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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Initial Endorsers: Mrs. Dorothy Pinkney; Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice (mecawi.org); Observers in the Court; Pan African News Wire (panafricannews.blogspot.com); Detroit Active and Retired Employees Association (DAREA); Detroit Green Party; Detroit School Board (in exile); Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures (moratorium-mi.org); Workers World Party
For more information regarding Rev. Edward Pinkney, please visit bhbanco.org
Sponsored by Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
Why Stand With Syria: The Threat of a Greater War
Sunday, Nov. 29, 5pm
5920 2nd Ave, Detroit, Michigan 48202
For over four years and counting, western powers and their middle eastern regional allies have been tirelessly pursuing the downfall of the Syrian Arab Republic, and there doesnt appear to be an end in sight. The imperialists in the United States, the EU, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, among others have been using all methods at their disposal to see that Syria is ripped to shreds, as it is one of the last remaining bastions of Arab dignity, that it is an important partner to Iran, Russia, and Hezbollah. They are among the last remaining Arab states who pursues an independent foreign and internal policy.
What is happening in Syria is not a civil war, a popular revolution against a brutal dictator, or anything else repeated in the imperialist media. It is principally an imperialist proxy war meant to further the geostrategic goals of a handful of bankers and military industrialists. It is our view that external, colonialist forces do not have the right to determine the destiny of smaller nations, and that these sovereign nations under the gun of imperialism must be defended at all costs.
The conflict is not simply an issue for Syrians. It is not something anybody in any corner of the world can ignore. So far its repurcussions have been wide-felt and its implications are global in scope. The emergence of ISIS, the massive influx of Syrian refugees into Europe, and the Russian bombing campaign in Syria are a direct result of the war. With the recent takfiri militant attacks in Paris, the war that NATO and its allies created has come home to their own soil.
It is essential for all who love humanity, who strive for peace, and for those who seek the emancipation from imperialist domination and occupation to stand with the people of Syria and their allies. The time for solidarity with these anti-imperialist forces has never been more imparative, especially as the conflict escalates.
Join Fight Imperialism – Stand Together for a forum in which young socialists will disucss these issues from a working class, anti-imperialist perspective.
Sponsored by Detroit FIST – Fight Imperialism, Stand Together
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.
Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice
5920 Second Avenue, Detroit MI 48202
On Facebook: Detroit Organizing in Support of Rev Pinkney
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 email@example.com so we can show the press strong support for Rev. Pinkney
Sign the petition: https://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/free-rev-pinkney
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
URGENT! URGENT! URGENT!
Friday, April 10, national day of action: No medical execution of Mumia!
4:00 PM Demonstrate outside Coleman A Young Municipal Center
at the Spirit of Detroit
2 Woodward Ave., Detroit
Keep calling every day!
SAVE THE LIFE OF MUMIA ABU-JAMAL!
STOP HIS EXECUTION BY MEDICAL NEGLECT!
DON’T LET THE STATE MURDER ANOTHER BLACK LEADER!
Stand with Rasmea and fill the federal courthouse in Detroit!
Thursday, March 12th, 2015, at 10 AM EST (hearing starts at 11 AM EST)
231 W. Lafayette Blvd., downtown Detroit
Please join us on Thursday, March 12th, in Detroit for Rasmea’s sentencing hearing. Rasmea was unjustly convicted in November of last year, and the prosecution is now asking for an enhanced sentence of 5-7 years in prison. (The vast majority of those convicted of Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization are sentenced to no more than 21 months.)
Rasmea’s defense attorneys are arguing that she shouldn’t be imprisoned for even one more day, and over 70 important leaders of unions and community-based, faith-based, civil rights, and student organizations, as well as prominent academics and activists, who all wrote letters of leniency to Judge Gershwin Drain, agree.
In addition, it must be made clear that Rasmea will be appealing the conviction regardless of the outcome of the sentencing, so visit the national Rasmea Defense Committee’s new website at www.justice4rasmea.org to help us fundraise for the appeal and learn of other action steps you can take.
Rasmea spoke with her supporters across the country by livestream a number of times in the past few weeks, and fundraisers and educational events were organized in New York City, Minneapolis, Chicago, San Francisco, Tucson, Tampa, St. Lake City, Gainesville, Miami, Phoenix, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee, Albuquerque, Seattle, Albany, NY, and other cities. More fundraisers are scheduled for Fishers, IN, DC, and Chicago in the coming weeks. (See a full list of events here.)
There is still much more organizing to be done!
13624 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, Michigan 48126
(Across from Dearborn City Hall)
Wednesday, March 11, 7 – 9 pm
Join us in welcoming Rasmea Odeh to Detroit on March 11 at the Arab American Museum Annex. We are hosting a fundraiser in celebration of the resilience of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh. All proceeds will go directly towards her legal defense fund.
Visit justice4rasmea.org for more information on Rasmea Odeh.
Combat Racism, Poverty, and War
Detroit March Against Capitalism!
Friday, December 12 @3:00pm, Spirit of Detroit statue (Woodward and Jefferson)
After the march meet at 5920 Second Ave. for potluck/discussion
All around the world from Detroit, Ferguson, to Ukraine the capitalist class is on the assault against poor people everywhere. Whether they’re shutting down schools, cutting food assistance programs, shooting unarmed people in our streets, or dropping bombs on innocent people abroad they’ve made it clear that there’s only one thing they want: everything! Capitalism has proven itself to be nothing but a parasitic system based purely on greed with no regard to the needs of the people, which threatens not only our own lives but all of the life on the planet.
They’ve destroyed our neighborhoods with unemployment and foreclosures. They’re shutting off our water. They’re plundering the city in a bankruptcy they threw us in. They’ve put the squeeze on us, it’s time we put the squeeze on them!
Put an end to racist police terror! Justice for Michael Brown and Eric Garner! A job is a right! A home is a right! Food is a right! Education is a right! End military interventions at home and abroad which put poor people against poor for the sake of profit for a few!
Endorsed by FIST, Moratorium NOW!, MECAWI, & Workers World Party
For more info, call or text FIST at 313-671-7426