Black Farmers & USDA Whistleblowers Descend on Arkansas

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Independent Black Farmers, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees and Southern Region NAACP Chapters commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the assassination of Medger Evers with a Rally Against Racism and Discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Independent Black Farmers and the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees are continuing their national action with a Rally and Press Conference in Downtown Pine Bluff, Arkansas. They are gathering to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Medger Evers, a famed civil rights leader, and to bring attention to the struggle for civil rights that continues today.

Last week President Bill Clinton laid a reef on the grave of the slain civil rights hero. This week hundreds of NAACP chapters across the country are hosting special events and demonstrations to commemorate his life and the struggle for civil rights. Medger Evers gave his life pursuing freedom and justice.

The civil rights icon was murdered on June 12, 1963 in the driveway outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi for organizing voter registration drives. 50 years after his death, the struggle for civil rights continues. "Black farmers face the loss of their heritage and land at the hands of USDA," said Michael Stovall, and Independent Black Farmer.

Invited Speakers:

  •     Senator Mark Pryor (requested)
  •     Secretary Tom Vilsack, U.S. Department of Agriculture (requested)
  •     Mayor Debbie Hollingsworth (requested)
  •     County Judge Dutch King (requested)
  •     Ex-Mayor Carl Redus (requested)
  •     Dale Charles, State Chair Arkansas NAACP
  •     Benard Simelton, State Chair of the Alabama NAACP
  •     Lawrence Lucas, President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees
  •     Michael Stoval, Independent Black Farmer
  •     Jihad Muhammad, Nation of Islam (Pine Bluff, Mosque)
  •     Olly Neal, Judge (retired)
  •     Jimmy Wilson, Attorney
  •     Timothy Pigford, Black Farmers Lead Plaintiff
  •     Ermer Preston, ADAECI

"Women and Black people face racism and discrimination that still permeates this federal agency, despite numerous efforts to eliminate it," said Lawrence Lucas, President of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees. "We will gather at the George Howard Jr., Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Pine Bluff because this will soon be the scene for another historic case of discrimination and retaliation in the matter of Beverly Burkett vs USDA." (Case No. 5:11-CV-00170 KGB) Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Arkansas

NAACP members and Independent Black Farmers from Arkansas, Alabama, Louisianan, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Texas and New Mexico, and USDA Minority Employees will gather to support Ms. Burkett, a Female Black farmer and USDA Employee.

Who:        Independent Black Farmers &
                    USDA Coalition of Minority Employees

What:        Medgar Evers Memorial
Rally & Press Conference

When:        12:00—1:00 PM
June 12, 2013

Where:    Pine Bluff City Hall next door to the
George Howard Jr., Federal Building
and U.S. Courthouse
100 East Eighth Street
Pine Bluff, AR 71601

We are inviting the general public and entire Arkansas Delegation to commemorate the memory of Medgar Evers and to support Independent Black Farmers and USDA Minority Employees in their struggle for freedom and justice.

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