In the spirit of citizen journalism overriding mainstream media filters, Wednesday, May 1 will be “Everybody Blog About #Pigford” Day. All journalists, bloggers, and inspired writers are invited to contribute their thoughts about the Pigford scandal–one of Andrew Breitbart’s most important and passionate journalistic causes.
Whether through an official platform, or social media, you can make your voice heard–and now is the time to do it. After years of media denial, the Pigford story was featured on the front page of the New York Times last Friday. But many mainstream media outlets, and politicians of both parties, still refuse to acknowledge it.
Now you can help make a difference and make sure they can’t ignore it by joining other bloggers, writers and artists in making sure the story gets out there.
Whatever you may think of the Times, Sharon LaFraniere’s story is a huge breakthrough because it vindicates all the work of Andrew and the Breitbart News team, confirming the major conclusions we reached and adding new details.
The New York Times sets the agenda for much of the mainstream media, and it’s already had an effect, but we need your help to keep the momentum going.
Here’s What You Can Do
May 1st is a crucial date because corrupt farmers’ settlements for women and Hispanic farmers are STILL open –the claims form is at FarmerClaims.gov–but the deadline for these schemes is May 1st.
Right now: start to get educated on Pigford. There’s a ton of material on Breitbart.com and other places. Google and you’ll see.
If you have a blog, pick any topic related to the farmers’ settlements and write about it. It doesn’t need to be a long post, and pictures or video are great.
If you don’t have a blog, it’s a great time to start at a free service like Blogger, WordPress.com or Tumblr but you can also use social media like Facebook or Twitter. Be sure to use the #Pigford hashtag.
This is a big topic. A huge amount of new research can be done. Here are a few ideas:
- Very little has been written about the Native American farmers’ settlement, called Keepseagle.
- If you speak Spanish, write about how the Spanish language press has been covering the USDA settlement known as Garcia for Hispanic/Latino farmers.
- Do you know someone who may have actually received a $50,000 check fraudulently who will talk about it?
- Are you a farmer or know about agriculture and have some specialized knowledge to contribute?
- Do you have a local angle on the story?
- It’s also a great time for action–contact your Representative or Senator. Send encouragement to Pigford- exposing politicians like Rep. Steve King (R-IA) or Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN). Consider contacting members of Congress on the Agriculture committees (House and Senate) and the Judiciary committees (House and Senate).
- Some of the people most damaged by this were the legitimate black farmers who suffered discrimination in the 1980s; reach out and tell their story.
Again, a quick search here on Breitbart News will also give you a world of information to get started.
Your contribution matters, big or small. Add your voice and help create a flood of information that the world can’t ignore.
Let’s make May 1st a memorable May Day for everyone who hates fraud, waste and corruption in government.
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