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a vicious campaign of calumny

by Leslie Radford Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 2:44 PM

Taking time out from organizing today's visits to the South Central Farm by Ralph Nadar, Peter Camejo, and Donna Warren, Dele Aileman, co-coordinator of the South Central Farmers, issued a statement in response to concerns that African-Americans are not among the Farmers working the land. First, he noted the appearance at the Farm of Danny Glover, Evelyn Knight, and Maxine Waters, the highest ranking government official to walk on the farmland. Then he continued:

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Only those who don't know the history of the Farm would be asking about the absence of African-American farmers. It is a statement in ignorance of the history of the Farm and a perspective that has been deliberately foisted to divert us from the issue at stake.

A couple of years ago there was a very important discussion between an alliance which was under the guardianship of an African-American community organizer (Deacon Alexander) and the South Central Farmers where the issue of the involvement was discussed. The decision was left to Deacon Alexander to propose an initiative on how to involve Black farmers on the fourteen acres of land here. To the best of my knowledge, as someone who was intimately engaged in some stages of this discussion, the matter of the movement of Black farmers was completely left to Deacon Alexander. The elected representatives of the Farmers, Tezozomoc and Rufina Juarez, were open and favorably disposed to the inclusion of not just Black farmers, indeed Black women farmers and farmers from all other races, nationalities, and ethnicities.

The organizers of the South Center Farmers have been subjected to a vicious campaign of calumny from various sectors. Some of those campaigns of character assassination, we are aware, are funded by those who are opposed to the survival of this largest urban farm in the United States, and we are confident we will overcome this round of the campaign of lies that use the participation of Black farmers as a front.

As an Internationalist and a Pan-Africanist, I hold dear the belief that the solidarity of people of color is a necessary and critical ingredient for the liberation of all humanity.

Dele Aileman
Co-Coordinator, South Central Farmers

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Leslie you rock Thank you Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 5:34 PM
Smoke and Mirrors Black Access Now Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 5:46 PM
fighting determined stupidity Leslie Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 7:36 PM
Black Access Speaks With Relevance Brown and Proud Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 8:45 PM
Blaming.. Pete Nice Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:05 PM
But it's a distraction Pete Nice Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:07 PM
Black Access Now Black Access Now Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:14 PM
thanks Leslie Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:22 PM
either way Pete Nice Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:24 PM
the farm Pete Nice Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:29 PM
to Black Access Leslie Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 9:44 PM
The Obvious Point Joaquin Murrieta Monday, Jun. 05, 2006 at 10:36 PM
Response to Leslie Real Farmer Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2006 at 5:02 AM
"Black Access" is a MM - Do not engage "Black Access" is a MM - Do not eng Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2006 at 6:42 AM
why not talk about e Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2006 at 7:10 AM
Pele :-) Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2006 at 8:04 AM
History Pele's Ghost Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2006 at 8:40 AM
Good Point; furthermore Joaquin Murrieta Tuesday, Jun. 06, 2006 at 11:28 PM
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