End Corporate Ag-Welfare! NPA Protests at Top USDA Official's Home

Apr 24, 2005, 01:00 ET from National People's Action

    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of family farmers and rural
 and urban community leaders with National People's Action (NPA) are protesting
 at the home of Charles F. Conner, Deputy Secretary of the United States
 Department of Agriculture, today. The protest at Conner's home, located at 310
 Mansion Drive in Alexandria, Va., will occur at 4:15 p.m.
     "We are here today to tell Conner and the USDA to end corporate welfare
 and stop balancing the budget on the backs of family farmers and millions of
 hardworking, low-income families," said Barb Kalbach, of Adair/Madison
 Regional Citizens for Community Improvement. She is a family farmer from
 Dexter, Iowa.
     Conner will be asked to stop supporting policies that benefit corporate
 factory farms and start supporting family farms, hardworking urban families
 and food stamp and food nutrition programs. USDA has consistently supported
 policies that dole out taxpayer dollars to corporate factory farms, destroy
 family farms and cut food assistance programs that help America's neediest
 families.
     "Mr. Conner has rebuffed written invitations from NPA to meet with its
 national leadership as a part of its 34th annual conference," said Brenda
 LaBlanc, an NPA co-chair and grandmother from Iowa. "We demand the promise of
 democracy now! Government agencies need to listen to us, not corporate special
 interests."
 
     SPECIAL ADVISORY:
     NPA will hold a press conference April 25 at the United Methodist
 Building, 100 Maryland Ave., NE, 2:30 p.m., on immigration reform. Powerful
 stories of immigrants and their allies will be shared as NPA offers an
 alternative voice to the anti-immigrant "Hold Their Feet To the Fire"
 campaign.
 
     National People's Action is a 33-year-old non-partisan coalition of local
 organizations that volunteer time to make communities throughout the United
 States safer, healthier and stable. NPA focuses on issues such as preserving
 family farms, jobs, predatory lending, community reinvestment, neighborhood
 safety, education, youth development and immigration. NPA's office is located
 at 810 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. Phone: 312-243-3035 Web:
 http://www.npa-us.org .
 
 

SOURCE National People's Action
    WASHINGTON, April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Hundreds of family farmers and rural
 and urban community leaders with National People's Action (NPA) are protesting
 at the home of Charles F. Conner, Deputy Secretary of the United States
 Department of Agriculture, today. The protest at Conner's home, located at 310
 Mansion Drive in Alexandria, Va., will occur at 4:15 p.m.
     "We are here today to tell Conner and the USDA to end corporate welfare
 and stop balancing the budget on the backs of family farmers and millions of
 hardworking, low-income families," said Barb Kalbach, of Adair/Madison
 Regional Citizens for Community Improvement. She is a family farmer from
 Dexter, Iowa.
     Conner will be asked to stop supporting policies that benefit corporate
 factory farms and start supporting family farms, hardworking urban families
 and food stamp and food nutrition programs. USDA has consistently supported
 policies that dole out taxpayer dollars to corporate factory farms, destroy
 family farms and cut food assistance programs that help America's neediest
 families.
     "Mr. Conner has rebuffed written invitations from NPA to meet with its
 national leadership as a part of its 34th annual conference," said Brenda
 LaBlanc, an NPA co-chair and grandmother from Iowa. "We demand the promise of
 democracy now! Government agencies need to listen to us, not corporate special
 interests."
 
     SPECIAL ADVISORY:
     NPA will hold a press conference April 25 at the United Methodist
 Building, 100 Maryland Ave., NE, 2:30 p.m., on immigration reform. Powerful
 stories of immigrants and their allies will be shared as NPA offers an
 alternative voice to the anti-immigrant "Hold Their Feet To the Fire"
 campaign.
 
     National People's Action is a 33-year-old non-partisan coalition of local
 organizations that volunteer time to make communities throughout the United
 States safer, healthier and stable. NPA focuses on issues such as preserving
 family farms, jobs, predatory lending, community reinvestment, neighborhood
 safety, education, youth development and immigration. NPA's office is located
 at 810 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622. Phone: 312-243-3035 Web:
 http://www.npa-us.org .
 
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