Thursday, October 27, 2016

"A Great Read" - Soldier of Truth by Philip Bassett

by Latoya Williams
October 25, 2016

This book gave me a new perspective on what my Stepfather has been called by God to do. It gave me insight on was done, what was said, some insight on what happened in court. It also gave me insight on what happened when he first heard the voice of God. He truly has a purpose and it is bigger than Benton Harbor. He's truly a fighter and has always stood up for what was right. Many people said negative things but if these same people were to walk in his shoes and do what he's done and continues to do, they wouldn't last an hour let alone a day. Maybe it's because of fear or not being people's favorite. But I stand to say that I'm truly proud of him and all that he has accomplished and continues to accomplish! A real soldier is what he is to me!
Good job Philip Bassett. This is a great read.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Another Nail in the 4th Amendment's Already Rotten Coffin

Today at 3:00 p.m. on Stateside (Michigan Radio), there will be a segment on local police agencies’ use of StingRays (cell phone tower simulators) to surveil people.

Listen in live, or listen to a transcript tomorrow via

Thursday, October 20, 2016

VP Candidate Ajamu Baraka Meets Privately with Rev. Pinkney!

On Wednesday afternoon, October 19, Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka visited Michigan’s political prisoner Reverend Edward Pinkney at the West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights. 
This visit was highly anticipated by Rev. Pinkney along with his wife Dorothy, friends, activists, and supporters. Anyone who knows the facts about Pinkney’s egregious injustice foisted on him by the corrupt Berrien County criminal justice system will recognize this visit as a highlight in the struggle to free Rev. Pinkney. 
Not only was Rev. Pinkney excited about Mr. Baraka’s visit, but the other inmates, the prison officers, basically everyone at the facility, were looking forward to this event. According to the Reverend, “Everyone was excited and respectful.”
The private meeting found Rev. Pinkney answering the VP candidate’s questions, and Pinkney knew that Mr. Baraka had done is homework and had studied on his case. Rev. Pinkney was impressed with Mr. Baraka’s preparation and he described the meeting as “tremendous, respectful, exciting.” Rev. Pinkney felt comfortable and at ease with Mr. Baraka, a man who calmly “looked me in the eye” and discussed everything about Pinkney’s case: inhumane prison conditions, unhealthy quality of the food, the outrageous, false charges, not only of the forgery of dates on petitions, but also the attempts by the Michigan Department of Corrections to silence the Rev. (by accusing him of smuggling and misuse of phone privileges) to isolate him (by moving him to multiple prisons during the 22 months he has spent in incarceration), and to intimidate, harass, and abuse him.  
Reverend Pinkney wants Ajamu Baraka to know that he is “deeply honored” by this meeting. He knows the Stein/Baraka campaign is in full swing and crisscrossing the country in a valiant effort to educate, inform, and convince Americans that the Green Party is the only choice for America. Pinkney has been a long-time Green Party member and ran for Congress several years on the Green Party ticket. Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala have been friends and supporters for many years, and Rev. Pinkney publicly thanks them for their steadfastness in pursuing justice and equality for all, no matter what color, gender, race, or religion. He shares the Green Party’s values and, now, Pinkney is humbled to have witnessed firsthand what a great choice Dr. Stein made in choosing her running mate Ajamu Baraka. According to the Reverend, “For a moment, I forgot I was in prison; that’s how meaningful and compelling this meeting was to me.” 
After the meeting, Mr. Baraka held a press conference that was covered by WZZM13 of Muskegon. 

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Baraka, Green Party VP Candidate, Visits Rev. Pinkney in Prison

On Wednesday, October 19th, Ajamu Baraka, the Vice Presidential Candidate on Jill Stein's Green Party ticket, visited Rev. Edward Pinkney at West Shoreline Correctional Facility in Muskegon Heights, Michigan. Rev. Pinkney said they had an excellent visit discussing many important matters.

Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka.
Photo: Jill Stein campaign website
Read this news report for more.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Rev. Pinkney transferred out of ‘hell hole’

By David Sole posted on October 8, 2016 at Workers World

The Rev. Edward Pinkney, political prisoner, was transferred on Sept. 7 from the Marquette Branch Prison in the far north of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some 11 months after arriving at that prison and suffering months of threats and abuse from guards, he was sent to West Shoreline Correctional Facility outside of Muskegon. His new location is only 90 miles from the home of his spouse, Dorothy Pinkney. The distance to Marquette, in comparison, was 500 miles.

Rev. Pinkney has now served 22 months of his 30-month minimum sentence. On Dec. 15, 2014, he was given a 2 ½ to 10 year sentence for supposedly altering dates on a recall petition against then Mayor James Hightower of Benton Harbor, Mich. Rev. Pinkney was convicted with no evidence, simply for being the leader of the recall effort and a well-known activist in his home town. His case has drawn the support of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild, as well as many groups and individuals across Michigan.

Attorney Tim Holloway filed an “Application for Leave to Appeal” with the Michigan Supreme Court on Rev. Pinkney’s behalf on Sept. 3. This reporter visited Rev. Pinkney at his new location on Sept. 30 and asked him about his long sought after transfer. He acknowledged the efforts of his supporters, who worked tirelessly to draw attention to the mistreatment, harassment and abuse he faced every day in Marquette Prison.

This campaign included picketing the Michigan Department of Corrections in Lansing, protesting across the state, including outside Marquette’s prison gate, contacting state legislators to intervene for Rev. Pinkney’s safety and telephone barrages to Gov. Snyder and Heidi Washington, MDOC director.

‘They wanted to get rid of me’
According to Rev. Pinkney, “What I think was the final straw was when state Rep. Dave Pagel showed up at Marquette Prison during the last week of August. He is the chairperson of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Department of Corrections. And the first thing he did was to ask to see me! This kind of blew the minds of the prison officials.

“I talked with Pagel in the law library for quite a while,” explained Rev. Pinkney. “After he left, my prison counselor wanted to know how I had so much ‘juice.’ I asked her if she wanted me to get her a raise or, maybe, a promotion.”

Less than two weeks later, Rev. Pinkney was told to pack his things because he was leaving the next morning. “They wanted to get rid of me and all the scrutiny that comes with housing a political prisoner,” he stressed.

Even with a possible appeal to the Michigan Supreme Court, which will take many months, Rev. Pinkney is looking for his earliest release to occur in June 2017. He is enjoying many more visitors already — and his supporters are not letting up on their organizing.

Detroit activists from the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (, the Moratorium Now! Coalition Against Foreclosures, and the Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association joined together on Sept. 23 to carry out an all-day fish fry fundraiser for Rev. Pinkney’s defense. It raised hundreds of dollars.

Plans are also in place to distribute leaflets about Rev. Pinkney at a regional conference of Amnesty International in Dearborn, Mich., on Oct. 8.

Send birthday greetings
Rev. Pinkney will celebrate another birthday behind bars. Oct. 27 is his 68th birthday. A campaign is underway to have hundreds of people send hundreds of cards and letters to him to express support — and to let the West Shoreline prison administration know they are being watched by Rev. Pinkney’s supporters around the country, who are paying attention to how he is being treated.

Send cards and letters to The Rev. Edward Pinkney #294671, West Shoreline Correctional Facility, 2500 S. Sheridan Drive, Muskegon Heights, MI 49444.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Convicted With No Evidence: a Very Dangerous Precedent!

I am Reverend Edward Pinkney, a community activist who tragically became a political prisoner in Michigan on December 15, 2014. On July 26, 2016 the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected my appeal. I was convicted in Berrien County, Michigan by an all-white jury that was motivated by something other than the truth.
I have already served over 21 months as a result of a Jim Crow trial that had me accused of altering dates on a recall petition against then Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. The prosecutor and judge both instructed the jury they could convict me “with no evidence.” Indeed, there was no evidence. I am an innocent man, threatened, charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced in an effort to isolate and silence me against the power of the land-grabbing, job-outsourcing, criminal Whirlpool Corporation that has its headquarters in Benton Harbor. My unusually harsh sentence was imposed by county judge Sterling Shrock.
On September 7, 2016, the Michigan Supreme Court denied me bond while accepting my application for leave. It will take up to a year for the Supreme Court to reach its decision on my Appeal. The corruption inside the courtroom and the justice system today must stop.
The Court of Appeal decision is published and sets a very dangerous precedent for the people of the State of Michigan and all around the country. The decision indicates that there is sufficient evidence to convict even when there is absolutely NO evidence at all! The prosecution’s case rested on the idea that since I was an outspoken organizer, active in political and social matters (both related to and unrelated to any election), I must have been motivated to alter dates. The prosecution offered no witnesses, no confession, no proof, no evidence of guilt; yet, I was convicted and sentenced to an unusually lengthy sentence of 2.5 to 10 years. 
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Thursday, October 06, 2016