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

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Two More Cases of Sexual Torture by Berrien County Deputies

Two more women who were sexually assaulted and sexually tortured while in the Berrien County jail by five Berrien County Sheriff Department deputies have come forward and added to a lawsuit filed last week according to Southfield, Michigan, lawyer Lennox Emanuel. They join five other women whose lawsuit was filed July 24, 2017, Berrien County Court in front of Dennis Wiley.

The county case includes two deputies named in the federal case and three new deputies, who work at the jail. Sheriff Paul Bailey always covers up for the deputies, because he feels they are above the law. Bailey said all three are still employed and will continue to be.

Of the three sheriff deputies who were named in the federal cases, two resigned and one was fired, but no arrest, no charges have been filed against the law enforcement officers.

A Federal lawsuit was also filed on April of 2016 by ten other women, who were assaulted and tortured in by Berrien County deputies. They are being represented by a different attorney. The federal lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial July 23, 2018, and will be heard by former Berrien County judge, Paul Maloney, a very dishonest judge, in my opinion.

Berrien County prosecutor Mike Sepic said in an e-mail that he has not been asked to review any of the sexual assaults and sexual torture cases. None of the Berrien County deputies are being investigated for sexual assault or sexual torture or any other criminal conduct and will not be investigated.

Attorney Emanuel said almost all of the plaintiffs in both lawsuits are petite, white women, who were struggling with some form of addiction. He said many of the women were afraid to step forward, because they thought they were the only one being harassed and feared retaliation from law enforcement which has a history of retaliation. In some cases, he said the deputies continued to sexually assault, harass, and torture the women even after they were no longer incarcerated.

They are vulnerable white women. The sheriff department has a pattern for decades of sexually assaulting, harassing, and torturing female inmates; nobody has been arrested nobody goes to jail.

The protector, becomes the predator.               

Rev. Edward Pinkney

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prosecutor Mike Sepic Only Represents the White Community

Here is the latest saga in the ruthless pursuit of the corporate rule gripping the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Whirlpool Corporation, is now responsible for the death of 79 people in the London high rise apartment fire, due to a bad appliance in June of 2017.

The former puppet Mayor of Benton Harbor, James Hightower, along with the county clerk Sharon Tyler, Election Clerk Carolyn Toliver, who have never sworn in and finger printed and turned the recall petition over to the sheriff deputy without a warrant, subpoena or court order, Sheriff Paul Bailey 's  leadership is questionable. The sheriff department is in shambles, more than fifty women have been sexually assaulted and sexually tortured by Berrien County sheriff department and Prosecutor Mike Sepic and Judge Sterling Schrock, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Art Cotter, and Judge Dennis Wiley; the corruption rolls on!

Prosecutor Mike Sepic attempted to get a subpoena to raid the new defense court appointed attorney's office. I am looking forward to that action by Prosecutor Mike Sepic. The judges and prosecutor Mike Sepic are working together against the new court appointed attorneys.

In the government, the prosecutor's office represents the state and the people in each county. Prosecutor Mike Sepic only represents the white community or just white people. The county prosecutor is vested with the power to represent the people on behalf of the commonwealth's interest.The prosecutor begins kicking the political football down the road, by using their propaganda machine, which is the fascist Herald Palladium newspaper, by influencing people with the promise of protection of the victims of crime and safe guarding, when actually innocent people are wrongfully convicted.

Prosecutors, like Mike Sepic, are sworn to search for the truth, but Mike Sepic takes pleasure in poisoning the black community, knowing that only 33% of the white people in Berrien County are good people and 67% are bad to the bone.

Prosecutor Mike Sepic egregious practice of failing to seek the truth to prevent the actual innocent from suffering a gross miscarriage of justice. Our broken system continues to rear its ugly head by wrongfully imprisoning innocent people.

There is a timely quote by the late Senator Barry Goldwater about the system,"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to enforce their own version of heaven on earth and let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."  It is frightening to know that our lives are subject to these elected officials, who are sworn to uphold their oath to seek the truth at all cost but refuse to do so.

Historically these elected officials have engaged in misrepresenting the truth by twisting the laws to trap tax paying citizens to pad their resume’ with convictions of innocent victims. The question is, when they the protector become the predator, do our lives really matter to prosecutor and judges?   

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MDOC Callously Fails to Protect Imprisoned People from Harm

A 23-year-old young man from Muskegon has needlessly lost his life after MDOC failed to respond to his pleas for help and protection from a hostile cell-mate. These completely preventable murders happen frequently under MDOC's negligent administration, but in this rare instance others bravely spoke up and Detroit Metro Times broke the story. Shame on MDOC.

Inmates: Michigan prisoner killed by cellmate for being gay, guards ignored repeated pleas for help