Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Why are caravans heading to the United States

Members of the caravan of migrants and asylum seekers from Central America are revealing why people are getting up and walking out of their countries, and heading for the United States. They are starving in Guatemala. They are leaving Honduras because they have been run out of business, lost their jobs or land and seek a better life.

They are leaving because there is mass violence and it is no longer safe for women or for raising children. They are coming up here because United States corporations have been down there wreaking havoc.

Each year, improved technologies make it possible for U.S.companies to produce more goods and service with fewer workers. How do corporations solve the problem of selling more, when there are fewer buyers? They transfer that problem to Latin America by dumping their cheap , subsidized commodities on Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador Tariff free, wiping out their local producers and ruining their economies. The corporate need for maximum profits stands in stark opposition to democracy and human rights. To enhance one is to diminish the other.

Corporations can sue whole governments under CAFTA,  the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and recover billions of dollars in lost profits even if the corporations illegally stole land, polluted the environment and cause injury or death. To guarantee rulings in favor of corporations, these Investor State Settlement Dispute, suit take place in secret tribunals hosted by the World Bank, unaccountable to any democratic institution. Thus corporate private property rights Central Americans have to life or liberty.

If legal measures like CAFTA aren't enough, extralegal ones are used. According to a study by Global Witness. Nowhere are you more likely to be killed for standing up to companies that grab land and trashed the environment than in Honduras. Anyone opposing corporations is assassinated or disappeared. If democratically elected government governments attempt to intervene on behalf of their, they are overthrow with a coup. Life has become so unbearable for human beings that they have no choice, but to in mass get up and leave for fear of losing their lives. While human life attempting to survive encounters borders every step of the way, there are no borders that U.S. corporate profits is bound to respect.

When this caravan made up of women, children, and families reaches our southern border, will they again be in fear for their lives, met by bayonets and machine guns? or shall we as Americans , remember that it is the corporations who have lowered our wages here , foreclosed on our homes, 
closed our schools, denied us heath care, polluted our water, made us homeless , suppressed our votes, and backed it all up with police terror.

In case any of us have forgotten , let this caravan of humanity be our reminder that all human beings, as a birthright, must have access to the tree of life and any corporation or corporate run government, who denies access must be replace. said Joseph Peery of the People Tribune.            

Friday, November 30, 2018

Celebrants at Rev Pinkney's birthday pledge to fight on

A spirited birthday celebration for Rev Edward Pinkney, on October 27 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, drew family, friends, and activists from Michigan , Illinois, Ohio, California and even Denmark. Rev Pinkney's daughter Latoya Williams sang for the gathering , commenting that she loved everything about the party. Marvin Haywood thanked the reverend for his support for Benton Harbor community and concern for justice for those who have no voice. Dorothy Pinkney said her husband's "70 " celebration was very successful with an amazing turn out.

The highlight of the evening was actress and activist Jane Fonda. "You are a brave man Rev Pinkney" said the actress , who spoke about low wages women and One Fair Wage proposal on the ballot in Michigan, and the need to get out the vote. It's unconscionable what they are doing to black voters across the country. They do not want you to vote. We need to get people into office that do not think that Whirlpool and Senior PGA is more important that the rights of people in Benton Harbor, said Fonda. She is just a beautiful person on the inside and out side.

Patrissa Cullors co- founder of Black Lives Matter, said the One Fair Wage is about " who is deserving to feed their children, have shelter and live a life of dignity, She honored the victims and survivors a government and vigilantes that see us as part of their sacrifice.

Benton Harbor resident Emma Kinnard said " It was an honor that Jane Fonda took the time out to come to a little town like Benton Harbor, Claire McClinton after wishing Rev Pinkney a very happy birthday said 'Flint is the face of abandonment and man made disaster foisted upon the people , compromising our health and lives , and you, Rev Pinkney, are the face of resistance to the dismantle of democracy in the state.

We must fight to keep legislator from choosing corporate interest over the interests of workers , said Rev Pinkney. We must confront legislators , along with the corporations , who stand behind them, and keep up the fight after the elections.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

WHIRLPOOL CONTINUE TO CONTAMINATE BENTON HARBOR RESIDENTS WATER.


Whirlpool Corporation continue to contaminate Benton Harbor water supply. We now have the result of the water collected and tested. The water tested we are very concern and immediate action should be taken. The residents must not drink the water.


Rev Pinkney suggested that everyone in Benton Harbor buy a water filter for your home. You should not be drinking this water.The water is so contaminated with such as viruses and bacteria, which come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural , livestock operations, wildlife and factories dumping in the water supply.


Inorganic contaminates was found in Benton Harbor water supply, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or resulting from urban storm water run off , but mainly industrial factories like Whirlpool Corporation discharging oil, gas production mining , farming.

It appear the Whirlpool Corporation is responsible for the contamination of Benton Harbor water supply. Whirlpool Corporation continue to contaminate the water supply in Benton Harbor.

I am speaking calmly as possible, The problem is serious and nobody seen to care. The city of Benton Harbor has gone over 2900 days without access to safe water.  I do not remember when the city of Benton Harbor had safe clean water, This city is control by Whirlpool Corporation and whatever Whirlpool say it is law, kill the residents of Benton Harbor.


The result was Benton Harbor Water supply was contaminated with large amount of Lead, Microbial Inorganic, Pesticides and herbicides, Radioactive and organic chemical.

The contamination have left the city and the children with higher levels of lead than any other community. Benton Harbor residents has no rights to clean and safe water. This is now a moral issue. We must confront this government and the corporation Whirlpool. 

    

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Benton Harbor Water Has 642 PPB More Than 40 Times The Normal.

The Michigan Department of Environment Quality tested 135 locations including homes throughout Benton Harbor.What we found want very disturbing nobody really care about the condition of the water in Benton Harbor, only because over 90% of the residents are Black.

The city district opted to using test voluntary water standard recommendation of 5 ppb, which is the bottled water standard.

A total of 60 tested above 5ppb. 5 more tested above 15 per billion.One tested location in the school system MLK Stem Academy on Britain Ave tested 642 ppb, more than 40 times higher than the EPA action level. The sad thing about the water condition. The authority do not water the resident of Benton Harbor to know about ,how bad the water really is. We need more testing .

The next highest locations tested was at 31ppb. This is ridiculously insane. 

Amy Nichols said this water fixture was a prep sink in the school kitchen where food is being served to students. We need more of the water tested.We must start at Lake Michigan and go thru the whole process. The process is water come from Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan water flows through an intake structure and pipeline off shore to a shore well pump station where the water screened to remove the large Particles , but not the small particles. Pumps at the shores well station transfer the untreated water to the treatment plant.At the treatment plant the raw water is filtered through membrane micro filtration units and sodium hypochlorite, which contain chlorine, is applied for disinfection. Fluoride is also added for dental protection. After the filtration, is treated water enters the storage reservoir after which another set of pumps transmits the finished tap water through the distribution system and to the community.  

Benton Harbor overall has a major water problem, that need to be addressed immediately. The Water should be tested from Lake Michigan all the way to the treatment plant to your home, as soon as possible. Let confront this system and start testing the water.  

Thursday, November 15, 2018

We are checking Benton Harbor residents water for Contaminants.

Benton Harbor Treatment Plant is responsible for providing high quality drinking water. The contaminants that may be present in Benton Harbor water include. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants septic systems, agriculture livestock operations and wildlife.

Inorganic Contaminants such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban storm water. industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining or farming.

Radioactive Contaminants which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.We must protect our water and make sure it is tested.

Organic chemical contaminants including synthetic and volatile organic chemical which are by products of industrial processes and petroleum production. and can also come from gas stations, urban storm water run off and septic systems.

We must protect our water and have the water tested as off as possible.The Benton Harbor water is contaminated. we must have the water tested.  

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Benton Harbor Water Have Not Been in Compliance For Years.

The purpose of this article is to provide you with information of the quality of the drinking water produced by the city of Benton Harbor Water Treatment Plant.This information is a snap shot of the quality of the water., that that city of Benton Harbor has provided contaminated water to the resident of Benton Harbor for years.

Let explain where your water come from. Your water come from Lake Michigan an excellent raw water source. Lake Michigan water flows through an intake structure and pipeline off shores to a shore well pump station where the water is screened to remove the largest particles , but the smaller one's remain.Pumps at the shores well station transfer the untreated raw water to the treatment plant. At the treatment plant the raw water is filtered through membrane micro filtration units and sodium hypochlorite , which contains chlorine, is applied for disinfection. Fluoride is also added for protection. After filtration, the treated water enters the storage reservoir after which another set of pumps transmits the finished tap water through the distribution system and system and to the community.

The present elevated level of lead in the water of the Benton Harbor resident is a serious health problem especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and pluming at home and the plant. Our children is our future. We must protect the senior citizens also from lead in water.

Lead can enter drinking water when , solders, or fixtures containing lead corrode releasing the lead in the water. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixture with lead solders, from which significant amount of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water. Lead can also come from the pipes at the water treatment plant. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have pipes plumbing fixtures and solders containing lead. We must monitor the water in Benton Harbor. We must test the water on a regular basis and educated the public about the danger of lead and other contaminant that may be present in our source of water. We must confront and keep testing the water until it is safe to drink and bath in.

Flint 1600 days and counting with out clean water.

After bullying the city into a long term  30 year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, Federal and especially State authorities resorted to its old Playbook, the deny , diminish , and even declare the Flint Water Crisis never really happened.

The state particularly the Michigan Department of Environment Quality has shut down water distribution sites , and spend millions and millions of dollars of taxpayer's money in court to dispose of the claims to compensate for damages to the people of Flint. The state even tried to take their case to the U.S. Supreme Court. So-called experts have declared the children of Flint were not poisoned.

This outrageous assertion was even published in an op-ed article in the New York Times. Meanwhile the people of Flint got some encouraging news when the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services chief Nick Lyon was bound over to trial for involuntary man-slaughter related to the deaths in Flint.He allegedly equipped in a meeting about Legionella that everybody got to die of something.

We gasped , we hollered and we cried after District Court Judge Goggins gave a full 2 and half hour presentation binding him over. Lyon will face additional charges in connection with one of the largest out breaks of legionella in recorded history related to the Flint water crisis. Incredibly he is still on his job. said the People Tribune all credit go to the staff of the People Tribune.....

    

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Let Me Tell You What Forced Separation feels Like !

The images of immigrant children in cages are incredibly painful to digest. Still many people seem to forget that the U.S. has long track record of forcibly separating families, whether it was African American during slavery, the Japanese during World War 2, Native Americans during colonization, or poor children whose unfit single mothers have lost custody today.

Another common way families are forcibly separated? Juvenile detention , ten of thousands of teens most often the poor and people of color are locked up in substandard , often privatized penal facilities. Children who go through these forced winds up experience trauma , grief , shame and dehumanization.  

The sad reality is incarceration rates are on the rise along side economic, inequality, and children aren't exempt. Quite often , the only crime these children have committed is that they are from vulnerable families or suffering from mental health issues.

Separating families due to incarceration. immigration status, mental health, and or race and class is wrong. If the families impacted by incarceration and other trauma join together with advocates for immigrants. We can create a sea of social change.