Calling To All Social Justice Organizations
"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.
|Local supporters protesting Rev. Edward Pinkney's solitary confinement |
at Marquette Branch Prison, Nov. 22, 2015.
Nearly forty percent of the 2.2 million Americans in prison are Black men. This amounts to one out of every nine Black men between the ages of 20 and 34, meaning one in three Black men will be imprisoned at some point in their lifetimes. Beginning in the 1970’s, statutes meant to lower crimes rates and deter the drug trade facilitated the explosion of the US prison population, with most of the increase coming from nonviolent drug offenses. -April V. TaylorRead more.
When someone is convicted of a crime today, their “debt to society” is never paid. The “cruel hand” that Frederick Douglass spoke of more than 150 years ago has appeared once again. In this new system of control, like the last, many black men “hold up [their] heads, if at all, against the withering influence of a nation’s scorn and contempt.” -p. 163
In 1987, when media hysteria regarding black drug crime was at a fever pitch and the evening news was saturated with images of black criminals shackled in courtrooms, the Supreme Court ruled in McClesky v. Kemp that racial bias in sentencing, even if shown through credible statistical evidence, could not be challenged under the Fourteenth Amendment in the absence of clear evidence of conscious, discriminatory intent. -p. 109Read more.
In the 1960s, it was called Negro removal. In Bosnia, it was called ethnic cleansing. It is called genocide today, the deliberate destruction of a race of Black people, the removal of minority populations for the purpose of redevelopment of the land. That's what's happening in Benton Harbor, and leading the resistance is Rev. Edward Pinkney.The Berrien County court gave a resounding "No" to freedom of speech in my trial. An important civil liberties issue in my case is whether the prosecution improperly admitted evidence of my legally-protected First Amendment political activity. The problem is that much of my community activism is not popular with most of the white people in the county where I was prosecuted. We are living in a time when prosecutors are allowed to make up things and violate Constitutional protections to fit their purpose. Judges have given themselves judicial immunity for their judicial function. However, judicial immunity does not exist for judges who engage in criminal activity by aiding in the criminal activity of the prosecutor. Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic are operating criminal activities in the Berrien County court and must be stopped!