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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fwd: eisenburg letter, white house



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Subject: Fwd: eisenburg letter, white house
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for posting where possible if not done already.
 
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From: LawrLCL@aol.com
To: lawrlcl@aol.com
Sent: 4/5/2016 6:32:23 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: eisenburg letter, white house
 
 
 
April 4, 2016
 
 
Dear Ms. Eisenberg:
 
When President Obama ran for President of these United States, his campaign slogan was, "Change you can believe in."  I have read your response to Mr. Lawrence Lucas, President Emeritus, of the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees, dated March 4, 2016. We find it difficult to believe your response is the result of having read the voluminous documentation we have sent to, Stephanie Young, with the White House Office of African American Affairs, and her staffer for the past five months.  Over the years the Coalition of Minority Employees has sent many emails to Valerie Jarrett, Advisor to the President, going back as far as May 2011. Your response is an attempt to marginalize and trivialize the true intent of the Coalition's efforts to inform this White House of the widespread discrimination and abuse going on in and around USDA. We have sent this White House (current administration) a host of documentation that includes; information from congressional hearings, letters from congressional representatives, investigative reports, news articles, TV and radio interviews and broadcasts, and more, clearly articulating the depth of the continued abuse of USDA officials, including that of Obama political appointees. We find your response very disappointing, and it is yet another reminder that the promises of Candidate and President Obama have gone unfulfilled.
 
The problems at USDA are of a systemic nature and this is precisely how USDA earned the name, "The Last Plantation."  As an example, I draw your attention to the attached May 18, 2015, Office of Special Counsel (OSC) report from Special Counsel Carolyn N. Lerner, addressed to the President of the United States in response to issues reported to the OSC by USDA employees who blew the whistle on the widespread and pervasive wrongdoing in the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights. The specific issue we have presented to you is the lack of leadership on the part of  USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard in their respective roles. That is why we are elevating our concerns and appealing to the President.
 
It is important to note that Special Counsel Lerner stated in her letter:  "I have reviewed the agency's reports and the whistleblowers' comments and determined that the agency's findings are partially unreasonable.  While the agency implemented reasonable corrective actions that appear to resolve the identified wrongdoing moving forward, these actions do not provide redress for already aggrieved employees.  The agency should consider reviewing cases to determine whether harm resulted from delays, and how affected individuals could be made whole.  Further, the reports demonstrate that OASCR has been seriously mismanaged, thereby compromising the civil rights of USDA employees."
 
It has been close to a year since this OSC letter was written to the White House, and to date nothing has been done about the "serious mismanagement" in the USDA Office of Civil Rights.  Are we to conclude that the President is unconcerned as well? The USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights and his management team have not responded to the White House OSC report.  Likewise, I am certain that these same USDA management officials do not plan to respond to the USDA Coalition of Minority Employees.  We have made several requests to Secretary Vilsack and Assistant Secretary Leonard to discuss and resolve these issues.  However, they have not agreed to meet in an effort to reach a resolution to these longstanding issues.
 
Therefore, we request that you arrange a meeting with the appropriate White House staff, and the President, to discuss ways in which the White House and the President plan to correct these very serious issues that have plagued USDA employees, farmers and customers nationwide. We are once again requesting the White House to address and correct USDA discrimination that includes: sexism, racism, rape, attempted rape, sexual and non-sexual assaults, bullying, reprisal, intimidation, harassment, racial epithet displays, and more.  This type of White House intervention was necessary during the Bill Clinton administration and we had some success. We got the issues in front of the President and he took action.
 
There is still time for President Obama to make good on his many campaign promises of "Change we can believe in."  The people who voted for the president deserve that.
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
 
Ron Cotton
President
USDA Coalition of Minority Employees
(301)526-2992
 
 cc:  Valerie Jarrett, Advisor to the President
Stephanie Young, White House Office of African American Affairs
Leas Donnelly, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees
Lawrence Lucas, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees
 
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fwd: Check out Grassley on a Case of Whistleblower Retaliation at the Pentagon | C

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Subject: Check out Grassley on a Case of Whistleblower Retaliation at the Pentagon | C
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Sent: Monday, April 18, 2016, 9:24 PM


 

 

I got this story from Tanya Ward Jordan's, C4C Newsletter, April 2016

 

Click here: Grassley on a Case of Whistleblower Retaliation at the Pentagon | Chuck Grassley

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

The Ben Burkett Story: The Unlikely Journey of a Small Farmer - You

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Ben Burkett: The Making of a Black Farmer....One of Many

 

.Click here: The Ben Burkett Story: The Unlikely Journey of a Small Farmer - YouTube

USDA: The Street to Inside the White House, However, The Struggle Continues

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Subject: USDA: The Street to Inside the White House, However, The Struggle Continues
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16 YEARS LATER, from the street to inside the white house...usda stays the same "the last plantation" 

Our Pursuit of Justice, Civility, Dignity, & Respect
Press Conference 
October 11, 2000 in front of White House
Our Pursuit for Justice, Civility, Dignity, & Respect, is gathering support. A number of civil rights organizations outside of USDA have come forward in support of our cause. We don't have a mule or a tractor. However, we do have our voices and our shoes. For a demonstration, you only need one person.  
 The Vilsack/Obama Administration have turned a deaf ear to our issues and concerns. Officials at USDA must understand….you are either part of the solution or part of the problem….there is no gray area".
 Lawrence Lucas, President, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees

FULL STORY

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Fwd: Check out About $10M left over from black farmers' settlement to be donated |

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Click here: About $10M left over from black farmers' settlement to be donated | AgriPulse

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Check out 48 Years Later, The King Dream is at Risk

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Fwd: Mothers Demand Justice in Flint



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Mother’s Demand Justice for Flint’s Children: “Fire Gina McCarthy” Petition
 
We write as two mothers, one whose children were poisoned through the deliberate   and callous disregard for the citizens, and particularly the children of Flint, Michigan.  The other is an EPA whistleblower who exposed EPA negligence in the poisoning of a South African community. If the leadership and culture of EPA does not change, Flint will represent a snowflake on the tip of an iceberg.
There is little doubt that Flint was the victim of criminal neglect by a number of government agencies.  However, the government agency responsible for federal oversight of local and state governments is the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the head of that agency is Gina McCarthy.  During a recent Congressional Hearing, Ms. McCarthy incredibly declared that EPA bears no responsibility for the water crisis in Flint. McCarthy called the EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman, who was forced to resign over the poisoning in Flint  “courageous.” Ms. Hedman presided over the Flint debacle within EPA, and told politicians who were inquiring about the safety of Flint’s water there was no significance concern, even after an EPA whistleblower exposed the danger to Flint’s children.
Because of the negligence of Ms. McCarthy’s agency children have suffered irreversible brain damage that will change the trajectory of their lives and that of their families. Black children already at risk for the high school to prison pipeline will now be even more vulnerable to that exploitation. Poisoned adults may suffer liver and kidney diseases that could potentially be fatal.
Simultaneously, McCarthy has not reformed a culture at EPA that condones and promotes retaliation against whistleblowers, who attempt to warn communities about public health dangers. In Flint, EPA’s silenced whistleblower provided compelling evidence of dangerous levels of lead in Flint's water nearly a year before the President ordered a State of Emergency in Flint.
Because of my children’s deliberate poisoning by the arrogant acts of the EPA, I now fight for your children to ensure that they have safe drinking water and a bright future.
And as an EPA whistleblower, I fight to ensure that federal employees can safely expose lead in the water, arsenic in food or vanadium in the environment without fear of retaliation and being fired. It would be a mistake to believe that Flint is an isolated situation.
A recent USA Today reports that there are “over 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states where testing has shown excessive levels of lead contamination over the past four years.
…Many of the highest reported lead levels were found at schools and day cares …At an elementary school in Ithaca, N.Y., one sample tested this year at a stunning 5,000 ppb of lead, the EPA’s threshold for “hazardous waste.”
This is your fight.  This is our fight. Failure can not be an option. We ask you to join with us today and sign the petition demanding that President Obama fire EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
 
 
 
Lee-Ann Waters                   
Mother of Poisoned Flint Children
 
 
Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Ph.D
EPA Whistleblower

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