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.”
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
The march is now over but our voices will continue to be heard. In the words of one of our fellow PPEHRC leaders, Shamako Noble, “It won’t take one of us, it won’t take 25, it will take all of us if we’re going to survive”.
This weekend, Friday September 19th – Sunday September 21st, thousands of people will be gathering in New York City for the Climate Convergence. What are we asking for? “People, Planet, and Peace over Profit! Demand an end to fossil fuels, mobilize for system change, living wage jobs now!” Throughout the day on Saturday PPEHRC will be holding various different workshops connecting issues of poverty to the climate change crisis.
Date: September 19th – 21st Bus Ticket: FREE (Please call to reserve a ticket)
Join Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign (PPEHRC) as we take a bus to NYC on September 19th to participate in the NYC Climate Convergence. This will be a conference, skill share and festival rolled into one – assisting mobilization for change to prevent catastrophic climate change. PPEHRC will be holding various workshops connecting issues of poverty to the environmental justice movement. Please join us for the largest climate march in history!
Only hours before Paul Ryan and Patty Murray announced that they reached a two year budget agreement (The BiPartisan Budget Act of 2013), representatives from a broad coalition demanding a budget that would cut military expenditures in order to increase funding for a wide range of domestic programs called on Congressional leaders to craft a budget for people, peace and the planet.