ADVOCACY

For 55 years, the Federation has worked to improve stability for Black Farmers, landowners, cooperatives and rural communities all over the South.  We are currently pushing for implementation of Section 1005 and 1006 of the American Rescue Plan.

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CURRENT AFFAIRS
$ 4 billion USDA Black Farmer Debt Relief
March 22, 2022 Favorable Ruling on the Federation's Motion to Intervene
DEBT RELIEF FOR BLACK FARMERS

 We are pleased to announce that on March 22, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit unanimously ruled to allow the Federation to intervene in the Miller v. Vilsack class action lawsuit currently pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Because of the favorable ruling in the Federation’s Motion to Intervene, Black farmers voices will be allowed in critical USDA $4 Billion American Rescue Plan Act Debt Relief Litigation.

PRESS RELEASE

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March 24, 2022 

COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives in Austin TX at the headquarters of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) supporting and helping to develop a cooperative of 400+ oystermen and oyster women as they fight against economic injustice.

TPWD has been implementing steps to close the bays they fish without consideration or input from the mostly Hispanic community of fisher-folk.

As a result of the demonstrations and over 4 hours of public comment last week from the fisher-folk, senators, public officials, and the Federation TPWD declined to close the bays at this time.

Click below to listen to the public comment from the Federation's Terence Courtney, Director of Cooperatives and Strategic Development, in support of the oystermen and oyster women.

TERENC~1.M4APublic Comment Supporting Developing Cooperative from Terence Courtney, the Federation'sDirector of Cooperatives and Strategic Development
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FEDERATION ADVOCACY INSTITUTE

The newly formed Federation Advocacy Institute will help Black farmers, landowners, and cooperatives to advocate for policies and programs that fit their unique needs. Thereby, strengthening the impact of our advocacy work as informed by members' personal experiences.

 

The Federation's Advocacy Institute is currently recruiting Federation members who would like to improve their Advocacy skills.

 

Member-advocates will receive training in (i) developing an advocacy agenda, (ii) grassroots organizing, (iii) building rapport with elected officials, (iv) storytelling for an advocacy audience, (v) how to participate in visits to educate legislators, and (vi) how to testify in front of the membership of an elected body.

  • The cost of any travel for training or advocacy events will be covered and member-advocates will receive a stipend for their participation.

  • 70 members will be able to participate this year.

  • Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis.

PIGFORD RESEARCH PROJECT

The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund and The Institute for Economic and Racial Equity at Brandeis University are thrilled to announce a new partnership (January 2022). Over the next two years, our organizations will be communicating with Black farmers and their descendants across the nation to understand better the impact of the Black farmer lawsuits, Pigford v. Glickman and In re Black Farmers Discrimination Litigation. This project will be the first nationwide effort to understand the impact that these historic cases had on farmers and their families.

 

We will investigate the experiences of Pigford claimants during and after the case, with an eye towards policy and narrative today. The past two years have seen multiple legislative attempts to foster equity in agriculture, including the Justice for Black Farmers Act and Section 1005 of the American Rescue Plan – Emergency Debt Relief for Farmers and Ranchers of Color, which conservative legal foundations with the face of white farmers are currently challenging in the court. This research focused on the experiences and voices of Black farmers will lend clarity and urgency to the problems these policies are meant to address. Beyond agricultural policy, our teams believe that the Pigford cases offer insight into policies around cash transfers and reparations, as well as the way that harmful narratives affect marginalized communities.

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Experienced Storyteller Needed
Posted Feb 14, 2022

2023 FARM BILL

FEB 28, 2022

Agriculture and Justice Working Group three-part speaker series on upcoming policy opportunities

Part one featuring: Kiss the Ground, Green America, and The Farm Worker’s Association of Florida.

Part two featuring: The Federation of Southern Cooperatives/ Land Assistance Fund, The National Family Farm Coalition, and EarthJustice

Part three featuring: The Natural Resource Defense Council, the Organic Trade Association, and the Intertribal Agriculture Council 

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