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Tune in this evening as Lawrence & Marti continue the discussion of USDA corruption, especially as it relates to the theft of land from Black farmers and families. After the Pigford lawsuit," the vast majority of Black farmers were left with crushing debts to USDA, looming foreclosures, and no legal recourse to save their land. The USDA continues to foreclose on Black farmers suffering under unconscionable farm ownership loan debts—debts that were to be cancelled. Of the more than $1 billion in damages paid by USDA, only 4.8% went to debt relief."
Tracy Lloyd McCurty, Co-Alchemist of the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund and the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Black Belt Justice Center (BBJC), a legal and advocacy nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and regeneration of African American farmlands and land-based livelihoods through effective legal representation, advocacy, and community education
Black Belt Justice Center is a legal and advocacy nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting African American farmers, landowners and communities in the Black Belt region in efforts to retain and increase landownership; to create sustainable, land-based cooperatives and entrepreneurial businesses; and to ensure intergenerational and community wealth.
Dekera Greene Rodriguez, Co-Alchemist of the Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund,was born in Charleston, South Carolina and raised in St. Stephen, SC.
Acres of Ancestry Initiative/Black Agrarian Fund is a multidisciplinary, cooperative ecosystem rooted in Black ecocultural traditions and textile arts to regenerate custodial landownership, ecological stewardship, and food and fiber economies in the South.