On May 21 the USDA announced loan payments for BIPOC farmers with qualifying direct or guaranteed loans. On June 10, a federal judge handed down a restraining order, temporarily halting the payment program. Here’s RAFI-USA’s response.
Juneteenth is a reminder of the larger struggle of resistance and determination that is evident in Black communities on a daily basis, notably with Black farmers. Today, as BIPOC farmers fight for debt relief from years of systematic discrimination, we remember that this holiday is also an appreciation for the long struggle Black people have endured in this county, even in the midst of complicated histories and intentions.