Skip to comments.Shirley Sherrod was hired by Ag Secy Tom Vilsack shortly after shakedown for $13M
Posted on 07/20/2010 10:55:17 AM PDT by STARWISE
She doesn't know her a$$ from a hole in the ground about agriculture, and she said as much on tape.
She's a racial set-aside queen. Read below.
Successful and Unsuccessful Claims Must Be "Interrelated" to Recover Attorney Fees for Unsuccessful Claims
Shirley Sherrod named Georgia Director of Rural Development
RDLN Graduate and Board Vice Chair Shirley Sherrod was appointed Georgia Director for Rural Development by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on July 25.
Only days earlier, she learned that New Communities, a group she founded with her husband and other families (see below) has won
a thirteen million dollar settlement in the minority farmers law suit Pigford vs Vilsack.
In announcing the appointment of Shirley and other new officials, Secretary Vilsack said that
"These individuals will be important advocates on behalf of rural communities in states throughout the country and help administer the valuable programs and services provided by the USDA that can enhance their economic success."
Shirley is a graduate in the first group of RDLN Leaders and serves as Vice Chair of our Board of Directors. She earned her master's degree from Antioch through RDLN, has helped orient every group of RDLN participants, and has taken leadership in many other ways.
She serves as Georgia lead for both the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI).
Minority Farm Settlement
Justice Achieved - Congratulations to Shirley and Charles Sherrod!
We have wonderful news regarding the case of New Communities, Inc., the land trust that Shirley and Charles Sherrod established, with other black farm families in the 1960's.
At the time, with holdings of almost 6,000 acres, this was the largest tract of black-owned land in the country. Now with a cash award of historic proportions, the group will be able to begin again.
In 1969, New Communities received a planning grant from OEO and was encouraged to expect substantial funding for implementation, but Governor Maddox would not permit further funds for the group to come into the state.
Nevertheless, New Communities built up farming operations to help retain the land. They had highway frontage where they had a farmers market to sell their crops.
They raised hogs and sold the processed meat in a smokehouse they built on the highway. Their sugar cane mill on the highway also attracted customers. New Communities was ahead of the times in raising eight acres of Muscatine grapes, which are now widely grown in the area. They also farmed 1,500 acres of row crops, including corn, peanuts and soybeans.
Over the years, USDA refused to provide loans for farming or irrigation and would not allow New Communities to restructure its loans. Gradually, the group had to fight just to hold on to the land and finally had to wind down operations.
In 1985, as the land was being lost, Shirley entered the RDLN program. Previously, she had worked behind the scenes, but as she participated in RDLN, she began to realize her capacity as an up-front leader.
She invited the Federation of Southern Cooperatives to sponsor her in the RDLN program, earned her master's degree with a thesis that continues to provide a blueprint for her ongoing work with black farmers and others, helped orient all succeeding groups of RDLN Leaders, and became vice chair of RDLN's Board of Directors.
As you all know, Shirley is Georgia Lead for both the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund and the Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative. She has also chaired the board of the Farmers Legal Action Group, which has been active in the minority farmers law suit, along with the Federation and other groups.
FSC and SRBWI hosted RDLN's National Network Assembly in 2006, during which Network members had a chance to immerse themselves in Civil Rights history, with the guidance of Shirley and Charles (the first field director of SNCC), Albany singers and others, and to visit the economic development projects that have grown out of that Civil Rights history.
The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.)
New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering).
There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).
The attorney for New Communities has been Rose Sanders of Chestnut Sanders and Sanders, sister of National Rural Fellows graduate Harold Gaines and Advisor for RDLN Leaders Lillie Fields and Rose Hill.
No one can compensate those involved with New Communities for the difficult history they experienced. The award covers only a few of the years in question. Nevertheless, with these funds, New Communities will be able to start work again -- forty years later -- to realize the promise of their original dream, reconnect with the legacy of the Civil Rights movement, and meet the challenge of the needs and opportunities of the current historical moment.
Beat me to it.
Shirley Sherrod is the director of field operations for the Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Georgia.
For more than 30 years, Shirley has devoted her life to the civil rights movement by working on social justice issues.
Through her work at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, she developed a program of outreach, education, and technical assistance for small and limited resource farmers throughout Georgia.
She also serves as the Georgia State Lead for the Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc., Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative (SRBWI). SRBWI promotes the first human rights agenda in the United States aimed at eradicating historical race, class, cultural, religious and gender barriers experienced by southern rural black women.
The initiative is a three state initiative operating in 77 counties in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Two other organizations involved in this initiative are the Children's Defense Fund in Mississippi and the Federation of Childcare Centers in Alabama.
Shirley's work began in 1965 as an organizer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Southwest Georgia Project. She helped to start the land trust, New Communities, Inc., that had 6,000 acres of land.
Just your typical community organizing leftist racist activist in search of retribution and reparations ...
...my neighbor spent 35 years with USDA in Beltsville, MD headqyarters...he felt that the black farmer’s law suits were nothing more than shakedowns...the reason that so many black farmers were turned down for loans is because they were bad farmers with weak credit...the reason that blacks are largely an urban people today; is because they couldn’t make a go of farming in the first place.
***New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering***
The New Communities Trust was established by the Sherrods, but the article doesn’t say how much of the Trust they own; only that they recieved “pain and suffering” damages of $300,000.
They probably received much more personally based on their Trust holdings.
Race-Pimping: for those who wanna get rich but lack the talent and work ethic to do it honestly.
This is like a horror movie. How can this country survive?
What a joke how can that mental midget get even a job as a motel maid?
So she sued the USDA, won, and then got appointed onto the USDA?
Did the USDA deliberately lose the case in order to funnel the settlement to her?
All of the government workers should have their resumes scrutinized.....they are prolly filled with lies
I wonder how much money Shirley and her husband have personally used. Where is their house, what taxes did they pay? The media investigates Joe Plumber. What about 13 million dollar Shirley, she has a scam going.
Great post. The 13 million is just the start of what Obama and Holder have planned to give away in this bogus shakedown. The total taxpayer giveaway is 1.25 BILLION DOLLARS. See this post I found last night. It has all the statements from the usual suspects and race baiters.
Info on the lawsuit here(not sure about the website but it has the statements of all the players):
Vilsack and Holder Announce Pigford II USDA Settlement with Black Farmers
USDA Press Release No. 0073.10
NAACP Hilary O. Shelton, Director of Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Policy:
The NAACP applauds the USDA for taking this crucial step today to finally close what is a painful, but sadly all too pervasive, chapter in our Nations history. We would like to commend President Obama, Secretary Vilsack, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Dr. Joe Leonard and others for their commitment to seeing that the U.S. Department of Agriculture fully address this significant injustice and allow all who were affected to seek remedy. The NAACP is now committed to partnering with the USDA and the Congress to try to see that the full $1.25 billion requested by President Obama to help resolve the Pigford claims in his FY 2011 budget proposal is fulfilled. We are further committed to working with the Administration and the Congress to try to level the playing field and to prevent future discrimination against Americas farmers.
Here is a read on the shakedown.
The one link talks about her getting her masters degree at Antioch University in OK. There doesn’t appear to be any such thing.
hmmmmm . . .
They’re waving a red flag in one hand to keep us from looking to see what the other hand is doing....
She gets her job back or better in order to keep her silent.
She cancells out of Megan Kelly. (which was just a ruse to get what she wanted)
Hope LEO are keeping track of her bank account etc.
Other money might also have been to buy her silence. SO what has she stumbled across in her job?
the reason that blacks are largely an urban people today; is because they couldnt make a go of farming in the first place.
Not a fair statement, as I have seen black farmers in the South who worked extremely hard to bring in their crops. (we just don’t see any of them up here in the North. The rural black population of my state is 0.02%))
This alone is disgusting, aren't we all supposed to be the same, to be one?
Check out her interview. This woman is lying her backside off. She is all shifty eyed. I loved her statement that she did a good job at the USDA...:”I worked when I didn’t feel like it....”
Boy, she really scored big time $$$ in the *reparations* department, huh? I guess she feels that because she was *wronged* gives her the right to make racist statements.
I’d forgotten that she was supposed to be on M. Kelly’s show. Cancelled at the last minute to go collect her money?
Sherrod: Obama Fired Me (Says White House Scared of Fox News and Tea Party)
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 | Kristinn
Posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 8:29:39 AM by kristinn
Former Department of Agriculture official Shirley Sherrod says she was forced to resign last night under orders from the White House over racist comments she made at an NAACP dinner in March that were revealed by Big Government yesterday morning.
The Associated Press reported Sherrod’s claim this morning:
Shirley Sherrod says she was forced to step down by the White House even though her comments, in which she says she withheld support for a farmer because he was white, were really part of a story of racial reconciliation. In an interview, Sherrod said the White House’s wishes were relayed by an Agriculture Department undersecretary.
Speaking on CNN this morning, Sherrod criticized the NAACP for abandoning her:
Sherrod said Tuesday that it was “unfortunate that the NAACP would make a statement without even checking to see what happened. This was 24 years ago, and I’m telling a story to try to unite people.”
Sherrod also accused the Obama administration of running scared from Fox News and the Tea Party movement:
She said she tried to explain to USDA officials, “but for some reason, the stuff Fox and the Tea Party does is scaring the administration. I told them to get the whole tape and look at the whole tape and see how I tell people we have to get beyond race and work together.”
Asked why did she resigned instead of fighting, Sherrod said, “I didn’t have any support from USDA. What would I do?”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack issued a statement last night announcing Sherrod’s forced resignation and denounced Sherrod’s racism, a move that would only have been done with the blessing of Obama.
You can bet she’s getting heavy pressure
from ‘her people.’
Sounds like she got hers.
But, instructively, that wasn't enough.
She had to set about using her newfound power to ruin white people. Just because they were white...
Should anybody ever argue in favor of reparations, remind them of this story...
If it doesn't end the argument, then you know you're dealing with a racist. Just like Shirley Sherrod.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES NAMING
STATE DIRECTORS FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT
WASHINGTON, July 30, 2009- The Obama Administration today continued naming
individuals who will serve as State Director for Rural Development at the
“These individuals will be important advocates on behalf of rural
communities in states throughout the country and help administer the
valuable programs and services provided by the USDA that can enhance their
economic success,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack....
Shirley Sherrod (to serve as USDA Rural Development Georgia State Director)
- Since 1985, Sherrod has served as Director of the Georgia Field Office for
the Federation of Southern Cooperative/Land Assistance Fund. She has also
served as Georgia State Lead for the Southern Rural Black Women’s’
Initiative for Economic and Social Justice. From 1999-2000, Sherrod served
as Executive Director for Community Alliances of Interdependent Agriculture,
Inc., in Albany, Ga. Sherrod has more than 15 years experience working with
agriculture-focused organizations. Sherrod received a B.A. in Sociology from
Albany State University in Albany, Ga., and a M.A. in Community Development
from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Shirley Sherrod, Georgia state director of USDA Rural Development, Mayor Bill Austin, and other officials celebrated Earth Day in Riceboro, where Phase II of a sewer collection and treatment project will be completed thanks to a USDA Rural Development loan and grant for $7,495,200. The project will eliminate a health and safety hazard, as well as provide service for 225 new users. The funding is provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
This is a wonderful way to observe Earth Day, because this project will help clean up the environment, Sherrod said. This project is very close to the ocean, as well.
Shirley Sherrod is appointed the new state director for rural development by President Obama’s administration.
hirley Sherrod and Betty Bailey each received FLAGs Family Farm Champion award for serving family farmers and rural communities as tireless advocates for justice during some of the toughest decades for smaller farms in the past 50 years.
Shirley Sherrod, who recently was named USDA Rural Development Georgia State Director, has dedicated her life to social justice. Shirley and her husband, Charles, are icons of the civil rights movement, having led the Albany movement since the early 1960s. Shirley worked on behalf of small and limited resource farmers throughout Georgia at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives since 1985, and was a fellow under the prestigious Kellogg National Fellowship program. In 2000, she helped launch the Southern Rural Black Womens Initiative, which now is working to improve the lives and communities of women in 77 counties throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. Shirley joined FLAGs Board in 1994, and served as its President from 1995 to 2001.
FVSU launches new oral history project
April 29, 2010 - Shirley Sherrod, the United States Department of Agricultural director for Georgia, is a living witness of the states contentious Civil Rights Movement. A transfixed audience listened closely as the activist described the struggle for land, freedom, justice and equality during an unveiling ceremony of the Middle Georgia Oral History project held at Fort Valley State University in the Hunt Memorial Librarys Alumni Hall of Fame room on April 16.
History has to be what actually happened and not what historians believed happened, says FVSUs assistant professor of history, Dr. Christine Lutz, the project advisor. Lutz donated Civil Rights photographs and postcards to FVSU for its archives. Dr. Fred van Hartsveldt and the librarys director, Annie Payton, began the oral history project entitled How We Work. Laborers from all walks of life will be interviewed, then the stories will be archived at the library. We want to collect the stories of Middle Georgians and put them in one primary place. The project gives the disenfranchised a chance to speak truth to power.
Sherrods story is the first in the collection. The self-described farm girl grew up with five sisters. In 1963, a white farmer murdered her father, but was never prosecuted. The shocking incident inspired Sherrod, a young college student at FVSU, to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. There, she met and married its leader Charles Sherrod.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES NAMING STATE DIRECTORS FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT
Shirley Sherrod, Milly Trevio-Sauceda, Rural Development Leadership Network
Taped: 02/28/2006 Running Time: 0:30
Ms. Sherrod focuses on the rural south of her childhood, working with black farmers trying to hold onto their land as they still face racism, poverty, and failing market share. She is hoping to organize larger farmer co-ops that can then sell their produce to the underserved inner city.
One of the more significant groups fighting for black farms has been the Federation of Southern Cooperatives and Land Assistance Fund, whose indomitable Shirley Sherrod is widely respected for its legislative advocacy. In the 1980s, the Federation pushed for targeting of Farmers Home Administration ownership and operating loans for minority farmers, inclusion of people of color on USDA staff, and requiring the Department to file a civil rights performance and enforcement report. [xii]
She has also chaired the board of the Farmers Legal Action Group, which has been active in the minority farmers law suit, along with the Federation and other groups. FSC and SRBWI hosted RDLN’s National Network Assembly in 2006, during which Network members had a chance to immerse themselves in Civil Rights history, with the guidance of Shirley and Charles (the first field director of SNCC), Albany singers and others, and to visit the economic development projects that have grown out of that Civil Rights history.
The cash award acknowledges racial discrimination on the part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the years 1981-85. (President Reagan abolished the USDA Office of Civil Rights when he became President in 1981.) New Communities is due to receive approximately $13 million ($8,247,560 for loss of land and $4,241,602 for loss of income; plus $150,000 each to Shirley and Charles for pain and suffering). There may also be an unspecified amount in forgiveness of debt. This is the largest award so far in the minority farmers law suit (Pigford vs Vilsack).
INVISIBLE SOUTHERN BLACK WOMEN LEADERS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT:
The Triple Constraints of Gender, Race, and Class
1. BERNICE McNAIR BARNETT
1. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
In spite of their performance of highly valuable roles in the civil rights movement, southern Black women (such as Septima Poinsette Clark, McCree Harris, Shirley Sherrod, Diane Nash, Johnnie Carr, Thelma Glass, Georgia Gilmore, and JoAnn Robinson) remain a category of invisible, unsung heroes and leaders. Utilizing archival data and a subsample of personal interviews conducted with civil rights leaders, this article (1) explores the specific leadership roles of Black women activists; (2) describes the experiences of selected Black women activists from their own standpoint; and (3) offers explanations for the lack of recognition and non-inclusion of Black women in the recognized leadership cadre of the civil rights movement.
Bob Swann, another pioneer of community and land, also has a connection with the Village. Inspired by the
writings of Arthur E. Morgan, Swann came to the Yellow Springs in 1944 to work for a year at Community
Service, now known as Community Solutions. Drawn to the southern civil rights movement, Swann
eventually began working with Slater King, cousin to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. While engaging in a five
year conversation about land reform and economic self-sufficiency for African Americans, the two drew
inspiration from the Jewish National Funds cooperative agricultural communities and the Indian Gramdan
Village Gift movement influenced by Gandhi. In 1969, the two worked with the National Sharecroppers
Fund, Charles and Shirley Sherrod, and others to form New Communities, Inc. the nations very first
community land trust
Shirley Sherrod, State Director of USDA Rural Development, presented the ceremonial check to Trice, stating the USDA wants to do all it can to create and maintain jobs in rural areas.
“These funds will be used to provide a critical rail link to a local manufacturer,” said Sherrod. “This project will significantly reduce transportation costs and allow the company to reinvest the savings in the business.”
The rail spur connects Innoware in the Central Georgia Business and Technology Park to the Norfolk Southern Railway main track. A 3,200-foot rail line has been installed with switch and track crossing. It provides rail access and storage for five rail cars to unload industry goods.
The project will retain 134 full time Innoware employees and an additional 45 jobs are expected as a result of the project. Innoware was considering consolidating operations at their Chattanooga, TN, facility, which has rail access. This project keeps Innoware and its employees in Upson County.
Read more: Thomaston Times - USDA presents Upson EMC with 500 000 loan for rail
Obamas real father
I’m sure you’re right.
And of course we all know how racist Fox News is (/sarc).
I am sure she was told to not go on Megan’s show by her former ‘boss man’.
Google has been busy since yesterday scrubbing the net for their Messiah...but it’s too late. The people working on this already have plenty of tapes and material. Me thinks they are putting out enough line for the NAACP,Obama and the race hustler’s to hang themselves with.
ah, Antioch College was in Yellow Springs, Ohio (OH, not OK for Oklahoma)
I think it no longer exists - at least I recall reading about its financial collapse a few years ago (not surprising for a hippie-dippie college of ninnies). I’ll see what I can find on the web - if her master’s thesis still exists it’s probably in whatever archives exist from Antioch College (if their stuff is being kept around somewhere).
from USDA’s own press release about her appointment.... like Obama she was/is a “community organizer”..... she even did an M.A. in “Community Development.... given that Antioch was/is a very left-wing place (even compared to most liberal campuses, it’s been on the fringe) I will bet my life savings that there are lots of loony left words, ideas, connections between her and many other Antioch-loons.
“M.A. in Community Development from Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio.”
ACORN of the colleges:
“Because the world needs you now”
(their motto at top of website)
guess they think the world always “needs” more dishonest, racist “community organizers”....
Excellent background info on the ‘Black Farmer’ shakedown from Townhall.
This woman will be working for another federal agency or an NGO by the end of next week.
Anybody that thinks she really, really got fired doesn’t know how the system works.
It’s a big game of musical chairs and the players never change.
She’s on with dummy Sanchez NOW on CNN ..
repeatedly saying she told her staff
every day that everyone was to be treated
Just saying her father was killed by a
white farmer, and the grand jury refused
to indict him. She had to turn that into
a positive. CNN NOW!
She told her staff every day that everyone was to be treated fairly.
Except by her, evidently.
Ah, thanks. The OK thing in the one link was really throwing me. Apparently Antioch is a ghost town in OK.
Remember that Antioch students invited Mumia Abu-Jamal (convicted killer of police officer, Daniel Faulkner) to be their commencement speaker (by tape) in April 2000. After their financial problems the college was restored as Antioch University.
I caught that flipping during a commercial. It would be interesting to find out what happened to her father. She said that the case was never prosecuted and hinted at the reason why it wasn’t, was due to racism. Not sure I buy that. They have so overplayed that card that it puts into question many things that they claim these days. Frankly, I’m sick of it. On the other hand, if her father was murdered by a white racist, it might explain her own racism.
Did you catch Beck today? I’m not sure I agree with his assessment of this woman. I want to see the whole tape before I give her a break. She is a marxist for sure and my guess is that some funny money stuff has been swirling around her and her husband for decades using the reparations scam.
Oh, good grief. What’s that they say about grand juries? That they’ll indict a ham sandwich???
Missed Beck today (grocery shopping, yuck). What did he say about her? Did he really give her a break?
Yes he gave her a break, but called on the NAACP to release the entire tape. They are refusing to release it. There is more coming. I get the feeling that Breitbart(God Bless Him) is giving the WH and the main stream media just enough rope to hang themselves before the other shoe drops.
Thanks! Hope Breitbart has the shoe ready! There’s a thread I was just reading where some FReepers feel she shouldn’t have been fired (not me) until she was able to tell her side of the story.
I’ll see if I can find it if you haven’t seen it.
Read this article...someone else agrees with me. We are looking at the wrong stuff.