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Rev. Edward Pinkney speaking in
Detroit on Martin Luther King Day
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By Dorothy Pinkney

 “A federal judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan has dismissed a lawsuit that claimed the National Park Service and the Army Corp of Engineers failed to follow environmental laws when they allowed Benton Harbor’s very own Jean Klock Park and beach to be stolen from the residents of Benton Harbor for a private Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course,” as reported in the Michigan Messenger. What they did was criminal. “There were several major factual errors and flaws in the ruling, which if left unchallenged, open local and state parks across the country to privatization,” said Terry Lodge, attorney for the plaintiffs. Whirlpool, “has a plan to profit from the public’s legacy.”
    Whirlpool, a racist global bloodsucker, continues to disrupt the community by building the golf course, on 530 acres of prime land, centered around luxury housing. This is a Billion dollar project designed to drive all Black Benton Harbor residents from the city. Whirlpool is trying to make the city a tourist attraction. They figure that Black people commit all the crimes so they want them out.
     This is called gentrification. Let’s define gentrification. It is when the (GENTRY) like a Whirlpool — the upper ruling class — want to take or steal land from the poor. Why should the rich be able to force, push or kick out the poor and the homeless? Anytime the police find homeless people living in abandoned buildings, or in the park, they normally arrest them. That is their way of getting rid of them. The homeless were living in the area of the park, anywhere they could. They are trying to drive them out because of the golf course. Nobody is defending the homeless except us.
     The struggle goes on. It is a growing problem of social injustice toward the homeless and is hurting people as Whirlpool continues to suck the life out of Benton Harbor. Rev Edward Pinkney will continue to fight for the homeless and to stop racism.
     A former Whirlpool employee says Mr. Tedderic, a white supervisor at Whirlpool, openly practices racism with the blessing of his superiors. They have closed every avenue by which light may enter the minds of the residents of Benton Harbor. They are just one step away from accomplishing their goal of destroying all the African Americans that live here. They think, if they can extinguish the capacity to see the light, their work would be completed.They would then be on the level of the beast of the field and they should be safe.
     We, the people, must continue to speak truth to power and stop gentrification everywhere. We need to take over the corporations before it is too late. It is getting closer and closer. Now, with the latest Supreme Court ruling, the corporations can back any candidate they want and put their money on them.They can tell the corporations “you are in control” and put whoever they want into office. They used to do it under cover. Now they can come right out with it.

By the People’s Tribune

    The race question in America has always been used to divide and control the working class as a whole.
     In the past, America’s poor could not unite in a struggle against the corporations, despite a common poverty. To maintain the divisions among the workers, the powers that be gave petty social privileges to the white poor over the Black poor, making unity impossible. People could not unite when they were unequally oppressed and exploited.
     Today we are entering a new period. Computers and robots are permanently replacing the labor of growing sectors of workers. Therefore the economic foundation for racism is changing. A poverty which knows no color is developing. The world’s population is being reduced to two categories — the global rich and the global poor. This new international corporate ruling class cares no more for and has no more need of the worker in Chicago than the one in Haiti.
     The growing equality of poverty among workers of all colors and nationalities is the foundation in which unity can be fought for today. That unity must be rooted in the struggle for the basic necessities — food, clothing, shelter, education and healthcare. This movement must have as its guiding star a vision of a new America where the needs of all people, not the corporations, are paramount.

“The earthquake that struck Haiti has caused extensive damage and the death of untold numbers of people. The U.S. government has annouced the deployment of 10,000 troops and a humanitarian relief effort to the tune of  only
$100 million, compared to $741 Billion for the war.” — Joyce Anderson

“Many actvists,organizers and visionaries came together on Nov. 3, 2009 and we won. Now we must come together for the recall or replacement of Commissioner Dennis Knowles, known as the long ranger. We can strategize together ways to build a new Benton Harbor for the people.” —Rev D. Smith  

Fighting The Corporations A new booklet published by the People’s Tribune discusses the victories and next steps in the struggle against the corporations in Benton Harbor. A battle has been won, and this should be celebrated, but there is still a war going on. Will America have prosperity and democracy, or live in poverty under the heel of open corporate power? Will the American people move to take over the corporations before they take over society?  Place your orders now. Send $3 for each pamphlet or order 10 for  $20 to People’s Tribune, PO Box 3524, Chicago, IL 60654-3524.



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