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.
Watch the video “Humans Need Not Apply,” a dramatic look at the future of work, and why we need a transformative movement to put what’s good for people ahead of what’s good for profits.
REV. EDWARD PINKNEY’S APPEAL RESCHEDULED – AGAIN!
More than two months after America’s latest political prisoner was jailed for the “crime” of speaking truth to power, four appeals of his 2-1/2 to 10 year sentence may finally be heard. Michigan District Judge Sterling Schrock set Feb. 24 to hear Rev. Edward Pinkney’s arguments that he should never have been convicted by a tainted, all-white jury on no evidence. The 66-year-old African American activist was convicted of changing dates on mayoral recall petitions even though no evidence implicating him was produced at his trial. Courtroom observers said Judge Schrock told the jurors they didn’t need evidence to find him guilty. Pinkney’s attorneys said they will argue four motions: 1 – He should be freed on bond pending his appeals. 2 – Judge Schrock should issue a directed verdict of acquittal because Michigan’s constitution requires evidence for a guilty verdict and there was no evidence. 3 – He was charged under the wrong statute. 4 – He should get a new trial because at least one juror lied under oath about knowing a chief prosecution witness. Rev. Pinkney is now in prison in Marquette, 15 hours from his home and family.
See why truthout called his conviction “a typical case of the white power structure icing an “uppity Negro” with trumped up charges” To read the latest People’s Tribune analysis, click here. Watch the video above for comments from Marian Kramer, co-chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Union.
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