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.
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.
Hope you sent that to Breitbart!
WIth her MO I’d say she was saying I’ll go and Meghan and tell all unless you_____________________________.
Must have gotten what she wanted.
WOW..thanks for the link. This ‘Black Farmer’ corruption is unreal! Pinging a few others to this MUST READ article.
It’s time to put a stop to this rip off of the American people. We need real leaders that will stand up to this nonsense. Enough is enough...WE’RE BROKE!!
She’s been getting alot of pay-offs of late, hasn’t she. I wonder what she knows? Probably plenty, since she has been in the thick of the scam for most of her life.
I have TONS of reading to do, don’t I?
And I mean from STARWISE’S INITIAL ping TO ME!
I just wonder how many of them got away with the fraud because the powers that be decided not to prosecute. It’s infuriating how many politicians fleece taxpayers on behalf of another group. I’d say the majority of them.