BLACK FARMERS & AGRICULTURALISTS ASSOCIATION

Tillery, North Carolina

Gary R. Grant, President

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SPECIAL REPORT

PRESIDENT GARY GRANT'S STATEMENT TO Chairman Steve Chabot, Committee on the Judiciary, The Subcommittee on the Constitution, U.S. House of Representatives


STATEMENT FROM BFAA ON THE RESEARCH OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING GROUP

July 21, 2004

Tillery, NC - USA -- We applaud the Environmental Working Group for its fine work in documenting the disastrous impacts of the Pigford Class and shameful way in which the USDA and DOJ have gone about, once again, denying African Americans their due. While the figures are staggering to so many Americans, BFAA president, Gary R. Grant, says, "We did not have the figures on March 4, 1999 as we and other farmers and advocacy groups from across the country stood before Judge Paul Friedman declaring that the Consent Decree would certainly be the final nail in the coffin of the Black farmer in America, but we had the documentation from many years of experience of how this renegade government agency operates. The USDA being called the "last plantation" is not accident."

BFAA has worked diligently and will continue to work to support Black farmers in a fair and equitable way. We will continue to hold the USDA accountable to this segment of its constituency that it continues to deny the same services that brought about the Pigford Class (Black Farmers Class Action) in the first place.

It is not strange that Black farmers are supposed to have settled with the USDA for $2.4 billion and yet can't collect it. It is interesting that, even though approximately $800 million has been paid out, the same culprits who committed these grievous acts of racism and discrimination are still employed at the USDA. The few who are not, were allowed to retire with full benefits, while they had destroyed livelihoods of Black farmers, families, and in reality destroyed Black communities and strong bases of political power across the south.

Until America has a real discussion on racism, until the "city cousins" of the Black farmers, until those who truly believe in justice and seek equality step forward and unite to demand that this country live up to it agreement with the Black farmers, then the USDA and DOJ will continue to ramrod the Black farmer and the "canary in the mineshaft" will die for lack of oxygen."


NOTICE - NOTICE

The national office of the Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association in Tillery, North Carolina continues to get approximately ten to thirty calls a day regarding the misinformation being distributed by the Tennessee BFAA, Inc. People are calling because they hope that they can still receive financial compensation through the Pigford Class Action lawsuit settlement for discrimination on the part of the USDA. Unfortunately that is not possible unless the matter is opened up for judicial review. The tremendous number of calls we receive indicates that there still is an incredible need for further restitution. However, before you send money anywhere or call for more information please note the following point:

The only individuals who have received any settlement money from the USDA regarding the Pigford Class lawsuit are those who were part of the Pigford vs. USDA Class Action Law Suit prior to September 14, 2001. You can only become a part of the Pigford Class Law Suit if it is reopened.

Yours for the Survival of the Black farmer,

Gary

Gary R. Grant, President
BFAA
PO Box 61
Tillery, NC 27887

Ph: (252) 826-2800
Fax: (252) 826-3244

E-mail: tillery@aol.com


IMPORTANT - In case you have received a Questionaire/Petition regarding the Pigford lawsuit, please read the following:

THE QUESTIONAIRE

We would suggest that you do not sign such a questionnaire or petition. This has not been authorized by the original and legitimate Black Farmers & Agriculturalist Association (BFAA). The fact that no signature is attached to such a document should give cause for questions and be evidence that it was not produced in good faith.

Unfortunately, both white and black snakes have popped up in the "Reparations Grass". We do not want to throw dispersions on black people who are truly attempting to seek justice for our people, even though we may not agree with their tactics. However, whoever is putting out this scam in the name of BFAA should be ashamed of themselves and we hope that these people would stop hurting our people in our name.

The Pigford v. Glickman (now Veneman) lawsuit was closed in September of 2001. A quick glance at the USDA website (www.usda.gov/da/status.htm) concerning the lawsuit will show that almost 40% of the original 21,982 claimants have been denied. Everyone who was accepted into the Class Action law suit was to have been either paid or denied by April of 2004. However, we understand that the monitor's office has extended by one year, the "Review of Injunctive Relief." To our understanding, this extension of time applies only to those who have already been successful in proving their case. We must emphasize that the monitor's office will be monitoring those farmers who "won" the $50,000 and are now trying to get injunctive relief by going back to the USDA to borrow money. According to our understanding, this extension of time is NOT for accepting or reviewing any new applications to this lawsuit.

We definitely need to fight the USDA and also produce new sources of capital and markets for Black farmers. However, the Pigford v. Glickman class action lawsuit is OVER, and it did neither.

For Black Farmers and in Peace,
Gary R. Grant, - BFAA President
Doc (Dr. Ridgely A. Mu'min, V.P. of BFAA)


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7TH NATIONAL BLACK LAND LOSS SUMMIT

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Letter to BET-TV

You may have seen the "BET Tonight" program concerning Black land loss and heir property. All T.V. show producers react according to ratings and feedback. We need for you to send a letter to BET TV expressing how you enjoyed the program and want more such programs.

We have placed two sample letters on www.MuhammadFarms.com depending on whether you are a "farmer" or "non-farmer". You can simply click on the urls below and go to the appropriate page. Please download and print out the letter that fits your situation or use them as samples to draft your own. Be sure to put the date at the top, sign it at the bottom with your name, address and city/state. Send it to:

“BET Tonight”
BET TV
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Washington, DC 20018

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For further information call, fax or write to:

Black Farmers and Agriculturists Association
P. O. Box 61
Tillery, NC 27887

Tel: 252-826-2800
Fax: 252-826-3244

E-mail: TILLERY@aol.com

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