2014 July

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The Michigan Struggle

Pinkney trial October 27, 2014 – mark your calendar

Michael Sepic of Berrien County is a corrupt prosecutor who does not work for the people,but works to please Whirlpool. For my current prosection (persecution) Sepic and the sheriff brought in a hired gun to testify: Mark Geoff. Geoff is a forensic document examinerwith the Mich. State Police.

Geoff’s testimony was limited to an opinion having no substance. He claimed the dates were changed with different ink, which made no sense at all. However, he specifically testified that he could not determine who made the changes or when they were made.Geoff provided no evidence regarding who did it or when it was done.

There is absolutely no evidence that a crime was committed. Every single person who signed the petition told the sheriff they signed the petition on the date or altered (corrected) the date themselves. There was no crime committed.Prosecutors continue to lie, cheat, and manufacture evidence to send innocent citizens to prison. They have no accountability, and hide behind the prosecutorial immunity law like the cowards they really are.

If you do not believe these sort of things happen, you are living in an isolated world. If you think this does not happen in your city, you are wrong. Here in Berrien County it happens every single day the courthouse is open. Removal of the Benton Harbor population is the goal – by any means necessary.

Rev. Edward Pinkney
269.925.0001

Pinkney’s trial delayed

My trial has been delayed by the Berrien County powers-that-be. Instead of the originally scheduled date of July 21, it has been postponed until Oct. 27 which just so happens to be my birthday. The status conference has been set for

October 20, 10:30am, jury selection Oct. 23, and  the trial Oct. 27-31.

My attorney, Tat Parish, filed a motion with the Court of Appeals on July 9 to quash the June 5 bind-over due to lack of evidence or no evidence.  As we all know, there is absolutely no evidence that I or anyone else committed forgery – no handwriting expert, no confession, no witnesses, or evidence a crime was even committed.

Sheriff Paul Bailey and Prosecutor Mike Sepic made up the false charges, and both want me in prison.  Bailey and Sepic were the ones to order a SWAT team to surround my house without any evidence of a crime.

We the people must take a stand against corruption.

The power of the people is stronger than the people in power.

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California Drought

By Sal Sandoval, M.D.
May 2014

 

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MERCED, CA —This has been the driest year in recorded history. The Sierra snowpack is 12% of normal. Delta water may be unavailable for many Central Valley farmers. In some counties ground levels are sinking as groundwater is pumped out. With fields left unplanted, up to 20,000 farm workers won’t have work this year. School districts will lose money as children move with their families in search of work. Beef prices may rise by 40%, and milk prices by 50 cents per gallon. Seventeen valley towns may go without water as pumps run dry. Five billion dollars in loss of revenue to farms, trucking, and food processing have prompted a state of emergency by Governor Jerry Brown and a visit to the Valley by President Obama.

In this irrigated desert, the most productive agricultural area of the world, water is on the verge of being privatized and sold to the highest bidder.

Into the third year of the drought, a political fight that has long been simmering is starting to boil over. Variously blamed on environmentalists, bureaucrats, fishermen, greedy farmers, wasteful homeowners, all sides are clamoring for relief.

Lurking behind the scenes, however, is a potentially more ominous player at the water trough. And that is the oil companies, who utilize enormous amounts of water to extract oil and natural gas from deep under the ground in a process called fracking.

It is suspected that the Westlands Water District is selling its water to oil companies. The water was obtained at subsidized prices and then sold at a profit to farmers and to Southern California. If farmers are charged $30 per acre foot of water and oil companies are prepared to purchase water at $3300 per acre foot, who is likely to get the water, particularly since Kern County where the Westlands Water District resides is called “oil land”?

All of the proposed “solutions” to the water crisis, whether Democrat or bipartisan happen to benefit the Westlands Water district, which is 49% controlled by Beverly Hills billionaire Stuart Resnick, who has made financial contributions to both political parties.

The drought and the upcoming elections signal that we are at a crossroads. One road enriches billionaires and career politicians, as it impoverishes and indebts the rest of us, and further degrades our environment. The other is a radical break from the two-party system.

The Green Party platform, for which Luis Rodriguez is California Gubernatorial Candidate, is the only one which recognizes that we exist in a fragile balance with our environment upon which our survival depends, as well as promoting an economic bill of rights of sustainable jobs, financial reform, and real democracy where production is planned to nurture us and our future generations.

Vote in the June primaries so that Governor Brown is forced to debate a candidate with a platform that serves our real interests and not those of profiteers who don’t care about us and our children’s future.

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Maureen Taylor on Emergency Managers at Netroots Nation in Detroit

Maureen Taylor on Emergency Managers at Netroots Nation in Detroit

 

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Maureen Taylor, State Chair of MWRO, speaks at Netroots Nation panel on ‘Fighting for Democracy After Emergency Manager Takeovers in Michigan.’ She discusses the national narrative going on to depict Detroit residents in a way that makes it easier to blame them for poverty, and makes it easier to agree that they should not have water and other essentials for life.

 

For additional information, you can check out some of the links below.

 

Occupy Radio: Emergency Managing the Corporate Takeover of Michigan

Michigan’s Emergency Manger law was given sweeping powers over local governments in early 2011, and those powers were voted out by popular referendum in 2012. Now, in 2014, Michigan’s Emergency Manager law is stronger than ever.

Rivera Sun and Getch talk with Claire McClinton of Flint, and Sylvia Orduno, of Detroit, Michigan. We discuss human rights violations and democratic breakdowns this week on Occupy Radio.

Maureen Taylor discusses the water shut-offs on Democracy Now http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/24/water_is_a_human_right_detroit

Michigan Welfare Rights Organization

https://twitter.com/mwro

http://michiganwro.blogspot.com/

By Claire McClinton

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/06/the-death-of-rust-belt.html

http://peoplestribune.org/pt-news/2014/03/democracy-flint-citizens-ready-live-without/

Claire in the Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/multimedia/image/ap_a77f5086623a770d500f6a706700d729jpg/

Clearing the FOG Radio: What the EFM is Going on in Michigan? http://occupythemedia.podomatic.com/entry/2014-06-30T21_43_54-07_00

Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law: What it is and Why You Should Care

http://ivn.us/2013/04/23/michigans-emergency-manager-law-what-it-is-and-why-you-should-care/

Contact Occupy Radio:

Twitter: @occupyradio23

Email: occupyradio23@gmail.com

Phone: (541) 632-4092

Author/Actress Rivera Sun sings the anthem of our times and rallies us to meet adversity with gusto. In addition to The Dandelion Insurrection, she is the author of nine plays, a book of poetry, and her debut novel, Steam Drills, Treadmills, and Shooting Stars, which celebrates everyday heroes who meet the challenges of climate change with compassion, spirit, and strength.        www.risingsundancetheater.com/wpblog/         http://www.riverasun.com
David Geitgey Sierralupe prefers you call him Getch. As Dr. Seuss once noted, there are way too many Daves. When not plotting to Occupy the Media through an activist, internet media hub, Getch remodels homes in Eugene, Oregon.

Child Refugees: The Consequences of the 2009 Coup in Honduras

Child Refugees: The Consequences of the 2009 Coup in Honduras

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The international community refused to legitimate the elections that brought to power a political rival of the deposed president, while the American people were focused on a golfer’s extramarital activities, allowing the U.S. government to endorse the presidency of Porfirio Lobo Sosa, whose administration subsequently committed all sorts of human rights atrocities in the name of fighting narcos.

Under the banner of the war on drugs, the U.S. government has increased military aid and training in Honduras in the years sincethe coup, providing hundreds of millions of dollars to a regime known to use death squads and attack defenseless campesinos, LGBT rights supporters, child advocates, political opponents and other critics of the regime. All the while the American people never paid Honduras any mind, which ensured that the U.S. government would never be held accountable for any of it.

To their credit, some members of Congress have voiced their concern over what’s happening in Honduras, even before 13,000 Honduran children seeking asylum showed up at the Rio Grande.

Still, it’s clear that the current refugee crisis was made possible only by the complete and willful ignorance of the American people. I say “willful” because most Americans have purposefully avoided learning anything about Central America, much less Honduras. The military coup came and went, and most Americans viewed it as they do disturbances in Sub-Saharan Africa — being of no importance or consequence to the United States and its way of life.

That’s how much of American foreign policy operates: out of sight, out of mind.

Now that conditions in Honduras have placed the country directly in sight of most Americans, suddenly everyone’s deeply concerned, wondering why and how. Now every newspaper and talk show is decrying the tragedy that is Honduras.

Which brings me to the last issue that needs to be cleared up.

Take it from the son and grandson of Honduran immigrants, the people of Honduras are not “backward.” That’s not why their government is evil, why violent gangs control their neighborhoods, and why women and children are fleeing by the tens of thousands. If Honduras seems “backward,” it’s only because it’s been kept back by the U.S. government and U.S. business interests, which have overthrown the sovereign will of the Honduran people whenever promising reforms were on the horizon.

Between the U.S. government, the American people and the Honduran government, I place the least amount of blame on the “thugocrats” in Tegucigalpa, because as the coup and the United States’ increased aid and training have shown, the Honduran government is only capable of doing what the U.S. government allows it to do.

And the U.S. government is only capable of doing what the American people allow it to do. If not, then the current state of democracy in the United States is no better than it is in Honduras.

But if the U.S. government is still answerable to the American people, then shame on them for looking the other way while their government subverted democracy in Honduras for so long.

And shame on them if they even consider turning their backs now on the children they’ve left nationless.

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Hector Luis Alamo, Jr. is a Chicago-based writer. You can connect with him @HectorLuisAlamo.

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What Will It Take to Win

10-4-2014 Teach In Flyer Final Vs1-New Logos 3-1How can workers fight the powers that are crushing them into the ground? How can we win against the forces of Corporate Dictatorship, Austerity and the Criminalization of Poverty?

That’s the subject of the next Women’s Economic Agenda Project Community Teach-In and Dialogue, set for Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Laney College Bistro, 900 Fallon St. in Oakland.

There will be presentations on the different ways working class rights are under attack, the value of class solutions in fighting for a better future, and round table discussions to hear ideas from members of the audience.

We will hear from special guests who are leading these battles in Michigan, the poster child of attacks on workers’ rights. The 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. event is free to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

10-4-2014 Teach In Flyer (PDF)

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