Friday, October 29, 2010

Monumental Miscarriages of Justice continue in Berrien County, Michigan. Two stories.

Former Benton Harbor policeman Andrew Collins, controlled by Whirlpool, was arrested in 2009 for possession and intent to sell drugs, and planting drugs on over two hundred people in BH. Countless families suffer because of his false arrests ending in false convictions and imprisonments. Berrien County Prosecutor Art Cotter reversed less than fifty cases. Collins served only 7 months of a 37 month sentence, and is back in town.

Now BH has Det. Officer Wes Smigielski who is going for the throats of residents. He pays people to lie in court. When will people take a stand against Mega Corrupt law enforcement in Berrien County?

First story

On August 3, 2008 Clarence Martin (little Clay) was killed by Dewayne Yarbrough or Ryan Reed. Yarbrough, who lives five houses away from the murder, and Reed had a fight with Martin which ended in his murder. The Yarbroughs are a "Whirlpool sponsored family" so police protect Dewayne. He was taken in for questioning only because all of BH knew he killed Martin. He was released.

To the present. Det. Smigielski framed a young man not only because he's African-American, but because the BHPD needed a fall guy for Yarbrough. He is Ronald Goodlow (Rocky). He's committed multiple armed robberies in the community, and always carries a gun. Goodlow was ordered to go to court and say that he was gambling with a Patrick Thomas and Clarence Martin when Thomas pulled out a gun and shot Martin. A total fabricated lie. Thomas was chosen because he rubs BH police the wrong way; he knows his rights and doesn't cooperate with racial profiling.

Smigielski paid Goodlow to lie under oath in exchange for getting all charges dropped for the robberies. The innocent Thomas will be found guilty because he's black.

Second story

Then there's Loren Robinson who's about to get a life sentence along with three friends. Det. Smigielski wants to save a young white man (name unknown at present) who's father is wealthy. The story starts with this white man coming to BH from Niles, Michigan for the pupose of doing drugs. He smoked over two thousand dollars worth, but didn't have money to pay the four BH men he was partying with.

He had a plan to fake a kidnapping with the threat of murder so his father would pay off his drug debt. After his father brought the money, father and son fought and police were called. They searched the man and found a large amount of crack cocaine.

Smigielski liked the story concocted by the young man from Niles and told him to tell it in court. So, four more Black men will be removed from Benton Harbor (for the purpose of redevelopment of the land) to the brutal confines of Michigan prisons.

The trial is scheduled for November.

Det. Wes Smigielski is another Andrew Collins. He must be stopped before it's too late. There are ten other cases he's worked on. We must stop him now!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

[Whirlpool: "...yearly sales value of 10 billion within five years."]

[Whirlpool: a greedy monster which created a population in poverty, then kicked, battered, and beat them]

Suning to Become Largest Distributor for Whirlpool

NANJING, Oct 25, 2010

One of the world's largest home appliance makers Whirlpool Corporation is deepening its cooperation with one of the top Chinese home appliance retailers Suning Appliance Co., Ltd.
Lately, Whirlpool held a meeting of its directors in China to discuss its strategy for the Chinese market. Its board met with Suning Board Chairman Zhang Jindong and other top executives. Both parties plan yearly sales value of CNY 10 billion within five years. Thus, Suning will become the largest distributor for Whirlpool
around the world.
They will jointly search for new cooperation forms so that more products made by Whirlpool could be sold at the first time in retail outlets under the aegis of Suning. Besides, special teams from the two sides will be responsible for the constitution and implementation of specific plans.
Whirlpool was founded in 1911. It has been 17 years since its foray into China...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Monumental Miscarraige of Justice Continues in Berrien County, Rep. Fred Upton's and Whirlpool's Oligarchy (Land controlled by a group of people who pass their influence from one generation to the next. Oligarchies have been tyrannical throughout history, being completely reliant on public servitude to exist.)

When the Herald Palladium, known to locals as the Hell Pollution, publishes articles about Benton Harbor, the comment section can fill up with many phrases reflecting the racism, control, and abuse used by the good ol' boys and girls to get the land they want (Benton Harbor). The article below is a good example. If you can get to the article online before the paper makes it disappear, you'll see plenty of these comments. It's been suggested that they are written by only a small group. (Prosecutor's office? Whirlpool? Hell Pollution?) Here we include a few comments by citizens who understand what's going on.
1 step back, 3 forward
City commission approves Whirlpool tax breaks but rezoning is on hold

By Kate Genellie - H-P Tuesday, October 19, 2010

BENTON HARBOR - Though it stumbled at the Benton Harbor Planning Commission meeting Monday, the Whirlpool Corp. headquarters project took a jump forward after the City Commission approved four resolutions that will allow the company to take advantage of tax breaks.
With no discussion before the vote, the City Commission voted 8-1 to approve a property tax break for the company, with Commissioner Dennis Knowles voting no. Mayor Wilce Cooke and Commissioners Marcus Muhammad, Eddie Marshall, James Hightower, Juanita Henry, Duane Seats II, Bryan Joseph and David Shaw voted yes.
The commission approved four other resolutions, all by 7-2 votes with Knowles and Henry voting no. Two of the resolutions will provide tax breaks for personal property at the headquarters. In another resolution, the city agreed to vacate part of River Street in Benton Harbor, a section of road between the St. Joseph River and the proposed site of the headquarters. The park along the river will remain open to the public.
The city also agreed to rezone the proposed project site, conditional on the approval of the City Planning Commission. In order for Whirlpool to go ahead with its plans for the project, the triangle of land along Main Street, between River Street and Riverview Drive, needs to be rezoned from D-2 commercial to an E-business district, which would allow for a higher maximum height for buildings.
But the Planning Commission at a meeting earlier in the evening rejected a motion to accept Whirlpool's site plans. The vote was 4-3 with Planning Commissioner Robert Hansey abstaining. Chairman Robert Taylor and Commissioners Susan Flowers, Emma Kinnard and Ronnie Whitelow voted no. Commissioners Wilce Cooke, Eddie Marshall and Ron Carter voted yes.
After the vote, Whirlpool representatives got up and left the meeting en masse. The Planning Commission meeting continued as Whirlpool representatives spoke in the hallway outside the commission chambers. After the meeting was adjourned and several planning commissioners had left, other commissioners tried to get them to return for another vote, but they were not able to convene a quorum before the City Commission meeting.
After the planning commission meeting, Jeff Noel, Whirlpool's vice president of communication and public affairs, said the actions of the Planning Commission "speak volumes."
"Tonight's action clearly sets this community back," Noel said. The planning commissioners "have indicated it's not about the project" but that there are "other issues."
Whitelow said that the Planning Commission can't just accept concept drawings provided by Whirlpool, because they are not specific enough.
All of Whirlpool's plans need to be on paper, Whitelow said. "Suppose they change their mind, well, we're already committed."
After the commission approved the tax breaks, Noel struck a more conciliatory tone and said Whirlpool is prepared to provide blueprints, although that is outside the norm for what most municipalities require.
"We knew going in it would be a process," Noel said. He urged planning commissioners to be specific with their questions and said that the resulting plan would be stronger for the input.
In response to the City Commission's vote, Noel said it showed they "overwhelmingly want this project."
"It was time for leadership to go forward," Noel said.
The headquarters is part of an $85 million plan to consolidate 15 Whirlpool facilities in the Twin Cities area into three, one each in Benton Harbor, Benton Township and St. Joseph. The Benton Harbor complex will house 1,100 workers and is planned to be completed in five years.
In his closing statements to the City Commission, Cooke talked about the $200,000 yearly donation the city will receive from Whirlpool, as part of the headquarters project. After three years, the amount will go up to $300,000 for nine more years.
The donations have been part of the plan from the beginning, Noel said, and will go toward areas affecting public education, parks and recreation and public safety, such as police or fire department equipment.
Cooke said he would like to see new community development built around the headquarters project, and added that much of that development should mean work for Benton Harbor locals.
"We need to put that money in areas of employment for our citizens," Cooke said.
"I feel good about it," Cooke said after the meeting. "The project's going to fly. We need them, they need us."

Gerald wrote on Oct 19, 2010 1:33 PM:
" Sounds like the Whirlpool cry babies did a bit of thumb sucking and pouting because they didn't get their way last night. That action, in and of itself, shows their true colors! Cookes comment about "they need us" makes just about as much sense also!


EDWARD wrote on Oct 19, 2010 2:24 PM:
" Whirlpool please move out of Benton Harbor. I WILL PAY YOU ! WE DO NOT WANT YOU OR NEED YOU. MOVE OUT. "

Muse wrote on Oct 19, 2010 4:30 PM:
" Why don't they use some of the money to keep jobs in this country? Why do they need a palace in this economy? Sends the wrong messgae. "

Thursday, October 21, 2010

[Dishonesty runs deep in all facets of Whirlpool Corporation]

Jury Finds Whirlpool Falsely Advertises Clothes Dryer

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- A federal court jury today found that Whirlpool Corporation violated the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, which prohibits false advertising, by marketing "Steam Dryer" models that use a cold water spray instead of a steam generator.

The court will now determine the scope of an injunction prohibiting Whirlpool from continuing to market its misting dryers as "Steam Dryers."

In the cased filed on Jan. 10, 2008, LG Electronics alleged that Whirlpool made false statements in marketing its Duet and Cabrio Steam Dryers, as well as the Maytag brand Bravo Steam Dryer manufactured by Whirlpool, because these products do not produce or use steam. Instead, they spray water from a cold water source into a heated drum, which tumble dries the wet clothes in the same manner as conventional dryers. Whirlpool claimed that evaporation from the heated clothes is steam, but the jury rejected that defense, finding that Whirlpool violated the Illinois Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

With Judge Amy St. Eve presiding, the eight-woman, one-man jury made its determination of facts in the case upon deliberating for one day, after hearing from more than 19 witnesses during the 11-day trial...

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Extreme justice is extreme injustice.

-Marcus Tullius Cicero, statesman,
orator, writer (106-43 BCE)

Monday, October 18, 2010

Documentary spotlights Berrien inmates, kids

DePaul University film team hopes to capture how severely children are affected when a parent is serving time

By Scott Aiken - H-P Thursday, September 9, 2010

ST. JOSEPH - When a mother is convicted of a crime and goes to jail, the punishment may not fall on her alone.
Children, unable to understand why their parent is gone, often suffer lasting harm.
"The effect of a woman leaving for a few months is devastating, it's heart-wrenching," said Kim Clark, part of a documentary film team that has been working in the Berrien County jail since July....

Policy matters
wrote on Sep 9, 2010 4:46 PM:
"...There is nothing at all contradictory about the notion that very bad social outcomes - in this case, the prospect of children growing up with one or both parents incarcerated and the myriad associated problems - can be a result of both irresponsible personal behavior and bad policy. Certainly, parents ought to consider the well-being of their children when they engage in risky, illegal,and unethical behavior. Acknowledging this fact, however, it is still the case that incarceration policies in this country are badly out of whack. The rate at which we imprison people is the highest in the world, there is little evidence of any safety benefits accruing to this rate, and there is a great deal of harm that comes from placing almost two and a half million people behind bars at any given time. One of the harms being the incidence of broken families. "

wrote on Sep 9, 2010 5:16 PM:
" America, land of the free, has the largest prison population in the world. Since 1980, the US prison population has risen 400% and the trend continues upward.

The cost to our society is simply unsustainable. One-third of all black males are either in jail, or on parole/probation. Half of all black males have criminal records...We continue to enforce a 'War on Drugs' that costs over $100,000,000,000 a year and has only made the black market more lucrative for both the suppliers and dealers as well as members of the arrest and punishment industry while creating an unemployable underclass that is a cause, in large measure, of the results reported in the HP story. "

Gotta Wonder wrote on Sep 9, 2010 5:18 PM:
" I understand that we should have zero tolerance for crime. But this documentary is addressing a particular aspect of crime and its effect on children.

I think the point is, who will teach these children? Their parents may not be the best role models, but who really gets punished when they are incarcerated and not even able to care for their children in the most basic sense? So, who gets the job? Grandparents, the State, and perhaps a little attention from a social worker at school.

Particularly with women, I think there is a lot of incentive to go straight and sober up, so to speak, if it means rebuilding the family. I think the Fresh Start program has had some success.

It isn't necessarily in the best interest of children of offenders or society to issue lengthy sentences to mothers. Once the bond of mother and child is removed, mothers lose incentive to improve their lives and the kids start to drift toward crime. We are talking about people who have been raised in a cycle, a culture, a heritage of crime. "

Policy matters
wrote on Sep 10, 2010 10:21 AM:
" To Logician: There is nothing in my first post to suggest that I think incarceration is never appropriate for parents. What I am claiming is that our country locks up far more people than is optimal, with no appreciable safety benefit, an enormous burden on state budgets, and a host of very serious social harms. One of these social harms, as depicted by the documentary in question, is borne by the children of the incarcerated.

Prison time is no doubt warranted for parents who pose a genuine threat to society. Likewise, all parents ought to be compelled by the state to abide by the law. There is quite a lot of careful thought, however, to suggest that this compulsion as currently applied is grossly inefficient in many ways. What we need, and what is clearly possible, is a criminal justice system that better provides the desirable outcomes of a safe and orderly society without the massive externalities of the current system. Such a system will almost certainly entail locking up many fewer people, parents included. "

wrote on Sep 10, 2010 1:37 PM:
" These jails are owned by private corporations they rely on incarcerations....more people in jail=$ "

Sunday, October 17, 2010

BH cops chief: Cuts won't hurt public
Police union officials say they are skeptical, will file labor charge

By Julie Swidwa-H-P, Saturday, September 18, 2010

BENTON HARBOR - Police Chief Roger Lange said public safety will not be compromised with the loss of nine full-time patrol officers.
But a labor representative for the police officers' union and the local union president said they're not so sure. The Benton Harbor Police Officers Association is preparing to file an unfair labor practice charge against the city, union President James Wilkins said Friday after a news conference.
The layoffs leave the city with 11 full-time patrol officers, Lange said.
Union representatives held an impromptu conference of their own outside City Hall.
Mike Woronko, a Police Officers Labor Council representative from Rockford, Mich., said the conference inside reminded him of "a scene from 'Animal House'" in which "one minute the guy says 'Don't panic,' and the next minute they're all trampled."
"I don't quite believe everything I heard in there," Woronko said.
Woronko said he also wonders why a donation from Whirlpool can't be used to retain full-time officers.
"Whirlpool is a private company, and they can give money to anyone to use in any form they want to, but it seems odd they'd give money to an outside agency so they can send people here on overtime instead of sending it right to Benton Harbor and we could keep people on straight time..."

Paul wrote on Sep 18, 2010 2:51 PM:
" If laying off officers will not affect public safety, then why were they on the force in the first place? The chief's statement was unwise. "

concerned wrote on Sep 18, 2010 5:15 PM:
" How pathetic are those that believe that the loss of 9 full time officers won't hurt. How pathetic it still is that the city pays HUGE $$$ for outsiders to come in and cut the force so they could get their salary paid..."

Facts wrote on Sep 19, 2010 10:38 AM:
" The fact is that Whirpool donated money to help law enforcement in Benton Harbor. The problem is they donated it to another agency to patrol the city, while cops in Benton Harbor are losing their jobs and will now be forced into part time positions with no benefits... Instead of paying BH cops at straight pay, they will be paying higher paid Berrien County officers at overtime pay. "

wrote on Sep 19, 2010 3:32 PM:
" It is a fair question since Benton Harbor does not handle it's own finances- why wouldn't Whirlpool donate the money to keep these officers employed? Could it be that Whirlpool just wants their own town with their own police so why should they support the community they used until they got all the waterfront and now aid in disbanding it.
Granholm did an incredible job with her task force to revitalize Benton Harbor. She has done nothing but help it be wiped out. This is just the final blow to get rid of Benton Harbor and Harbor Shores will take it's place. Wake up people - it is so obvoius. "

Mike Woronko wrote on Sep 19, 2010 9:08 PM:
" I'm not blaming Whirlpool for anything. But apparently some readers can't do simple math. You can make money go further on straight time than on overtime. That is the point. If you are concerned about getting the most bang for your buck, you don't pay some one else more to do the same job. "

what a mess wrote on Sep 20, 2010 9:05 PM:
" Just a little information...there are no benefits-the officers are losing those, the part time is not guaranteed, and in truth because the department is offering this part-time crap it will mess up the officer's unemployment. "

Saturday, October 16, 2010

BH city commissioners to take Harris complaints to Lansing
[lansing meeting never happened]

State's emergency manager short on communication and collaboration, commissioners say
By Julie Swidwa-H-P Tuesday, September 21, 2010

[The problem is not Harris. The problem is Whirlpool which runs gov. Granholm, Joe Harris, and the city commission. And the county and Herald Palladium. Corporate greed on steriods.]

BENTON HARBOR - He was sent to fix the city's finances. But the Benton Harbor City Commission thinks Joseph Harris is causing more harm than good. The commission voted Monday to send a delegation to Lansing to meet with the state's Emergency Loan Board to air its concerns about the emergency financial manager.
"We've made an honest attempt to develop a relationship with the EFM," said Commissioner Marcus Muhammad. "We recognize the fiscal authority of the EFM, but there is a great concern in the community."
Harris told The Herald-Palladium earlier he will not respond to criticism by commissioners and will do the job he was sent to Benton Harbor to do.

always positive wrote on Sep 21, 2010 1:43 PM:
" If the commission didn't give whirlpool the ridiculous tax breaks, they would have the money to kick Harris out of town. Anything whirlypool wants whirlypool gets. No wonder they stick around. "

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Commissioners OK tax abatements for Whirlpool construction

By Scott Aiken-H-P Friday, October 1, 2010
ST. JOSEPH - Tax abatements sought by Whirlpool Corp. as incentives for $86 million in new construction got a green light Thursday from the Berrien County Board of Commissioners.
The board without dissent voted to extend Renaissance Zone status for the site of the company's proposed world headquarters campus in downtown Benton Harbor, and for its Edgewater Technology Center in St. Joseph and call center in Benton Township...

Could Pay For Construction With 92 Million Dollar Criminal Fine
wrote on Oct 1, 2010 2:06 PM:
--whirlpool could pay for all of this new construction with the money it is going to use to pay its $92 Million Criminal Fine for Anti-Trust Price Fixing instead of demanding tax incentives and abatements from the Tax Payers (of whom some may have been ripped off by buying higher priced appliances from the global aplliance giant so those lucky duckies are paying Twice).

oh well. we still have harbor shores !!!!

Jim wrote on Oct 1, 2010 2:29 PM:
--Dear "Could Pay"....what do you expect? After all, it's WHIRLPOOL, and we are all expected to bow down and worship the ground they walk on, right? I agree with you 100%. Somehow they must preserve the financial opportunity for Fettig to get his sickening annual bonus...and perhaps this is the way, eh?

The Federal Farmer wrote on Oct 1, 2010 10:12 PM:
--What a bunch of criminals!

Friday, October 08, 2010

"It is very evident that political neglect, oppression, racism and discrimination are alive, well and thriving in St. Joseph/Berrien County"

Date: 5 October 2010
From: Tiffany Henderson

RE: Discrimination in Berrien Country (Eddie Peek Death)

On 15 May 2010 my father, Mr. Eddie Peek (Afro-American 61 yrs of age), was rear-ended and killed by a drunken driver, Paige Karsten (Caucasian 21 yrs of age) at 2:21am while traveling on I-94 eastbound to Benton Harbor after picking up newspapers from Herald Palladium, his place of employment. The impact from the crash was so great that Mr. Peek’s (herein after called the victim) van flipped and the rear caught fire (extinguished by a witness). When the Benton Township Police Department (BTPD) arrived at the scene it was obvious that Paige (hereinafter called the perpetrator) was drunk.

Per the police report the following bullets are known facts:
· The victim died at 3:25am at Lakeland Hospital from injuries sustained from the accident.
· The perpetrator was speeding drunk and hit the victim without breaking.
· Officer Robert Fuller found the perpetrator walking around in the median area after hitting the victim.
· Strong odors of intoxicants were coming from perpetrator‘s breath/her eyes were bloodshot red & her speech was slurred.
· The perpetrator said she only had 2 “Jaeger-bombs” at Nacho Papa’s.
· The perpetrator was not able to recite the alphabet from D to P, only reciting “D,E”.
· The perpetrator could not do the one-leg stand, only being able to raise her left foot 6” from the ground a dropping it saying she could not do this.
· The perpetrator stumbled to the right when taking to take her first step in the walk-in-turn test and did not walk heel-to-toe but took steps with her feet apart.
· The perpetrator was charge w/Operating a vehicle While Intoxicated Causing Death.
· The perpetrator’s Breath Test result at scene (administered by Officer Fuller) was 0.201% and blood alcohol content from blood specimen (administered at Lakeland Hospital at 4:40am) was 0.217%.
· The accident scene was cleared and cleaned up of all debris and both cars were towed to Jeff’s Towing Yard by 3:30am
· The accident scene was not preserved because officers were not notified of the victim’s death until after 3:30am.

Other known facts:

· The Herald Palladium has not published any news relative to the case or accident since 5/17/10 and has not responded to inquires from the family regarding their lack of coverage considering the victim was killed while working.
· The Herald Palladium has historically and continues to report “front page” news on other accidents, murders and criminal cases when black on black, black on white or white on white outside of St. Joseph/Berrien County.
· The State Police not being called to the scene when the accident occurred in their jurisdiction.
· Officer Robert Fuller addressed the perpetrator as “Paige” and the perpetrator addressed the Officer Fuller as “Bobby” at the scene.
· The perpetrator was allowed to talk on her cell phone for 10 to 15mins in back of the police car prior to being transported from the accident scene.
· Officers were at the hospital (with the perpetrator) when the victim died at 3:25am, yet officer(s) at the crime scene said they were not notified of his death in time to preserve the scene.
· No photos were taken of the scene on the date of accident.
· Because the scene was cleared no attempts were made to reconstruct the scene.
· The BTPD refused to release a copy of the police report (public documentation) and accident records ( CDs) to the family of the victim until August 2010 after numerous requests had been made by the family.
· The Prosecuting Attorney (PA) Michael Sepic met w/the family members of the victim for the first time on 9/30/10 to discuss the status of the perpetrator’s case after being non responsive to prior requests from the victim’s family.
· PA said to the victim’s family, “he was sorry for making so many mistakes” “don’t we (victim’s family) make mistakes too”.
· The PA told victim’s family it’s not the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office responsibility to investigate the accident, but to prosecute on information provided by the police dept.
· The PA said “Anything the perpetrator did prior to killing the victim (drinking at two bars, possibly driving faster the 80mph and possible DUI priors) was irrelevant. He was only concern was the victim being dead, the perpetrator being drunk and what the police has to say.
· When the victim’s family asked the PA why the perpetrator was not being charged with Vehicular Manslaughter or Second Degree Murder, he responded “because I don’t have time” and “I don’t feel like it”.
· PA provided the victim’s family with “new” toxicology report dated 5/25/10 with the blood alcohol level of the perpetrator being .18. He stated the initial report was incorrect because the serum was tested and not the whole blood.
· PA provided the victim’s family with “new” evidence. A toxicology report dated 5/25/10 with the blood alcohol level of the victim being .06. He said the defense attorney would question the victim’s blood alcohol level and him not wearing a seat belt.
· PA said the perpetrator could possibility be sentenced to 1-3yrs or less.
· PA told the victim’s family that a nationwide criminal check was conducted and the perpetrator had no priors. Yet when asked to provide a copy of the CHH report he refused saying it was against the law (Law Enforcement Act). When asked for a written statement he also refused.
· PA said to the victim’s family “hasn’t Ms. Karsten suffered enough”.
· Since the perpetrator was charged, a judge has recused himself, three/four court dates have resulted in continuances, the trail was scheduled for October because the perpetrator had classes and the trial was adjourned by the court on 10/1/10 (with possibly reschedule in Feb. or March of 2011) as a result of “new evidence” (toxicology report) dated 5/25/10 that Mr. Sepic said he received in mid September.

The Berrien County Courthouse, Prosecuting Attorney Office and Benton Township Police Dept. have historically and continue to blatantly legitimize the differences in the judicial process used for “Blacks” and for “Whites." Based upon the reports/evidence provided by their offices, documented/verbal admittance of numerous mistakes, multiple court continuances, the PA’s refusal to provide requested material (full reports), the lack of media coverage by the Herald Palladium, and the arrogant/unprofessional/non-responsive/misleading manner in which the PA has dealt with the victim’s family. It is very evident that political neglect, oppression, racism and discrimination are alive, well and thriving in St. Joseph/Berrien County. I’m requesting support from the NAACP (and any other partnering Civil Rights organizations) to ensure the prejudice in this case is made public and stopped, as well as ensuring the victim rights of my family and other minorities in Benton Harbor are not continually violated by the discriminatory judicial processes of Berrien County. I was taught the Government is “for the people”, yet in Berrien County “the people” don’t include minorities.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Excerpts From Speeches Given at the August 10 Benton Harbor Rally

“All is not well here in Benton Harbor. Look at our educational system. Whirlpool started this 40 years ago. They came in with a plan to make all the people illiterate. They corrupted our school system, took away our hospital, you have to go to St. Joseph to see the doctor. I want the people here in Benton Harbor to wake up. We have to come together. We can’t fight this giant alone. We have to unite. Whirlpool is the devil; people are tired, people are broken and broke. It’s time to rise up, its going to take doing what we’re doing here today.” Belinda Brown, formerly of Benton Harbor

“I came up here not only to support this struggle but to stand shoulder to shoulder with you. You’ve got friends in Southern Illinois. Whirlpool closed down our plant and threw 1000 people out of work. It took $35 million out of the coffers and people are hurting bad. We don’t have any industry coming in, its all closing down and leaving. These corporations are planning on privatizing everything, all of our land, all of our resources, taking our water, our air. The only people they are depriving are the poor. They can’t take from the rich.” — Cathy Talbott, Southern IL

“What is the worst part to me is the way the courts have acted to facilitate this entire thing. … that they would set aside the most basic process of democracy, and set aside a recall election so they could make a few more dollars. The people of Berrien County have to remove these people. And I mean Jennifer Granholm too. The Democrats are just as bad as the Republicans.” — John Mann, Kalamazoo

“...The power of the people is stronger than the man’s technology. The struggle in Benton Harbor is being carried out throughout this nation. These apartheid dogs are taking land from the people...” — Larry Pinkney, MN

“We are still dealing with the same issues – police terrorism, political prisoners … they are taking this land, the occupying army... Whirlpool is symbolic to BP; Whirlpool is the BP of Benton Harbor. We have to draw the connection from them making this move on this land here to the police terrorism in Oakland California. Power to the people.” —Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr., Chicago

“This week in downtown Detroit they are talking about taking the land right on the water. They are talking about taking the land in every major city in this country. They are talking about not just the land, but your heart, your soul, stealing everything and then rolling your bones over. We are standing on the bones of Native Americans...Rev. Pinkney has fought a valiant battle. We stand with Rev. Pinkney. He epitomizes what it means to be a true warrior in this battle.” — Ron Scott, Detroit

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

LG Electronics Seeks $60 Million From Whirlpool in Dryer Advertising Case By Andrew M. Harris - Oct 4, 2010

LG Electronics USA Inc. asked a federal court jury to award it $60 million in profits the company’s attorney said Whirlpool Corp. reaped by falsely advertising the steam capabilities of its clothes dryers.

LG lawyer Lawrence Desideri made his request to the panel of 10 women and one man today at the start of what is expected to be a three-week trial at the U.S. courthouse in Chicago.

“Whirlpool falsely represented that its dryers created and used steam,” when in reality they didn’t, Desideri said. That misrepresentation, he said, injured consumers and his client, a unit of Seoul-based LG...

Monday, October 04, 2010

Whirlpool Corporation under investor investigation over possible breaches of fiduciary duty
Investigation on behalf of investors of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) over possible breaches of fiduciary duty
– WHR stockholders should contact the Shareholders Foundation, Inc at

PRLog (Press Release) – Oct 04, 2010 – An investigation on behalf of current investors of Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) over possible breaches of fiduciary duty by certain officers and directors of Whirlpool Corp. after its Brazilian subsidiary admitted to price fixing.

If you are a current long term investor in Whirlpool Corporation (NYSE:WHR) securities, and/or have any information relating the investigation, you have certain options and you should contact the Shareholders Foundation at or call +1(858) 779 – 1554.

The investigation by a law firm concerns whether certain officers and directors of Whirlpool Corporation breached their fiduciary duty owed to WHR investors after its Embraco North America Inc., subsidiary admitted to price fixing. The investigation seeks to determine whether certain officers and directors at Whirlpool were negligent in overseeing the Embraco subsidiary to detect antitrust violations...

Sunday, October 03, 2010

This is the type of speech we want to hear from all candidates! Vitale's views on state prisons come at the end

Video: Fred Vitale, Green Party candidate for State Representative of district 3.


Saturday, October 02, 2010

FBI Top Ten News Stories for the Week
Written by FBI
Saturday, 2 October 2010

Washington, DC - FBI’s Top Ten News Stories for the Week Ending October 1, 2010:

1. Albuquerque: Arizona Fugitives Indicted on Capital Charges - Arizona fugitives John McCluskey, Tracy Province, and their accomplice, Casslyn Welch, were indicted in connection with the August 2, 2010 carjacking and murder of Gary and Linda Haas of Oklahoma.
2. Detroit: Panasonic Corp. and Whirlpool Corp. Subsidiary Agree to Plead Guilty for Role in Price-Fixing Conspiracy Involving Refrigerant Compressors - Panasonic Corporation and a Whirlpool Corporation subsidiary pled guilty and were criminally fined $140.9 million for their role in an international conspiracy to fix the prices of refrigerant compressors.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Whirlpool unit fined in price-fix plan
Page 11A of Friday, October 1, 2010 issue of The Detroit News
Embraco pays $92M, cooperates in probe that slaps Panasonic
BY JACLYN TROP, The Detroit News
A subsidiary of Michigan-based Whirlpool and Panasonic Corp. have agreed to plead guilty and pay $141 million in fines for their involvement in an international conspiracy to fix the prices of household and commercial refrigerant compressors.