Nov 292015
Re. Edward Pinkney speaking in Detroit in October 2014

Re. Edward Pinkney speaking in Detroit in October 2014

Emergency Conference to Save Rev. Edward Pinkney

Saturday – December 12, 2015 – Noon to 5 pm

St. Matthew-St. Joseph Episcopal Church
8850 Woodward Ave. (at King St.)
Detroit, Michigan

Michigan political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney, fears for his life. With phone access denied, he is isolated in the far north Marquette Branch Prison, 500 miles from his wife, attorney and supporters. He recently wrote:

“I was transferred to Marquette Prison, shackled, mistreated, and intimidated. I was forced to strip on five different occasions. I am forced into overcrowding, inadequate exercise, lack of clean clothing, and inadequate medical care.

“I believe that [they] have put a hit on me, inside the prison system. I believe they are trying to force me to die in prison. If I do not survive this, you will know the reason why.

“The blatantly unconstitutional conduct by Judge Sterling Schrock, Prosecutor Mike Sepic, Sheriff Bailey, and the all-white jury have placed my life in danger.
“I need you to stand with me against the corrupt, broken system, a criminal enterprise operating in Berrien County and across the country–a lynch mob in black robes and three-piece suits.”

Rev. Pinkney’s family and supporters agree that his life is in danger. Racist guards are whipping up hostility among the 80% white prisoners against Rev. Pinkney. He lacks clean clothes, decent food, adequate medical care and exercise. Rev. Pinkney turned 67 at the end of October. We need to come together to put this critical situation before the whole nation and the entire world.

For more information and to endorse, please call 313-680-5508 or email

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Initial Endorsers: Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (; Observers in the Court; Pan African News Wire (; Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board (in exile); Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures (; Workers World Party

For more information regarding Rev. Edward Pinkney, please visit

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 November 29, 2015  Posted by at 9:22 am Uncategorized No Responses »
Nov 052015

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A National Day of Action on November 12th

We Demand:

Tuition-Free Public College
Cancellation of All Student Debt
A $15 Minimum Wage for All Campus Workers

The United States is the richest country in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education. We need change, and change starts in the streets when the people demand it. With students, college graduates, and workers united we can build a movement capable of winning debt-free college for all and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers!

At University of Michigan – Dearborn campus:

On Thursday, November 12th at 12pm, students, professors, and community members at UMD will be joining the national movement to demand free public higher education, an alleviation of all student debt, and a $15 minimum wage for all university employees! The action is a march on UM-Dearborn’s campus, 4901 Evergreen Rd Dearborn, MI and we’ll be meeting at the University Center building!


National website: #MillionStudentMarch (

 November 5, 2015  Posted by at 8:04 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 282015

Protest and Press Conference Against Mistreatment of Political Prisoner, the Rev. Edward Pinkney

Michigan Department of Corrections, 206 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI

Monday, November 2, 2015, at 12 Noon


Activists from across Michigan will be protesting outside the Michigan Department of Corrections offices to demand that Director Heidi Washington immediately restore phone privileges to political prisoner, the Reverend Edward Pinkney. The demonstrators will also be demanding that Director Washington reverse the punitive transfer of Rev. Pinkney to Marquette Branch Prison (483 miles away from his wife and attorney) and return him to the Lower Peninsula while his appeal proceeds.

Rev. Pinkney was targeted for his political activism in Benton Harbor, Michigan. Leading an effort to recall Mayor Hightower brought a SWAT team to his door in 2014 with charges that five dates on the recall petitions had been altered. Rev. Pinkney was charged with five counts of felony forgery, brought to trial before an all-white jury and convicted with absolutely NO EVIDENCE of his altering anything on the petitions. The prosecutor and judge collaborated in this frame-up, telling the jury that “you don’t need evidence to convict Pinkney.” The fact that Rev. Pinkney chaired protest meetings and spoke at press conferences was introduced to “prove” that he must be guilty! Rev. Pinkney was sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years.

This outrageous frame up is being appealed to the Michigan Court of Appeals by his attorney as well as the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild, who have filed amicus briefs in the case.

Rev. Pinkney has been targeted since his imprisonment on Dec. 14, 2014, most recently by his politically motivated transfer to Marquette Branch Prison from the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. For several weeks he was housed in a moldy cell, causing him dizziness and difficulty breathing. On October 23 Marquette Prison officials revoked Rev. Pinkney’s telephone privileges, effectively silencing and isolating this political prisoner.

Friends and supporters of Rev. Pinkney fear for his health and his life in the racist atmosphere of Marquette Prison, cut off from any contact with the outside world. On October 27th Rev. Pinkney turned 67 years old.

Supporters of Rev. Pinkney have been flooding the MDOC Directors office with protest phone calls since his transfer and his denial of phone access.

Sponsored by:

Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48202

 October 28, 2015  Posted by at 10:23 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Oct 082015

Protest the Jones Day looters
as they wine and dine at the DIA

Tuesday, October 13, 4:30 PM

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The Jones Day law firm, that took $53 million from the people of Detroit to manipulate the phony “bankruptcy,” will be hosting judges, lawyers, bankers and millionaires at a gala event. They are celebrating the opening of their Detroit office and their great success in stealing almost $7 BILLION from City of Detroit retirees’ medical care and pensions.

Jones Day and their partner, Kevyn Orr, gave away the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, and began the massive water shutoffs that continue to this day. They also ceded City control of Belle Isle and the DIA.

In the meantime, they made sure that their banking clients were not held responsible for the destruction they caused in Detroit and fought to make sure the banks received tens of millions of dollars in termination fees on interest rate swindles.

Join us in denouncing these Wall Street criminals as they add insult to injury.

Let them know they are not welcome in Detroit!


 October 8, 2015  Posted by at 9:17 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 292015

Please join Moratorium Now! Coalition in welcoming back to Detroit

Jorge Parra

Fired injured GM autoworker leader of the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-Workers of GM Colombia—ASOTRECOL

7 PM, Monday, Oct. 5

5920 Second Ave., Detroit (near Antoinette)

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 September 29, 2015  Posted by at 9:36 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 092015

Stop the Auction – Stop Foreclosures

Wayne County Treasurer’s Office

400 Monroe, Greektown, Detroit

Tuesday, September 15, Noon – 2 PM


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Thousands of Detroiters and other Wayne County residents will be evicted from their homes in the next month, as the Wayne County Treasurer auctions their homes to investors following tax foreclosure. The first auction begins September 11 and goes until September 17.

This disaster is entirely avoidable! The State of Michigan is sitting on $200 million in federal Helping Hardest Hit Funds that can be used to pay delinquent property tax bills for occupied homes. But instead of using these funds for their stated purpose, to keep families in their homes, the State and Federal governments are using these funds to tear down homes and turning them over to the “blight taskforce” led by Dan Gilbert.

A recent Detroit News report documented how the banks along with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are responsible for the destruction of Detroit’s neighborhoods, through their massive foreclosures on predatory, sub-prime mortgage loans, and then giving away the properties to “investors” who never paid the property taxes. Of the 84,000 properties on the city’s blight list, 76% are foreclosures. The banks, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and lenders like Quicken Loan must be made to pay for the blight they caused through their massive foreclosures in Detroit and all of Wayne County!


  • Moratorium to Stop Tax Foreclosures and Auctions of Occupied Homes
  • Use Federal Helping Hardest Hit Funds to Pay Delinquent Property Tax Bills
  • Make the Banks Pay for the Blight They Caused


 September 9, 2015  Posted by at 9:27 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Sep 092015

Support Rev. Pinkney

Monday, Sept. 14, 7 PM

5920 Second Ave., near Antoinette, two blocks north of WSU

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Rev. Pinkney was charged in 2014 with allegedly altering five dates on a recall petition against Benton Harbor’s mayor. A community leader in the overwhelmingly African American city, Pinkney was tried and convicted before a white judge, white prosecutor and all-white jury. He was sentenced to 2.5 to 10 years in prison on December 15, 2014. The jury had been told “you do not need evidence to convict Rev. Pinkney” and the judge said he was “going to make an example” of him.

*Learn about how Rev. Pinkney was railroaded to prison. Hear directly from Rev. Pinkney calling in during the meeting from prison. Find out how you can help free an innocent man.

*Donations can be made at or checks can be sent to BANCO, c/o Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney, 1940 Union St., Benton Harbor, MI 49002

 September 9, 2015  Posted by at 9:10 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 232015

On Facebook: Detroit Organizing in Support of Rev Pinkney
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Friends – Rev. Pinkney needs your help as his motion for reconsideration is heard before the Michigan Court of Appeals. He is only seeking bond, pending his appeal being heard (which could take another year). Four things we need from you:

Everyone can write a letter to 3 judges (same letter to each judge) politely urging them to grant Rev. Edward Pinkney bond pending his appeal, especially since he was convicted with absolutely no evidence against him. The address is Court of Appeals, State Office Building, 350 Ottawa NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Again – be polite in your letters. The judges are

a) Judge Joel P. Hoekstra

b) Judge David H. Sawyer

c) Judge Douglas B. ShapiroEmail a copy to so we can show the press strong support for Rev. Pinkney

Sign the petition:

3) You all know how bad the food is in prison and that Rev. P has lost a lot of weight. I am sending him a special package of items from the prison store at his request on Monday morning, charged to my credit card. The cost is $84.83. If you are able, and would like to contribute toward this “care package” please bring something extra to donate to our Monday night meeting. Thank you in advance. – David Sole

4) Car pool with us from Detroit to Grand Rapids on Wed., Aug. 26 for a protest/press conference at noon in front of the Court of Appeals. We are leaving from 5920 Second Ave., Detroit 48202, gathering at 8 AM and departing at 8:30 AM. Email to let us know you are going and if you can drive your car (2.5 hours each way). We will be back in Detroit before 5 PM.

Thank you – David Sole

 August 23, 2015  Posted by at 10:21 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Aug 152015

Use Helping Hardest Hit Funds to Keep Families in Their Homes,
Not for Dan Gilbert’s “BLIGHT TASKFORCE”

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Stop Tax Foreclosures

Demonstrate, Thursday, August 20, 12 Noon

Quicken Loan Headquarters,
1050 Woodward, Downtown Detroit

March to Senator Stabenow’s Office
719 Griswold Street, Detroit

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 August 15, 2015  Posted by at 9:10 pm Uncategorized No Responses »
Jul 252015

BBQ, Sat., Aug. 1, 2 PM

Join Moratorium NOW!, Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA), Michigan Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI), Fight Imperialism-Fight Together (FIST) , and Workers World Party for a relaxing summer BBQ and celebration.

Summer Celebration BBQ

5920 Second Avenue, Detroit (at Antoinette, 2 blocks north of WSU)

Saturday, August 1, 2 PM

Everyone in the struggle for a better Detroit and a better world is welcome!

Menu: Hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, baked  beans, potato salad, green salad, desserts and more.

Donations accepted (not required).  If you would like to bring a dish to share, please call Lula at 313-587-7845,  in order to coordinate.


 July 25, 2015  Posted by at 3:40 pm Uncategorized No Responses »