Help me assist farmers by signing my petition to extend the USDA Claims Deadline by one month to 90 days. I am doing this without charging any upfront fees but have been connected with some wonderful, kind souls and hope so badly that I can assist them through this process.
Sign it, pass it, share it!
Some of these individuals are in need of help so badly and even a meager settlement could change (or save) their lives. The claims deadline for the Hispanic and Women Farmers USDA Discrimination Suit is on March 25th. Some claimants have only recently received notice of this action and their potential as claimants.
There is a Due Process Notice issue with the timeline of some of these applicants. AND from what I can tell, until I came on board there were no attorneys (or few) processing claims in the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky Without an extension, these applicants, and myself as their counsel, will be denied the time required to complete the claims process.
We are pushing for at least a one month extension, extending the March 25th deadline to April 25th. Some have suggested a 90 day extension. Any additional time is needed, appreciated and very significant for these claimants!
Please sign my petition and help me in my advocacy efforts on behalf of these farmers who were discriminated solely because the were women or Hispanic. Some of these individuals were blatantly discriminated against. The late notice and unavailability of an attorney to assist with their claims is a continuation of past discrimination and in effect will deny these individuals their opportunity to receive just consideration for their claims and potentially, compensation.
The below quote is from Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet and Congressman Scott Tipton urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a letter from January 2013,
"We write to request that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) extend the claims period for loan discrimination cases against Hispanic and women farmers and ranchers," the lawmakers wrote. "We believe that extending the claims period will provide a better opportunity for achieving justice by ensuring that claimants have full and fair consideration of their claims."
I plan to write a letter to the Senators and Congressman above, since I know they are supportive of this extension, they just need a voice and power from the people. Let's show them we care! Please! Please sign my petition and help me help these claimants!
Susannah E. Rourk
Attorney at Law