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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Fwd: A Question of Truthfulness in Tom Vilsack Message

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Subject: A Question of Truthfulness in Tom Vilsack Message

IF FORWARDING/POSTING....PLEASE REMOVE THE EMAIL ADDRESSES

A QUESTION OF TRUTHFULNESS. "USDA IS WELL KNOWN FOR CALLING A CHICKEN A DUCK", AS THEY COVERUP THEIR CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY,  AGAINST USDA EMPLOYEES & MINORITY FARMERS

From: The Office of the Secretary - OSEC <Officeof.theSecretary@ocio.usda.gov>
Date: February 5, 2016 at 11:01:34 AM EST
To: WCTS - ALL-USDA-2K <ALL-USDA-2K@ocio.usda.gov>
Subject: A First Friday Message from Secretary Vilsack

 

 

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20250

 

 

 

 

Dear Employees,

February marks the 90th Anniversary of Carter G. Woodson's precursor to African American History Month and the 40th anniversary of the first federally recognized African American History Month celebration in the United States.   I would like to use this First Friday message to highlight the achievements of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Dr. Joe Leonard and his motivated team of civil rights professionals in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR). As President Obama remarked during his final "State of the Union" speech last month, "The world respects us not just for our arsenal; it respects us for our diversity and our openness."  Nowhere in USDA is this more evident than in the work performed by OASCR. 

 

We've come a long way over the past seven years under Dr. Leonard's leadership. When I arrived at USDA in 2009, there was a significant backlog of discrimination complaints filed by customers and applicants for USDA programs and services.  Through hard work and dedication, the OASCR team has reduced the inventory of program civil rights complaints pending final agency decision to the lowest level in five years in FY 2015, and reduced the average evaluation time to accept or dismiss civil rights program complaints by 75 percent. Overall, OASCR has reduced average processing time for new civil rights program complaints from four years to 18 months.

Dr. Leonard has also made the program complaint process more open and user-friendly by creating a simplified form for customers and program participants. The new form helps expedite the process for those who believe they have experienced discrimination by USDA.  By capturing all of the information needed to accept a complaint, the form will reduce the time it takes to process complaints.

With Dr. Leonard's guidance, we've increased inclusivity across the Department, ensuring all employees and program customers are treated with dignity and respect regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, disability or age. In 2013, OASCR formalized customer protections from discrimination based on gender identity and gender expression, and in 2014 issued a Departmental Regulation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of national origin affecting persons with Limited English Proficiency in both conducted and assisted programs and activities. Along with the new Departmental Regulation, OASCR provided guidance to make sure that every agency within USDA expanded its program operations to ensure equal access for LEP persons. 

 

I want to personally thank Dr. Leonard, one of the longest-serving members of my subcabinet, for his tireless efforts to enhance USDA's civil rights record before the American people.  On this first Friday of February, please join me in commending the team at OASCR for their work to ensure that our employees, customers, and stakeholders view USDA as a champion of equality, service and opportunity for all.  Thank you for all that you do.

 

Sincerely,

 

Tom Vilsack

 

 

Friday, February 5, 2016

Fwd: Check out (22) lawrence lucas usda coalition of minoprity employees - Faceboo



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Subject: Check out (22) lawrence lucas usda coalition of minoprity employees - Faceboo
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Thursday, February 4, 2016



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Subject: Fwd: "Georgia Farmers Conference" February 4-5 in Albany, Georgia
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To: TILLERY@aol.com
Sent: 2/4/2016 9:29:41 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: Fwd: "Georgia Farmers Conference" February 4-5 in Albany, Georgia
 
Sorry to be just getting this out. 
 
Gary Grant
 

From: ebonithomas@federation.coop
To: tillery@aol.com
Sent: 2/1/2016 2:43:40 P.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: "Georgia Farmers Conference" February 4-5 in Albany, Georgia
 
Federation of Southern Cooperatives 
Land Assistance Fund

The "Georgia Farmers Conference"
February 4-5 in Albany, Georgia

Join us for the 33rd Annual "Georgia Farmers Conference" on February 4-5, 2016 in Albany, Georgia at the Hilton Garden Inn

 
 
The conference will include workshops and plenary sessions on a vast array of agriculture issues and discussions including information from USDA panels, Congressional updates, cooperative development and land retention.

James Hill
On behalf of our membership, Board of Directors and staff of the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund, the conference this year will be dedicated to the memory of James Hill, a former staff member, partner and tireless advocate for small farmers & landowners.

This conference is one of the vehicles we use to serve our membership, strengthen our partnerships as well as provide valuable information to small farmers and landowners from Georgia and the
Southern region.

Val Dolcini



We are also honored to have the U.S.
Department of Agriculture/Farm Service Agency Administrator, Val Dolcini, as our keynote speaker. He and our other invited speakers will focus on resources available to small farmers & landowners and the sustainability of our rural communities.




For additional information about the conference please call
 
Lisha Brown in our Albany, Georgia office at 229-432-5799 or email her at lishabrown@federation.coop  

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Note: The Federation/LAF, now in its 49th year, assists Black family farmers across the South with farm management, debt restructuring, alternative crop suggestions, marketing expertise and a whole range of services to ensure family farm survivability.  
 
2769 Church Street · East Point, GA · 30344
404 765 0991 · www.federation.coop
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Fwd: USDA Forestry: Region 5 a hotbed for sexual harassment & retaliation 01/...



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Subject: Fwd: USDA Forestry: Region 5 a hotbed for sexual harassment & retaliation 01/...
From: LawrLCL@aol.com
Sent: Monday, February 1, 2016, 10:42 AM
To: angusfarms@hotmail.com,featherhvn@yahoo.com,robert@donnelly-house.net
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please do not show the email message please.

From: lawrlcl@aol.com
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Sent: 2/1/2016 12:25:47 A.M. Eastern Standard Time
Subj: USDA Forestry: Region 5 a hotbed for sexual harassment & retaliation 01/28 by Marti Oakley | Politics Podcasts
 
This one has the sound that was missing...
I listened.


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2016/01/29/usda-forestry-region-5-a-hotbed-for-sexual-harassment-retaliation#




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Fwd: USDA Forestry: Region 5 a hotbed for sexual harassment & retaliation 01/...



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Subject: Fwd: USDA Forestry: Region 5 a hotbed for sexual harassment & retaliation 01/...
From: LawrLCL@aol.com
Sent: Monday, February 1, 2016, 10:42 AM
To: angusfarms@hotmail.com,featherhvn@yahoo.com,robert@donnelly-house.net
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please do not show the email message please.

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Subj: USDA Forestry: Region 5 a hotbed for sexual harassment & retaliation 01/28 by Marti Oakley | Politics Podcasts
 
This one has the sound that was missing...
I listened.


http://www.blogtalkradio.com/marti-oakley/2016/01/29/usda-forestry-region-5-a-hotbed-for-sexual-harassment-retaliation#




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Sunday, January 31, 2016

FW: FW: Interview: USDA Discrimination, to be Aired Two Weeks in February

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From: LawrLCL@aol.com [LawrLCL@aol.com]
Sent: Sunday, January 31, 2016 1:05 AM
To: Angusfarms@hotmail.com
Subject: Re: FW: Interview: USDA Discrimination, to be Aired Two Weeks in February

PLEASE TAKE THE EMAIL ADDRESSES OFF THE POSTING ON THE WEB SITE. ALMOST NEVER POST EMAIL ADDRESSES

TAKE CARE AND THANK YOU

LAWRENCE

In a message dated 1/30/2016 12:34:32 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, Angusfarms@hotmail.com writes:

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Subject: Interview: USDA Discrimination, to be Aired Two Weeks in February

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Television Interview, USDA Discrimination, Month of February 2016

With talk show Hostess, Zarinah Zakhur, Yaida Ford, Attorney & Lawrence Lucas, USDA Coalition of Minority Employees
This is a one hour interview, covering a wide range of discrimination & other abuses going on inside the US Department of Agriculture "The Last Plantation", around the country.
Below is information for viewing the broadcast of "Perspectives Of
Interfaith" through Arlington Independent Media Website:

Schedule for "Perspectives of Interfaith" for the month of February, 2016:

Tuesdays @ 12pm
Sundays @ 7pm

Schedule for "USDA" program:

Tuesday, 2/2 @ 12:00pm
Sunday, 2/7 @ 7:00pm
Tuesday, 2/16 @ 12:00pm
Sunday, 2/21 @ 7:00pm

Instructions for viewing online.

1. Go to www.arlingtonmedia.org at the time of scheduled programming.

2. On the home page, scroll to the bottom where you'll find the live
stream player.

3. Click "play" on the live stream and allow the player to sync with the
channel.

4. You should now be able to view AIM's programming.

Arlington Independent Media
http://www.arlingtonmedia.org
Comcast - 69
Verizon - 38

Fwd: Check out Breaking News - Jon Voight Stars in "JL Ranch" (wt) a Hallmark Chan



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Subject: Check out Breaking News - Jon Voight Stars in "JL Ranch" (wt) a Hallmark Chan
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