STIR CHANGE IN YOUR WORLD
The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) is committed to attaining economic human rights for all people. In a land of abundance, there is no reason anyone’s basic human needs should not be met. WEAP is diligently working to organize the poor, low-income workers, and unemployed into a movement to achieve a vision of a world without poverty and despair, a world that Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of in his Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.
Dear Friends & Allies,
The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) continued in 2014 to raise community and activist awareness about growing corporate success in pushing more workers out of the economy by attacking democracy itself, and by preaching austerity while privatizing – and profitizing – everything in sight. The corporate drive to control public and civic institutions, including government, is perhaps most advanced in Michigan, where the human right to water is shut off to the poor, and appointed Emergency Managers strip local elected officials of their power in low-income and minority areas. But its successes are being copied elsewhere, including California. WEAP brought activists from Michigan for a week-long speaking tour warning Californians to fight against local forms of corporate dictatorship that strip away the rights of workers.
Our vision of social and economic justice for all calls for the microchips that steadily destroy jobs to be put into the service of creating abundance for everyone, instead of record corporate profits. WEAP has never had the money to make our mission easy. We need funds to continue this path-breaking visionary work. If our vision of a better future looks good to you, please support this important work by clicking on the DONATE button above. To read more about WEAP’s vision, click on the A SPECIAL APPEAL headline above.
HOW CAN A JURY CONVICT WITHOUT EVIDENCE?
To read the People’s Tribune’s and Rev. Edward Pinkney’s answers, click here.
Rev. Pinkney’s felony conviction without evidence of changing dates on petitions to recall Benton Harbor’s mayor is another example of the national corporate determination to crush dissent from workers. It’s the same reasoning that brought militarized police forces out to confront peaceful protestors in Ferguson, Mo. Pinkney is a leader in the struggle for the needs of the poorest workers in Benton Harbor, MI. Among the relevant issues at his trial: A Michigan State Police forensics expert said there was no way to tell who had changed the dates on five recall petitions. Three witnesses testified they saw a woman changing dates on petitions without Pinkney’s knowledge. Pinkney was charged under a felony general forgery statute even though Michigan election law says election petition violations are misdemeanors. The prosecution was unable to produce any direct evidence that Pinkney was guilty of the charges. Watch the video above for more comments.
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