According to Whirlpool, the Harbor Shores project will combine economic development with
work force and business development.
What Whirlpool doesn't say is that their focus is on building an exclusive environment which will serve the Wealthy. The Wealthy need to destroy land, riverways, animal and bird species, and a city in order to be isolated with like kind in a 500 million dollar playground and designer golf course. This is the Harbor Shores project.
To date, this project has been possible because of the leadership of Jeff Fettig, the Whirlpool Corporation, and it's real estate arms. In Dec. 2004, Whirlpool requested another industrial facilities tax exemption from the city of Benton Harbor. A city 96% black, with 70% unemployment, 90% of the people living below the poverty level, and over million dollars in the red. The purpose of the request was to allow Whirlpool Corporation another tax abatement of 50% on all property tax. This would reduce all property tax by another 50% for the next twelve years.
Also, not to confuse the reader, but Benton Harbor residents are paying for the INFRASTUCTURE of Harbor Shores through their property taxes! A variety of tactics are being used in the destruction and take-over of Benton Harbor...
Readers should be seated for this next bit of information: In twenty years, after Benton Harbor residents have paid for the Harbor Shores infrastructure, Harbor Shores will be converted into the boundaries of St. Joseph, Michigan. This kind of thing cannot be made up...
Of course, the Benton Harbor City Commission had to agree to all of these things, and it's common knowledge in Berrien County that bribery of various kinds were used to pressure this body to "go along."
The Harbor Shores construction phase will create an estimated 4000 jobs, but history tells us that there will be no jobs for Benton Harbor residents. Not one has been hired yet, and construction is ongoing.
Please come to the Berrien County Courthouse this Friday, September 21, 1pm for a hearing. Preceding the hearing is a 12 noon march beginning at the Michigan Works Building, corner of Main & Riverview, Benton Harbor. Hope you can make both. Rev. Pinkney needs our support.
LEGAL FEE DONATIONS-BANCO, 1940 Union St., Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Boycott Whirlpool, and it's subsidiaries: Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Gladiator, GarageWorks, Inglis, Estate, Roper, Magic Chef, Acros, Supermatic. ABROAD - Bauknecht,
Brastemp, Consul, Eslabon de Lujo
Frigidaire, General Electric, LG, Samsung, Viking, Subzero, Dacor, some Kenmore, Electrolux, etc.