black autonomy network community organization
working for economic and social justice in Benton Harbor, MI
Monday, May 27, 2013
Danny Glover to speak in Benton Harbor
It is our distinct honor and privilege to invite you, on behalf of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO), to our Justice Fund Dinner on October 5, 2013, Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022.
Our special guest speaker will be actor and activist Danny Glover. We will be honoring the Black Farmers of America with Rev. Al Sampson.
There are many challenges our community continues to face. The city of Benton Harbor has an Emergency Manager who we call a dictator. The citizens of Benton Harbor and the state of Michigan voted to repeal the controversial state Emergency Manager hostile takeover law giving EM's absolute power.
Benton Harbor is a city which Whirlpool Corporation is gentrifying by attempting to drive all the African-Americans out of the city. A city which is 93% African-American, 70% of the residents are unemployed, and 90% live below the poverty level.
BANCO has gotten criminal cases dismissed when individuals were innocent, including two murders and several armed and unarmed robberies, just in the last two years.
This is a fundraising dinner to continue helping people here and across the country. We are making a request to every person who believes in justice to come and support the city of Benton Harbor and BANCO. If for some reason you can not attend, please give a donation or purchase a ticket for $50 dollars.
Please allow me to thank you in advance for your interest in our event.