Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Benton Harbor Struggle Continues

Rally Held to Defend Rev. Pinkney at Public Library
Prosecutors in Berrien County seek to silence community activist

By Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor, Pan-African News Wire

...Local activist Rev. Carl Brown of BANCO said that "when the people take a stand great change can take place." He continued by discussing how local authorities have accused his organization of "rabblerousing." He pointed to an article in the newspaper recently quoting police chief Samuel Harris as saying that "this group has put a stranglehold on 50,000 people in this community. And in response to that I say that it shows you that when righteousness stands all sin will be exposed."...

Hunter also stated that Berrien County "is operating like it was in the deep south during the 1950s."...

"This fighting that is taking place in Benton Harbor is an economic fight. It is an economic fight over who going to be able to eat, have a home, education and recreation. We have to show them that it is time out for this nonsense and that our children must have a future," [Marian] Kramer declared....

"What they are trying to do is to criminalize the leadership of the movement. And in criminalizing the leadership of the movement what they hope to do is to scare people away. Stop people from organizing and at the same time take away the leadership of the organizations that are really standing up for the people. We cannot allow them to do that," the MECAWI and DCAPB representative stated....

Original article via Michigan Independent Media Centre (IMC)


Anonymous said...

What are you talking about? The citizen's in Benton Harbor choose to be the way that they are. There is no one out there telling them that they can not get educated. there is no one out there telling them to not get a job. I see people all over Benton Harbor when I drive thru there at 1 or 2 in the afternoon on a daily basis. Why dont they go and try to find a job somewhere? No one puts drugs in their hands or makes them run from the police they do that. Everyone in LIFE has a choice and in the world today (america) the chioce is thiers to make. Anyone can get a job with out a record. And if they have a record that is their fault. Not the COPS or the City Leaders but theirs. They made that choice. Please get with it and stop with the poor me attitude becuase everyone has a choice in life. If everyone in the City made a choice to go a clean a street or paint a fence or cut a yard at an abandoned house then the citizen's can say that they made the city change. But I do not see anyone doing that so that tells me that no one cares. No one is out there taking their streets back that I can see. But the poor me attitude about white people get treated better then african americans just does not work anymore because if a white man gets a records as well as a black man neither are getting a great job. that is just the way it is....

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