Little bitty Benton Harbor was the testing ground. It was the testing ground to see what they can get away with. ...It's comin' to your city next, whether you like it or not.
- Rev. Edward Pinkney
For years Reverend Edward Pinkney has been fighting the slow move to takeover, privatize, loot, and gentrify Benton Harbor. He has been fighting not only for the survival of his own city as well as Michigan state, but for his personal freedom.
Since 2003, Rev. Pinkney has endured prejudice by white juries and lawyers, been fined, jailed, released, put on probation, fined for exercising his first amendment rights, and jailed again. More recently, in true David and Goliath fashion, Rev. Pinkney had successfully gathered sufficient petitions to force a recall election of Mayor James Hightower. Pinkney warned that Hightower would use all his resouces (Whirlpool Corporation, Sheriff Bailey, prosecutor Mike Sepic, and County Clerk Sharon Tyler, to name a few) against Rev. Pinkney. Unfortunately, the law means very little to those who wish to privatize and asset strip public utilities, schools, roads, and even government.
Benton Harbor as well as Detroit and other cities with Emergency Managers have seen the privatization of public schools, parks, and utilities. The takeover has now shifted into what can only be understood as genocidal: the shutting off of water to its own citizens, as is currently happening in Detroit.
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The Benton Harbor Struggle
Pinkney warning against Emergency Managers.
Pinkney is a frequent guest on World Crisis Radio with Webster Tarpley. Pinkney @ 18:10
Reverend Pinkney on the NAACP and Emergency Managers. Reverend Edward Pinkney, Dr. Randy Short and Dr. Webster Tarpley come together at an NAACP Protest.
Since the EM took over Detroit public schools, classrooms have now reached to as many as 43 students per class.