National Black Farmers Association Applauds House Action on Settlement Funding

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Black Farmers Bill Sent to President Obama for Signing Following Historic Support in House, Senate

Washington, DC John W. Boyd, Jr., the Baskerville, Virginia farmer who founded and has led the National Black Farmers Association provided the following comments after House passage of the Black farmers discrimination case settlement funding:

"With strong support the House today passed the funding needed to help resolve the Black farmers' decades-old discrimination cases. It took many years of protests, phone calls, and even a mule ride and a tractor ride for the Black farmers to get the attention and support in Congress that could make today possible.

"The National Black Farmers Association and farmers who never had their cases heard, filed the lawsuit in federal court. The funding passed by the House today was a requirement of the settlement the farmers entered into with the government to resolve the suit. In many cases farmers who lost their livelihoods and farms as a result of discrmination will receive funding below their losses and what I believe they deserve, and even though this is not a perfect settlement, it is a just settlement and one that we hope will allow the cases to be resolved and provide closure.

"The Black farmers I hear from are anxious to see this legislation signed into law by the President so that the Court can proceed with the process of resolving each case. Today is a big victory for the Black farmers, but only after the Court acts and these cases have been resolved can we rest."

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

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