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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.

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

Office of Civil Rights was a waste of taxpayer money

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PROPOSED DRAFT FOR AN EXECUTIVE ORDER

DRAFTED BY THE COWTOWN FOUNDATION

AND COREY LEA

REPRESENTATIVE FOR SOCIALLY DISADVANTAGED FARMERS

PURSUANT 7CFR .126

P.O. BOX 422

ARRINGTON, TN. 37014

1.       Dismantle the Office of Civil Rights- The Administrative Procedures Act allows for the Agency to have 180 days to correct its own mistakes. At any time after 180 days, the farmer can ask for a formal hearing on the merits before the Administrative Law Judge. However, The Agency has more than 14,000 or more pending discrimination complaints that have been shelved as long as or up to 20 years. Even when the farmers ask for a formal hearing on the record, the Administrative Law Judge states that it does not have jurisdiction to hear any farmer with complaints pending before the Office of Civil Rights. Former President Regan exercised great foresight by dismantling the Office of Civil Rights by reasoning that the Office of Civil Rights was a waste of taxpayer money and being used by the Agency to further discriminate against black farmers by inaction.

2.       Immediately return all land foreclosed against black farmers who were Pigford Class Members and did not get a formal hearing on the merits or an adverse denial by the monitor. In addition, all the farmers who lost land and operating equipment that had a pending discrimination complaint that asked for a formal hearing on the merits with the Administrative Law Judge and was denied that hearing, pursuant the moratorium relief provided in the 2008 Food Energy and Conservation Act or otherwise known as the 2008 Farm Bill. The County, State or Federal Court shall immediately issue a writ of possession or no later than 14 days of docketing the complaint or order by the court  to take possession of property by the farmer within 15 days of the Order.

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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.

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