President Obama: Please make due on your promise of fulfilling the USDA discrimination settlement claims to Black farmers! sign now

Please tell President Obama that White farmers should not receive $1.5B disaster aid from the federal government until Black farmers are restituited their class-action settlement payments over the USDA's decades of discrimination of Black farmers.

In 1999, a federal judge adjudicated that in the Pigford vs US case, the USDA was guilty of decades of discriminating against Black farmers and denying large application loans filed by Blacks over White farmers. With denials of loans and any lack of assistance by the Dept of Agriculture, many Black farmers went into severe debt or lost their farms. Although, the case was settled for 16,000 Black farmers for $1B dollars, it was pretty apparent that racist discrimination was a larger endemic issue in the USDA and against many other suffering Black farmers. Since President Obama and the Democrats had promised restituiton to 80,000 more Black plaintiffs who were not included in the original settlement, the payout has not been made due. There has been delay after delay, intervenings from Congress and lack of aggressive leadership from Obama. Congress has removed the funding from several bills passed within the last 4 months while also repeatedly missing the settlement deadlines. The Black farmers can no longer wait, receive any further less treatment from the federal government or play political games. Many have died while in farm debt (due racism of the federal government). Many eligible farmers of the settlement are very elderly, in serious land debt and are claimed to be in poor health while allowing younger relatives to administer the settlement filings. The farmers' lawyer, Mr. John Boyd,said each death makes him feel as if he is running out of time. "I thought that the elderly farmers would get their money and get to live a few happy days of their lives. They deserve the money before they leave Gods earth," said Mr. John Boyd. Tell the President to do what's right and what's due to the long-discriminated, elderly Black farmers!

Just recently, the Hill.com had revealed that Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's Chief of Staff, had ironically promised Senator Lincoln of Arkansas that the administration would pay farmers in her constituency $1.5M in disaster aid while they wait for programs in the 2008 farm bill to be implemented. If the President is willing to make due for White farmers, then he should first take care of the long overdue settlement and restituition to the Black farmers. The Black farmers of the Pigford class-action settlement should not settle for any less treatment, disregard or intended neglect from the federal government or this Black president! This is about equal rights, justice and most of all economic and land stability, food sustainability and independence!

Please sign this petition to let Obama and his Democrats know that you want them to end this political juggernauts and disregard for the Black farmer's settlements and make due on justice!

Links of background of story provided:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/26/us/26farmers.html?_r=1&ref=us
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123889609&ps=rs
http://thehill.com/homenews/senate/111921-emanuels-15-billion-promise-to-sen-lincoln-angers-black-lawmakers-?page=1#comments

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