Michigan Political Prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney on Hunger Strike!

Originally published June 1, 2016 at bhbanco.org

At Marquette Branch Prison in Marquette, MI more than 700 prisoners came together to protest food served by Trinity Services Group, Inc. to the prisoners. The action by the prisoners was also in protest of the poor conditions at Marquette Branch Prison.

These prisoners unified against government waste and corruption in the prison system. They demanded food that doesn’t make them sick.  

This unity among hundreds shows what people can do when they come together over a common cause. The protest was not organized by any one individual, but was a culmination of conditions that are unbearable at this prison. 

This dangerous food is generally eaten by most of the prisoners, and this leads to health issues that must be treated. Ultimately, the healthcare costs, brought on by this corrupt system, become the burden of unsuspecting Michigan taxpayers. 

Those on the outside do not realize the inhumanity of the prison system. Prisoners, when released, do not want to talk about the stress they endured while in the system. Prisoners who participate in peaceful protests are retaliated against by the prison officials. 

It is my duty, as a reverend, as a servant of God, as an unjustly accused man, and as a concerned citizen of Michigan, to report to you about these conditions. I have personally witnessed seeing worms in the food and prison kitchen workers have reported that spoiled food containing rodent waste, maggots, worms, and bugs have been served regularly to inmates. 

Therefore, I, Reverend Edward Pinkney, have decided I must go on a hunger strike to personally protest the deplorable food and conditions at Marquette Branch Prison in Marquette, Michigan.

Editor’s note: As of June 4, 2016 Rev. Edward Pinkney has been on this hunger strike for 10 days. He knows how to fast and how to keep his body hydrated with water and nutrients from fluids. Please go to http://www.bhbanco.org and follow @FreeRevPinkney for updates on his condition and his fight for justice, not just for himself, but for all of us.

Death of Activist and Inspiration, Muhammad Ali

Photo from http://www.relatably.com
Originally published at bhbanco.org on June 4, 2016
The death of Muhammad Ali has shaken individuals around the world as they remember not just his greatness in the boxing ring, but also his courage of standing up for his convictions of refusal to blindly go to war in Vietnam. Ali wasn’t afraid for his own life; he stood up for the poor, the meek, the people he had no quarrel with and that he knew would suffer in war.

My conscience won’t let me go shoot my brother or some darker people or some poor, hungry people in the mud for big, powerful America. And shoot them for what? They never called me nigger, they never lynched me, they didn’t put no dogs on me, they didn’t rob me of my nationality, rape and kill my mother and father. Shoot them for what? How can I shoot them poor people? Poor little black people and babies and children and women. How can I shoot them poor people? Just take me to jail. –Muhammad Ali

From prison, Michigan political prisoner Reverend Edward Pinkney made this statement in memory and honor of Ali:

The death of Muhammad Ali was shocking to me. And to the world. I am deeply honored to have lived in his time. He was truly a leader who made the supreme sacrifice of himself by refusing to be inducted into the U.S. Army.

America has lost one of its most effective individuals who led by example. Oppressed people, at home and abroad, have lost an articulate voice, a powerful and just voice.

Ali’s words mirror a 20th Century America that had acquired global power, but America also sacrificed some of Ali’s most treasured values on the altar of institutional racism, economic injustice and international influence. He was one of the first Americans, black or white, to offer reform about a promise unfulfilled.

He was both a unique personality and a representative of the people – precisely because he belonged to the people.

Muhammad Ali was my hero. He gave me the initiative to stand tall and make the supreme sacrifice of myself. I will always be in awe of his courage and indebted to the life lessons he has given to the world.

Muhammad Ali was not just a boxing legend; he was an activist, a peacemaker, and an inspiration. Muhammad Ali, the world is going to miss you–my hero.
Reverend Edward Pinkney

       Photo from www.theguardian.com                       June 21, 1967 The Houston Post

Political Prisoner, Lifelong Civil Rights Leader Never Gives Up

Article originally published May 30, 2016 by nsnbc international http://nsnbc.me/2016/05/30/political-prisoner-lifelong-civil-rights-leader-never-gives-up/

Political prisoner Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, Michigan, is an inmate at Marquette Branch Prison located in the Upper Peninsula. Marquette is almost 500 miles away from his home and family. Pinkney was housed at Lakeland Correctional in Coldwater, MI (which is about 150 miles from Benton Harbor) for about nine months until he was abruptly transported in the middle of the night to Marquette in an attempt, it is generally believed to isolate and silence this 67-year-old, African American man of faith.

Pinkney, a strong community organizer, benefactor of the poor minorities in Benton Harbor, and an outspoken social justice warrior, has been a target of the Whirlpool Corporation (with headquarters in Benton Harbor) that outsourced hundreds of jobs when NAFTA was enacted and stole public land to build Harbor Shores 5-star golf resort to cater to the elite wealthy (and ultimately gentrify Benton Harbor) along with the dictatorial Emergency Manager Law thrust upon many Michigan cities.

Benton Harbor was the first to be controlled under an Emergency Financial Manager (one of four over the last six years) which fundamentally removed all authority from the city council and mayor. Pinkney warned us about Emergency Managers years ago.

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Supporters from Michigan and surrounding region led an #OccupyPGA2016 march in Benton Harbor on May 28, 2016.

Pinkney, a strong community organizer, benefactor of the poor minorities in Benton Harbor, and an outspoken social justice warrior, has been a target of the Whirlpool Corporation (with headquarters in Benton Harbor) that outsourced hundreds of jobs when NAFTA was enacted and stole public land to build Harbor Shores 5-star golf resort to cater to the elite wealthy (and ultimately gentrify Benton Harbor) along with the dictatorial Emergency Manager Law thrust upon many Michigan cities.

Benton Harbor was the first to be controlled under an Emergency Financial Manager (one of four over the last six years) which fundamentally removed all authority from the city council and mayor. Pinkney warned us about Emergency Managers years ago.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4k4r7czxfk

The latest nightmare for Pinkney started in 2014 when he was charged with changing five dates on petitions to recall Whirlpool controlled Mayor Hightower. A SWAT team surrounded his home to bring Pinkney in dead or alive, an all-white jury (filled with tainted jurors) convicted Pinkney of felonies (per Judge Sterling Schrock who based his decision of charging Pinkney with felonies, rather than misdemeanors, on ambiguous legal language). He was convicted despite no evidence, no confession, and no witnesses. Prosecutor Michael Sepic insisted that Pinkney had to be guilty because of Pinkney’s community activism and outspokenness. The judge and prosecutor even instructed the jurors that they could convict Pinkney with no evidence! How’s that for justice? But, the sentencing was even worse. Judge Shrock, at the encouragement of Prosecutor Sepic, made “an example of Pinkney and sent a message to Pinkney and the community of Benton Harbor” by handing Pinkney the harsh sentence of 2.5 to 10 years in prison in December 2014.

Fast forward to today, Rev. Pinkney has been incarcerated for almost 18 months where he has endured intimidation, racism, false charges from prison officials that provoked a six-month suspension of his phone rights, and disappointments from the Michigan Appellate court that denied his request for bond pending Appeal twice. The Appellate Court recently heard his Appeal brief on May 11. During that hearing, the three Appellate judges iterated they were not interested in the “insufficient evidence” argument to the court by Pinkney’s attorney and the ACLU-MI. The Appellate Court’s decision was to keep Pinkney’s appeal “in abeyance pending MI Supreme Court decision in People v Hall.” It could take a few months to a year or longer for the Supreme Court’s decision in People v Hall.

Whirlpool_Benton Harbor_Michigan_USABrandon Hall was charged with forgeries of signatures and Hall fought the courts’ attempts to try him on felonies under MCL 168.937 in the Judicial, Circuit and Appellate Courts. Those courts agreed that Hall could not be charged with felonies, and if he is charged with the lesser statute MCL 168.544c, this would be only a penalty and not subject to imprisonment as punishment. Now, the Hall case is being reviewed by the MI Supreme Court. If Hall wins in Supreme Court, this could favorably affect Pinkney’s case resulting in his case being thrown out. Pinkney could not be retried, and he would be immediately released from prison.

Rev. Pinkney has lost two years of his life over this vendetta led by Whirlpool and the corrupt judicial system in Berrien County, Michigan. But, he is still standing, and he is still fighting for justice.

Even as the PGA announced its partnership with Whirlpool and Harbor Shores has been extended to at least 2024, Pinkney and his supporters forged ahead with a campaign of protests, letter-writing, phone calls, and media blasts to keep Pinkney’s case front and center. On May 28, many regional supporters gathered to protest the PGA Championship being held in Benton Harbor and lend support to Pinkney who led, in 2012 and 2014, similar protests with specific demands to stop the gentrification, land grab, and austerity terrorizing the people of Benton Harbor.

We cannot allow this dangerous precedent of trying and convicting a person with no evidence to stand. We cannot allow the erosion of free speech or the destruction of due process for American citizens.

We must come together and fight together. When we fight each other, they win! We have to stand up together and say ‘Enough is enough!’ This is not a race war; it’s a class war! – Rev. Edward Pinkney.

For information about the ongoing campaign to #FreeRevPinkney, call Gov. Snyder (MI office 517-373-3400 or in DC 202-624-5840), write to Rev. Edward Pinkney, #294671 N-E-93; Marquette Branch Prison; 1960 US Hwy 41South; Marquette, MI 49855 and  follow @FreeRevPinkney on Twitter for daily updates of the case. Please go to http://www.bhbanco.org/ to find daily news pertaining to Pinkney and other Michigan issues and to send any donations you can.

 Join the fight because there are more of us than there are of them!



“My husband opened my eyes to injustice,” People’s Tribune interviews Mrs. Pinkney

“So many young people are involved now,” says Dorothy Pinkney

Editor’s note: The People’s Tribune interviewed Dorothy Pinkney about Benton Harbor’s history and Rev. Pinkney’s unjust incarceration.

BENTON HARBOR, MI — “I was four-years-old when my parents moved to Benton Harbor’s countryside. When we moved to the city, I saw a different side to Benton Harbor. I remember walking around as a teenager. I saw beautiful homes, a beautiful Main Street with many retail stores and restaurants. It was a city booming with factories and jobs. Men came here, got a job, and then sent for their families in Memphis, Arkansas, or Mississippi.” This was the era when mechanization of southern agriculture forced millions in the rural South to migrate north.

“When my parents moved to the city, it was mostly Caucasian. As African Americans moved in, resources like the courthouse and factories were moved to St. Joseph, which became a largely white city. Blacks were no longer welcome.
“Today, there’s nothing left in Benton Harbor. Whirlpool is the dominant corporation that rules the region. As Whirlpool and other factories closed their industrial operations, people became poorer. Now you see abandoned houses, no jobs, and a lot of homelessness.” That poverty has spread into cities with a large Black population, and beyond.

“When my husband got involved as an activist, he told me stories that opened my eyes to injustice. Then an uprising occurred in 2003 when the police murdered Terrence “T-Shirt.” My husband went out to the community to connect with the young people. They were dealing with police harassment and felt they weren’t being heard.

With the merging of government and corporate power, Emergency Financial Managers were brought into Benton Harbor to take more resources away from the community, an attack on our democracy. We got involved with recalling Glen Yarborough, a commissioner-at-large who was selling the residents out to Whirlpool. Whirlpool wanted to buy up city resources. First they wanted the underground cable. Then the lakefront property. My husband and others were opposed to this. This was the beginning of the government’s attack.
“During my husband’s trial [for unproven charges of changing five dates on petitions to recall the mayor], the government brought the community organization he leads, BANCO, into the courtroom. BANCO speaks out against injustice and court watches. It is seen as a threat.

“Whirlpool and the government are trying to destroy the Benton Harbor movement for justice through the attack on my husband. But the ousting of the mayor in the last election shows that people are rising up. The new mayor, Marcus Mohammed, got 90% of the young vote, another indication that the movement hasn’t died. The people are ready for a change.

“I appreciate the hard work and continued support, national and international, to get my husband released from prison. We have to continue the work, even when he comes home. People are poorer than ever. There are no jobs and unemployment is at an all time high. Robots have come in and taken over. The lives of the young generation are at stake. We see so many young people involved now. I don’t think they can be stopped. What they have done is create a generation that is saying, “We’re fighting back at any cost.”

We encourage reproduction of this article so long as you credit the source.Copyright © 2015 People’s Tribune. Visit us athttp://peoplestribune.org


Resistance to fascism grows in Benton Harbor

By the People’s Tribune

Fascism, the merger of the corporations and government, is developing further in Michigan, as is the resistance to it.

Once the robots began replacing workers in factories and poverty began to spread, the corporations began to impose fascism to contain the workers and guarantee their profits.
The rulers appointed dictatorial “Emergency Managers” to come in to Michigan cities and slash public services, cut off people’s water, take over school districts, and transfer public assets into corporate hands. Elected officials no longer had authority.

As a result, a movement arose. In Benton Harbor, one of the first cities to get Emergency Managers, the people fought to oust their Emergency Managers. They also utilized the electoral process to oust politicians that represented the big corporations such as Whirlpool. Rev. Pinkney, a leader of this movement and a spokesperson for the most destitute workers, was jailed on phony charges in an attempt to stop the movement. Much to the dismay of corporate power, the movement has not stopped. It is growing.

The same process is unfolding in other Michigan cities. Emergency Managers, who gave the green light for water cutoffs to thousands in Detroit and the poisoning of the water in Flint, now stand exposed as agents of the corporate-state.

The struggle is showing that capitalism, a system based on the private property interests of the few, is a dying system. It can’t and won’t provide for those it no longer can exploit. It offers only fascism. The question is: how are people to survive?

There is an old saying that without a vision a people will perish. Either the society is going to be run in the interests of the corporations or the people will take the corporations over and run them in the people’s interests. Imagine the world we could have! Spreading this vision can inspire millions to join this fight.

Use the People’s Tribune to educate about fascism, the attack on our leaders, the vision of the new society—and to defend Rev. Pinkney. A movement has to defend its leaders.

We encourage reproduction of this article so long as you credit the source.Copyright © 2015 People’s Tribune. Visit us athttp://peoplestribune.org




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Rev. Pinkney is enduring mistreatment, harassment, phone privilege suspension, sleep deprivation & more that are violations of his constitutional & human rights!

This is a high-pressure & steadfast campaign meant to:

  •  Restore phone privileges to Rev. Pinkney
  • Return Rev. Pinkney to a prison downstate closer to his home & family
  • Demand a thorough investigation of MDOC & Marquette Prison actions taken against the rights of Rev. Pinkney & to remove Warden Napel from his duties
  • Show ongoing public support to free Rev. Pinkney


  • SEND A GREETING CARD to Rev. Pinkney every week throughout December:

Rev. Edward Pinkney, N-E-93 #294671MLK and Pinkney

Marquette Branch Prison

1960 US Hwy 41 South

Marquette, MI  49855




Michigan Dept. of Corrections: 517-241-7238 (Let them know you are concerned about his rights as he has been unjustly taken so far away from home & the reasons of security or his hearings being over do not hold up.)

Gov. Snyder at 517-373-3400, Rep. Fred Durhal at 517-373-0844 & Sen. Bert Johnson at 517-373-7748 to protest treatment (Request his transfer back downstate and restoration of his phone privileges to end the violations of Rev.’s constitutional rights.)


    https://goo.gl/4vKX4A (Petition will be sent to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Rep. John Conyers, & Rep. Barbara Lee.)


    (Any amount is greatly appreciated.)

Visit bhbanco.org to donate (via PayPal or send a check or money order payable to BANCO to):

Mrs. Dorothy PinkneyPinkneys

1940 Union Street

Benton Harbor, MI  49022








How Much Must the Pinkneys Endure? (updated 10.26.15*)

“They are saying they don’t need evidence to send someone to prison. Now everybody in Benton Harbor is in jeopardy. We have to say enough is enough. Whirlpool controls not only Benton Harbor and the residents, but the court system itself. They will do anything to crush you if you stand up to them. That’s why it’s so important to fight this.” Rev. Edward Pinkney

A nightmare of political persecution has been playing out in Benton Harbor, Michigan, especially over the past 18 months, against Reverend Edward Pinkney. The Pinkney family, Michigan activists, and national and international supporters have witnessed time and again corruption, deceit, hatred, and manipulation by the powers of Berrien County, Michigan.

From the recall election to the courtroom scenes that played out over 2014, it has become ever clearer that what Rev. Pinkney, etal, have been fighting is a well-oiled machine of corporate greed, cronyism, Jim Crow racism, gentrification, and bought off justice system officials from mayors to emergency managers to judges, prosecutors, and county officials. This may be only on the surface; the corruption runs very deep.

The Pinkneys, his legal defense, and supporters have rallied to keep the Berrien County “system” from charging, convicting, and sentencing the Reverend for a crime it has been proven he did not commit. The support has grown from Michigan across the nation from the Midwest to the East and West coasts, the North and the South. The support has rallied activists and organizations not only in America, but also in many other countries: Italy, France, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Russia, etal. Rev. Pinkney himself is an international activist whose plight is known by the United Nations as well as members of Congress and celebrities. But, when will the more powerful of our nation rally to Pinkney’s defense against the shameful maleficence of the Whirlpool Corporation and corrupt Michigan government? Who, in the limelight of media attention, will speak out in defense of a political prisoner who, most recently, has been shamefully isolated from his family and supporters?

“Rev. Pinkney was our voice. We could tell him and he would do something about it. That’s why he has so many supporters. I am a supporter. I believe in God and in what’s right. I hope that people can open their eyes. We need to stand for people and fight for righteousness.” — Kerry Krause, Benton Harbor
Pinkney protesting 2010

On Tuesday, October 6, at 6:00 a.m. prison officials removed Rev. Pinkney from the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI (about two hours from his home) without notifying his attorney or his family. For over 24 hours, nobody knew where he had been taken or why; we still do not know why, but we can surmise. By Wednesday night, we had learned that Rev. Pinkney was shackled and bused to Kinross Facility near Sault St. Marie 350 miles away from Benton Harbor. He was held there overnight and then taken to Marquette Prison which is located in the Upper Peninsula just off Lake Superior. Marquette is over 500 miles from his home in Benton Harbor!

Rev. Pinkney is almost 67 years old and is diabetic. He has lost 30 pounds since his incarceration in December 2014. He has been shackled and treated as a violent criminal being shunted from place to place; he was even handcuffed throughout two hearings held in February and April 2015. He is not violent and he is not a threat to society. Pinkney has sustained himself on one meal per day (consisting of vending machine food or packaged food ordered by his wife Dorothy) in order to avoid the daily illnesses suffered by inmates as a result of tainted food provided by Aramark Corporation. He has assisted other inmates with legal issues and preached sermons at Lakeland. Pinkney was thriving partly because of visits from supporters and his wife weekly. Some supporters drove as far as 280 miles to visit and lend support to Rev. Pinkney. While he has had staunch support, it was not easy for him to deal with hostility among some guards and inmates, but the Reverend made the best of a horrible situation he had been thrown into.

*On Friday morning, October 23, Rev. Pinkney made his routine one of two calls daily to his wife Dorothy. By that afternoon, she had learned that Marquette had revoked his phone rights! He was not able to call out to anyone and as of this update (10.26.15), we still have no definitive answers as to reason behind this revocation. Since the latest nightmare that began on Oct. 6, the Reverend has endured a long, cold bus ride to Marquette while shackled, a cell with walls covered in black mold, and now denied his right to make phone calls! Please join us in protesting this latest violation of his constitutional/human right to access to the outside world. You can call Warden Robert Nepal at 906-226-6531 ext. 4. Please be polite, but firm. Leave a message for the warden so that this corrupt system knows that Rev. Pinkney has supporters that really care about his welfare. Thank you for anything you do to help.

In December, after Pinkney was convicted by an all-white jury that heard multiple testimonies in defense of the Reverend, after being instructed by both Judge Sterling Schrock and Prosecutor Mike Sepic that they could “convict this man with no evidence,” and subsequently sentenced 2.5 to 10 years, Rev. Edward Pinkney was immediately handcuffed and removed from the courtroom. He was then shackled and taken to Jackson Prison where he was quarantined for 30 days and under 23-hour lockdown so he had one hour daily to exercise, to get some fresh air, or to call his wife (when allowed). At Jackson, he endured deplorable conditions: no flushing toilets, thin mattress infested with bedbugs, no hot water, peeling paint, summer clothes in winter weather, and forced to stand outside in the cold, harsh UP winter weather to make calls to his wife.

In mid-January, he endured 48 hours of riding in an unheated bus from Jackson to Marquette Prison, wearing a prison issued uniform and with no coat or gloves. While at Marquette because of the distance and the harsh weather,  he received no visitors, not even from his legal counsel.

Since late February, Pinkney has been at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI as a result of his choice to waive his right to be housed in a Level 1 prison (Marquette) so that he could be closer to his home. Lakeland is a Level 2 prison. Now, the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) is informing everyone who inquires that Pinkney was moved for his own safety. There are other Level 1 and 2 prisons much closer to Benton Harbor than Marquette!

Rev. Pinkney’s Appeal has been filed, his brief for bond pending appeal has been denied twice by the Michigan Appellate Court, and the bond appeal will soon be filed with the Michigan Supreme Court. Pinkney and his counsel, his family, his friends, his supporters (individuals and organizations) will not stop to #FreeRevPinkney.

The next step is to band together, #RaiseYourVoice and appeal to the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) to return the Reverend downstate closer to his home. Please call MDOC this week (Tue., 10/13-Fri., 10/16) and for as long as it takes at 517-241-7238. Sandy Simon may answer and take your message or she may transfer you to a classification employee or you may have to leave a voicemail. We ask that you be polite, give your name and location (so that MDOC knows the Rev. has global supporters) and implore them to return him downstate as he is a model prisoner and per basic prisoner/human rights, he should be near his home and family. A sample script can be found at the official Pinkney website bhbanco.org.

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“The thrust [of the Berrien county courthouse] is to physically remove and destroy families through the use of the criminal justice system. Every person they can put in jail; every person whose voting rights they can revoke with a felony conviction; every person they can cause to lose their job by putting them on probation; every person they can cause to lose the ability to pay for basic necessities through imposing ruinous court costs and probation is all part of the process. In the 1960s, it was called Negro removal. In Bosnia, it was called ethnic cleansing. It could be called genocide, the removal of the minority population for the purpose of redevelopment of the land. That’s what’s happening in Benton Harbor and the foremost leader of the resistance is Rev. Edward Pinkney” –Civil rights attorney, Hugh “Buck” Davis    http://www.bhbanco.org/2014/11/the-entire-cop-courthouse-community-is.html

For up-to-date information, please visit daily bhbanco.org, justice4pinkney.com, follow @FreeRevPinkney and @justice4pinkney on Twitter, and on Facebook, ask to join the Detroit Organizing in Support of Rev Pinkney at https://www.facebook.com/groups/DetroitSupportsRevPinkney/ and Justice4Pinkney page at https://www.facebook.com/justice4pinkney?fref=ts
Pinkney seated

Reverend Edward Pinkney, February 2015



National and international supporters are calling the Marquette Prison on behalf of political prisoner Rev. Edward Pinkney who was removed from the Lakeland facility in Coldwater, MI (located 2 hours from the Rev.’s home) on Tuesday morning without notification to him or his family! For over 24 hours, they did not know where he was.

Rev. Pinkney was taken 500 miles from his wife and home to the Marquette prison. Prior to this move, Rev. Pinkney enjoyed visitors every weekend who helped him get the nutrition he needed (the food served by Aramark Food Service is literally rotten and infested), individuals conversed with him spiritually and politically, the Rev. called into radio shows weekly, and the Rev. gave sermons, helped inmates, and was a model prisoner. He is almost 67 years old, diabetic, and he has lost 30 pounds since being incarcerated (unjustly) in December 2014.

We ask that you make a call to 517-241-7238, ask for the Director or her Assistant. and tell them you are calling on behalf of Rev. Edward Pinkney, ID#294671. Please politely ask that he be returned downstate near his home. Make the case that he has been a model prisoner and deserves to be near his family and friends. Also, it is imperative that you tell them where you live especially if you are out-of-state or international. You will not have to give your address, but if you are calling from New York or Australia or England, this may make an impact. It lets the system know that the Rev. is an international activist and his support is worldwide, which means Michigan is being watched and exposed.

To learn more about Rev. Pinkney and his fight against a powerful corporation and corrupt justice system over illegal land grabs, jobs outsourcing and gentrification in Benton Harbor, please go to http://justice4pinkney.com/av-media-2/ If you are able to donate to the Reverend’s legal defense fund (an Appeal Brief has been filed with the Michigan Appellate Court), please go to bh.banco.org and use Paypal to donate. Any amount is very much appreciated!

Keep up with up-to-date news by following bhbanco.org, @FreeRevPinkney on Twitter, justice4pinkney.com and the following Facebook pages:

Detroit Organizing in Support of Rev Pinkney: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DetroitSupportsRevPinkney/

Justice4Pinkney: https://www.facebook.com/justice4pinkney?fref=ts

Thank you so much from the Pinkneys and his supporters!

PSED: Advocates for Justice, Equality, Peace . . .

Welcome to our blog covering economic, social justice, and international issues important to People for Social & Economic Development (PSED).

We oppose endless wars, imperialism, the privatization of Democratic institutions and economic inequality. We support the tenets of the New Deal as implemented by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the progressive development as proposed by President John F. Kennedy. The profound teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King exemplify PSED’s belief in equality for all. As we focus on all the issues of inequity that lead ultimately to the devastation of poverty and unfair treatment among the masses, we are also dedicated to the efforts to free Reverend Edward Pinkney, who is a political prisoner from Benton Harbor, Michigan.

In May 2014, the same individuals (who recently organized PSED) launched a website worldausterityreport.net (WAR) as a medium to publish information, articles, and blogs. From the launch of WAR the grassroots organization People for Social & Economic Development has transpired. We look forward to collaborating with organizations that actively strive for a more equitable and just world.

We invite you to email us at p4sed1@gmail.com if you have a comment/ question, if you have interest in contributing as a guest writer for World Austerity Report or if you want to learn more about People for Social & Economic Development (PSED).  PSED embraces the following Mission Statement of World Austerity Report.

from worldausterityreport.net/about:

Plenty is at our doorstep, but a generous use of it languishes in the very sight of the supply. –Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural, 1933

Those words are just as relevant today as they were in March of 1933. Unfortunately, today there is no FDR, no Harry Hopkins, no Henry Wallace, and worst of all, there is no New Deal. If you are reading this in the United States, then you are, indeed, standing amongst what little remains of the New Deal state. This is the state in which the middle class became the majority of the population; the state which checkmated Fascism and Communism. It put millions of Americans to work in a matter of hours and brought electricity to the poorest parts of the US. The New Deal also created the infrastructure which made possible an educated population capable of putting a human on the Moon and unlocking the secrets of the atom. The U.S. Constitution -not once, but twice- demands a promotion of the General Welfare. The General Welfare includes everyone; be it the college student, the farmer, the business owner, the janitor, the mechanic, the teacher…everyone. Without a doubt, the New Deal promoted the General Welfare. And today we can do even better.

…in every republic there are two parties, that of the nobles and that of the people; and all the laws favorable to liberty result from the opposition of these parties to each other. Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses on Titus Livius, 1517

Today, the plenty that is at our doorstep is currently being misused and wasted by those whom Roosevelt characterized as “the rulers of the exchange of mankind’s goods” (i.e. Wall Street) and their “speculation with other people’s money.” In the 4th Century BC the Greek philosopher Plato categorized this same class of rulers as The Few. In the Renaissance they were known as The Nobility. The Russians in the 1990’s used the term Oligarch. In the 1930’s many referred to them as Private Economic Interests. In 1935, one pro-New Deal reporter, Marquis Childs, referred to the aristocrats who hated Roosevelt as the Two percent. And of course, today many refer to them as the One Percent.

Plague and pestilence and plunder and pollution, the hazards of nature and the hunger of children, are the foes of every nation. –John F. Kennedy addressing the United Nations, 1963

The greatest danger to the American public is the lowering of our standard of living. Over the last 45 years, since the defeat of the labor movement in 1968, our standard of living has been lowered by roughly two-thirds. And in its place, the nobility have triumphed. Simply put: the General Welfare has been ignored.

Our fight is not against our neighbors, or the church, or the state, or ourselves. The enemies of the modern world are disease, poverty, imperialism, war, genocide, nihilism, austerity, and the usurious and oligarchical bankers who promote it.

The reports and articles found in the World Austerity Report are based largely on the AMERICAN SYSTEM OF POLITICAL ECONOMY – a strategy to curb the assault on the General Welfare by promoting:

A PROTECTIVE TARIFF to stop offshore slave-labor goods (i.e. Walmart) from not only under-cutting our own industry and manufacturing, but also driving down our wages and breaking unions.

A NATIONAL BANK to foster and promote industry and manufacturing, as well as our national laboratories, biomedical research, universities, and space exploration.

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, even if they are only developed in one state. Today the term infrastructure would apply to the implementation and full maintenance of Medicare-for-All (Single-Payer Healthcare), Social Security, public education, public housing, high-speed/magnetic levitation rail, irrigation systems, bridges, anything that increases the overall health and productivity of the population.

This is not an ideology. This is a strategy to uplift the nation, and everyone in it. In short, the utopias that we imagine for our world can only be realized in an atmosphere of prosperity, not austerity.