|BFAA, Inc President meets with
USDA Planning to Paying Both Hispanic and Women Farmers
|On Thursday, November 4, 2010, the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, invited Thomas Burrell, President of BFAA, Inc to meet with him and members of his staff regarding USDA’ s plans to pay Hispanic and women farmers out of the “Judgement Fund” (31 U.S.C. Section 1304 (no cap)). The Hispanic lawsuit is styled Garcia v. Vilsack and the women’s lawsuit is styled. Love v. Vilsack. On October 19, 2010, the Obama Administration announced plans to pay Native American farmers (Keepseagle v. Vilsack) 760 Million Dollars for discrimination against them by USDA from the Judgement Fund.“My administration also continues to work towards a resolution of the claims made by women and Hispanic farmers against the USDA,” said president Obama as quoted by Jerry Hagstrom of AGWEEK.
Stephen Hill, the lead lawyer in the Garcia case, said in a release that the Hispanic plaintiffs, “look forward to a speedy and just settlement of our identical claim, a fact that the government has readily acknowledged–AGWEEK.”
Marc Fleischaker, a lawyer for the women farmers in the Love case, said that the Keepseagle settlement was “reasonable,” but noted that the number of potential women farmer claimants could be much larger than either the Native American or Hispanic farmers. Fleischaker said that the women plaintiffs are in discussion and negotiation with the Justice Department and are, “hopeful of a mutually agreed settlement, not an imposed settlement.”— AGWEEK.
The Obama Administration maintains that, unlike the Black farmers lawsuit, “it can” pay these three groups without getting congressional approval.
However, “it can’t” pay Black Farmers (Pigford v. Vilsack) and their heirs without congressional approval, Vilsack told Burrell.
What is particularly interesting about the Garcia and Love lawsuits is the fact that the United States Court of Appeals (DC) denied class action status to these two groups on April 24, 2009.
On January 19, 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court also denied these same groups a petition for a writ of certiorari (refused to hear their arguments) and told the Obama administration that “it does not have to pay them.”
So, this Blogger got his answer to the question asked in his last post, “who the heck is next?”
And now we know–this is what “multi-culturalism and diversity” has produced for the Black community: unobstructed and readily available Reparations for Native Americans, Hispanics and White women: and congressional approval necessary for Reparations to African Americans– “way to go Black Caucus and NAACP.”