Benton Harbor schools in shambles; School Board called “crooked.”

Benton Harbor youth at a protest against Governor Rick Snyder, who put an undemocratic, non-elected Emergency Manager in Benton Harbor.  PHOTO/BRETT JELINEK

Benton Harbor youth at a protest against Governor Rick Snyder, who put an undemocratic, non-elected Emergency Manager in Benton Harbor.
PHOTO/BRETT JELINEK

Benton Harbor is under misguided leadership, corrupted from the top to the bottom. The schools are in shambles. The school district has it own dictator, Leonard Seawood, who controls three members of the School Board. It is no secret that Seawood, and the three board members, Lue Buchana, Willie Lark, and Martha Momany, support the interests of Whirlpool Corporation, and not the interests of the people. The school board does not care about the students.
During a workshop session, School Board Treasurer Joseph Taylor repeated his intent to file a lawsuit to challenge how the process of appointing a school board member was handled. Taylor said, “We need others to come in and get the work done since we have a crooked board.” (Herald Palladium)

“Taylor criticized Board President Martha Momany for not moving quickly to call a meeting to appoint a new school board member before the 30-day deadline ran out.” “She knew (the timeline) was going to expire on the thirtieth.” “Momany illegally adjourned the meeting on August 26, without a vote, which is against Robert’s Rules.” (Herald Palladium) Clearly, Seawood, buchana, Lark and Momany wanted to insure that the fourth school board member would be someone that also supported the interests of Whirlpool.

Now we are recalling these three board members. Lue Buchana and Willie Lark are being recalled for violating the public trust by failing to exercise his or her duty to appoint a seventh member to the Board of Trustees by Aug 31, 2013, and Martha Momany is being recalled for violating the public trust by not adhering to the Open Meeting Act.

We are living under the power of the corporations and dictators and the city of Benton Harbor is a great example. We must fight the corporations, bankers and dictators. We, the people, must organize and organize and organize. We must speak up. A new world is possible.

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