to Save Rev. Edward Pinkney
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Detroit, Michigan December 12, 2015
Updated time: 12:30pm to 4:30pm.
Dinner served afterwards.
Chairperson/ Welcome – Abayomi Azikiwe
Opening remarks - Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney
Legal update – Attorney Tim Holloway; Mark Fancher of ACLU
Taped message from Baltimore Peoples Power Assembly
Conditions facing Rev. Pinkney – Marcina Cole
Media coverage – elevating the profile of Rev. Pinkney – Abayomi Azikiwe
CARDS/CALLS/CONTRIBUTE Campaign – David Sole
Meetings with Lansing Officials – J. Miller and David Sole
Reports and discussion
- Benton Harbor
- Lansing – Dr. James Anderson
- Lamont Lilly – Workers World Vice-Presidential candidate
- Milwaukee – Polly Hughes
- Trade union support – Tom Michalak
- Brian Pfeiffer – southern union organzier
- Campuses; other
Michigan political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney, fears for his life. With phone access denied, he is isolated in the far north Marquette Branch Prison, 500 miles from his wife, attorney and supporters. He recently wrote:
"I was transferred to Marquette Prison, shackled, mistreated, and intimidated. I was forced to strip on five different occasions. I am forced into overcrowding, inadequate exercise, lack of clean clothing, and inadequate medical care.
"I believe that [they] have put a hit on me, inside the prison system. I believe they are trying to force me to die in prison. If I do not survive this, you will know the reason why.
"The blatantly unconstitutional conduct by Judge Sterling Schrock, Prosecutor Mike Sepic, Sheriff Bailey, and the all-white jury have placed my life in danger.
"I need you to stand with me against the corrupt, broken system, a criminal enterprise operating in Berrien County and across the country--a lynch mob in black robes and three-piece suits."
Rev. Pinkney's family and supporters agree that his life is in danger. Racist guards are whipping up hostility among the 80% white prisoners against Rev. Pinkney. He lacks clean clothes, decent food, adequate medical care and exercise. Rev. Pinkney turned 67 at the end of October. We need to come together to put this critical situation before the whole nation and the entire world.
Initial Endorsers: Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (mecawi.org); Observers in the Court; Pan African News Wire (panafricannews.blogspot.com); Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board (in exile); Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures; Workers World Party;