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Rev. Pinkney talks about the Fight for Justice in Benton Harbor

May 2, 2011

On Saturday, while attending the May Day celebration in Grand Rapids, we had a chance to speak with Benton Harbor activist/organizer Rev. Pinkney.

He talked about what the newly imposed Emergency Financial Manager means for the people of Benton Harbor and what is being done to respond to what he called a “theft of democracy.”

Rev. Pinkney also informed us that there is a demonstration in Benton Harbor this coming Saturday, May 7. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was invited by the city of St. Joseph to be the Grand Marshall of Grand Floral Parade, which is the biggest yearly event in St. Joseph & Benton Harbor.

People are invited to come and protest the parade this coming Saturday, May 7. People will meet at 11am
in front of the Benton Harbor Public Library
200 Wall Street, then march to where the parade is being held.

For more information on the protest or the struggle in Benton Harbor go to

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay permalink
    May 2, 2011 3:56 pm

    how far are you willing to let Benton Harbor struggle before we let someone come in and clean up the mess?

    Does crime have to rise? does unemployment? At one point are you ready to say enough is enough?

  2. May 2, 2011 4:20 pm

    The more relevant and honest questions would be how long do we allow the rich people of St. Joseph to dictate the economic policies of Benton Harbor? How long do we allow the White racists in St. Joseph and the Whirlpool Corporation exploit and abuse the Black community of Benton Harbor?

  3. Bob Vance permalink
    May 4, 2011 3:53 pm

    Besides I can think of half a dozen small white communities within forty miles of where I live that are in worse shape than Benton Harbor. Aside from the racial angle the other differences involve not having prime waterfront and not being attached to a wealthy waterfront community that covets its neighbor’s resources. The same philosophy of intervention that is used all over the world by neocons and Republicans

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