Saturday, September 16, 2017

Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside

"Michigan’s Kinross Prison Strike: Reflections from Inside is an exclusive archive of audio interviews with people currently incarcerated in Michigan who witnessed and lived through the historic September 2016 prison strike. It is a collaboration between our comrades inside, MAPS, and Rustbelt Abolition Radio."

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

General Baker my Hero, the Poor People Campaign with Rev Edward Pinkney

Martin Luther King's vision, The poor people 's campaign of 1967-68.
Why a poor people's campaign?

Just a year before his assassination at a Southern Christian Leadership Conference staff retreat in May 1967, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr proclaimed.

"I think it is necessary for us to realize that we have moved from the era of civil rights to the era of human rights... When we see that there must be a radical redistribution of economic and political power, then we see that for the last twelve years we have been in a reform movement that after Selma and the Voting Rights Bill, we moved into a new era, which must be an era of revolution.... In short, we have moved into an era where we are called upon to raise certain basic questions about the whole society."

Later that year, in December 1967, Reverend Dr. King announced the plan to bring together the poor people from across the country for a new march on Washington. This march was to demand better jobs, better homes, better education, better lives than the ones they were living.

There can be no gainsaying the fact a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution; a technological revolution, with the in the impact of automation and cybernation, a revolution of weaponry, with the emergence of an atomic and nuclear weapon of warfare. Lastly,  there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place and the still the voice crying the vista of time saying, "behold, I made all things new, former things are passed away." 

Now, whenever anything new comes it brings with it new challenges and new opportunities. We are coming to Washington in a Poor People's Campaign. Yes, we are going to bring the tired, poor, the huddled masses. We are coming to demand our government address itself to the problem of poverty. We read in the Declaration of Independence,"we hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," but if a man doesn't have a job or, an income, he has neither life nor liberty nor the possibility for the pursuit of happiness. He merely exists.
We are coming to ask, America to be true to the huge promissory note that is signed years ago, and we are coming to engage in dramatic nonviolent action, to call attention to the gulf between promise and fulfillment, to make the invisible visible.       

Rev Edward Pinkney


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Berrien County, Michigan, is Charlottesville, Virginia, with all the hate!

Berrien County Commissioner, Dave Vollreth, would like to have a statue of Hitler put up. He is acting on the impulse of hatred, completely devoid of humanity. Dave Vollrath represents Coloma Township, Hager Township, and part of Watervliet which are about 99% white.

There are many members of the KKK, Neo-Nazi and White Supremacists who take part in a criminal activity in Berrien County and cover up for one another. Many of these people come to Berrien County meetings every Thursday and are part of the KKK, Neo-Nazi, and the White Supremacists.

This Dave Vollrath is a true racist, here are just a few examples. Dave said "... this black prince attire. I do believe the Sombitch Stole this out of her closet." Why did he have to steal it, because he is black? "She is the first person to get an email from Nigerian Prince and actually receive $20 million dollars."

Dave Vollrath states on Facebook "somebody finally found a job for Rev Al Sharpton, looking crazy, driving Miss Crazy." Dave on his Facebook page has a full page of fat black women protesting and a skinny black man with no meat on his bones, with words coming out of his mouth. "How they got so fat." Then he writes "Annnd they are off, Annnd they're off someone grab a can opener." This is a Berrien County Commissioner talking.

Dave Vollrath, Future Farmer of America, was a war tracker with guns.This is Dave talking, "This is just a thought leaking from my brain to the fingers tapping on the keyboard, but after reading a small headline this morning stating that 850 people remain in a shelter in Louisianna several weeks after flooding in Louisianna left them homeless. They are in the shelter waiting for someone else to come help do something for them." Read that again WTF! Are you kidding me?

"I'm looking for neither praise, nor hate, but come on, there have been people down there helping from day one doing everything they can to help, but you have to get out and do something to get yourself out of there. Whether I was in there alone or had a family of twelve. I would be out of there doing all I can to help myself. starting over from scratch if that was necessary, is this the way we are now?"

"People so coddled and used to being taken care of, that they have no desire, no skills, or ambition to do for themselves. Would you sit around for weeks, with thousands, now down to hundreds of other people waiting for aids? Many people are just too lazy to help them selves."

The Charlottesville, Virginia, and Berrien County,  White supremacists have given the good people and opportunity to come together and confront Berrien  County racist commissioners. Parts 2-3-4-5-6 are coming... 
Rev Edward Pinkney 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Berrien County, Michigan, is Charlottesville, Virginia, with all the hate!

There are many members of the KKK, neo-nazi, and white supremacists who take part in violence as criminals and thugs right in our own back yard in Berrien County, Michigan.

The white supremacists are still hanging nooses and burning crosses in Berrien County and the Board of Commissioner's and the Sheriff's Department are leading the charge against our black citizens.

Violence broke out in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a loose connection of white supremacist, white nationalist, neo-Nazi's and many others far-right extremists assembled to protest the city's decision to remove a towering statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee. A non-violent, white protestor, Heather Heyer 32,  was killed, when a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of peaceful protestors, also injuring twenty other people.

We can not hide from our history of slavery and torture of blacks and the continuing
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of torture today. The time has come to make clear the difference between properly acknowledging our past and glorifying the darkest chapter of America's racist history.

ConfederatI, Rev Edward Pinkney, personally feel the Gen Robert E Lee and Stonewall Jackson statues, the Confederate flag, the Confederate monuments should be removed. If we are going to protest these things, we should also protest the American flag. We have caught just as much hell under the American flag as we have  under the Confederate flag and symbols.

The black people in this country have a bigger problem than the Confederate flag and monuments. The real problem is the American people. We must stand together --black, white, brown, red, yellow -- against this racist government. We must confront this racist government city by city, county by county and state by state.

We must stand together!     
Rev Edward Pinkney

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Rustbelt Abolition Radio, ep. 8: Schools, Prisons, and Abolitionist Futures

Listen to the latest episode from Michigan's own Rustbelt Abolition Radio!

"In this episode we explore the parallel ways in which the institutions of prisons and schools work to reproduce our current society, racial capitalism, as well as the challenges and possibilities we face in its transformation. Imprisoned intellectual Harold “HH” Gonzales tells us about the history of school segregation and the construction of the so-called school to prison pipeline. We also hear from Erica Meiners, who discusses how schools are embedded in carceral regimes, and encourages us to view them through the wider lens of abolitionist struggle. We conclude the episode with imprisoned artist Steven Hibbler, on how the policing and criminalization of Black and Brown youth prefigure the racist carceral logic of our society."

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 18, 11:30 am, Lansing: Millions for Prisoners Solidarity Demonstration

Millions for Prisoners Solidarity Demonstration

a nationwide weekend of action against mass incarceration and prison slavery

Friday, August 18, 11:30 am
Wentworth Park - 100 N. Grand Ave, Lansing 48933

Join a demonstration in solidarity with the Millions for Prisoners march on Washington. The Washington march has been called by the grassroots iamWE Prisoner Solidarity Network ( This is part of a nationwide weekend of action against mass incarceration and prison slavery.

Bring water, good shoes, signs, banners, and DRUMS OR OTHER NOISE MAKERS.

Join the Facebook event

Michigan Abolition and Prisoner Solidarity (MAPS)

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Two More Cases of Sexual Torture by Berrien County Deputies

Two more women who were sexually assaulted and sexually tortured while in the Berrien County jail by five Berrien County Sheriff Department deputies have come forward and added to a lawsuit filed last week according to Southfield, Michigan, lawyer Lennox Emanuel. They join five other women whose lawsuit was filed July 24, 2017, Berrien County Court in front of Dennis Wiley.

The county case includes two deputies named in the federal case and three new deputies, who work at the jail. Sheriff Paul Bailey always covers up for the deputies, because he feels they are above the law. Bailey said all three are still employed and will continue to be.

Of the three sheriff deputies who were named in the federal cases, two resigned and one was fired, but no arrest, no charges have been filed against the law enforcement officers.

A Federal lawsuit was also filed on April of 2016 by ten other women, who were assaulted and tortured in by Berrien County deputies. They are being represented by a different attorney. The federal lawsuit is scheduled to go to trial July 23, 2018, and will be heard by former Berrien County judge, Paul Maloney, a very dishonest judge, in my opinion.

Berrien County prosecutor Mike Sepic said in an e-mail that he has not been asked to review any of the sexual assaults and sexual torture cases. None of the Berrien County deputies are being investigated for sexual assault or sexual torture or any other criminal conduct and will not be investigated.

Attorney Emanuel said almost all of the plaintiffs in both lawsuits are petite, white women, who were struggling with some form of addiction. He said many of the women were afraid to step forward, because they thought they were the only one being harassed and feared retaliation from law enforcement which has a history of retaliation. In some cases, he said the deputies continued to sexually assault, harass, and torture the women even after they were no longer incarcerated.

They are vulnerable white women. The sheriff department has a pattern for decades of sexually assaulting, harassing, and torturing female inmates; nobody has been arrested nobody goes to jail.

The protector, becomes the predator.               

Rev. Edward Pinkney

Friday, August 04, 2017

Prosecutor Mike Sepic Only Represents the White Community

Here is the latest saga in the ruthless pursuit of the corporate rule gripping the city of Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Whirlpool Corporation, is now responsible for the death of 79 people in the London high rise apartment fire, due to a bad appliance in June of 2017.

The former puppet Mayor of Benton Harbor, James Hightower, along with the county clerk Sharon Tyler, Election Clerk Carolyn Toliver, who have never sworn in and finger printed and turned the recall petition over to the sheriff deputy without a warrant, subpoena or court order, Sheriff Paul Bailey 's  leadership is questionable. The sheriff department is in shambles, more than fifty women have been sexually assaulted and sexually tortured by Berrien County sheriff department and Prosecutor Mike Sepic and Judge Sterling Schrock, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Art Cotter, and Judge Dennis Wiley; the corruption rolls on!

Prosecutor Mike Sepic attempted to get a subpoena to raid the new defense court appointed attorney's office. I am looking forward to that action by Prosecutor Mike Sepic. The judges and prosecutor Mike Sepic are working together against the new court appointed attorneys.

In the government, the prosecutor's office represents the state and the people in each county. Prosecutor Mike Sepic only represents the white community or just white people. The county prosecutor is vested with the power to represent the people on behalf of the commonwealth's interest.The prosecutor begins kicking the political football down the road, by using their propaganda machine, which is the fascist Herald Palladium newspaper, by influencing people with the promise of protection of the victims of crime and safe guarding, when actually innocent people are wrongfully convicted.

Prosecutors, like Mike Sepic, are sworn to search for the truth, but Mike Sepic takes pleasure in poisoning the black community, knowing that only 33% of the white people in Berrien County are good people and 67% are bad to the bone.

Prosecutor Mike Sepic egregious practice of failing to seek the truth to prevent the actual innocent from suffering a gross miscarriage of justice. Our broken system continues to rear its ugly head by wrongfully imprisoning innocent people.

There is a timely quote by the late Senator Barry Goldwater about the system,"Now those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to enforce their own version of heaven on earth and let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyranny."  It is frightening to know that our lives are subject to these elected officials, who are sworn to uphold their oath to seek the truth at all cost but refuse to do so.

Historically these elected officials have engaged in misrepresenting the truth by twisting the laws to trap tax paying citizens to pad their resume’ with convictions of innocent victims. The question is, when they the protector become the predator, do our lives really matter to prosecutor and judges?   

Sunday, July 30, 2017

MDOC Callously Fails to Protect Imprisoned People from Harm

A 23-year-old young man from Muskegon has needlessly lost his life after MDOC failed to respond to his pleas for help and protection from a hostile cell-mate. These completely preventable murders happen frequently under MDOC's negligent administration, but in this rare instance others bravely spoke up and Detroit Metro Times broke the story. Shame on MDOC.

Inmates: Michigan prisoner killed by cellmate for being gay, guards ignored repeated pleas for help

When the Protector Becomes the Predator

Sexual violence at the hands of Berrien County Sheriff's Department has multiplied. This year we have already seen a steady trickle of news stories detailing police sexual harassment, sexual assaults, sexual torture, molestation, rape by the Berrien County sheriff deputies. The question is how far up, does sexual torture go? Does sexual torture reach as high as Sheriff Paul Bailey? Does sexual torture reach County Prosecutor Mike Sepic who refuses to arrest anyone? Does sexual torture reach Judge Dennis Wiley, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Art Cotter, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Sterling Schrock?

There are rumors that Sheriff Paul Bailey, may be part of the sexual torture of the women happening inside the Berrien County Sheriff Department. Over 50 women have been involved in the sexual attacks by the sheriff department deputies.

One of the victims said, "I was so terrified." The Berrien County Sheriff's Department is like organized gangster mob.

One of the deputies would drive by my house and flash his lights into my home. He would park on the corner and watch my house.
I could not go to the police in Berrien County. The police will protect and lie for each other and would put information concerning law enforcement about sex crimes under the rug.

When the protector becomes the predator, this is the police violence we are not talking about.  Their job is to serve and protect, not to sexual assault and sexually torture women.

The number one problem is when you have a prosecutor like Mike Sepic, who has no respect for women and also believes that he and the sheriff's department are above the law. In our criminal justice system, justice is totally absent from Berrien County, Michigan

All the sexual assaults and the sexual torture by the Berrien County Sheriff's Department should tell the American people something about the justice system, the people are too brainwashed to see it.The American people rush to the defense of the police and they praise prosecutors for false charges, and give the judges a free pass for sending innocent people to prison.

When the protector becomes the predator, sex offenses, sexual assaults, and sexual torture can multiply. When the sheriff, prosecutor, and judges continue to allow sexist attacks on women, they tolerate wrong doing, ignore citizen complaints and fail to supervise the Berrien County sheriff deputies. The Berrien County Sheriff's Department and the Berrien County Courthouse are in shambles. We must confront the corruption inside Berrien County.          

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Five More Women Sexually Tortured by Berrien County Deputies. No Arrest!

Five more women are suing Berrien County and several sheriff deputies; more sexual misconduct, more sexual torture, more sexual assaults. A federal lawsuit was filed last year by 10 of the possible 50 women, who have been sexually tortured.

The latest lawsuit filed on Monday, July 24, 2017, by Southfield lawyer Lennox Emanual on behalf of five women alleges five more deputies were employees in Berrien County when the sexual assault and sexual torture of the female inmates between 2012 and 2016 began.

Two of the five women are also named in the still pending federal lawsuit filed in 2016 in U.S. District Court. The former sheriff deputies coerced female inmates into sex and then tortured the women, in some cases after their release. In an amended complaint filed in May, one of the women said an unnamed Berrien County Commissioner had witnessed McGrew meeting with her to provide money at a public business.

In the lawsuit filed in Berrien County this week, sexual assault, sexual torture and battery, gross negligence and intentional infliction and distress on the part of the individual defendants and hostile environment on the part of Berrien County.

One woman said that between February 2014 and July 2015. Two deputies repeatedly demanded sexual favors in exchange for benefits. The deputies instructed her to pose in various sexual position, while she was jailed for various periods between 2012 and 2016, another deputy provided her with drugs and requested sex in exchange for extra food.

Another female said she was forced by one of the five deputies to pose naked and dance in front of a camera.

Another woman said that in 2015, while she was on supervised release from jail, a deputy requested sex in exchange for money and drugs. The deputy took her to his house on the pretense of offering her work and made her accompany him to a law enforcement conference in the city of Detroit and forced to sleep with him at the hotel.

Judges, Prosecutors, and Police Officers believe themselves to be superior, detached from community they are supposed to be protecting. We must hold them accountable for their actions.    

Rev Edward Pinkney

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Benton Harbor Schools Superintendent, School Board and Whirlpool Corporation Fire Hull Principal !

Benton Harbor School Board of Trustees fired the principal of International Academy at Hull on Tuesday, after almost an hour in closed session.

Benton Harbor School trustees made no comments before approving the termination of principal Romel Bryant, the principal who turned the school around,  by a 5 to 1 vote. Mr Bryant was doing an excellent job, improving the condition, the attitude of the students and turned a troubled school into something special.

After the meeting Superintendent Shelly Walker, a puppet for Whirlpool Corporation said the analysis done for the school board about Bryant’s performance speaks for itself. 

Mr. Bryant created a safe and efficient learning environment. He made this job number one in Benton Harbor. Mr. Bryant was what Benton Harbor School system needed, the improvement was tremendous.

Superintend Shelly Walker said, “We feel that the standard was not met by Mr. Bryant.” Shelly Walker said, “We have certain performance expectation for our employees and no one is above them, regardless if you are improving the school and helping the students.” She wanted Mr. Bryant to suspend students and Mr. Bryant refused to do so.

Whirlpool is in total control of Benton Harbor school system and wanted Mr. Bryant outside the system and he was fired.

In an e-mailed statement after the meeting, Mr. Bryant said he was disappointed by the decision to fire him. He said, “I hope that my concerns of excessive suspensions and physical abuse to students do not fall on deaf ears. Nonetheless, I would like to thank the Benton Harbor School Board and the community for allowing me to lead Hull School. It was truly an experience I will never forget. I wish everyone success going forward.”

Superintendent Walker has denied there were excessive suspensions and physical abuse, but the truth is Benton Harbor has always used excessive suspensions to help Whirlpool control the community.

We must start to educate our children at all cost and keep people, who want to help.  

Monday, July 24, 2017

The City Income Tax is back on the ballot for November, it must pass

Back in 2013 Benton Harbor residents proposed a 1%  city income tax aimed at Whirlpool Corporation and all other corporations who refuse to hire Benton Harbor residence to help solve the city crisis. Whirlpool corporation and the mayor at that time, a puppet for Whirlpool, worked hard to defeat the measure through a massive campaign of lies and misinformation.

This defeat of the income tax referendum, launched an massive effort to recall the puppet mayor for Whirlpool, James Hightower. We gathered twice as many signatures required to force a recall election turning them into the corrupt election Clerk Sharon Tyler and Carolyn Toliver to verify them .

The recall election was scheduled to be held on May 6, 2014. However, at the request of Whirlpool Corporation and the puppet mayor James Hightower, the Berrien County Sheriff Department began an investigation to stop the recall election by intimidating the Benton Harbor residents who had signed the recall petition. LAW ENFORCEMENT STARTED KICKING DOORS AT 3 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING

On April 24, 2014 prosecutor Mike Sepic, another puppet for Whirlpool Corporation, decide to charge Rev. Edward Pinkney to stop the recall election.

The attack on democracy in Benton Harbor shows the corporation power structure
is determined to crush anyone who stands in their way.

Benton Harbor voters will be asked in November 2017 to approve a city income tax, after the ballot proposal was ok'd by the Benton Harbor City Commissioners on Monday July 17, 2017.

If the voters approve the proposal Benton Harbor city businesses and city residents will pay 1% on income, with non-residents, who work in the city will pay .05% tax on the portion of their income earned in the city.

Retirement, unemployment and welfare benefits, compensation for service in the armed forces along with gifts would not be subjected to the city income tax.

The Benton Harbor commissioners also approved a resolution stating that city income tax receipts will be used to repair the streets, alleys and sidewalks, and also for emergencies.

The Benton Harbor city income tax will bring in 4 million dollars every year.

Let's pass the Benton Harbor income tax.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

INN World Report, NYC


Tom Kiely hosts the INN World Report out of NYC tonight and Rev Pinkney will be on, show starts at 7:30 Eastern time.

It is anticipated the Rev. and Tom will talk for about 30 minutes. You MAY have a chance to call in while the Rev. is on or at least sometime later in the program (Tom often asks for callers the last half hour of the 2-hour show which runs 7-9 EST).

Find the streaming links here:


First and foremost Christina Wilke a white resident of Berrien County, Michigan said, she feel compelled to add the disclaimer that her letter is no way political. Christina is absolutely correct, it is racist.

She also claimed, she support the constitution, if you do support the constitution of the United State of America, you would have been protesting, the Berrien County courthouse on July 11, 2017. It is obvious  you are without morals Christina.

Joe Zangaro and Ron Kienzie both knew about the corruption inside Berrien County. The murder of Martell Hadley by a Berrien County Sheriff. The 50 or more women, who was sexually assaulted by the Berrien County sheriff department and you said nothing.Former Commissioner Robert Wooley stealing more than a million dollars and you said nothing.

All the families that has been destroyed by Judge Dennis Wiley, Judge Scott Schofield, Judge Charles LaSata, Judge Sterling Schrock,Judge Art Cotter,and prosecutors Mike Sepic and James Cherry.

Berrien County justice, the measure of menand states,has been the subject of discussion over the centuries.To define justice properly, one must consider the action of man as they they affect the well being of others. We would suggest that justice can properly bedefined as the process by which each receive, what is duehim, and it does not matter, if a person is black or white. To give to others, what is due, is the essence of justice and involves the concept of duty and obligation.This is the failure of Berrien County courthouse and why you should have been protesting on July 11.

Christina Wilke, I received more than 15, 000 letters from all over the world, denouncing the corruption inside the Berrien County Courthouse, which also include more than 50 letters from St. Joseph, Michigan and 5 from Three Oak, Michigan.

One letter really got my attention from St Joseph a wealthy white resident said 33% of all Berrien County residents were good people, but 67% are bad people , liars, corrupt and racist. She said the bad people the 67% over power the 33% that are good folks by intimidating, harassing and threatening.

I find it very sad that you did not had enough compassion or morals to stand up for the women, who were sexually assulted. Christina wilke you should have joined the protest on July 11, 2017 and help stop the corruption inside Berrien County Courthouse.

The American criminal justice system , justice is totally absent.There is no such thing as justice in Berrien County Courthouse.    
Rev Edward Pinkney

Saturday, July 15, 2017

A Welcome Home Celebration for Rev. Edward Pinkney in Detroit

Watch this 80-minute video recorded by Leona McElevene (aka "The People's Photographer"on Saturday, July 8, 2017 during the “Welcome Home Celebration for Rev. Edward Pinkney” Event, featuring Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney and Rev. Edward Pinkney. 

Sponsored by the Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs; and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (MECAWI) at St. Matthew/St. Joseph Episcopal Church, 8850 Woodward, Detroit, MI.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Judge John Donohue is not a racist judge

Judge John Donohue is not a racist. He is one of the best judges and fairest judges in the history of Berrien County. He treats Blacks and Whites fairly. He should never be considered to be unfair to any group of people.

-Rev. Pinkney

One true judge

Joseph Zangaro and Ron Kienzle will be judge by the true Judge of all judges God. There is only one true Judge that is God.Man will attempt to built up the devil, but God has the last say.

Joe and Ron should be remembered not just how they died, but how they lived. Both men knew about the corruption inside the Berrien County Courthouse justice system  and did nothing. God will let them explain and you do not get extra point for being a law enforcemen officers.All the families that was destroyed by Berrien County .

I asked Joe, if you witness Judge Wiley, Judge LaSata, or Judge Schofield breaking the law, what would you do? He refused to answer. Joe knew how bad the corruption was inside the Berrien County courthouse, but he did nothing. God is going to remember, how you lived.God is going to remember the darkness you reflected to the oppressed people in the darkest places of the world.

What would make Larry Gordon want to escape and kill anybody? What would make Larry Gordon want to kill, rathan going to trial? Larry told me he would never going to trial in berrien County, because you do not have a chance in this world.

I think this was a sucide mission, but I am not suprise. The murder of Martell Hadley by the sheriff department, The 50 or more women, who was sexually attacked by berrien County sheriff dept.You had a Berrien County sheriff Lt walking out of  Walmart with a shopping cart of groceries for over a year.The employee's know about the corruption, but turn their head to the truth. You are suppose to accept corruption by law enforcement even, if they kill a citizen, it is justified Homicide. you should accept corruption by the oppressor.God is the true judge, I can not put you in heaven or hell and you get no points for being white and working for law enforcement..

I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth To to him was given the keys to the bottomless pit.And he opened the bottomless pit, and smoke arose out of the pit like the smoke of a great furnace.So the sun and air were darkness, because of the smoke of the pit. Then out of the smoke locusts came upon the earth. And to them was given power, as the scorpion of the earth have power. They were commanded not to harm the grass of the earth or any green thing, or any tree, but only those men who do not have the seal of God on their Foreheads. And they were not given authority to kill but to torment them for five months. Their torment was like the torment of a scorpion, when it strike a man. In those days men will seek Death and will not find it.They will desire to die and death will flee from them.{ this is the second death}

The shape of the locusts was like horses prepared for battle. On their heads were crowns of something like gold, and their faces were like the faces of men.They had hair like women's hair and their teeth were like lions teeth. And they had breastplates of iron and and the sound of their wings were like the sound of chariots with many  horses running into battle. They had tails like scorpions, and  there were stings in their tails.Thier power was to hurt men five months and they had a king over  them the angel of the bottomless pit. whom name in Hebrew is Abaddon, but in Greek, he has the name Apollyon.One Woe is past, behold still two more Woes are coming.God said He is the Judge of all judges.                     

Rev Edward Pinkney

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Join the Protest July 11 in Berrien County!

When: Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Where: Berrien County Courthouse (811 Port Street, St. Joseph, MI 49085)
Bring: Signs, water, friends and family

In the American criminal justice system, justice is totally absent. There is no such thing as justice in America for the poor. The criminalization of U.S. citizens by the injustice system is now one of America's largest industries. Prisons have been privatized and inmates comprise cheap labor for big corporations.

The United States of America not only has the highest percentage of its population in prison, it has the highest absolute number, substantially higher than authoritarian Chinaa country whose population is four times the size of the United States, but a country with fewer people in prison.

On July 11, we will gather at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Berrien County Courthouse (811 Port St., St. Joseph). We will march, and at noon we will protest in front of Whirlpool Headquarters. The state of Democracy is detestable, and we are not about to sit back and let it continue its course. Corporations' interests are not above the rights of every day human beings like you and me.

Whirlpool Corporation is responsible for the death of 79 people in London and we must stop the hostile takeover of the city of Benton Harbor. They must be held accountable to the people.

Let's confront the criminal justice system and the corporations that are destroying our country!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Rev. Pinkney, free at last, is already back in action

June 29, 2017

by Philip A. Bassett 
In these days of tremendous change and social upheaval, it’s good to know that a man of impeccable integrity is back in the public arena. After two and a half years in various Michigan prisons, Rev. Edward Pinkney has returned to his home in Benton Harbor, Mich. A bulldog for social justice, the reverend, who turns 69 this year, shows no sign of slowing.
Free at last, Rev. Edward Pinkney is welcomed home by his loving wife, Dorothy Pinkney.
His wife, Dorothy, had hoped to put him on “lockdown” for at least a week to ease his adjustment to life out of prison, but he left me a voice mail just five days after his release and the next day he attended a public event in his honor in Ann Arbor. I caught up with him the following day and he spoke about how he coped with being locked up.
“There is drama every day in prison,” he told me. “Even among friends.” He said there were more than a few times where he was on the phone with Dorothy and a fight would break out somewhere nearby.
For some reason, his first placement after the customary quarantine at Jackson Prison was in a high-security facility in Coldwater, Mich. He humorously describes his roommate situation there as “four killers and me” and says it distressed him that much of their conversation centered on bragging about murders they had committed.
His next move to a prison in Marquette, Mich., was like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. At Marquette, he says, the atmosphere was so hostile and the guards so aggressive he had to press himself “flat against the wall” to avoid touching the guard when he came down the hall – a sure assault charge.
It was here, too, that he was accused of “smoogling” because a friend had interviewed him and was leaving with some notes. The guard’s spelling error helped the reverend win the case, but his phone privileges were revoked for six months anyway. The sentence was doubly harsh because he was now nearly 500 miles away from his wife, with no hope for a visit.

After two and a half years in various Michigan prisons, Rev. Edward Pinkney has returned to his home in Benton Harbor, Mich. A bulldog for social justice, the reverend, who turns 69 this year, shows no sign of slowing.

Luckily, a few activists in the area became aware of his plight and started to visit him regularly. That the reverend had any support in this all-white community far from his home was probably a surprise to the authorities there.
After some time, he was moved again, this time to a facility in Muskegon, Mich. Here things were more relaxed, he says, and, after they got to know him, even he and the guards seemed to get along. On top of that, he was now only a two-hour drive away from Dorothy.
Philip Bassett’s highly acclaimed book about Rev. Pinkney is available at Marcus Books and other local book stories and on Amazon.
Nonetheless, even here there was a situation that was irritating. Television viewing is first come, first served and he found himself in competition with inmates who liked to listen to rap, while he preferred religious programs. The way he worked through the conflict, strangely enough, was by offering to teach basic math skills.
A class of one grew to 16, and by that time there was no longer any competition. In fact, they began watching out for the reverend and giving him his preference, even when he arrived late to the TV room.
There were other, more mundane complaints, probably familiar to most inmates: rotten, disgusting, worm-ridden food, so bad his wife had to send care packages so he could fix one meal a day; a moldy room that made him so ill he couldn’t get out of bed for two weeks; a fall off the top bunk that injured his shoulder enough that it still hurts two years later. The latter incident happened because the only way to get down from the bed was a rickety stool that toppled easily.
Despite these challenges and more, Rev. Pinkney appears to have emerged with his character intact, though he vows that moving forward, he’ll be “doing things differently.” For now, he is planning a protest in his town of Benton Harbor on July 11 and is attending a dinner and fundraiser in his honor on July 8 in Detroit. Both of these events can be referenced at bhbanco.organd anyone who is planning to be in the area on either of those days is encouraged to participate.
For those abreast of social issues, supporting Pinkney is a no-brainer, but if you’re attending one of his events for the first time it’s easy to miss the essence of the man. Since he is a Baptist preacher, Rev. Pinkney tends to speak in that style, repeating sentences he feels are important. That doesn’t appeal to everybody.
He sometimes humorously puts himself in the place of his oppressors to make a point and ends up talking about himself in the third person, which could sound egotistical to some. He jokes constantly with his audience, which might seem disrespectful or give the impression that he takes these things lightly. He has a very direct manner, which some could find off-putting, and he possesses an unearthly amount of confidence.

For those abreast of social issues, supporting Pinkney is a no-brainer.

However, those who take a closer look soon discover a deeply spiritual man with a wicked sense of humor and the manners of a Boy Scout, who treats his persecutors more like peers than adversaries and is not afraid of a political fight. And his confidence is not the fickle kind. Planted early and fed by countless successes, it is the confidence of a man who is consistently faithful to the promptings of his heart.
As a fighter for justice, Rev. Pinkney brings many gifts to the table. He has the discipline of a Gandhi and a nose for networking and politics. But the greatest gift he brings is his own patented brand of love – the strongest kind of love – the kind that can pierce prison walls and touch the hardest men’s hearts, even prison guards, and make anyone within range more hopeful, confident and willing to work together.
Philip A. Bassett is the author of “Soldier of Truth: The Trials of Rev. Edward Pinkney.” He can be reached at
Editor’s note: Rev. Pinkney hosts a radio show on Sundays, 5 p.m. ET, on or call 323-642-1559.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Whirlpool Caused London Disaster

Whirlpool refrigerator blamed for London fire that killed 79

Officials say the blaze began in a refrigerator-freezer made by a company Whirlpool later acquired

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Whirlpool loses $55 million of company's value after fridge causes most deadly fire in London since WWII

Police consider manslaughter charges over London blaze as thousands evacuated

By Michael Holden and Jamillah Knowles | LONDON
British investigators said on Friday they would consider manslaughter charges over the London tower block fire that killed at least 79 people, as thousands of apartment-dwellers a few miles away were told to leave their homes due to fire risk.
The outside cladding engulfed in June 14's deadly blaze has since been shown to fail all safety tests, police said. They have already seized material from a number of undisclosed organizations.
Fire safety checks are now taking place on public buildings across Britain. Late on Friday, one municipal authority in north London began to evacuate nearly 4,000 people from five tower blocks after firefighters said it was unsafe for them to stay.
Detective Superintendent Fiona McCormack said experts had now concluded that the earlier fire, the mostly deadly blaze in London since World War Two, had started in a fridge freezer.
The blaze has provoked anger and heaped pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May, who is fighting for her political survival after her party lost its parliamentary majority in a snap election at a time when Britain is beginning divorce talks with the European Union.
The speed at which the fire engulfed the 24-storey Grenfell Tower raised questions about the external cladding on the block.
Asked if the insulation and aluminum tiles used were acceptable for such buildings, McCormack told reporters: "No they're not."
"All I can say at the moment is they don't pass any of the safety tests. So that will form part of what is a manslaughter investigation."
As well as possible manslaughter, police will consider health and safety offences and breaches of other building regulations. McCormack said all companies involved in the building and refurbishment of the building would be reviewed.
Britain also ordered an immediate technical examination of the Hotpoint (WHR.N) fridge model FF175BP, which had not been subject to any recall to establish whether further action should be taken, but said there was no need for owners to switch off their appliances.
A woman looks at flowers, tributes and messages left for the victims of the fire at the Grenfell apartment tower in North Kensington, London, Britain, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Whirlpool's shared closed down 3.3 percent on Friday, wiping almost $500 million off the company's value.
Whirlpool owns the Hotpoint brand in the Europe and Asia Pacific regions. In the United States, the Hotpoint brand now belongs to Haier, following the Chinese group's purchase of General Electric Co's (GE.N) appliance business.
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