USA: Obama Addresses Overdue "Pigford Claims"

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USA: Obama Addresses Overdue "Pigford Claims"
By: Earthworks Farm Weekly E-Newsletter
19 May 2009
 

In the 2010 Federal Budget, President Obama is attempting to redress the outstanding civil rights grievances of Black American farmers, by proposing a $1.25 billion deal to settle their discrimination case against USDA, which has come to be called "The Pigford Claims." The funding could benefit as many as 80,000 Black farmers, who experienced decades of unconscionable behavior from [U.S. Department of Agriculture] employees in the form of denied services and discriminatory lending practices by white, male agency officials at the local, state and federal level.

According to lawyers and farmers, it was acceptable and routine for USDA officials at every level to "persuade" black farmers that farm services and loans weren`t available to them, that deadlines had passed, and to throw away applications for services.

For full story, visit http://civileats.com/2009/05/07/in-2010-budget-president-obama-offers-125-billion-to-resolve-black-farmers-pigford-claims/

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