The people of Benton Harbor, Michigan, are waging a courageous fight against corporate power — against the giant Whirlpool Corporation that runs their city and region. Recently, one of the leaders of this fight, Rev. Edward Pinkney, was unjustly convicted on phony vote fraud charges in the community’s attempt to unseat corporate backed officials. Over the years, Rev. Pinkney fought the theft of prime lakefront land by Whirlpool, and he was among the first to warn people of the Emergency Manager dictatorship in Michigan that kicks out elected officials and sells off a city’s public assets to the corporations. The result of this dictatorship was seen in Flint, Michigan where the governor appointed Emergency Manager switched the city’s water to the filthy Flint River, poisoning a whole city. Rev. Pinkney now languishes in prison in Marquette, Michigan, with a 2 1/2 – 10 year sentence, isolated from family and supporters. All efforts must be made to free Rev. Pinkney as a step toward overturning the spread of fascism in Michigan and the entire nation. The People’s Tribune continues to devote one page of every edition to the struggle to free Rev. Pinkney. The movement must defend its leaders! Please order copies of the paper to share with others. The People’s Tribune has been covering the fight in Benton Harbor since 2005. Click on “Archives” to see all of the articles published over the years.