Jailed Benton Harbor Community Activist Retaliates With Hunger Strike

Reverend Edward Pinkney is a longtime political activist in the nearby Michigan community of Benton Harbor. In an effort to combat waterfront gentrification, Pinkney had successfully led a recall effort against a corrupt Benton Harbor official. But the city fought back by charging Pinkney with voter fraud under an overbroad state law, and placed Pinkney on probation and under house arrest.

On December 13, Pinkney was charged again for violating his probation. The reason: he openly criticized the judge who sentenced him on dubious grounds. Pinkney has now been forced into jail, but has now responded back with a hunger strike which has now extended into a week. Read more

Additional Resources: BANCO: Black Autonomy Network Community Organization | Pan-African Newswire | Chicago Indymedia video: March to St. Joseph (2003)

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