St. Joseph, MI- Dr. Jill Stein was among supporters who attended Rev. Edward Pinkney’s evidentiary hearing on Tuesday, April 14, where a motion for a new trial based on the violation of Pinkney’s rights to impartial jurors was denied. Rev. Pinkney remains in prison, serving a 3-10 year term for altering the dates on petitions to recall the Mayor of Benton Harbor. However, according to Victoria Collier and Ben-Zion Ptashnik, who covered the trial in depth for Truthout:
“There was absolutely no evidence to convict Pinkney, and, legally, the altering of a petition document should have been a misdemeanor offense. Instead, they charged him with felony forgery – though no signatures were forged and all signatories testified that they signed willingly on the correct day. Incredibly, the all-white jury was urged by the prosecutor to believe that direct evidence was not required; they only had to “believe” that Pinkney was motivated to cheat and that he “could” have changed the dates while circulating the petitions.”
EARTH DAY SPEAKER: CHERI HONKALA
. . . Uniting for Climate Democracy.
What happens when poor people’s movements
join with organized youth and workers
in struggling for climate justice
Calling all PPEHRC supporters in New York, come and hear Cheri Honkala speak on Friday, April 17th ! More details below.
On April 14th, members of PPEHRC along with Jill Stein traveled to Michigan to support Rev. Pinkney who has been unjustly imprisoned. Today he was denied a retrial and fined $1,800 restitution for exercising his democratic right to recall the election of a corrupt mayor. #freerevpinkney
On Saturday, April 4th PPEHRC joined Reclaim MLK PHL and 15 an Hour Now Philadelphia outside of New Vision UMC Church at Broad and Westmoreland for a march to the OIC Building at Broad and Thompson. As a coalition, we were demanding the end to poverty in one of the largest, poorest, gentrified cities in the country. We are demanding $15.00 an hr, the right to unionize, and full employment in the city of Philadelphia.