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Black Farmers Call For Sacking of Vilsack for Sherrod Firing

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On July 31, 2010 in Memphis, Tennessee in front of the USDA building, members of the Black Farmers’ and Agriculturalists Association, Inc. (BFAA, Inc.) held a press conference calling for the resignation of USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack for his cursory firing of Shirley Sherrod a former USDA employee who is being targeted by right wing propagandist Andrew Breitbart whose video excerpt prompted Vilsack and members of the Obama administration to force her resignation.



It isn't just the Sherrod case that the Black Farmers take issue with but "the reluctance to honor a Settlement Agreement that provides restitution to Black farmers who were discriminated against by the USDA."



Tom Burrell, president of the BFAA, Inc. said, "Secretary Vilsack’s quick actions in the firing of Shirley Sherrod was unfortunate and it proves that there continues to be an untenable culture of racial discrimination at the Department of Agriculture," and "On his watch, some 70,000 Black farmers and their families stand to lose their homes and land, because he is also trying to avoid giving them the restitution that they were awarded by a federal court under the Pigford Consent Decree Settlement Agreement."

A press conference will be held by the Black Farmers & Agriculturalists Association, Inc. calling for the resignation of Secretary Vilsack for the continued discrimination against hard-working Black farmers and their families. It is to take place on Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 10am at the USDA located on 1400 Independence, Washington, DC.

Our guest tonight will be Tom Burrell, president of the BFAA, Inc.

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