New article by Marcina Cole on the news site Real Progressives!
The days have been long and agonizing since Reverend Edward Pinkney, a
sixty-eight-year old Black man and political prisoner, was incarcerated
in December 2014. Rev. Pinkney, a civil rights activist and organizer
from Benton Harbor, was charged and convicted of election fraud. On
October 27, 2014, he was found guilty by an all-white jury of five
felony counts of voter fraud. Rev. Pinkney was accused of allegedly
altering dates on a recall petition against the former mayor James
Hightower of Benton Harbor, Michigan. This politician looks out for the
best interests of the Whirlpool Corporation who swamp over the small
town, suffocating opportunities for the over 90% Black residents who are
poor and disenfranchised. Hightower supported Whirlpool not having to
pay any city income tax, and the burden shifted to the poor residents in
Benton Harbor when Hightower took out an over two million dollar loan.
Read more at Real Progressives.