Mass Demonstration against Voter Suppression in Benton Harbor
Voter suppression led by Whirlpool Corporation and Berrien County Sheriff Department. Protest all injustices being forced on our town, your town and all around the country! It is not one thing it is everything. The murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool, Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager dictatorship. Find it on the ActivateHub community calendar!
May 24, 2014 11:00am - City Hall, 200 Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI, 49022 (11:30am - press conference)
Saturday, April 05, 2014
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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
New Buffalo is having a recall election on May 6, 2014. The Mayor of New Buffalo along with a Council member were recalled. However, the Berrien County sheriff and his deputies are not roaming the streets of New Buffalo intimidating voters. In the last 2 weeks, they have knocked on over 200 doors in Benton Harbor, under the guise of an "investigation." They have not knocked on one door in New Buffalo.
All citizens have the civil right to recall or initiate a referendum by way of petition. To intimidate, harass, accuse, or use gestapo tactics to infringe on a citizens civil rights is a federal crime.
This practice was used in the 2011 mayoral election in Benton Harbor. Emergency Manager Joseph Harris deployed police officers to voter precincts to intimidate residents.
Now, the Berrien County Sheriff's department have created a police state surrounding the legal recall of mayor James Hightower.
The Benton Harbor City Clerk verified 440 recall signatures as valid. The Berrien County Clerk verified 409 recall signatures as valid. The required amount to recall James Hightower was 392.
In spite of these results, the Berrien County Prosecutor is conducting a false investigation.
Unfortunately, the media has turned a blind eye. There have been numerous Herald Palladium stories on the Benton Harbor recall, and none on the New Buffalo recall. There is a clear double standard that exists. Is this an issue of race. Benton Harbor is predominantly Black.
These issues will be addressed in a class action lawsuit against James Hightower, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, Prosecutor Mike Sepic, and County Clerk Sharon Tyler.
More information will be forth coming.
Rev. Edward Pinkney
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Here's what people who don't live in Benton Harbor will not believe is happening, but it is: the sheriff and his deputies are kicking in doors, and surrounding the homes of people who signed a petition to recall Mayor Hightower, Whirlpool stooge. This is violent voter suppression and intimidation.
Berrien County sheriff's dept. is up to their old tricks. Voter suppression is being carried out so it will be harder for the elderly and poor black residents to vote and sign recall petitions. These efforts are hardly a secret in this city.
Mayor Hightower is corrupt. This is the same mayor who filed a false campaign report, a criminal action, after he received $4000.00 from Whirlpool vice president Jeff Noel. Hightower, in a desperation move, is challenging a recall election which would remove him from office. The petitions for recall were filled with more than enough valid signatures than the required number.
Hightower has filed a false report with the Berrien County sheriff and with prosecutor Michael Sepic in an effort to save himself. He forced friends, who signed a recall petition, to claim they didn't know they were signing a recall. But the petitions clearly stated the campaign was for a recall of Mayor Hightower.
The egregious violations of civil rights that kept so many from voting are still alive in different forms. We no longer have poll taxes, nor do we force black people to recite the Declaration of Independence before being given a ballot. But those who dare to register to vote and sign recall petitions can easily end up in the lake or in the Berrien County jail. These horrors are happening today in Berrien County.
The right to vote and to sign a petition is protected for all citizens. Harassing and intimidating voters who sign recall petitions is illegal. Why is it permitted in Benton Harbor?
The politicians and corporations behind this must be stopped. Voter suppression is an old tactic which has gotten worse today in Benton Harbor. Whirlpool is protecting their interests.
Please call US Attorney Patrick Miles Jr., 616-456-2404, and ask for a complete
investigation of Sheriff Bailey and Prosecutor Mike Sepic as soon as possible.
Rev. Edward Pinkney