9:26am August 2, 2010

BREAKING: Senate Vote on Black Farmers Settlement Today


After years of stops and starts, tonight could be the night the U.S. Senate approves a $1.25 billion to fund a USDA discrimination settlement for black farmers that has been repeatedly delayed.

If it passes the Senate, the measure will go to back to the House of Representatives for a vote.

“We really need the Senate to act today and give us a ‘yes’ vote,” John Boyd, founder of the National Black Farmers Association, told Politic365, noting that partisan politics in the Senate has created a difficult environment to get the bill passed.

In a “historic development,” the measure will go before lawmakers in a unanimous consent measure scheduled by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid after a one-on-one meeting with Boyd.

The funding will be paid for and will not add to the national deficit, the release said. Adding to the national debt has been a GOP sticking point for passing legislation.

“We are hopeful that each and every Senator will approve this bipartisan amendment …,” Boyd said. “But let’s be clear, for this amendment to pass by unanimous consent we need the support of Senator Mitch McConnell and each of his Republican colleagues. Senator McConnell told me personally that he supports congressional action on justice for the Black farmers.”

A federal court found in favor of the farmers in the lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Agriculture more than 10 years ago and more than $1 billion in debt relief and payments were awarded.  The new settlement — known as Pigford II — will compensate thousands of farmers who missed the filing deadline.

The settlement is the largest civil rights payout in history. Deadlines to fund the settlement have passed; a new deadline has been set for Aug. 13, Boyd said.

[Editor's note: The farmer in the



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  1. Mary Agee

    John Boyd is a simply puppet for plaintiff law firms hoping to gain millions on the backs of black farmers.

  2. John Henly

    This is a hand out to "Dr" John Boyd and his personal injury lawyer James Scott Farrin. Certainly the Senate must understand this scam. VOTE NO ON THE BLACK FARMERS SETTLEMENT ITS ALL GOING TO JAMES SCOTT FARRIN

    • Mary Agee

      This is the same law firm that considers an "NBFA Information Form" a retainer agreement for legal services. It would be interesting to see how many black farmers they ACTUALLY represent as well as how much they paid "Dr" John Boyd.

  3. james levy

    John Boyd and the law firm of James Scott Farrin have been trying to sign up claimants for this lawsuit, its all a scam, they both need to be investigated.

    • Anon.

      This is to James – How do you know it's a scam? Do you have evidence? It seems that your pouting about something….I want to know what you have to back up your previous statements.

  4. Dale

    ” Deadlines to fund the settlement have passed; a new deadline has been set for Aug. 13, Boyd said.”
    When will special favors stop being given to people that feel they do not need to adhere to laws or deadlines? If I miss a deadline for anything, it’s game over. It ticks me off that all these people have to do is prove they drove by a farm and they get $50,000. Enough is enough. Stop whining about everything in your grandfather’s and great grandfather’s past.

  5. MARCELINA Williams

    Which Isadore Banks is in the picture? He’s not the one that all the talk shows and CNN did a story on from Marion, AR?

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