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The only Black frozen pizza company in the United States loses shelf space at the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCa). Reggio’s Pizza was recently advised by its broker that its three pizza products had been discontinued for distribution at DeCa, the grocery store for our military personnel. This unjust act is deemed to be reprehensible in the Black and Hispanic communities, because it negatively impacts Black and Hispanic workers.
 
Reggio’s was provided distribution of three pizza product items in 2009, just after Barack Obama became President and Commander in Chief of the armed forces of the United States. Reggio’s was provided this limited opportunity after trying 15-years unsuccessfully to gain distribution.  Reggio’s was given only three items when some other pizza companies are given as many as 70 items, and as many as 8 items of the same flavor.
 
Reggio’s is the only African American frozen pizza manufacturer in the United States. John Clark, President/CEO said that this action is unfair and discriminates against Reggio’s because it is Black owned. Mr. Clark further stated that President Truman desegregated the armed forces by executive order in 1948. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go in terms of racial equality; especially in the area of economic fairness and justice.
 
The Black and Hispanic communities are calling on Richard Durbin, U.S. Senator of Illinois; Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the US House of Representatives; Bobby Rush, the U.S. Representative in the District where Reggio’s processing facility is located; Leon Panetta, Secretary of Defense and all political leaders of justice and good will on both sides of the aisle to correct this discriminatory, unfair and unjust act immediately. During these tough economic times, Reggio’s, a small business enterprise with a diverse workforce, needs this business and its employees certainly need their jobs.
 
If you believe in justice and fairness, we are requesting you to write, call or e-mail the above mentioned political leaders and your Representatives in Congress to ask that this discriminatory action be reversed.
 
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