Mass Demonstration against Voter Suppression in Benton Harbor

Voter suppression led by Whirlpool Corporation and Berrien County Sheriff Department. Protest all injustices being forced on our town, your town and all around the country! It is not one thing it is everything. The murder of Benton Harbor residents, gentrification by Whirlpool, Governor Snyder’s Emergency Manager dictatorship. Find it on the ActivateHub community calendar!

May 24, 2014 11:00am - City Hall, 200 Wall St., Benton Harbor, MI, 49022 (11:30am - press conference)


Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Injecting Newborn Babies with Radioactive Iodide in Memphis

During 1953 and 1954, seven newborn babies--six of whom were black--were injected with radioactive iodide at the John Gaston Hospital, a now defunct public hospital in Memphis, TN. The study was conducted by Lester Van Middlesworth, now professor emeritus of physiology, biophysics and medicine at the University of Tennessee's College of Medicine. Middlesworth claims race was not a factor, telling the Albuquerque Tribune, "It [Gaston Hospital] was primarily a charity hospital and a large percentage of the charity internees were Black." Yet Middlesworth wrote in a 1954 report that the "use of radiation in the very young organisms is open to question." And in an interview with Tribune staff writer Eileen Welsome he says, "Naturally we hoped there was no damage." But he also reveals that he lost track of the babies and never did any follow-up on their health.
John Gofman, a leading scientist on the effects of low-level radiation and professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley put it plainly by saying the children would have an increased risk of getting cancer and "To do nothing is criminal..." To date officials have located the names of the babies involved (they would be in their late 30s now) and are in the process of contacting them, but DOE official Mike Gauldin admitted last December that his agency didn't "have any information about these specific experiments and don't know anything about them." Equally ominous is that five other similar experiments were carried out in Detroit, Michigan; Omaha, Nebraska; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Iowa City, Iowa, with a total of 235 newborns and older infants experimented on.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Oakridge Experiment

On March 24, 1945, a 55-year-old black truck driver, Ebb Cade, was admitted to the U.S. Army Manhattan Engineer District Hospital in Oakridge, Tennessee for treatment of bodily injuries resulting from a car accident. The extent of his injuries were so severe that he was not expected to live. On April 10, 1945, documents show that he was injected with a significant amount of plutonium. Cade was the first patient out of 18--all of which the DOE has still not completely identified--to be injected with plutonium. He received 0.29 microcuries of plutonium 239, a dose equal to 1,030 rems or 41.2 times what the average person receives in a lifetime.
Dr. Karl Morgan, a physicist from the University of Chicago, who came to Oakridge in 1943 to work on the Manhattan Project, described in a letter to The Oakridger newspaper how Dr. Robert S. Stone--the doctor who injected the plutonium--discussed Cade's unsuspecting involvement and eventual disappearance from the hospital a few days later. Morgan writes: "Dr. Stone was particularly concerned because, as he said, this man was part of an experiment to determine the risk to man from exposure to plutonium. This poor `expected casualty' had suddenly gotten up out of his bed at the hospital and disappeared. I was upset and concerned when I heard about this human experiment because as described to me this black man was unconscious and not expected to live when he was injected with plutonium. I was disturbed for two reasons: One, the poor man could not possibly have given his consent to be a guinea pig and two, I was afraid he was selected for this experiment in part because he was black and it was unlikely any of his family would learn of the plutonium injection... "

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Cincinnati Experiments

Records revealed last January show that 61 African Americans were guinea pigs along with 12 others in a 12 year military study at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center designed to see how exposure to full- and partial- body radiation 10 times higher than normal would effect the body. After 60 days of exposure to the radiation (250 rads in one session), 25 of the patients died.
The tests were conducted from 1960 to 1972 by Eugene L. Saenger, an eminent radiological health specialist. Saenger knew something was wrong as he wrote a report to the Defense Department stating, "one can identify eight cases in which there is a possibility of the therapy contributing to mortality." Ironically, Saenger also serves as a key governmental witness on radiation lawsuit cases brought against the Department of Energy.
Dr. David S. Egilman has been researching the Cincinnati experiments for over ten years and did not mince words when he told us, "What they did was murder those black patients. And those researchers, Gottschalk and Saenger, as dirty as Mingele." Egilman testified on January 18 before the House of Representatives Energy and Power Subcommittee regarding the experiments and further contends that the tests were conducted with no informed consent and were not ethical at the time.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

The Tuskegee Experiments and More...

This tragedy is compounded by the fact that so many of us don't even know we are
being used in this manner.

Thanks to the persistence of reporter Eileen Wellsome of The Albuquerque Tribune, whose special report last November titled "The Plutonium Experiment" cracked open a decades long scandal of radiation experiments on unsuspecting citizens throughout the country, we are now seeing evidence of the atomic age horrors that so many in the scientific community and government knew but kept silent about. It is a collection of U.S. government sponsored guinea pig experiments. But there is also another sad fact: The experiments reveal a disturbingly large involvement of people of color, especially African-Americans.
Though it is clear that other reports of radiation tests on civilians--mainly poor, disadvantaged, or mentally impaired--during the Cold War were not limited to blacks only, they do show a continuing legacy of medical science using unsuspecting African Americans. There is little or no informed consent involved. This is nothing new as all African-Americans share a common medical/scientific history: Black lives are easily expendable. Thus it is no surprise that this bitter legacy has found renewal with the recent revelations of the Cold War radiation experiments.
E. Cooper Brown, Director of the National Committee of Radiation Victims, says, "It is my guess that all those experimented on with radiation will turn up to be at least 60 per cent people of color, with a large portion being African Americans." If this is indeed true, then African Americans will be part of yet another medical/scientific nightmare comparable to--and even surpassing--the Tuskegee experiments.
The Tuskegee experiments were a 40 year government sponsored medical study begun in 1932 that allowed 399 late stage syphilitic African American men to go untreated, even when safe and effective medical treatments were available in the 1940s. Also affected were 50 wives who were infected by their husbands and 20 children who were given the disease congenitally. When the study became public in 1972 after an expose by Jean Heller of the Associated Press, there was much public outcry with many in the black community saying the study already confirmed their suspicions of a governmental plan for genocide of black Americans. Congress held hearings to investigate the study resulting in passage of the 1974 National Research Act which implemented stricter federal guidelines on research institutions using federal money and mandating institutional review boards to oversee research using human subjects-which are currently being violated on a grand scale.
As in the Tuskegee experiments, the radiation tests also show a very benign concern by the researchers for their black patients. When we interviewed Dr. Louis A. Gottschalk, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, and author of the 1969 study "Total and HalfBody Irradiation," we asked him was there follow-up on the patients to see if any were still alive during 1969 (his study looked at 16 patients, 13 of which were black). He said, "These were terminal cancer patients. I was interested in just cognitive aspects--there were no follow-ups."
Lets examine what is currently known regarding the involvement of African Americans in the Cold War radiation tests: The Cincinnati Experiments - info. in another post coming soon.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Rev. Pinkney's Mother Passed On

The mother of Rev. Edward Pinkney passed on. Dessie Ree Pinkney's legacy will live on through her son, the Rev. Edward Pinkney. She passed on Jan. 8, 2007. May memories of her love be embedded in the hearts of her many loved ones.

Rev. Edward Pinkney
Funeral: Mt. Olive Baptist Church
5730 Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Ill.
Sat. Jan. 13, 11am

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Notice - Important

Everyone's support is needed at an important hearing on several constitutional issues on January 25, 2007 at 9am at the Berrien County Courthouse, 811 Port Street in St. Joseph, Michigan. Whether or not to drop charges against Rev. Pinkney will be decided.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Berrien County & Rev. Pinkney - current summary

Judge Wrongly Set Aside Election,
President Bush then Nominated Judge for Federal Bench

What was President Bush thinking when he nominated Judge Paul Maloney from Berrien County, Michigan to be a federal judge? Judge Maloney was supported by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., heir to the billion dollar corporation Whirlpool which controls 80% of the world appliance market.

Benton Harbor is a city in Berrien County, Michigan with 11,980 residents. 70% are unemployed, 90% of the people live below the proverty level. Drugs are flooding the community. It appears to be a corporate plan to make the people corrupt and susceptible to bribery. We have more homeless people per-capita than anywhere in the state. What would a city like Benton Harbor, Mich. want with a Jack Niclaus Signature golf course, a Yacht boat launch and a 100 million dollar gated community with no jobs?

On April 15, 2005 Judge Paul Maloney, who openly practices racism, reversed an election. Black Autonomy Network Community Organization successfully recalled a corrupt city administrator backed by the Whirlpool Corp., the largest employer in the area. Whirlpool is taking over the city of Benton Harbor and turning it into an exclusive resort by circumventing the will of he people. Judge Maloney actually set aside an election.

Whirlpool needed six votes from the Benton Harbor city commissioners. With Glen Yarbrough (a convicted felon) Whirlpool had the six votes needed only with the recall commissioner Yarbrough voting.
So they had to bring him back.

Chief prosecutor James Cherry met with city commissioner Yarbrough, according to the daily newspaper, the Herald Palladium. He advised him on what he needed to do to have the election set aside. Yarbrough was told to find anybody who agreed to say they were paid to vote. Yarbrough found an old friend of his family, Mansel Williams and gave him ten dollars and some crack to say Rev. Pinkney paid him five dollars. That started the criminal investigation. Detective Dannefer went out with a bank roll bribing, coercing, and offering special deals to anyone who voted. We have Dannefer on tape bribing witnesses.

Rev. Pinkney was tried for voter fraud which ended in a hung jury because the government had tainted the jury. The second trial will begin on March 13, 2007 at 9am. On Jan. 25, 2007 at 10am, there will be a constitution hearing motion for a direct verdict to quash the information and to dismiss. Then there will be a motion for a jury challenge; Berrien County's history is to have an all-white jury, not a jury of one's peers.

To sum this up, Rev. Pinkney, and BANCO (the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization) sucessfully and fairly recalled a city administrator backed by Whirlpool and U.S.Rep. Fred Upton, heir to the largest corporation in the area which refuses to hire people from Benton Harbor. Circumventing the will of the people the recall vote was overturned by Maloney. Rev. Edward Pinkney was arrested on election fraud charges. There was no election fraud commited by Rev. Pinkney and he faces 20 years in prison.

Remember, in order to set aside any election, it must appear affirmatively that the sucessful ticket received a number of improper votes, which if rejected, would have brought it down to a minority. Prosecutor James Cherry admitted that he did not have the votes to set aside the election. Judge Paul Maloney stated in open court, " Only because Rev. Pinkney was involved am I setting aside the election."

The most important issue of all: Judge Paul Maloney stole the election for a corporation and then was nominated for federal judge. Corporations are taking over the world and ruining lives. You must stand up to the corrupt election official.
Prosecutorial misconduct has reached epidemic proportions in Berrien County and in our country.

It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.

CONTACT
Rev. Edward Pinkney
1940 Union St
Benton Harbor,MI 49022
269-925-0001