VIDEO (embedded below): Rev. Pinkney addresses Local Democracy Convention
SPECIAL GUESTS frequently join the shows with:
- Rev. Pinkney, director of the BH BANCO Organization, the People's Pastor who was once arrested for quoting a Bible verse, former and future candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, political activist and organizer uniting people of all races and socio-economic backgrounds to bring power to the people through nonviolent social action
- Ralph Poynter, co-host, a retired New York City school teacher and legal investigator, union organizer, political activist, husband of Lynne Stewart, an imprisoned former attorney and renowned political activist
- Elizabeth ("Libby") Hunter gives regular reports about the quest for democracy in Benton Harbor
- Rozy Press, retired LA County school teacher, education and disability activist
- Mary Neal (yours truly), founder/director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI). AIMI is an online group with roughly 300 members advocating to decriminalize mental illness, end capital punishment, reduce mass incarceration, eliminate racism and class consciousness in the justice system, and promote liberty and justice for all - Phone 678.531.0262 and they will likely play a false message saying circuits busy, phone disconnected, message inbox full, or simply give three short beeps and a hang-up, which is what police officers heard when they called my number. I am "America's Most Censored - Mary Neal." (Google that title.) I ask decision makers to please treat others as they wish to be treated. That message was not tolerated from Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago, and it is not warmly received today. But God likes it, so He sent me to the Rev. Pinkney Show where we have a large and growing audience!
- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), friend or foe to Africans in America?
- The NAACP recently dropped a class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo Bank, which was filed on behalf of homeowners who were victimized by predatory lending. The civil action was apparently dropped after Wells Fargo agreed to sponsor the NAACP's 101st convention.
- The NAACP held a special election in Benton Harbor, Michigan on August 16, 2012, to oust Rev. Pinkney from his position as president of the Twin City NAACP chapter. The organization that should be devoted to democratic elections omitted placing the incumbent president's name on the ballot in order to ensure that Rev. Pinkney was replaced with a new NAACP president who would not lead demonstrations against corporate greed and government misdeeds.
- Hundreds of people burn their NAACP cards in a "BURN BABY BURN" ceremony during each broadcast
- Benton Harbor's takeover by an emergency manager appointed by the governor. All elected officials were essentially fired, making Benton Harbor the first city in America with taxation without representation since the Revolutionary War. Rev. Pinkney reports that 200 more city managers are in training, perhaps including one for your city
- NDAA, the bill the president signed into law on December 31, 2011, that allows for Americans and immigrants to be imprisoned in military concentration camps without the White House naming any crimes and without giving detainees any opportunity to defend themselves in courts of law
- Judge K. Forrest, United States District Court in Manhattan, declared indefinite military detention without due process of law unconstitutional in May 2012. The Obama administration filed a request for reconsideration, which Judge Forrest denied. On August 7, 2012, the Obama administration appealed Judge Forrest's ruling to a higher court
- ACTA, the treaty the president signed in November 2011 that pertains to international intelligence properties protections. If fully ratified, the treaty will allow other countries, including China, to have a measure of control over what Americans can put or keep online
- Internet censorship, persecution and prosecution of whistleblowers, and other violations against human and civil rights
- Public schools being replaced by privately-owned charter schools and privatization of jails, prisons, other public institutions
- political prisoners
- workers' rights
- disability rights, especially decriminalizing mental illness and ending brutality and deaths of mentally challenged persons due to violence under the color of law
- increasing incidents of police violence
- mass incarceration and human rights for prisoners
- anti-death penalty activism
- juvenile justice issues
- wrongful convictions
- disparity in sentencing related to defendants' race and class distinctions
- current and upcoming opportunities to peacefully unite and resist oppression through mass demonstrations such as the Occupy movement and Benton Harbor's Occupy the PGA rally that was held May 23-27, "Occupy the PGA"