Rev. Pinkney Arrested AGAIN, supporters: Lynn Stewart, Voice Of Detroit, EXPOSED,

What's really happening to the people of Benton Harbor:
The thrust [of the Berrien county courthouse] is to physically remove and destroy families through the use
of the criminal justice system. Every person they can put in jail; every person whose voting rights they can
revoke with a felony conviction; every person they can cause to lose their job by putting them on probation;
every person they can cause to lose the ability to pay for basic necessities through imposing ruinous court
costs and probation is all part of the process. In the 1960s, it was called Negro removal. In Bosnia, it was
called ethnic cleansing. It could be called genocide, the removal of the minority population for the purpose
of redevelopment of the land. That’s what’s happening in Benton Harbor and the foremost leader
of the resistance is Rev. Edward Pinkney. --Civil rights attorney, Hugh "Buck" Davis

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Write a Letter in Support of Clemency for Rev. Pinkney

Rev. Pinkney's attorney, Hugh "Buck" Davis, asks friends and supporters to write letters in support of clemency to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.
A note or letter can be as simple as, "I support clemency for Rev. Edward Pinkney."
Sign your name address.

Send letters to:
Honorable Jennifer Granholm
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan, 48909

Please contribute to Rev. Pinkney's Legal Defense Fund for the ACLU's appeal case.

Send donations to:

Reverend Edward Pinkney Defense Fund
1940 Union Street
Benton Harbor, Michigan, 49022
See 10 Reasons to Donate $10 to the Rev. Pinkney Defense Fund

Excerpt from the Detroit Metro Times story on clemency in Michigan (8/22/07):
"In Michigan, any prisoner may apply for a pardon or commutation of sentence to the state's Parole Board, which reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the governor. Public hearings must be held before the board makes a recommendation for executive clemency. Victims, their families or other interested persons who have told the Department of Corrections Office of Crime Victim Services they want information about prisoners — including notification of parole hearings — will receive updates.
If the governor grants a commutation, the prisoner's sentence is reduced to the number of years served and the prisoner goes on parole. If the governor pardons someone, the sentence is effectively voided and the prisoner is freed.
A pardon implies society's forgiveness. A commutation says justice is not served by keeping the prisoner locked up.
Overall, prisoners' requests for clemency from Michigan's governors have had varying success with the last three administrations even as the prison population has grown and pressures to control costs have increased. Granholm, a Democrat in the first year of her second term, has granted 12 commutations and one pardon...In nearly five years in office, Granholm has granted a dozen, all for medical reasons...."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I had $1 million at my disposal, I wouldn't even give $1 to help your Rev. Pinkney

Anonymous said...

Keep the faith, Reverend Pinkney. The truth will prevail, although we have a long, hard road to walk to reach that promised land! Your courage is infectious, inspiring. We SHALL overcome!