Lawrence Lucas and I host Lesa Donnelly and Ron Cotton as we discuss recent updates in the Women of Forestry Service and ongoing issues with the USDA in general. The continuing failure of the USDA to respond to more than 20 years of reported sexual harassment and retaliation for reporting incidences of abuse, allows these egregious acts to continue without penalty. We we also be discussing the ongoing disparity of treatment and access to programs that affects minority farmers; a system that has resulted in more than 2 million acres of agricultural land stolen from the rightful owners.
Lesa donnelly: vice president, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, representative & spokesperson for abused women & class complainants (Forest Service in the western region).
Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held yet another hearing on November 15, 2018 to address the rampant and decades long history of sexual misconduct including documented cases of molestation, rape, gender discrimination and retaliation and intimidation for reporting these abuses.
Ron Cotton is President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees which is a USDA sanctioned, independent employee resource organization that works to ensure respect, dignity, and equal opportunities for employees and farmers.
Lawrence Lucas, Founding member and President Emeritus, of the USDA Coalition of Minority employees since May 1994.
The USDA Coalition of Minority Employees and the Black farmers, representing 13 southern states. Lawrence is a regular guest on TS Radio Network and will co-host the last Thursday of every month to update us on the issues with USDA.