Friday, December 19, 2014

Journalists React: Rev. Pinkney Sentenced

On December 15, 2014, Rev. Edward Pinkney was sentenced to serve from 2.5 to 10 years in prison. He was convicted by an all white jury of election fraud in connection with the successful petition to recall Mayor Hightower, of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Mayor Hightower is perceived by the signatories on the petition as an official who represents corporate interests rather than the interests of his constituents. Americans have the legal right to elect and recall public officials, but exercising the right of recall might get activists arrested.

Below are excerpts from four news articles about Pinkney's trial and prison sentence.

(ATLANTA BLACK STAR) Pinkney’s supporters say altering a petition document should have been a misdemeanor offense, not a felony—and there was no evidence to support the charge because no signatures were forged and all signatories testified that they signed willingly on the correct day.

During Pinkney’s trial, a forensics expert for the prosecution testified that there was no way to determine who changed the handful of dates. Still, the all-white jury accepted the prosecutor’s contention that no direct evidence was required; the prosecution told the jury they only had to “believe” that Pinkney was motivated to cheat and that he “could” have changed the dates while circulating the petitions.

“Rev. Pinkney was accused of writing and changing my date on a petition when, in fact, I wrote my own date and changed it after realizing I had put the wrong date down,” Mary Alice Adams, a Benton Harbor commissioner, said.

(TRUTHOUT) Pinkney is founder of BANCO, the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, and is arguably the loudest, most outspoken activist in Benton Harbor, which fell under the dictatorship of emergency management in 2010. His organization holds spirited rallies and takes political action against what the group claims is rampant government-corporate collusion, police corruption, economic injustice, and a discriminatory - even "genocidal" - plan for gentrification of the city.

Witness after witness stood up to the prosecutor who put not only Pinkney on trial, but also his community organization, BANCO. The prosecutor hounded the witnesses to "confess" that somehow the dates were altered, and questioned if they were card-holding members of the BANCO organization. The scene held shadows of a McCarthy-era House Un-American Activities Committee witch-hunt.

"Here, Whirlpool controls not only Benton Harbor and the residents, but also the court system itself. They will do anything to crush you if you stand up to them. That's why it's so important to fight this. I'm going to fight them until the end. This is not just an attack on Rev. Pinkney. It's an attack on every single person that lives in Benton Harbor, in the state and around the country." - Rev. Edward Pinkney

(COUNTERPOINT) Overall more than 700 people signed the recall petitions most of which were validated by the local election commission. A date was set for the recall election.

Nonetheless, after Pinkney was indicted and placed under house arrest for several weeks, the recall election was cancelled by a local judge raising questions about the signatures. Yet later, another judge certified the petitions and authorized the recall election to proceed.

The local authorities in Berrien County challenged the election that was scheduled for November 4. The Michigan Court of Appeals then cancelled the recall elections again. Hightower remains in office and was called as a prosecution witness during the first day of the trial.

(VOICE OF DETROIT) Over the past decades, Whirlpool has shut down numerous plants in the city that once employed residents, and has been conducting a massive take-over of choice Benton Harbor land, including that surrounding the gorgeous Lake Michigan beach which is part of the public Jean Klock Park. 

“Mayor James Hightower . . . says the Whirlpool Corporation should not pay taxes – only the residents of the city of Benton Harbor should foot the bills,” the BANCO site says. “Whirlpool Corporation’s profit last year was more than ten billion dollars, and it paid no taxes to the city of Benton Harbor where the headquarters resides. Mayor James Hightower and the Whirlpool Corporation fought extremely hard [in Nov. 2013] to defeat the city income tax which would have provided $3.5 million dollars the very first year and every year after. Residents and those who work in the city would pay the income tax. Corporations would, too.”

[After the income tax did not pass] Hightower took out a $2.3 million loan to finance city expenses, pushing the economically-strapped city further into debt.

Whirlpool has put their brand new headquarters on riverfront property in Benton Harbor, and built a luxury golf course and residential development directly off the Klock Park beach.

Rev. Pinkney met routinely with community organizers. See a Pontiac, Michigan man complain to Rev. Pinkney on film that his city is also being taken over for private corporate interests

A United Front Radio Interview with Rev. Pinkney explores his historic fight against austerity in Benton Harbor at  Pinkney's two convictions by all-white juries are discussed in depth. The Berrien County Court reportedly received 130 letters in support of Rev. Pinkney. 

The entire world was shocked when water was shut off for thousands of Detroit households, and parents feared their children would be removed from their custody. 
RT - "Detroit's humanitarian crisis: thousands left without water"

With Benton Harbor more in debt than ever, under the loan arranged by Mayor Hightower, it is likely that more public land might be sold to pay the loan. Perhaps it will even be sold to Westinghouse, especially with Rev. Edward Pinkney out of the way. 

Michigan is under seize, and one of her most outspoken leaders for justice has just become a political prisoner. Perhaps Pinkney's conviction by an all-white jury and his sentencing without any evidence of criminal wrongdoing will warn other community leaders throughout America who oppose the marriage of government and Big Business and privatizing public lands and resources. Americans might even learn not to complain when multi-billion dollar corporations are excused from paying taxes.

See seven links below, five of which lead to the complete articles from which excerpts herein were provided. Visit also Rev. Pinkney Blogtalkradio page at Facebook for updates and his website,

Atlanta Black Star
Voice of Detroit

Photo from People's Tribune Radio page at Facebook


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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Prayer from Leonard Peltier

Greetings my Relatives, Friends, & Supporters:

I was thinking about the national holiday “ Thanksgiving” the other day. I won’t even go into what a horrible shame this American holiday is based on. Instead, I will just let it remind me of the common bond I have with all my brothers and sisters of the Earth. Even if Thanksgiving, the holiday, is based on an incorrect portrayal of history. The concept of being Thankful, is a universal truth. I mean, lets face it, being thankful/grateful has been part of Indian Nations much longer than the invention of a holiday.

I admit there are days in here when I find it very hard to be thankful, but it does not take much to bring it back for me. Most days, I get cards and letters from people all over the world, sometimes I can even smell the soil, the pines, and sometimes even fry bread in the paper that is sent to me. I hear stories of your lives, your troubles, your children, your jobs. oh there is some word for what I am trying to say but I don’t remember it, but I get a sense of life through all of you, and I am thankful for that. I often want to reach out and help you sometimes. I would love to come work on your cars or help you build sweat lodge, or even just mow the lawn. I miss helping people and I hate asking for help, which it seems, is all I do.

In here, I am able to focus on the simple things in life. You have no idea how cool it is to just get a new pair of socks. In the last few months I have really been feeling my age, and I am so very thankful for all the support you have all given me. I won’t lie, it has been a rough time lately, but I am hopeful that is changing.

My people have always had a deep and connected relationship with the Sun, and I realized the other day just how much I miss the Sun. When I had the Sun’s light upon me, I felt stronger. These walls hold out the Sun’s energy, and it weakens me.

When you miss something, it is easier to be thankful for things you do have.

My friend and Spiritual adviser, Lenny Foster, visited me recently, and he reminded me of some basic things I have to be thankful for. I have watched him age over all these years too, and I am thankful for him and his wisdom. He sang with me and prayed with me, and I felt a bit of the Sun again.

I guess my point is, that we can find the things we need in places we may not expect.

I can always pray, this can never be taken away from me, and through that prayer, I can keep the Sun and hope alive.

And so, on this day, “ Thanksgiving” I will choose to be thankful and not to celebrate tyranny.

I also want to pray with and for you.

I pray for each and every one of you, whether you support me or you do not.

I pray that your lives will be full of meaning and you will find new ways to learn.

I pray for your strength and that you will always stand up for the things you know are right.

I pray that each one of you will find a way to protect our Mother Earth, she is crying out for us to hear her.

I pray that you will listen to you inner wisdom and let it guide you to make choices that will help each other, and that you will be examples for those still learning their way in this life.

I pray that you will be present with the moments you have, enjoy the simple things in life— like the Sun, The Dirt, The Air, The Water, and that you would protect them as you would your own children.

I pray that you will look for opportunities to lift up your sisters and brothers and not to bring them down.

I pray that you will grow and enjoy good natural foods.

I pray for you to savor the attention of your loved ones.

I pray for you to build productive bridges of peace with those you oppose.

I pray that when others make bad choices you help them find positive solutions.

I pray for understanding in times of misunderstanding…….

And yes, I pray very deeply and honestly that I can go home for a little while before I cross over to the Spirit World.

I am with you always, and I feel your prayers too. I am always grateful for your support, your love, your friendship, your letters and the contact you give me with LIFE.

It is harder for me to physically see well enough to write letters these days, so please forgive me if I don’t write you back. It is not that I don’t want to. Know that I am often sitting and thinking of you, and being thankful for all of you.

Your old, thankful friend, and brother.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier

Mitakuye Oyasin!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Release Pot Smokers Wherever Marijuana Is Legal

Do states that legalize marijuana also dismiss pending criminal charges against people caught with small amounts of marijuana and exonerate prisoners who were already sentenced on such charges? Does the system force taxpayers to pay billions per year to warehouse marijuana users after such usage has been decriminalized in their states?

The states that legalize marijuana should also expunge criminal records of those whose actions have now been made legal, and return to their parents any children who are in foster care because of parents' illegal marijuana use. To legalize marijuana is to admit it never deserved to be in the War on Drugs in the first place. Our #taxpayers deserve relief.

If Americans ever get as angry about prison profiteering, which costs taxpayers over $100 billion annually, as some are about government subsistence programs for poor people, we might create a more just society. Prison investors among lawmakers, sheriffs, judges, and justice department personnel should be made to divest or resign. Instead, their conflicts of interest continue and so does America's high prison rate. Taxpayers currently pay billions of dollars every year to "protect society" from recreational marijuana users.

The USA has senior citizens serving life sentences over pot, according to the article below from AlterNet

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Webcast: UN Torture Review of USA Nov. 12 and 13

By: UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR)

GENEVA, Nov. 6, 2014 - The UN Committee against Torture is due to review the USA on 12 and 13 November in sessions that will be webcast live.

The USA is one of the 156 States parties to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and is required to undergo regular examinations of its record before the Committee of 10 independent experts. The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the US government delegation and also hear from NGOs.

Public sessions: 10:00-12:00 (04:00-06:00 EST) on 12 November, 15:00-18:00 (09:00-12:00 EST) on 13 November
Venue: Room XVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Live webcast:

Among the possible issues to be discussed: extraterritorial application of the Convention; CIA’s secret detention, extraordinary rendition and interrogation programme; Guantanamo Bay detainees held indefinitely without charge or trial; investigation and prosecution of those responsible for torture or ill-treatment of detainees; immigration enforcement abuses; death penalty, alleged administration of untested lethal drugs; police brutality; prolonged solitary confinement; protection of prisoners against violence; sexual violence in US military.

Further information and the USA’s report are available at:
The Committee will publish its concluding observations here on Friday 28 November.

A news conference is scheduled for Friday 28 November at 14:00 at Palais des Nations in Geneva when the Committee will discuss its concluding observations on the USA and the other countries being reviewed – Sweden, Ukraine, Venezuela, Australia, Burundi, Croatia, and Kazakhstan.

To learn more about the Committee against Torture, please visit:

"Human Rights for Prisoners March" supporters are interested in discussions regarding lethal injection and killing condemned people in America with untested lethal drugs (or by any other method), executions of people with mental illness or serious retardation (I.Q. scores at 70 or below), prisoner torture, including long-term solitary confinement, prison sexual assaults, abuse and imprisonment of immigrants, and police brutality.  

Members and friends of Human Rights for Prisoners March and Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI") are asked to watch the United Nations webcasts. You are invited to discuss them during broadcasts on "Human Rights Demand" channel on Nov. 12 and 13 (the time will be announced here). AIMI plans an action in International Court in 2015 involving up to 100 claimants of (i) persons with mental illness and/or drug/alcohol addictions, and (ii) people who were victimized by mentally ill people and/or drug/alcohol addicts who were denied timely, appropriate treatment. We seek restitution for and/or relief from police brutality, prison torture, long-term homelessness, and other discrimination against mentally disabled people in the USA. Visit the blog AIMI-HumanRights for more information at

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Assisted Outpatient Treatment Replaces Jails

Enforced psychiatric treatment and subsistence assistance under assisted outpatient treatment programs (AOT) are preferable to imprisonment for mentally challenged people. My brother and many other sick people were and are tortured and murdered every year in jails and prisons throughout the country -- if sick people live through their lunacy arrests by paranoid, untrained cops.

Enforced treatment is not needed for people who are able to manage their psychiatric conditions and stay out of jails and hospitals. However, statistics proved that AOT programs would reduce recidivism for the nation's 1.25 million mentally ill inmates, save lives, reduce homelessness, and restore many people to wholesome living.

AOT programs cost significantly less than incarceration. Consider that each inmate in New York costs taxpayers $168,000 per year to warehouse. Private prisons began AFTER budgets for America's most vulnerable people -- the mentally ill -- were cut, and they became inmates rather than inpatients and outpatients. Families throughout the country of all races are greatly traumatized when the injustice system captures and imprisons their sick relatives for behavior they could not control and breaking laws they did not understand. Only prison investors are happy about jails and prisons having become America's new mental hospitals. Mandatory AOT programs would shift most of the $80 billion+ annually that is presently going to the prison system back to psychiatric treatment and subsistence assistance.

Whereas sudden cessation of heart drugs can cause death, sudden cessation of psychiatric drugs can cause psychotic episodes that threaten not only mentally ill people but also their families and communities. I believe that most mentally ill inmates are on psychotropic drugs. To release them without a mandate for continuing their treatment under the care of a qualified mental health facility is dangerous for them and for society. To release mentally challenged inmates without provisions for their nutrition and housing is unethical and immoral - a setup for their return to prison or worse.

People who are beyond making rational decisions are disabled and deserve food and housing as well as appropriate medical and psychiatric treatment whether or not they agree. What are your thoughts on mandatory AOT programs for all mentally ill people upon prison and jail release?

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) vs. USA re Mentally Illness in America

On the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, potential claimants for "AIMI vs. USA" meet in a phone conference to discuss our cases at 9am Pacific, 10am Mountain, 11am Central, and 12pm EDT. Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill (AIMI) plans to file an action in International Court on behalf of mentally ill and drug/alcohol addicts in America, demanding restitution for long-term homelessness, torture, and deaths. We also discuss AIMI's List of Suggested Changes for United Nations' directives to the USA to decriminalize mental illness and comply with the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment.

You can connect with the conference at dial-in no. (605)562-0020, Meeting ID Code: 992-212-650. If that presents a problem, please hang up and dial the backup number (805)360-1075. You can also connect at Blogtalkradio: (347)857-3293. Everyone who is prevented from calling is requested to please dial Mary Neal's home number and report the unlawful interference at (770)879-5163. Freedom of speech and peaceful assembly are our rights.

Up to 100 mentally ill people and families will be claimants in "AIMI vs. USA," in International Court in 2015 to bring exposure to cruel and unusual treatment of persons with mental disabilities and addictions. Your participation is invited. Whether or not you wish to become a Claimant, you may have suggestions related to our List of Suggested Changes that will be presented to the UN.

Mental illness affects all Americans, whether directly or indirectly. Over half of the nation's prisoners are mentally ill. Our present prison costs are over $80billion per year. Nobody can be punished into a state of mental health. Treatment should replace punishment for mentally ill people and drug/alcohol addicts in the USA.

Paragraph 1 repeated: Enforced psychiatric treatment and subsistence assistance under assisted outpatient treatment programs (AOT) are preferable to imprisonment for mentally challenged people. My brother and many other sick people were and are tortured and murdered every year in jails and prisons throughout the country -- if sick people live through their lunacy arrests by paranoid, untrained cops.


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Friday, October 10, 2014

Sick, Naked Prisoners

“Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” ~Matt. 25:44-46

You might have an enviable address
 on earth, but HERE is the address you will be judged by: prison.

How are inmates treated in your jails and prisons? Are innocent people's pleas for DNA tests or new trials ignored? Are people jailed for having mental illness? Are children tried and sentenced as adults? Are inmates killed with or without death sentences? Is there torture happening? Are inmates malnourished? Are they denied health care? Are visits constrained? Do they have adequate legal counsel? What have you done about these abuses? Here are your instructions:

Open thy mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to destruction. Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. ~Proverbs 31:8-9 (KJV)

Contact your government officials


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

AIMI vs. USA in International Court for Mentally Ill Americans

Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI") plans an action in International Court to (i) win restitution for victims of human trafficking - people who were denied psychiatric and/or drug and alcohol treatment in order to enrich prison investors, (ii) win restitution for victims of mentally ill people and drug/alcohol addicts who were denied treatment, and (iii) help decriminalize mental illness and drug/alcohol addictions in the USA. The action will be filed in 2015 by an International Human Rights Lawyer. Potential claimants are invited to phone conferences on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month, using the telephone numbers listed below.

Tapes are available for listening any time. "AIMI vs. USA" has had SIX plaintiffs conferences. They are scheduled for the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Thank you for sharing.

1. Hear stories of some plaintiffs in "AIMI vs. USA" in International Court 2015 regarding denial of human and civil rights for the mentally ill - October 5, 2014

2. Interview with Joanna Fletcher, of Atlanta, 
re housing discrimination - October 4, 2014. The guest discussed her federal housing discrimination and alleges that she received retribution through the Social Security Administration when she complained against HUD regarding her illegal eviction. Our "AIMI vs. USA" in International Court 2015 conference incurred interference at and was recorded at Blogtalkradio.

3. My mother joined AIMI vs. USA Plaintiffs Conference September 14, 201. Hattie Neal, 91, asked the government to please tell her how Larry Neal was murdered after 18 days of secret arrest. She made this request during the last minutes of her interview on Human Rights Demand channel at Blogtalkradio

4. "AIMI vs. USA Plaintiffs Conference" September 13, 2014

5 and 6. "AIMI vs. USA" Plaintiff Conferences September 6 and 7, 2014
Hear conference calls by computer rss at

Join us on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Conferences begin at 9am PDT. You can connect with the conference at dial-in no. (605)562-0020, Meeting ID Code: 992-212-650. If that fails, the backup number is (805)360-1075. You can also connect at Blogtalkradio: (347)857-3293. Learn more about this international action to win restitution for Claimants and Change for America.

Some participants experienced trouble connecting with "AIMI vs. USA" phone conferences in September. If the interference continues, we will seek assistance from the United Nations. People with mental illness and drug/alcohol addictions are worth a significant amount of money to prison investors in government; therefore, "AIMI vs. USA" is greatly feared and censored. Taxpayers are billed over $80billion per year for America's prison expenditures, and more than half of the inmates are mentally ill people. Another reason for censorship that most "AIMI vs. USA" Claimants reveal crimes against humanity that happened or are still happening to Americans with mental disabilities, including prisoner torture and wrongful deaths. These revelations are embarrassing.

If you have difficulty joining the phone conferences, please email Mary Neal at, and call (678)531.0262 or (571)335-1741. You can also use the comment field of any article in "AIMI-HumanRights" blog at or Dog Justice for Mentally Ill blog at . Leave your email address, and AIMI will get in touch with you.

Despite the interference, this matter will go before to the International Court in 2015. Mentally ill people and drug/alcohol addicts who are poor or middle class deserve treatment, not torturous incarceration in long-term solitary confinement, denied visits and phone calls sometimes for years. We, the families and next friends of mentally ill people in the USA, will demand restitution for negligence, police brutality, prisoner torture, and wrongful deaths in the United Nations and request that body to mandate appropriate changes in the United States to respect the human rights of mentally ill persons, drug/alcohol dependent people, and their families. Up to 100 families from each class will be accepted.

*Change is happening. "Los Angeles to Offer Treatment Instead of Jail for Mentally Ill Offenders"

* Stalkers prevented linking for "Los Angeles to Offer Treatment Instead of Jail for Mentally Ill Offenders," an article by Treatment Advocacy We believe that America's surveillance and censorship capabilities through the NSA, CIA, FBI and/or local police departments are misused to contain negative information regarding deaths by police, wrongful arrests, and other victimization of America's mentally ill citizens and their families and supporters.

Thank you for participating by sharing this article.

Thank you for joining AIMI's fight to decriminalize mental illness in the United States of America.
Mary Neal, Director of Assistance to the Incarcerated Mentally Ill ("AIMI")
Phone: (678)531.0262 or (571)335-1741
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It would be illegal to keep a dog in a tight space 23 hours a day and gas or Taser him for barking. It would be illegal to put a dog in deadly restraint for control. That happens to mentally ill people routinely in the nation's correctional facilities. What happened to Larry Neal?

Mentally Ill Americans Need Dog Justice. Treat mental illness medically, not legally. Please advocate for your congresspersons to pass H.R.3717 - The "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act." Try to elect people who support human rights and justice for all, not prison investors who have a conflict of interest in voting to decriminalize mental illness in the United States of America, supposedly an equal opportunity nation.