Against the Current, No. 175, March/April 2015
Women Under the Gun, 2015
— The Editors
Pushing Back Civil Rights
— Malik Miah
Vermont Healthcare Justice
— Traven Leyson
Workplace Violence: Silent Epidemic
— Jane Slaughter
Studies About Workplace Violence
— Jane Slaughter
Jobs, Ecology, and Survival
— Lars Henriksson
- Defend Reverend Pinkney
Hillary Clinton and Corporate Feminism
— Kevin Young and Diana C. Sierra Becerra
The Two-Party System, Part III
— Mark A. Lause
Bhopal's Fight for Memory
— Sara Abraham interviews Nityanand Jayaraman
- Women in Struggle
A Case of Police Violence Against Women
— Radical Socialist (India)
- The Murder of Shaimaa al-Sabbagh
Honoring the Socialist Mary Marcy
— Allen Ruff
Bigotry in the Guise of Secularism
— Carmen Teeple Hopkins
Eslanda Robeson's Journey
— Dayo F. Gore
Feminism, Marxism: Marriage or Divorce?
— Ann Ferguson
Marx and the Family Revisited
— Dianne Feeley
- Views on Cuba
Cuba and the USA: A Discussion
— David Finkel, for the ATC Editors
December 17: Sources, Results & Prospects
— Walter Lippmann
Beginning a New Era
— Samuel Farber
A Victory and Some Risks
— statement from the Fourth International
Fifty Shades of Pulp
— Alan Wald
China: Rise and Emergent Crisis
— Jase Short
- In Memoriam
Frank Fried (1927-2015)
— Patrick M. Quinn
AS AGAINST THE Current goes to press, an appeal hearing is scheduled for February 24 regarding the imprisonment of Reverend Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, MI. The American Civil Leaders Union has filed an “Amicus Curiae Brief” in support of Pinkney.
Pinkney was convicted on a highly dubious charge of “voter fraud” involving alleged forgery (changing a handful of dates) in the handling of recall petitions against Mayor James Hightower of Benton Harbor earlier this year. During the five-day trial, no witnesses said they saw Pinkney change any dates or signatures on the recall petitions.
The all-white jury in St. Joseph, adjacent to the mostly Black impoverished town of Benton Harbor, deliberated for nine hours and delivered the verdict on November 3, 2014. On December 15 Pinkney was sentenced to serve up to ten years in prison, and immediately incarcerated.
Mayor Hightower, a close political ally of Whirlpool Corporation, was the subject of the recall campaign due to his refusal to support a local income tax measure designed to create employment for the people in Benton Harbor, located in Berrien County in the southwest region of the state.
The motion for bond pending appeal comes before the court in the wake of a unanimous decision by Michigan Court of Appeals on October 23, 2014 in a case (People v. Hall) with facts that are legally indistinguishable from the facts of Reverend Pinkney’s case.
According to the defense committee, “If Rev. Pinkney committed a crime in this case, it was at most a misdemeanor punishable by 93 days in jail. In light of the Hall Case, Reverend Pinkney’s likelihood of success appeal in this case is extremely high.”
For more details, see http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/28050-whirlpool-corporation-sentences-edward-pinkney-to-prison-with-no-evidence#. Updates on the case are on the website of Reverend Pinkney’s organization Black Autonomy Network Community Organization in Benton Harbor, http://www.bhbanco.org.
March/April 2015, ATC 175