Free Rev. Pinkney!

by Mumia Abu-Jamal

Rev. Edward Pinkney is the kind of preacher that Martin Luther King would have admired. Rather than build a mansion and live like a prince, Pinkney has for years advocated for his community, fighting for water rights, fair elections and social justice for the people of Benton Harbor, Michigan.

Rev.-Edward-Pinkney-leads-rally-against-Whirlpool-sponsored-PGA-tournament-Benton-Harbor-052612-by-Voice-of-Detroit-web-300x236, Free Rev. Pinkney!, Abolition Now!
Rev. Edward Pinkney leads a rally against the Whirlpool-sponsored PGA tournament in Benton Harbor on May 26, 2012. That’s Ralph Poynter, husband and advocate for then-imprisoned attorney Lynne Stewart on the left. – Photo: Voice of Detroit

Because of his political activities, he’s been targeted by the government, tried by the Michigan political machine, tried before an all-white jury and, with no evidence, convicted of allegedly altering five petition dates!

Incredibly, Rev. Pinkney is facing 10 years in prison!

Remember the petitions? They were recall petitions of Benton Harbor’s mayor, a politician owned and operated by the Whirlpool Corp. – the real owner of the town. For speaking out against this corporate-political domination, Pinkney became the target of the legal system.

At trial, no one even claimed Rev. Pinkney altered anything. He turned in hundreds of recall petitions against Whirlpool’s puppet mayor – that was crime enough, apparently.

As Rev. Pinkney approaches his second year in prison, his support is growing across the country, as he fights his appeals. The call to Free Rev. Pinkney is growing!

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