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E-M:/ Communique from BANCO on Reverend Pinkney's jailing

From: "Gordon Matthews" <gormatthews@gmail.com>
To: "Pat Foster" <mpatfoster@yahoo.com>
Subject: Michigan Messenger & Rev. Pinkney

pls forward


If you don't know about the Michigan Messenger, here's your introduction
to this excellent online newspaper.   I send this specific link because
it's interesting regarding environmental Mich. wrap-up news, and mentions
the state backed plan to turn Benton Harbor's Jean Klock park into a private golf course. 

summary & recent news: Rev. Pinkney was originally arrested for initiating a recall
election of Whirlpool's point person on the BH city commission.  Of course
Judge Maloney had to (illegally) overturn the successful recall in order for the golf course
plans to continue.  And, Pinkney had to be "removed."  He now sleeps on a
hard floor in a 12x14 cell with 6 others.  Last Thursday he was taken to the
hospital for back and head examinations.   He's ok now.  Prisoners must stand
while eating. In a symbolic gesture, the mayor of BH visited him in jail last week.

Noted by Blackcommentator.com writer Larry Pinkney (no relation) last week: 
This deliberate and racist harassment of Reverend Edward Pinkney
in the jail is OUTRAGEOUS!!! This must be disseminated far and wide.
This is precisely why it is important to contact the jail, the governor,
the courts, etc. about these outrages; otherwise they will continue and
get worse. These persons are not "just doing their jobs;" they are
criminally complicitous in the harassment of a wrongfully jailed and aging
Black American political activist--Reverend Edward Pinkney who is
courageously fighting for the human rights of the Black community of
Benton Harbor, Michigan. Plain and simple.

Mr. G. Bush recently appointed Maloney to Michigan's Western District bench...
the man who is considered chief architect of the racist operation known
as the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich.

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A prominent Michigan media figure stated privately last week that Gov.
Granholm is fully aware of everything going on in Berrien County -
Whirlpool's total control, that it's all about money, and that there
will be no jobs for BH residents at Harbor Shores playground for the
white elite, the construction of which is on-going without permits.

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Rev. Pinkney asks (begs) that you call Rep. John Conyers in Wash. DC
and ask to speak with Mustafa (corrected spelling) Ali, 202-225-5126. (corrected phone #) 
Please ask "what is being done to investigate Rev. Pinkney's case?" 
 --ie, don't let him off the hook.

1) Send donations to BANCO  (no joke - these funds are desperately needed)
Legal Fee Donations (non-profit so it's tax-deductible):
1940 Union St.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022

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) Call or write with your objections
Sheriff's Dept, Berrien County Michigan - 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

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) 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

6) Rep. John Conyers
669 Federal Building
231 W. Lafayette
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-5670
(313) 226-2085 Fax
2426 Rayburn Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5126
(202) 225-0072 Fax
2615 W. Jefferson
Trenton, MI 48183
(734) 675-4084
(734) 675-4218 Fax


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.

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

657 Spartan Avenue,  East Lansing, MI  48823 
(517) 332-6971; (517) 332-8987 (fax); ajs@sagady.com