Sunday, April 30, 2006

Chabot vs Black Farmers

Black farmers are angry at Rep. Chabot for not keeping his word. It’s a long, complex, but amazing story. Here’s an article from the Richmond Times Dispatch:

“Seven years after one of the largest civil-rights settlements in history, scores of black farmers rallied yesterday to seek relief from Congress over past discrimination.

When a federal judge signed the settlement in 1999 between black farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he condemned decades of discrimination at the agency.
Despite subsequent payments of more than $900 million, many farmers say they're still seeking justice because they were shut out of the settlement or because their claims still haven't been decided.

Their frustration boiling over at times, an estimated 150 black farmers and family members rallied on the National Mall, a covered wagon and mules named Struggle and Forty Acres as their props. It was a decade since their first demonstration in Washington.

Their leaders called yesterday for full restitution under the settlement, denounced Congress and asked for action by Congress to allow consideration of claims by tens of thousands of farmers who filed late.

"We're tired. We're worn out. We're in dire straits," John W. Boyd Jr. of Baskerville, Va., president of the National Black Farmers Association, said from a flatbed trailer with the Capitol Dome shining in the distant background.

"We're asking for Congress to do what they said they would do," Boyd added. He angrily contended that Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio, chairman of a key subcommittee, "went back on his word" and "has really let down the black farmers."

"We do think Congress has failed us," said Gary Grant of Tillery, N.C., president of another group, the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association Inc.

Grant worked to fire up the crowd with a chant referring to the USDA: "Hey, hey, ho, ho, the last plantation has got to go." The department has taken steps in recent years to eliminate discrimination, although it hasn't satisfied its harshest critics.

Chabot is the chairman of a House judiciary subcommittee that held hearings in 2004 and early 2005 on implementation of the civil-rights settlement between black farmers and the USDA.

Read the rest here.


At 9:34 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chabot went back on his word with term limits too. And balancing the budget. And cleaning up corrupt Washington.

At 11:44 PM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the last comment should double check their facts. not only did Chabot never pledge to only seek just five terms (the Contract with America references only COMMITTEE CHAIR term limits, not overall term limits), but Congressman Chabot has consistently supported balancing the budget, empowering a line-item veto to reduce un-necessary spending, and has consistently voted to reduce pork spending in D.C.

Only a little knowledge can be a very dangerous thing. The person before me had VERY little knowledge.

At 8:13 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Facts were checked. You are super wrong. You should really look into this guy Chabot -- he only gets worse as time goes by.

Chabot votes for 14 billion in corporate welfare to oil companies after saying he would never do it.

Chabot pledged to personally term limit himself. And by the way, The Contract with America does reference overall term limits.

Chabot pledged to not waste taxpayer money by sending out campaign propoganda (franking) from his office but broken it consistently.

Chabot has voted to protect the corrupt Tom DeLay after DeLay has gotten him hundreds of thousands of dollars. Chabot has voted to gut ethics rules and look how corrupt they all are.

It goes on and on. The more knowledge about Chabot makes it very clear that he needs to go.


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