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E-M:/ Communique from BANCO - Rev. Pinkney on Hunger Strike at Jail - Day 5

Below is a message from BANCO - the organization in
Poster's note:

Benton Harbor fighting the corporatization of Benton Harbor
by Whirlpool and the Granholm Administration, including the
ethnic cleansing of Jean Klock to transform much of it to
a privatized golf course for a gated private community.

Reverend Pinkney is on a hunger strike after the local judge
signed an arrest order confiscating his computer after Pinkney
again criticized the judge as being racist.   I guess the white
circuit judge there wants to oppress any effective black
community leadership by using show trials with all-white juries.

This all fits into the republican party/Karl Rove efforts alleging
phony voter fraud cases around the country.

So it goes with this environmental justice case involving preservation
of a public park for community access
and the local black community's self determination
in struggles with Whirlpool with backing from corporatist Democrats like
Jennifer Granholm.

Alex Sagady


From: "Gordon Matthews" <gormatthews@gmail.com>
To: daron.calhoun@eeoc.gov
Subject: Pinkney's Hunger Strike: Day 5

News flash:  Judge Butzbaugh has ordered Rev. Pinkney to
be in court tomorrow (Wed) at 8:30am.  We know that this courthouse
is all about making money.  Judge B. could decide to "free" Pinkney on
bond.  In essence, they falsely arrested him, and may now make him pay
money to return home to House Arrest.  This would be beyond imagination.
We'll see what happens  -  an email report will be forthcoming tomorrow.
(The public is welcome to attend his court appearance tomorrow.)

The following is from  -  http://phillyimc.org/en/2007/12/43725.shtml

Until Friday, Rev. Pinkney was under house arrest ?
having to pay $84/week for the court tether he was
required to wear in order to avoid serving time in jail.
He was the only one under house arrest in Michigan
who was being monitored by satellite. 

Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney, wife and fellow campaigner for justice, reports that the sheriff's deputies presented a bench warrant to arrest the Reverend for violating the 15th condition of his probation (which she said they were totally unaware of) by being quoted in the Peoples Tribune newspaper as follows:

"The corruption and the deceitfulness continues in Berrien County Courthouse. Judge Butzbaugh has violated his oath. I support the constitution of the United States and the State of Michigan; we are still waiting on this racist corrupt judge to do the same. Judge Butzbaugh has failed the people, the community, his duties and his office."

What about Rev. Pinkney's right to free speech under the Constitution? And why have they seized his computer? Have the sheriffs of Berrien County, Michigan nothing better to do than to persecute Rev. Pinkney? No violent crimes to solve, no rapists to catch, no people to protect?

The police examining Rev. Pinkney's computer will find he and BANCO have supporters all over the world. For example, a delegation from the Global Women's Strike representing South America, Europe and the Caribbean visited Rev. and Mrs. Pinkney in mid-November, and are committed to gathering global support for him. "Benton Harbor's struggle against racism and to survive in their own home city is our struggle," they said.

Legal abuse and persecution of Afro-Americans in the Jim Crow South is flourishing in Michigan. We must not stand by while the white elite of Berrien County attempt again to silence a man whose only 'crime' is to be the voice of Benton Harbor's Black community, calling out the racism and corruption of local government, police and courts.

ACT NOW. Demand Rev. Pinkney's immediate release!

Demand that all charges be dropped against him and that he be released from house arrest!

1) Call or write with your objections
Call the Sheriff's Dept, Berrien County Michigan and inquire about Rev. Pinkney's well-being.
Sheriff Paul Bailey
Berrien County Sheriff's Department
919 Port Street
St. Joseph, MI 49085
(269) 983-7141
Email:  Pbailey@berriencounty.org .

Copy Letters to: Hugh M. Davis, Constitutional Litigation Associates, P.C., 450 West Fort Street, Suite 200, Detroit, Michigan, 48226. Phone: 313-961-2255; Fax: 313-961-5999; email:  conlitpc@sbcglobal.net:

2) Demand Rev. Pinkney's pardon and immediate release.
Gov. Granholm has the ability to pardon Pinkney or commute his sentence.
All individuals and organizations are urged to immediately write letters or post cards DEMANDING his pardon.
Governor Granholm
P. O. Box 30013
Lansing, MI 48909

3) Send donations to BANCO
Legal Fee Donations (non-profit so it's tax-deductible):
1940 Union St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

4) Write to the Editor of the main newspaper of Benton Harbor/St Joseph and say what you think of this outrage against freedom of speech.
Herald Palladium Newspaper (letters to the editor)
P.O. Box 128
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085

5) Support Rev. Pinkney and Sign the Petition:  http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/624471377

6) Boycott Whirlpool and its subsidiaries, and spread the word:
Maytag, KitchenAid, Jenn-Air, Amana, Gladiator, GarageWorks, Inglis, Estate, Roper, Magic Chef, Acros, Supermatic. ABROAD - Bauknecht, Brastemp, Consul, Eslabon de Lujo.

Let Whirlpool know that's what you're doing:
Whirlpool Corp. (World Headquarters and N. America Region)
2000 N. M-63
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022-2692 Tel: 269-923-5000

7) Demand an immediate investigation into this injustice. Contact:

The Congressional Black Caucus. Phone 202-226-9776, mail to 2264 Rayburn House Office Bldg, Washington, DC 20515.

Your Congressional Representative CONYERS. For phone number and address call 202-224-3121.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, Washington DC 20510, demanding a full investigation into the Whirlpool corporate takeover of the city of Benton Harbor. Phone 202-224-7703.

Alex J. Sagady & Associates        http://www.sagady.com

Environmental Enforcement, Permit/Technical Review, Public Policy,
Expert Witness Review and Litigation Investigation on Air, Water and
Waste/Community Environmental and Resource Protection
Prospectus at:  http://www.sagady.com/sagady.pdf

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