Monday, February 08, 2016

418th Day in Jail: Emergency managers seize valuable city assets

Today is the 418th day that Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan, sits in prison doing felony time (2 1/2 to 10 years) for a crime he did not commit. Benton Harbor was once a town with a population more than double what it is now and thriving with jobs. When the Whirlpool Corporation, the main employer in the area, stopped production there, poverty increased and the population fell.

Today, Whirlpool is now attempting to kick out the poor people it created and turn Benton Harbor into a haven for the rich. Emergency managers were sent in by the pro corporate governor to seize valuable city assets, that could be used for the residents, and give them to Whirlpool and other corporations for pennies on the dollar. Rev. Pinkney organized the people against this and has been a consistent and courageous voice for the growing poor in Benton Harbor. It is for that reason he was convicted without evidence in a kangaroo court by a rigged jury not of his peers and a prejudicial judge.