[Photo of judges at the end of this article includes the caption: Berrien County is renowned for its racist court system, which incarcerates more African-Americans proportionately than any other county in Michigan.]
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Since the Senior PGA tournament was being held for the second time on stolen Benton Harbor land, a May 24 protest march was organized by Rev. Edward Pinkney. However, he was arrested days before the tournament. Berrien County sheriff and deputies along with Benton Harbor police surrounded his house and drove repeatedly around his block in a "show of force." They are receiving orders from above to intimidate him and continue the policy of keeping the town in a state of seige and constant fear.
The protest march was well organized by Pinkney, and was able to go on without him. Speakers stated that corporate strings were pulled to have him put on house arrest, and be given the order not to use his computer. Both Pinkney and Benton Harbor resident James Cornelius have been charged with election fraud. The trumped up charges allege that these careful and lawful men changed dates on petitions and had people sign petitions twice. Both have court hearings in May. Pinkney's is May 30, 8:30am, Berrien County Courthouse. At the May 24 protest Cornelius said he had to resort to using a court appointed defense attorney, and that the sheriff showed up at his door repeatedly regarding the petitions.
Protesters marched through Benton Harbor demanding that activist Pinkney be released while awaiting trial. Jim Bussler, a republican candidate for Michigan US House 6th District seat challenging Fred Upton, attended the march and stated, "I thought that in America one is innocent until proven guilty." Obviously, not in Benton Harbor. Pinkney has been charged with a non-violent crime and has not been convicted of anything.
Ray Kirkus contacted Pinkney with news that he was present at a recent Berrien County GOP event where fellow republicans were celebrating Pinkney's house arrest. Kirkus, republican candidate for the Berrien County Board of Commissioners 9th District seat, said that officials were trying and convicting Pinkney in a public forum before he had a fair trial. He stated that he was simply looking for the truth.
Rick Briand, also present at the event, agreed. He said Pinkney should not be on tether.
"If it can happen to him, it can happen to any of us. It seems like he has already been found guilty." Briand is a republican candidate for Berrien County 11th District seat.
Bussler on the Emergency Manager (from his campaign literature): It's a terrible idea to use Emergency Managers. The EM law is disenfranchisement of the process. Benton Harbor was under two EM's. The city remained under state control through the receivership transition advisory board appointed by governor Rick Snyder. Anything the city commissioners pass must be approved by this board before it goes into effect.
Freedom loving people from as far away as NYC, Washington DC, Philadelphia, and LA attended the May 24 protest march. New Yorker Ralph Poynter flew to support Pinkney and stated that his own struggle is for freedom of speech.
Pete Santilli, a web radio show host from GuerrillaMediaNetwork.com, said he was in Benton Harbor from LA to kick off his 11 state Take Back America tour.
We must say, "NO MORE!!"
Rev. Pinkney is gladly accepting calls:
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Saturday May 24
200 Wall St. ~ Benton Harbor
11am Press Conference
Benton Harbor is a perfect example
of what life is like under total
control by corporations and dictators.
It will be spreading to your town also.
Help put a stop to it right here!
We the people must fight for democracy.
The bigger the protest, the stronger
the message, and the greater chance
of having an impact.
We in Benton Harbor hope for 1000's.
Rev. Pinkney, still tethered & under house arrest ~
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Mass Demo in Benton Harbor, MI -- Sat. May 24
State officials claim Benton Harbor has resolved th debt issues. Not so. BH is worse off today than ever before. We're still in handcuffs with no end in sight. Gov. Snyder has executed a massive overreach of power here. We have higher taxes, no services, water bills four times higher than ever before, and the streets are in total shambles. In 2012, when the PGA first came to BH, there was no profit for BH. Our taxes paid $50K for police protection for golfers. When is enough enough?
Meet at BH city hall, 200 Wall St.
Sat. May 24, 10:30am
Press Conference 11am
The enemies of BH are:
Rep. Fred Upton, heir to Whirlpool
Why Lakeland Hospital? For these reasons:
It is the second largest employer in the area and they will not hire black people. (Well, not nearly enough.)
It's board of directors include some of the same who are on the Whirlpool board.
Black babies are born in the hospital, and too many of them die there.
Black people go in for pneumonia, etc., and die there.
Service is very poor for black people.
Two meetings have been held with hospital president Loren Hamel. He promised residents things would change. They have not. Everyone is afraid of getting sick.
We need help. Please attend the May 24 Demo!
We need help. Please attend the May 24 Demo!