Senate Within Inches of Historic Vote on Black Farmer and Cobell Native American Civil Rights Cases Today

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Bipartisan Civil Rights Push Could Be Torpedoed By Any One Senator. Press Call With John Boyd, Black Farmer Leader, 9:30 A.M.

The Black Farmer and Cobell Native American Indian Trust Fund cases are among the most important unresolved civil rights matters in America

Washington, DC The U.S. Senate is set for the tenth time to consider today whether to approve a measure designed to remedy decades of discrimination by the US Department of Agriculture against black and Native American farmers.

John W. Boyd Jr., president and founder of the National Black Farmers Association, will describe the Senate’s critical upcoming action, his group’s strategies and the threats to passage during a press call on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 9:30am (SEE BELOW FOR RSVP INFORMATION).

“The Black Farmer and Cobell Native American Indian Trust Fund cases are among the most important unresolved civil rights matters in America,” Boyd said. “We call on supporters from Jackson, Mississippi to Newark, New Jersey to contact their senators and ask for justice now. One wrong vote in the Senate will set back tens of thousands of hard working farmers.”

WHO: John W. Boyd, founder and president, National Black Farmers Association

WHAT: Boyd will offer a breaking-news update on the looming discrimination settlement vote for black and Native American farmers and then answer questions from reporters.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. ET

WHERE: Please email Greg Behr (gebehr (at) gmail (dot) com) and/or Billy Warden (billy.warden (at) gmail (dot) com) to receive the call-in information.

BACKGROUND: Twice the House of Representatives has passed a measure to pay for this settlement, yet the legislation languishes in the Senate having failed no less than nine times. Boyd says the measure has bipartisan support in the Senate, and the issue has been championed by leading figures in both parties. The measure is fully funded offset, meaning it will not add to the deficit. The settlement agreement requires federal funding to pass before the neutral arbitrator process commences.

For more on the Black farmers' long road to justice, please visit
blackfarmers.org and nbfarally.com. Boyd is urging NBFA members and the general public to contact Senate leadership and the Senators from their home states to ask them to fund the black farmers settlement.

United States District Court for the District of Columbia - Case number 1:08-cv-00940

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