Community leader jailed for up to 10 years with no evidence.
This fight will go on until we win!
The impoverished 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. In a tremendous victory for the movement against corporate power in Benton Harbor and nationally, the Michigan Supreme Court exonerated Rev. Pinkney. This, however, was after he spent 2 ½ years in prison where his life was endangered by guards and administrators. For years, Rev. Pinkney fought the theft of prime lakefront land by Whirlpool, and he was among the first to warn communities 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 Emergency Manager dictatorship was seen in Flint, Michigan where the Emergency Manager switched the city’s water to the filthy Flint River, poisoning a whole city. One of the important lessons in the victory in this struggle is that the movement must defend its leaders. People in Benton Harbor and across the country rose to the challenge!
The People’s Tribune has been covering the fight in Benton Harbor since 2005 because of its importance to all of America. We continue to devote article space in every edition to this struggle. Please order copies of the People’s Tribune to share with others. Click on “Archives” to see all of the articles published over the years.