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The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act and The Justice for Black Farmer Act of 2021 are the most important pieces of legislation since The Civil Rights Act of 1964. We are pleased to be a part of helping make both legislations a part of America’s civil rights history.

Lawrence Lucas, Present Emeritus 

www.agcoalition.com

justice4Bfarmers@gmail.com

lawrlcl@gmail.com

Statement by Lawrence Lucas

The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees consider The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act of 2021 to be the most pivotal civil rights legislation since The Civil Rights Act of 1964.   The Act will bring relief to thousands of Black farmers, minority farmers, who have been discriminated against by USDA for decades. The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees has been engaged in the struggle on behalf of both Black farmers and USDA employees since 1994. Our vision is to bring to light the horrendous mistreatment of both Black farmers and employees within USDA. The Act of 2021 will address discrimination at USDA by creating systemic changes within USDA and its organization.

By way of history, the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees and a number of other Black Farmer Organizations initially engaged with a number of candidates for President to assist them in understanding the historical discrimination within USDA and its racist history, Black land loss, and the loss of generational wealth for Black farmers. Our letter with well over 100 signatures indicates the depth of our support from both rural and urban farmers from around the country.

In early 2019 Senator Warren, along with Senator Booker and Senator Gillibrand, drafted The Justice for Black Farmers Act of 2020. The Bill’s comprehensive nature was gratifying to read as it addressed racism, complaint abuse, and inequities within USDA; creation of a “fire wall” between the Office of General Counsel and Civil Rights across USDA; the provision of debt relief; the opportunities to secure acres to farm; and policies that would address civil rights processing and administration throughout USDA.   Senator Raphael Warnock drafted the “Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act” and included it in President Biden’s $1.9 trillion-dollar COVID-19 relief bill.

We believe this is a new day for justice for Black farmers. While the Act specifically address the Black farmer issue, we see that the systemic changes that are included in The Act of 2021 will serve the needs of other farmers of color and USDA employees.

Short Quote:

The Emergency Relief for Farmers of Color Act and The Justice for Black Farmer Act of 2021 are the most important pieces of legislation since The Civil Rights Act of 1964. We are pleased to be a part of helping make both legislations a part of America’s civil rights history.

Lawrence Lucas, Present Emeritus 

TS Radio Network: Whistleblower’s! The USDA Hour 5/22

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Join us this evening May 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm CST

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

Listen Live → HERE!

Call in number 917-388-4520

Hit #1 immediately when Blogtalk answers to speak to the host.

Hosted by Marti Oakley with Lawrence Lucas

All shows are archived and available 24/7 so you can listen at your convenience.

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Whistleblower’s! Is brought to you in coordination with Marcel Reid and the Whistleblower’s Summit, taking place July 29, 30, 31 in Washington,D.C

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Join Lawrence Lucas as he hosts Waymon hInson , a long time activist in the battle Black farmers have faced under the mismanagement of the USDA. Mr.  hInson also hosts the “Let Justice Ring” blog, linked below. Joining Lawrence and Mr Henson, will be photographer and documentary maker will be Shoun A. Hill.

Waymon hInson 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.

Bio-Shoun A. Hill

Shoun Hill is a photographer based in New York City. Originally from Frederick, MD., Hill began photographing professionally in 1993 for The Gleaner in Henderson, KY., after getting his Master of Arts degree from Ohio University.

He has worked as a staff photographer for newspapers in Memphis, Tenn., and Orlando, Fla. At the present time he is a photo editor on the National Desk of the Associated Press in NYC. While a staff photographer, Shoun photographed Super Bowls, NBA basketball games, and presidential elections. He has also been a part of gallery shows in Ohio, Florida, Illinois and New York.

At the present time, Shoun is filming a documentary on African-American farmers, which debuts in Nov. After the completion on the documentary, Shoun will start a still photo project on the past, present and future of the African-American farmer. Shown is married to Debra Walton-Hill, a Broadway and TV actress and performer.

“I’m a documentary photographer and my goal with every image is to make a connection between the subject in the photograph and the person looking at the photograph. I shoot what is, and let the image speak for itself. People are my ideas and inspiration. That’s what these photographs show.

When people look at my work, I want them to feel a connection. Maybe the subject reminds them of someone or a situation they were in. When they see my work I’d like them to get a feeling of remembrance.”

And the fundraising page

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