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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Occupy the PGA - Benton Harbor, MI

Rev. Edward Pinkney Protests Injustice in Benton Harbor, Michigan

This is the week of the PGA, a highly contested golfing event in Benton Harbor, Michigan, and Benton Harbor residents are ready to OCCUPY THE PGA. Many residents claim being suppressed and forced to live under America's first dictatorship. Duly elected city officials in Benton Harbor were stripped of their official duties in 2011, and Michigan's governor placed an Emergency Manager over the local government. Many Benton Harbor residents claim cruel and unusual treatment is happening in their city and assert that the government and a huge corporate entity have conspired to oppress them to satisfy the greed of the elite. Much of the golf course where the PGA will be played was once public lands. Michigan is the state U.S. Senator Levin represents, the man who introduced legislation for indefinite military detention without criminal charges, which U.S. Congress passed and the president signed in 2011 (NDAA, Sec. 1021). WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MICHIGAN? (Five(5) links are in this article.) See and support a new petition by fed-up Benton Harbor residents at the link below:

"Whirlpool corporation, Kitchen Aid and the PGA: STOP DESTROYING THE CITY AND RESIDENTS OF BENTON HARBOR" PETITION:  http://goo.gl/JYy1E   

The fight against Benton Harbor's corporate takeover has reached epic proportions in recent months. The fact that Pinkney stands with the people against big corporate interests even led to a legal battle between Pinkney and the NAACP. LISTEN TO discussions about his lawsuit against the NAACP and reasons for the protest against the PGA during the April 8, 2012 Blogtalk Radio broadcast. It is archived at http://www.Blogtalkradio.com/rev-pinkney/2012/04/08/pinkney-to-pinkney - Rev. Pinkney and other Benton Harbor residents discussed the events that led to the lawsuit in numerous broadcasts that can be accessed anytime by using this link http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rev-pinkney . The archived Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk shows give information aobut the fight for human rights and self-determination for Benton Harbor residents and reveal why Rev. Pinkney earned the respect and admiration of people throughout the world.

Rev. Edward Pinkney is at the forefront of the fight against oppression in Benton Harbor. He helps 99% people around the country to resist oppressive living conditions and human and civil rights abuses without regard to race, politics, and socioeconomic distinctions. I am honored to join the Rev. Pinkney Blogtalk Radio broadcasts most Sundays at 5pm EST. I know him to be a sincere man of principles who cannot be bought and is unafraid to stand up for what he feels is right.


Rev. Edward Pinkney, president of the Benton Harbor branch of the NAACP and also B.H. BANCO Organization, published the following press release inviting America to join Benton Harbor residents in a week of protests, including a "death march."


SPREAD THE WORD


Occupy the PGA! We are preparing in Benton Harbor to Occupy the PGA! May 23 -27 2012.
 
Wednesday May 23 we will do our Death MARCH with a coffin with the residents of Benton Harbor inside and bagpipes to Jean Klock Park, food will be served. please wear black. Benton Harbor Most Wanted for Crime against Humanity shirts. will be on sale for $10. Every
day we will send out updates.

On Saturday May 26, 2012, please bring a kite and wear black!  We are committed to escalating the Occupy Movement. We stand for human rights, democracy, free speech, freedom to assemble, fairness and equality. We stand for education, health care, and good jobs for all. Get corporate corruption out of government, and get Harbor Shores out of Benton Harbor. Occupy the PGA and Occupy everything! It is not one thing; it is everything . . . 

It looks like Whirlpool's Harbor Shores organization has behaved again with incredible irresponsibility and arrogance. The attacks on Benton Harbor residents continue. The extraordinary control that the Whirlpool Corporation has taken over the community of Benton Harbor, Michigan must have emboldened them to believe they could act with impunity.

Three years ago, Harbor Shores tapped into the municipal water supply of Benton Harbor to irrigate their developing Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course. It is difficult to imagine how the excavation necessary to accomplish this could be done secretly. Somehow, Harbor Shores drew on this water without paying the city, although the residents of BH were metered and paying for water usage. This was happening while the city was bankrupt and being run by a despotic emergency manager, Joseph Harris, who answers only to Gov. Rick Snyder. About a year after this tap-in began, a water main break necessitated excavations for repairs, and the Harbor Shores splice was discovered. Back payment for a year of heavy water usage was sought. Harbor Shores responded by drawing irrigation water directly from the Paw Paw River. Over the past two years, water rates for a typical household in Benton Harbor have burgeoned from $30/mo. to more than $100/mo. Apparently, the emergency manager has decreed that the water distribution deficit resulting from Harbor Shore's pilferage would be paid for by Benton Harbor residents.
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The petition at the link below is important for Benton Harbor residents. People who cannot help Occupy the PGA can sign the petition at Change.org|Start an Online Petition 

BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN RESIDENTS WILL MARCH AND SING THIS WEEK. THEY MAY SING THE ROUSING SONG THAT WAS USED IN THE 1960s: "AIN'T GONNA LET NOBODY TURN ME 'ROUND!" at YouTube link: http://youtu.be/c5Z1trynEHs and embedded below. Please elect "go to page 1" if you are viewing this article using a cellphone. Otherwise, cyberstalkers may hide the introductory information. Also, if the censorship force prohibits any of the five(5) links from opening, please notify me in the comments field below or by email at MaryLovesJustice at gmail.com. Thank you for your interest in justice.



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