Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Gate-Keeping NAACP Must Be Exposed

It is time for action! The NAACP must be exposed.  The NAACP is African Americans' #1 problem. The NAACP is a sell out and a gatekeeper.

Black educators...
Are they afraid to take action?  March, Protest, File lawsuits, etc.  Meeting to have another meeting to have another meeting to have another meeting is not a solution.  Where is the action?  We must stop giving black organizations a free pass because the organizations have black people inside of them.  We must hold all organizations accountable for their actions and inactions.  We must stop giving the NAACP a free pass.

James Tucker
African Americans for Justice

For Release: May 23, 2013
Contact: Judy Kent at (703) 759-7476 or jkent@nationalcenter.org

NAACP Holds Convention in County Under Federal Scrutiny for Voter Intimidation

Black Conservatives Question Civil Rights Lobby for Boycotting Some Places it Finds Offensive While Relaxing in Another

Washington, DC - As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on what could constitute major reform of how the Voting Rights Act currently judges certain states and localities on race -- a case the NAACP vociferously opposes -- the civil rights lobby group will nonetheless hold a "premier" conference in a Florida county that is monitored under such "preclearance" voting standards. Members of the conservative Project 21 black leadership network wonder why the NAACP, which participates in high-profile boycotts of states for civil rights reasons, would choose to hold a major event in a place they apparently cannot trust to protect the rights of minority voters.

"It seems hypocritical that the NAACP wants to tell the rest of America where they can go, but they are holding a conference in a place where they must assume institutional racism occurs, since they unflinching support the nearly half-century-old profiling contained in the Voting Rights Act," said Cherylyn Harley LeBon, co-chairman of Project 21. "Yet the NAACP will be partying in sunny Collier County -- seemingly oblivious of the contempt and fear they are supposed to have of the people who live and work there."

The NAACP will hold its 9th annual "Leadership 500 Summit" at the Waldorf Astoria resort and spa in Naples, Florida on May 23rd through 26th. Naples is located in Collier County -- one of four Florida counties whose voting procedures must undergo federal scrutiny due to "preclearance" standards mandated nearly 50 years ago by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Shelby County, Alabama v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., to be announced before the end of June, could reform the law's preclearance standards contained in Section 5 of the Act and allow the counties, townships and entire states that must now obtain federal approval for changes to any voting procedures - due to election irregularities that occurred in the 1964 general election - to rule independently on such matters.

Speaking out in defense of maintaining the status quo, NAACP president and CEO Ben Jealous recently wrote on The Rootwebsite that "the most egregious era of voter suppression will be allowed to repeat itself" if the Voting Rights Act is altered. Additionally, in another commentary published by CNN and co-authored with Penda D. Hair, Jealous wrote: "At a time when voting rights are under attack, we should be expanding federal oversight of voting laws -- not scrapping the most effective civil rights legislation ever enacted." No decision by the Court, however, is expected to come anywhere near to overturning the Voting Rights Act in total.

Despite the concern shown by Jealous about the alleged threat to voting rights, the NAACP is hosting their event in a place that allegedly, based on the NAACP's strong opposition to the intent of Shelby County plaintiffs, still harbors palpable racial animosity.

The NAACP has engaged in recent high-profile boycotts of entire states for similar perceived racial insensitivity. For example, the NAACP began a boycott of South Carolina in 1999 over the presence of a Confederate battle flag on the grounds of the Statehouse. The NAACP also joined a boycott of the state of Arizona that began in 2010 over the passage of a state-level law to enforce many existing federal laws against illegal immigration.

"What's good enough for South Carolina and Arizona should be good enough for Collier County," said Project 21 co-chairman Horace Cooper. "Why is it that the people in those states are forced to suffer under the economic boycott edict of the NAACP, but the NAACP elite can relax in a county that they feel can't be trusted to administer an election without government oversight? It's a glaring double-standard."

The NAACP's "Leadership 500 Summit" is billed as "two-and-a-half days of workshops, interactive panel discussions and general sessions" for "networking" between "executives, educators, managers, thought leaders and for those aspiring leaders from the corporate, non-profit, health and government sectors." Jealous and NAACP chairman Roslyn M. Brock are expected to attend the Collier County event.

A legal brief that Project 21 filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the Shelby County case states: "Section 5... is not consistent with the letter and spirit of the Constitution... [N]ew circumstances now place even covered jurisdictions well ahead of where non-covered jurisdictions were in 1965, and provide an ongoing political check against backsliding. The urgent necessity for extreme measures such as preclearance is thus well past, and such legislation is no longer appropriate."

Project 21's brief also charges the Obama Administration abuses the Voting Rights Act to practice racial politics. Noting efforts to promote and protect minority-majority voting districts despite a lack of evidence of minority voter disfranchisement, the Project 21 brief argues: "Section 5 itself is now a central tool for institutionalized racial discrimination at the command of the [Obama Justice Department] itself."

Project 21 joined a friend of the Court legal brief urging the Supreme Court to take the Shelby County case last September, which the court did, and submitted a second briefurging the court to strike down Section 5 enforcement in January. Project 21 was the only conservative group on hand for interviews the day the case was argued before the Court, and members were interviewed and cited with regard to the case over 100 times alone this year -- including with Reuters, the Westwood One radio network, Blaze TV and the Washington Examiner.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research, a conservative, free-market, non-profit think-tank established in 1982. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated .

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.     
Rev. Edward Pinkney
1940 Union Ave.
Benton Harbor, Michigan

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The Dictators and Billionaires Take Control

   By Rev. Edward Pinkney

Palm Sunday gathering in Chicago calls for a real remedy to violence.   Photo/deBorah mccoy.  Photo/DaymonJHartley.com
Palm Sunday gathering in Chicago calls for a real remedy to violence. Photo/deBorah mccoy. Photo/DaymonJHartley.com
The Whirlpool Corporation has unveiled a plan to completely gentrify downtown Benton Harbor, Michigan. This is being accomplished with the aid of the new Emergency Manager, Tony Saunders, who has a shopping list of things Whirlpool wants completed. The last Emergency Manager failed Whirlpool’s test. Whirlpool went to the governor to have him removed. Saunders was put in his place.
The Whirlpool Corporation designed the Harbor Shores project, hailed by the media and the white business community as a revitalization of the city of Benton Harbor. They told the community that the project would bring jobs. It was really an unprecedented opportunity to make a lot of money at the expense of an impoverished community.
The city of Detroit is facing the very same problems with their new dictator. The city of Benton Harbor and Detroit are under a vicious fascist attack by Governor Rick Snyder and his rich buddies, known as the billionaires.
Dan Gilbert, the multi-billionaire owner of Quick Loans, and a member of the Business Roundtable, has been meeting with Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr under Public Act 436, which gave Orr total control. Gilbert also owns a number of sports teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has plans to transform several Detroit streets and thoroughfares into pedestrian walkways with shopping districts around 22 buildings Gilbert has purchased. Several of the buildings are historic. All were purchased at bargain prices. Gilbert’s company also is providing seed money for digital companies. Detroit is seen as a major future home for that industry. Such companies hire very few workers.
An Emergency Manager has also been placed in six cities and three school districts across Michigan. None of the Emergency Managers work for the citizens. They work only for the corporations.
For example, the Benton Harbor Public Safety officer and Chief Roger Lange reduced the Benton Harbor Fire Department down to three full time firefighters from ten.  They worked hand in hand with the Emergency Manager. Recently Lt. Doug Bell was severely burned in an early morning fire at 1034 Jennings Ave. Bell was the only firefighter on duty when the call came in. How can one person put out a fire? The standard procedure is for two fire fighters to be inside a burning structure and for two to be outside monitoring the scene. The fire department has been destroyed by the cuts. In addition, Benton Harbor city workers saw more benefits cut, including 12 holidays. Their insurance contribution was trimmed and Saunders is promising more cuts in a series of emergency financial orders.
People need to stand up and fight. A new world is possible.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart

The International Petition Campaign to Free Lynne Stewart and
Save Her Life is gratified to report that today, May 13,
following urgent communications from former Attorney General
Ramsey Clark and social activist Dick Gregory, that Federal
Bureau of Prisons General Counsel Kathleen Kenney telephoned
Ramsey Clark to advise that a recommendation of
Compassionate Release for Lynne Stewart from FMC Carswell
Warden Jody R. Upton is on the desk of FBP Director Charles
E. Samuels, Jr. with a full package of

Ramsey Clark and the International Petition Campaign are on
stand-by for further news regarding Federal Bureau of
Prisons implementation of Compassionate Release for Lynne
Stewart with the appropriate filing of this Motion with
Judge John Koetl.

We call upon all to intensify our collective efforts and
expand the Petition Campaign as this life and death decision
for Lynn e Stewart is pending.

Our grateful thanks to all for your dedication and
commitment in waging this struggle for justice, compassion
and freedom for Lynne Stewart

(This Breaking News Update was sent outcby Ralph Poynter.)
Now is the moment to redouble our
efforts. as Lynne, who has stage four cancer, wrote on April
28 from Carswell Federal Prison:
"Please do not think
that my struggle is WON... 
Please, please, please do
not let us rest on our laurels. Until my feet are planted
like the Tree that grows in Brooklyn, and I am among my
family, friends, and comrades and plunged back into the
struggle once more, we must continue. Fight
Please click here to sign or re-sign the
petition for compassionate release for Lynne
Stewart.  Keep the pressure
For more information and
latest updates, go to LynneStewart.org 

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Whirlpool and Emergency Manager move to take control of Benton Harbor Parks

Every American ought to have the right to vote and their vote should mean something. Everyone ought to have the right to clean air and clean water, to integrity and transparency in a democracy, but the citizens of Benton Harbor, Michigan, do not have a democracy. Public land is about to be stolen by corporate power.
Eminent domain—the power to take private property—is often used by the government or by a corporation that works hand and hand with the government to steal property from the citizens. In Benton Harbor, the Whirlpool Corporation, through the city’s new Emergency Financial Manager, Tony Saunders, (who represents Whirlpool, not the citizens) has come up with a scheme. It is to set up a Conservancy Board or Committee that will steal land without the knowledge of the citizens. 
They plan to privatize all of Benton Harbor's 16 parks and outsource all remaining land that Whirlpool does not control. The main parks where they seek waterway access: Fisherman Park has a roadway straight to Lake Michigan; Hall Park lies along Ox Creek; Riverview Park is on the corridor along the St. Joseph River. This is simply a land grab. Whirlpool can’t buy the parks outright, so they are setting things up so everything goes through a board that they control. The Conservancy board would be the new owners of the parks. The Conservancy board doesn’t have to go through the City Commissioners. This is an underhanded way to get the rest of the land. The citizen's will not have a say. 
There are many questions that need to be answered: How many parks are recognized in the city of Benton Harbor? Where are the parcels located? What parks would be under the jurisdiction of the Conservancy? Will Jean Klock Park, beach and Fishman's Park be included? How many acres of land do the parks equal? Will all of the parks’ land be under a lease and for how long?  The Board must be a 501C3 but it is not. Why?  The City Charter requires 2/3 or six votes to sell, lease or vacate roads or alleys. When will this process be introduced or implemented? Will there be a deed transfer? If so who will sign for the land to be released?
Mr. Tony Saunders: Are the city parks considered assets? Is there a budget for the Conservancy? Are their jobs associated with this initiative? If so, how many?  Will the specifications go through the Planning Commission or the Planning Economic Development Committee? How will the park Conservancy board, which is made up of all Whirlpool supporters and Benton Harbor haters, comply with the charter, as it relates to the Benton Harbor elected officials and the citizens?
It is exceedingly important that this initiative be vetted and filtered through the Public Safety and Parks and Recreation Committee so that the people will have a say. Right now the people do not have a say. It is time for the people to take a stand. Get involved. Save your community from complete corporate takeover.
Rev. Edward Pinkney
Every Sunday 5pm on
Call-in number 347-994-3644 

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Chaos At NAACP Meeting, Marshal Smokes Winston

State takes over local NAACP chapter

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Wayne Winston
Wayne Winston

NAACP Greater Bridgeport Branch President Carolyn Vermont Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post
NAACP Greater Bridgeport Branch President Carolyn Vermon

BRIDGEPORT -- Twenty minutes into the state NAACP chapter's takeover Monday of the civil rights organization's Bridgeport branch -- meant to bring order back to a severely divided branch -- one of the local members was arrested on an outstanding warrant.
Minutes after expressing hope that intervention by the state chapter would put the local group back on track, Wayne Winston was taken into custody by a state marshal and city sheriff. "We've been trying to get in touch with you for two years," State Marshal Charles Valentino told Winston outside the meeting hall at the Messiah Baptist Church. "You've been dodging us."
Leaving the meeting to rush to Winston's defense, Carolyn Nah, former president of the local branch, accused the current president, Carolyn Vermont, of turning him in. "They said somebody told them he was here," Nah said.
The incident comes just three months after Vermont phoned Police Chief Joseph Gaudett during a meeting to charge Winston with harassment. She claimed he was being disruptive and talking over her.
The rift between Vermont and Winston provides a window into how the state takeover came to be. The two are on opposing sides of a larger battle brewing within the local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People over control of financial statements and membership information.
Winston and other members say Vermont has failed to provide annual reports or regular updates on the funds raised by the organization, accusations she says are not true.
Their discontent with her presidency came to a head in November when four of the organization's executive committee members sent a letter on NAACP letterhead to People's United Bank, removing Vermont and treasurer Errol Earle from the account. The board members made first vice president Keith Williams the assigner instead.
But both moves were against the NAACP bylaws, according to letters sent from the national NAACP office to the four individuals.
In identical letters dated Feb. 25, national NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous informed Williams, second vice president Jeff Baldwin, secretary Delores Crawford-Carey and committee member Bobby Simmons that their memberships had been suspended.
"This action is taken to protect the NAACP from the danger of irreparable harm," Jealous wrote.
The following month Vermont was notified of plans for the state branch to take over. Scot X. Esdaile, state NAACP president, declined to comment Monday, as did a spokesman for the national NAACP.
Members, including Bridgeport Lt. Dave Daniels, on Monday night expressed optimism about the state's plans to take over the decision making and eventually carry out elections of new executive officers.
"I'm hoping things will get better," said Wanda Simmons. "A new start."
"I wish it never came to this, but this is where we are," added local member Joanne Butler. "I'm hoping order will be maintained and we can get through this process. Let's get goals. Let's stop the infighting and let's help the community."
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Saturday, May 04, 2013

Artist Claims Whirlpool Ripped Off Her Mixer Designs

By Ciaran McEvoy

Law360, Los Angeles (May 03, 2013, 6:08 PM ET) -- Whirlpool Corp. with hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit Thursday brought by an artist who claims it hired her to design hand-painted KitchenAid mixers, but then brought on a different artist to copy her designs.

Nicole C. Laye, an Arlington, Wash., resident who is the founder and president of design firm Un Amore Inc., sued the home appliance maker in the Western District of Washington alleging it makes artsy kitchen appliances that look strikingly similar to her own.

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