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Saturday, July 04, 2015

Today's American Revolution

The attack--the vicious, cowardly attack--on democracy in Benton Harbor shows that Whirlpool, the corporate power structure, is determined to crush anyone who stands in its way. It is part of a process under way across America in various forms. The once-stable working class community of Benton Harbor was devastated by automation and globalization and the community began resisting.

We live in a failed system. Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small, privileged few are rich beyond conscience and almost all others are doomed to be poor at the same level. It is rich against the poor, haves against the have-nots. It is revolution time, all of us against them.

The story goes that Rip Van Winkle slept through the American Revolution. There are those among us sleeping through today's revolution. There are those among us who are missing in action. The new and most compelling revolution is the one for human rights, the battle against poverty, and the fight for justice for all.

Our goal is freedom, justice, and the fight to do away with poverty. Any country that will not feed, clothe, and house its people must be overthrown. Like a monstrous octopus, poverty spreads its nagging tentacles into hamlets and villages all over our world. Over two-thirds of the people of the world go to bed hungry every night. They are ill-housed; they are ill-nourished; without shoes and clothing, they are shabbily clad. It is in South America, Central America, Africa, Asia, and right here at home in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The land of the free and the home of the brave.

We are not asking America to be true. We are demanding America to be true to the huge promissory note it signed many years ago. The revolution will not wait, it will not slow down for those who claim that progressives like Rev. Edward Pinkney are moving too quickly. It will not be silenced by those who claim that we cannot win. I am here to tell you, we can and will win. We will make the invisible, visible: Black, brown, poor whites, and all others. We can win and will win!

-Rev. Pinkney

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Prisoner Told to Keep Quiet about Maggots in Prisoner Food

It was a sad day for humankind, and another shameful moment for Michigan, when the prisoner discovered maggots in a vegetable slicer at a Jackson area prison on June 2nd. He told investigators that an Aramark correctional food service supervisor told him to just clean the machine and not say anything about the maggots, according to reports released Thursday under Michigan's Freedom of Information Act.

When the officials at G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility responded, they found over two dozen maggots on a food preparation table. They found Aramark supervisor John Morario in his office at the computer rather than taking charge of the situation.

Prisoner John Doe, which is his real name, not an alias, discovered the maggots in a machine used to cut potatoes and was told to keep quiet. "The prisoners will never know. Use a lot of vinegar."

There were earlier incidents of maggots found in or around the food served to prisoners in several locations. The Aramark Corporation has served food to prisoners with rocks in the mashed potatoes, the sloppy joes have been dropped on the floor and served to prisoners, food has even been thrown in the garbage can and still served to the prisoners.

Still, it's the latest in a series of incidents since Philadelphia-based Aramark replaced about 370 state workers and began a three-year $145 million dollar contract to serve meals to Michigan's 43,000 prisoners in December 2013.

The state fined Aramark $98,000 in March 2014 for food shortage, unauthorized menu substitutions, and over-familiarity between kitchen workers and inmates, and another $200,000 in August after problems persisted.

When will the people of the state of Michigan step up and say ARAMARK MUST GO!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

We must stand together

I, Rev. Edward Pinkney, with love, am giving a moral assessment of many of my fellow ministers, black and white. I must admit that even the black and the white church have often been a taillight rather than a headlight. I am admonishing the clergy for not confronting the great socio-political issues of our time, even as congregants live in the midst of poverty. I cannot abide ministers who preach pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. I rebuke all ministers for their obsession with rampant materialism; we have been more concerned about the size of the wheel base on our automobiles and the amount of money we get on our anniversaries. My call is to give a kind of new vitality to the Church of Jesus Christ. 

I believe that the great tragedy is that Christians fail to see that they have the revolutionary edge. We must all work together, black, white, brown, and all others; it is rich against poor and haves against have-nots, and not black against white. We must stand together.


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In order for the trial court to submit a case to the jury on an aiding and abetting theory for forgery, there must be constitutionally sufficient evidence that the defendant aided and abetted that person, or helped somebody who forged the recall petitions.

When there is insufficient evidence to allow the charges to be submitted to the jury on an aiding and abetting theory, the trial court committed reversible error by giving an aiding and abetting instruction to the jury, along with an instruction that indicates the jury may convict the defendant as the principal.

The evidence is insufficient to support a verdict and the evidence was insufficient to support any theory. This case should have never gone to the jury. There is absolutely no evidence to support a conviction by any jury, especially a rogue jury. A rogue jury is a jury that ignores the law and evidence in reaching a capricious verdict. They based their verdict on unrevealed, deeply held prejudices. The all-white jury was motivated by something other than the truth.

We live in a county called Berrien County in the southwest corner of Michigan where the majority of white people are racist, including the United States Representative Fred Upton, heir to the Whirlpool Corporation; State Senator John Proos; State House Rep. Al Pscholka; Berrien County racist judges Sterling Schrock, Angela Pasula, Charles T. LaSata, Scott Schofield, and Art Cotter; along with Prosecutor Michael Sepic and Sheriff Bailey—all openly practice racism. Most whites do not want to discuss racism and would say, “I am not a racist” with their own mouth, but in their heart they are really racist and willing to attack minorities.

Berrien County has a majority of white residents who openly practice racism, and the rest are great people, but are silent and refuse to stand up to racism or speak up. So that makes them complicit with the rest of the white residents, including pastors, ministers, churches, and elected officials!

I, Rev. Edward Pinkney, with love am giving a moral assessment of many of my fellow ministers, black and white. I must admit that even the black and the white church have often been a tail-light rather than a headlight. I am admonishing the clergy for not confronting the great socio-political issues of our time, even as congregants live in the midst of poverty. I cannot abide ministers who preach pious irrelevancies and sanctimonious trivialities. I rebuke all ministers for their obsession with rampant materialism; we have been more concerned about the size of the wheel base on our automobiles and the amount of money we get on our anniversaries. My call is to give a kind of new vitality to the Church of Jesus Christ.

I believe that the great tragedy is that Christians fail to see that they have the revolutionary edge. We must all work together, black, white, brown, and all others; it is rich against poor and haves against have-nots, and not black against white. We must stand together.

-Rev. Pinkney

Monday, June 29, 2015

Letter from Lakeland Prisoner

My name is Gary Williams and I'm from Benton Harbor, Michigan. I am currently being held captive at Lakeland Correctional Factility on an unconstitutional charge of felony murder.

Now never did I want to be remembered in anyone's eyes as a murderer or just a misfit from Benton Harbor. However, in many eyes that will be the case. In life I have come to understand that we all grow in stages just like anything that is considered alive. While many things and people grow to maturity, others fall off and do not make it past the beginning stages.

I was a child who was always told what to do, how to do it, but I was never shown how to do it. Because it was assumed automatically that I or “we” should know how to do it because so many have failed doing the same thing. Then when I didn't stop doing what I was told not to do I was considered to be hard-headed, ignorant, crazy! It's like we know the math, but not the formula for the division. But if the formula is not ever shown or explained, why is the answer only given? That is how I felt. So until someone came and showed me how to do it right, I was aimless like blown dust.

My mother and grandma did a great job. But those streets taught me things that neither of them could...things like my ability to survive, and learning how to deal with different personalities, how to provide for myself (depending on me when I can't depend on anyone else). It taught me about false love and loyalty as well.

So as I look back in hindsight it was my strength as well as my downfall, because the good lessons I learned I understand now. But the bad lessons I moved off of and didn't have the formula. So the experiment blew up! Now I'm onto a new project, understanding the true knowledge of self.

The majority of the unguided in our world are caught up in a drought, meaning we do not have deep roots that will help provide the necessary water (knowledge, understanding, love) when we need it most. If one does not feel loved or cared for, then it is even harder to love or care about oneself! So then self-destruction begins to take place, whether it's by drugs, suicide, mental genocide.

However, we have many who try hard to bring forth this knowledge to the masses, but unfortunately we have those who want the masses to remain dry! That way they can continue to use us as tools. Therefore, they are working twice as hard for that knowledge not to reach the masses, especially the youth! And, it is done by all of thes faulty images through TV programs, music, schools, etc. There are positive networks out there, however, they aren't being promoted as they should. So the degrading of women, materialism, and drug money is what's encouraged.

Then we have these schools that provide books and lessons they had when I was going to them, which were a complete shame. But try to imagine this...say someone is starving and you push a steak in front of him and he doesn't eat it, naturally we would ask him what's wrong with him, and not take a second to think if it's something wrong with the steak.

Those are just some of my thoughts that I want to share with you. I pray that some of it will provide thought, conversation, and change.

Thank you,
Gary Williams