Black People : RealReason for sister Sherrod's fireing; helping Black farmers get justice!!!!

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    Sherrod went on to work with the Federation of Southern Cooperatives, who help black farmers keep their land.[8][9] She and her husband lost their farm when they were unable to secure USDA loans.[9] Sherrod along with other activists sued the USDA in Pigford v. Glickman in order to protect the remaining black farms which were in danger of becoming shut down. The Department agreed to compensation which was to be paid between January 1, 1981 and December 31, 1999.[8] The event was considered as "the largest civil rights settlement in history, with nearly $1 billion being paid to more than 16,000 victims."[8] A bill was passed in 2008 to allow another 70,000 more potential claimants to qualify.[8] Sherrod was hired by the USDA in August 2009 as the Georgia director of rural development, becoming the first black person to hold that position.[8]



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    Senate Fails to Approve Settlement for Black Farmers

    The votes came on the Senate’s final day before the summer recess. The Senate adjourned after again failing to finalize a $1.25 billion settlement for African American farmers in a class action lawsuit over longtime racial discrimination. The settlement was reached earlier this year, but Republicans have blocked the required congressional approval. On Thursday, Republican Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming stalled the measure after Democrats sought unanimous consent for its passage.
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