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Proposal ID655
Proposal2012 Platform amendment proposal: Agriculture - GA
PresenterPlatform Committee - Sponsored by GPGA
Floor ManagerBudd Dickinson
Discussion05/02/2012 - 05/13/2012
Voting05/14/2012 - 05/20/2012
Presens Quorum31 0.6666
Consens Quorum36 0.6666 of Yes and No Votes


One group of imperiled black farmers are the plaintiffs in the 2010 Pigford II settlement that partially compensated black farmers discriminated against by the Department of Agriculture in the 1980s). Much like the rest of the black community, black farmers have faced a wide array of discriminatory practices which have frustrated their access to public resources and services which support private asset accumulation (and which are routinely available to white farmers). The failure of the Pigford settlements to make whole the losses sustained by the original plaintiffs in this case is contributing to the wholesale theft of land by the mortgage companies from black farmers who have faced these discriminatory practices (For example, 1,400 Pigford I plaintiffs face foreclosure and the loss of 1.5 million acres, which is nearly half of the total acreage owned by Black farmers in the United States.


That Platform 2010 of the Green Party of the United States, in Chapter III., related to "Ecological Sustainability", in Section I., related to "Agriculture", is amended by appending to the end, a new paragraph 16., to read:

16. We support the restoration of farmlands to Black families who have been discriminated against and who have lost - or are about to lose - their farms as a result. Greens will work for a meaningful remedy to restore black farmers' unencumbered ownership of their land.


IMPLEMENTATION: Approval of this proposal will amend the 2012 Draft Platform, to be presented for approval at the 2012 Presidential Nominating Convention

CONTACT: Jan Martell, co-chair, 919-682-2472,
Bruce Hinkforth, co-chair, 262-569-1370,
Jesse Townley, section editor,


2010 Platform:
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