Saturday, September 16, 2017

Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside

"Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. It is a collaboration between our comrades inside, MAPS, and Rustbelt Abolition Radio."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

General Baker my Hero, the Poor People Campaign with Rev Edward Pinkney


Martin Luther King's vision, The poor people 's campaign of 1967-68.
Why a poor people's campaign?

Just a year before his assassination at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff retreat in May 1967, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr proclaimed.

"I think it is necessary for us to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights... When we see that there must be a radical redistribution of economic and political power, then we see that for the last twelve years we have been in a reform movement that after Selma and the Voting Rights Bill, we moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution.... In short, we have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society."

Later that year, in December 1967, Reverend Dr. King announced the plan to bring together the poor people from across the country for a new march on Washington. This march was to demand better jobs, better homes, better education, better lives than the ones they were living.

There can be no gainsaying the fact a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution; a technological revolution, with the in the impact of automation and cybernation, a revolution of weaponry, with the emergence of an atomic and nuclear weapon of warfare. Lastly,  there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place and the still the voice crying the vista of time saying, "behold, I made all things new, former things are passed away." 

Now, whenever anything new comes it brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. We are coming to Washington in a Poor People's Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, poor, the huddled masses. We are coming to demand our government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read in the Declaration of Independence,"we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," but if a man doesn't have a job or, an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.
 
We are coming to ask, America to be true to the huge promissory note that is signed years ago, and we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment, to make the invisible visible.       

Rev Edward Pinkney

 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Berrien County, Michigan, is Charlottesville, Virginia, with all the hate!

Berrien County Commissioner, Dave Vollreth, would like to have a statue of Hitler put up. He is acting on the impulse of hatred, completely devoid of humanity. Dave Vollrath represents Coloma Township, Hager Township, and part of Watervliet which are about 99% white.

There are many members of the KKK, Neo-Nazi and White Supremacists who take part in a criminal activity in Berrien County and cover up for one another. Many of these people come to Berrien County meetings every Thursday and are part of the KKK, Neo-Nazi, and the White Supremacists.

This Dave Vollrath is a true racist, here are just a few examples. Dave said "... this black prince attire. I do believe the Sombitch Stole this out of her closet." Why did he have to steal it, because he is black? "She is the first person to get an email from Nigerian Prince and actually receive $20 million dollars."

Dave Vollrath states on Facebook "somebody finally found a job for Rev Al Sharpton, looking crazy, driving Miss Crazy." Dave on his Facebook page has a full page of fat black women protesting and a skinny black man with no meat on his bones, with words coming out of his mouth. "How they got so fat." Then he writes "Annnd they are off, Annnd they're off someone grab a can opener." This is a Berrien County Commissioner talking.

Dave Vollrath, Future Farmer of America, was a war tracker with guns.This is Dave talking, "This is just a thought leaking from my brain to the fingers tapping on the keyboard, but after reading a small headline this morning stating that 850 people remain in a shelter in Louisianna several weeks after flooding in Louisianna left them homeless. They are in the shelter waiting for someone else to come help do something for them." Read that again WTF! Are you kidding me?

"I'm looking for neither praise, nor hate, but come on, there have been people down there helping from day one doing everything they can to help, but you have to get out and do something to get yourself out of there. Whether I was in there alone or had a family of twelve. I would be out of there doing all I can to help myself. starting over from scratch if that was necessary, is this the way we are now?"

"People so coddled and used to being taken care of, that they have no desire, no skills, or ambition to do for themselves. Would you sit around for weeks, with thousands, now down to hundreds of other people waiting for aids? Many people are just too lazy to help them selves."

The Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berrien County,  White supremacists have given the good people and opportunity to come together and confront Berrien  County racist commissioners. Parts 2-3-4-5-6 are coming... 
 
Rev Edward Pinkney 
 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Berrien County, Michigan, is Charlottesville, Virginia, with all the hate!

There are many members of the KKK, neo-nazi, and white supremacists who take part in violence as criminals and thugs right in our own back yard in Berrien County, Michigan.

The white supremacists are still hanging nooses and burning crosses in Berrien County and the Board of Commissioner's and the Sheriff's Department are leading the charge against our black citizens.

Violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a loose connection of white supremacist, white nationalist, neo-Nazi's and many others far-right extremists assembled to protest the city's decision to remove a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee. A non-violent, white protestor, Heather Heyer 32,  was killed, when a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of peaceful protestors, also injuring twenty other people.

We can not hide from our history of slavery and torture of blacks and the continuing
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of torture today. The time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapter of America's racist history.

ConfederatI, Rev Edward Pinkney, personally feel the Gen Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues, the Confederate flag, the Confederate monuments should be removed. If we are going to protest these things, we should also protest the American flag. We have caught just as much hell under the American flag as we have  under the Confederate flag and symbols.

The black people in this country have a bigger problem than the Confederate flag and monuments. The real problem is the American people. We must stand together --black, white, brown, red, yellow -- against this racist government. We must confront this racist government city by city, county by county and state by state.

We must stand together!     
Rev Edward Pinkney

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rustbelt Abolition Radio, ep. 8: Schools, Prisons, and Abolitionist Futures

Listen to the latest episode from Michigan's own Rustbelt Abolition Radio!

"In this episode we explore the parallel ways in which the institutions of prisons and schools work to reproduce our current society, racial capitalism, as well as the challenges and possibilities we face in its transformation. Imprisoned intellectual Harold “HH” Gonzales tells us about the history of school segregation and the construction of the so-called school to prison pipeline. We also hear from Erica Meiners, who discusses how schools are embedded in carceral regimes, and encourages us to view them through the wider lens of abolitionist struggle. We conclude the episode with imprisoned artist Steven Hibbler, on how the policing and criminalization of Black and Brown youth prefigure the racist carceral logic of our society."

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 18, 11:30 am, Lansing: Millions for Prisoners Solidarity Demonstration

Millions for Prisoners Solidarity Demonstration

a nationwide weekend of action against mass incarceration and prison slavery

Friday, August 18, 11:30 am
Wentworth Park - 100 N. Grand Ave, Lansing 48933

Join a demonstration in solidarity with the Millions for Prisoners march on Washington. The Washington march has been called by the grassroots iamWE Prisoner Solidarity Network (IAmWeUbuntu.com). This is part of a nationwide weekend of action against mass incarceration and prison slavery.

Bring water, good shoes, signs, banners, and DRUMS OR OTHER NOISE MAKERS.


Join the Facebook event

Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS)
MichiganAbolition.org