMINANTLY BLACK COUNTIES AND PRECINCTS IN GEORGIA.


August 21, 2018


 Black Farmers from south Georgia filed suit against the State of Georgia and Secretary of State Brian Kemp alleging violations of section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, among several claims. The Black Farmers assert that the State of Georgia and The Secretary of State have failed to enforce federal laws and maintain uniformity of legal issues among all the counties that make up the state. In particular, the state and secretary have been alleged, to what amounts to putting on a charade, political gerrymandering. It is without question that the state and secretary knows counties must have preclearance from the Department of Justice or the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. before the counties can shut down polling locations or precincts in predominantly African American counties or precincts.

 However, this will be a showdown of epic proportions. Also named in the petition are The National Republican Committee, The National Democratic Committee, The NAACP, The ACLU, The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, The State Republican Committee and The State Democratic Committee. The Black Farmers are united and have been fighting the USDA for years on similar civil rights issues. An interesting correlation has been drawn by the farmers and the history of questionable stances on civil rights issues by now Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as former governor of the State of Georgia and his continued stance of denying Black Farmers the right to be heard at the administrative level.


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Corey Lea
Executive Director
TheCowtownFoundation.org.

DEADLINE GEORGIA- DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE STACEY ABRAMS V. THE GOP-

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THE COWTOWN FOUNDATION INC.-NASHVILLE, TN.

THECOWTOWNFOUNDATION.ORG

COREY LEA

615 308 7787

IN RE: DEADLINE GEORGIA- DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL NOMINEE STACEY ABRAMS V. THE GOP- HOW THE USDA’S STORIED HISTORY OF DISCRIMINATION COULD BE THE DECIDING FACTOR ON WHO BECOMES THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA.

JUNE 25, 2018

 There is no doubt that the Republican Party is aware of the historical significance of the nomination of Stacey Abrams and her bid to become the first Black Female Governor in the United States. With this nomination, the eyes of the country will be hanging on her every word in regards to policy and civil rights. The Democrats are amassing a war chest for her bid to become the next governor of Georgia, but the Republicans will not be outdone. However, the one factor, that could be the deciding factor, is how Stacey Abrams tackles the issues of Socially Disadvantaged Farmers.

  Socially Disadvantaged Farmers are legally defined as a protected class, to include Black Farmers, Hispanic Farmers, Indian Farmers and White Women. This protected class will be the deciding factor on if Georgia remains a red state or will it be the keystone of the crown jewel that the Dems. are hoping for in November. It is without controversy that former Georgia Governor and current Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, inherited an absolute mess at the USDA, an agency that is truly out of control and in desperate need of reform. More

TODAY! Black Farmers and Small Farmers To Boycott Dollar General and File Historic Suit at Federal Courthouse in Albany, Ga.

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For Immediate Release

Press Release:
Contact: Corey Lea, the Executive Director of the Cowtown Foundation Inc.
615 308 7787
TheCowtownFoundation.org
Black Farmers and Small Farmers Protesting Dollar General and The USDA for Unfair Practices and Filing a Historical Suit Next Wednesday
Location: 201 West Broad Avenue, Albany, GA 31701
Date (and Time): Wednesday, April 25, 2018 (at 10 am.)
On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the federal courthouse in Albany, Georgia, will be the very location, where a historic and momentous occasion is to take place. A national boycott – against the variety store, Dollar General, Farmers National Bank, CapStar Bank, among other businesses – will commence with the expressed desire to bring attention to the abuse of power committed by Dollar General heirs, Steve and Jay Turner, along with federal judges.
Also, this demonstration will be just one side of the plans for that day. As 1,000 people are expected to appear for this event, which will include a group of African-American farmers, a lawsuit will be filed against the USDA for continued discrimination.
The Georgia Chapter of the African-American Agriculturalist Association’s main complaint is the Secretary of Agriculture at the USDA is not allowing hearings from African-American farmers like he does their Caucasian counterparts.  So, they are desiring to see change and hope that justice will prevail.
In an alliance with the Georgia Chapter of the African-American Agriculturalist Association, multiple civil rights groups, and other groups representing small farmers, the protest is being organized by the Cowtown Foundation Inc., a Tennessee Corporation that specializes in the rights of minority farmers at the administrative level.

Corey Lea
Executive Director
TheCowtownFoundation.or

Whistleblowers! Corey Lea….Systematic Discrimination at USDA

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Join us Thursday evening, June 29th 2017 at 7:00 pm CST!

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Whistleblowers! USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, Issues & Concerns

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USDA: Looks like the “Last Plantation” is about to get worse

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1779142_741581802541570_1637925020_nLiving in a rural agricultural community, I have witnessed first hand the devastation to the land and water from industrialized agriculture.  The other thing I have noticed over the years, is the dwindling numbers and kinds of wildlife, both large and small.  It is not uncommon to see major fish kills in rivers, lakes and streams, dead birds and small animals in large numbers around the fields of gmo crops.  The continual spraying of toxic chemicals to grow what is widely recognized as crops not fit for human consumption, is not to be stopped.

It only gets worse from here

Having done several Whistleblower’s episodes on my blogtalk channel “TS Radio”, the news that Sonny Perdue will most likely be the new Secretary of Agriculture does not come as good news.  Perdue, who is funded and backed by major bio-piracy companies most notably Monsanto, and others who are in the process of overtaking agriculture for profit, should come as no surprise. More

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PAID OUT OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS FOR VIOLATIONS

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BY: COREY LEA

JANUARY 23, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN.

615 308 7787

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE PAID OUT OVER ONE BILLION DOLLARS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS FOR VIOLATIONS; LESS THAN 2 PERCENT PAID TO BLACK FARMERS THAT HAVE 98 PERCENT OF PENDING CLAIMS

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The USDA takes great pride in systemic discrimination and have been very effective in not paying for such egregious acts. Over the last 10 years, the USDA has paid over One Billion in claims filed for violations of law, but they have managed to pay less than 2 percent to Black Farmers who represent 98 percent of the pending claims.

The Administrative Procedures Act is a law enacted by Congress to give the Agency a chance to correct its own actions. However, the Agency has instructed the Administrative Law Judge and Judicial Officer to deny all claims by Black Farmers and minimize claims against White Farmers.

Of the One Billion paid by the Judgment Fund, the Administrative Law Judge only awarded 10 Million on settlements over the last 10 years. The reasons for this strategy or position taken, to deny formal hearing on the merits, is so that the complainants can not get all of the records to substantiate their claims if they file a suit against the agency in federal court. The Department of Justice has been very good at getting suits dismissed due to lack of evidence to substantiate claims.

The most common discrimination claim against the Department is Equal Credit Opportunity Act, a tort for discrimination. To be victorious in that claim, a claimant must provide proof of similarly situated White Farmers getting the same or similar favorable treatment in regards to loans. It is virtually impossible to provide such information. However, Congress mandated that the Agency must provide a copy of those records, which include similarly situated White Farmers in the records, found in the expressed language of section 14012 of the Food Energy and Conservation Act or 2008 Farm Bill. The Courts, in most cases, are not following the law and dismissing these discrimination actions by Black Farmers without the benefit of discovery or compelling the records as Congress mandated.

Corey Lea
Executive Director
The Cowtown Foundation Inc.
The Lil’ Cowtown Ranch and Rodeo Inc.

BLACK FARMERS APPALLED BY ACTIONS OF NAACP

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12140703_10207069951679760_5821394534462133576_nLawrence Lucas and Ron Cotton will be on TS Radio this evening at 7:00 CST to talk about this sad state of affairs in the NAACP>   Where is the NAACP When it Really Counts?

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Whistleblowers!: Lawrence Lucas; USDA planting misinformation

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For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy….And for most of them, things haven’t changed

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By, Marti Oakley

 

 

**Note: The article from “YES” magazine, referred to in this article, was dated July 6, 2016. Just two days before farmers from 18 states protested the USDA and its discriminatory practices in front of the Supreme Court. The article was a carefully timed and crafted propaganda piece. All information, data and statistics were obviously provided by USDA and simply compiled to make it appear that legitimate research had been done, when obviously, it had not.
As for the protest, I was left wondering just where all these civil rights icons were? What? No Jesse Jackson? No Al Sharpton? Where the hell was the NAACP?? (BIG)Blacks in Government? No?
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eddieSometimes while I am researching one thing, I come across valuable information on another topic. This was the case recently when an article in Yes! Magazine caught my eye.  Since last year I have been doing Whistleblowers! broadcasts which included black farmers discriminated against by USDA and they have a very different story to tell than the one relayed in YES!. And, they have the documents to back up what they have to say about their treatment at the hands of USDA..

These farmers never asked for special treatment. They are demanding only to be treated with as much respect, and with access to the same programs as others are.

The title “For Decades, the USDA Was Black Farmers’ Worst Enemy. Here’s How It Became an Ally” nearly made my head explode. I wouldn’t swear to it, but I think at that point lightening sparked here in my office. I read the article with interest, but realized it was a propaganda piece, carefully constructed with information most likely provided directly by interests at the USDA. Obviously no actual research had been done. Had it been done, the article would have read quite differently and would have linked to relevant documents and resources. There were none. More

TS Radio Whistleblowers! Lawrence Lucas report on the Wise Case

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TS Radio: Whistleblowers! Dallas protests and Report on protest at the Supreme Court

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whistleWhistleblowers is presented in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblowers Summit July 27-29, 2016 in Washington D.C.

Carolyn Davis, former Dallas, Texas Council Woman. joins us to talk about the current protests and various social movements involved.

Dianne Andrews– entrepreneur, motivational speaker, author, philanthropist and now talk show host. She is the compelling host of the controversial show “Dianne Andrews, In Black & White”. This is the show that everyone is buzzing about. “In Black & White’s” content will make you stop, look, listen and consider the pertinent issues as Dianne uses her engaging interviewing style.

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Lawrence Lucas & Eddie Slaughter join us to update the recent protest by black farmers in front of the Supreme Court.  The protest was held to highlight the abuses taking place within the USDA, referred to as “The Last Plantation”.  Dred Scott is alive and well within the halls of this agency.  2.3 million acres have been taken from black farmers by USDA

Black Farmers protest USDA at the Supreme Court

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BLACK FARMERS PROTEST AT
UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
“Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?”
 
Contact:

Eddie Slaughter – 229-649-2243
Cory Lee – 615-308-7787
Gary R. Grant – 252-578-4729

 

Eddie Slaughter, president, American Agriculturalist Association

On Friday, July 8, 2016 at 9:00 am, farmers from the Southern Region and others who believe in justice and equality will descend on the U. S. Supreme Court to once again seek and demand justice through the courts and to bring to light and awareness of the unfairness of the settlement of the Pigford Class Action, and the continued discrimination by the USDA, “The Last Plantation”. The theme is “Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?”.

The protest will be held on the First Street NE sidewalk directly in front of the Supreme Court. The complaint at the Supreme Court is regarding Eddie and Dorothy Wise, farmers from North Carolina, who were foreclosed on and evicted from their 106 acre farm on January 20, 2016 by 14 militarily armed Federal Marshals and several Nash County, North Carolina deputy sheriffs without ever being granted a hearing.

Farmers Eddie Wise is a retired Green Beret and his wife Dorothy Wise is a retired Grants’ Manager. The Wise’s situation is akin to the Dred Scott Decision of March 6, 1857 (http://www.ushistory.org/us/32a.asp) because Black farmers are still being denied full due process. This is one of the most important issues that should be brought before the United States Supreme Court.

While many people in this country think that Black farmers across the nation got justice during the Pigford Class Action (Pigford v. Glickman 1999), the opposite is the truth. Black farmers who have been discriminated against by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) formerly called Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) continue to be put out of farming, denied opportunities to make a living, and lose land that impacts the quality of life for them and the rural Black communities in which they live.

The time has long expired on the unremitting discrimination and breach of The Pigford Consent Decree. Black Farmers are continuously denied due process; in particular, a right to have a formal hearing on the merits of their case before the Administrative Law Judge of The USDA.

Congress has expressed its intent for the Agency to hold the formal hearing on the merits in the 2007 Pigford Remedy Act which was incorporated in the 2008 Food Energy and Conservation Act or “Farm Bill.” In addition, the USDA is denying all claims and hearings by Black Farmers, Women Farmers, Hispanic Farmers, and Native American Farmers. This denial of the formal hearing before the Administrative Law Judge allows 180 days for the Agency to correct its own mistakes is unlawful, unjust and contrary to Congressional Intent pursuant to the Administrative Procedures Act and The Pigford Consent Decree.

If you are a supporter of justice and equality, support Black Farmers, seek healthy and safe food, join with the Black Farmers and Eddie and Dorothy Wise, other speakers from the American Agriculturalists Association, the North Carolina-based national Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association (BFAA), The Cowtown Foundation, Lawrence Lucas, President Emeritus, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, and others to bring this issue before the United States Supreme Court. These farmers are asking the question… “Are Black Farmers in 2016 the New Dred Scott of 1857?”

 

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