Monthly Archives: May 2012

Occupy the PGA Report

On Saturday approximately 200 Occupy the PGA protesters marched 2 1/2 miles through Benton Harbor to the golf course. More showed up as the day wore on. The Death March was slow and solemn with an intermittent drum beat. Four pall bearers carried a casket with “Benton Harbor Residents” banners on each side.

Rev. Pinkney called the event a great victory for the people of Benton Harbor. With one caveat: A small number of BH residents, hired to direct traffic, etc., were verbally abused by PGA attendees on at least several occasions – in one incident, people said they did not want “niggers telling them where to park or where to drive.” Pinkney believes they must have been from Berrien County.

Of the many international “occupiers,” Diego Contreras said, “In Mexico, Whirlpool is doing the same thing.” Many marchers held anti-KitchenAid, anti-Whirlpool, anti-PGA, and anti-PA4 (Emergency Managers) signs.

The march ended on the beach with speakers including Rev. Pinkney;
Rev. Floyd Harris from Fresno, CA;
Ralph Poynter from Brooklyn, NY;
Marian Kramer & Maureen Taylor-Michigan Welfare Rights Org., Detroit;
Abayomi Azikiwe-Pan-African Newswire, Detroit;
Sundiata Sadiq, New York;
Jan G., Ohio (was arrested five yrs. ago for protesting the PGA);
Daniel Lee, Los Angeles, CA; and
Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for US president.

On Friday night law enforcement officials attempted to remove Rev. Pinkney and a group he was walking with from public sidewalks. It ended in heated confrontation and may result in a lawsuit Rev. Pinkney will file.

7 minute video report from Free Speech TV:

Corporate Media (some with photos) on Occupy the PGA:

Call Rev. Pinkney anytime


Friday’s events

During the week of Occupy the PGA, Benton Harbor Police chief Roger Lange attempted to push Rev. Pinkney into a confrontation.

On Friday May 25 at approximately 7pm, Pinkney and 10 others were refused access to a public sidewalk near the Harbor Shores golf course. They were surrounded and escorted by 15 police officers (thugs for Whirlpool). Lange said they needed a ticket to walk on the (public) sidewalk.

Pinkney’s group stood up for their rights as best as they could, and the situation became heated. It was clear that the police were hoping for confrontation.

Pinkney, losing all respect for Lange, will no longer support him. Pinkney says that the police are no longer working in service of the people, and he will not speak to residents on behalf of the police department. Their behavior was shameful and disrespectful of the residents.

One person was given a ticket for sounding a bicycle horn in Jean Klock Park.

Pinkney plans to file suit, to protect the people’s constitutional rights, against Lange, BH Police Dept., the PGA, Whirlpool, and KitchenAid.

Occupy the PGA a Great Success

The Death March from Benton Harbor City Hall to the golf course on stolen land yesterday was exciting. People from all over the US and the world participated. Represented were Colorado, NY, Vermont, Denmark, Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica, and more.

It was a non-violent and powerful protest of gentrification, exploitation, and the undermining of democracy and human rights by Harbor Shores, KitchenAid, Whirlpool, PGA, and the state of Michigan and local government. And, the Berrien County Court and county law enforcement which terrorize (not too strong a word) Benton Harbor residents on a daily basis.

Concerned citizens of Benton Harbor demand: Transfer 25% of the 2012 Senior PGA profits to the citizens of Benton Harbor as partial rightful compensation for stolen land and water and for the purpose of meeting budget deficits and building affordable housing for the people of Benton Harbor.

Occupy The PGA – Modified Plans

Thurs. & Fri., May 24 & 25 – Rally only
Arrive between 10 – 10:30am, Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 E. Wall St.

Death March Sat. May 26 (Big Day), possibly Sun. also
Arrive between 10-10:30am
We encourage protesters to wear all black
Sat. & Sun: Bring Kites if possible.

Occupy the PGA Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Wednesday the 23rd, is the first day of Occupy the PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

If you need camping or hotel accomodations, do not hesitate to call Rev. Pinkney at 269-925-0001.

Occupy The PGA – Finalized Plans

Death March everyday: May 23-27 (big day: Sat. May 26)
We encourage protesters to wear all black if possible, everyday.
Arrive between 10 – 10:30am, Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 E. Wall St.

Sat. & Sun: Bring kites if possible.
Demonstrate in protest of land stolen by Whirlpool Corporation. Twitter HashTag #OccupyThePGA

An outline to fully understand the gravity of the Benton Harbor situation:
Outline of a Travesty

Finalized Plans

We’re asking protesters to wear all black if possible, every day.

May 23-27 (big day: Sat. May 26)
Demonstrate in protest of land stolen by Whirlpool Corporation

Death March every day:
Arrive between 10 – 10:30am, Benton Harbor City Hall, 200 E. Wall St.

Sat. & Sun:
Bring kites if possible.

Twitter HashTag #OccupyThePGA & Facebook Event Page

Breaking News: Press Release, Demand Letter, and Statement from Occupy the PGA

Today Occupy the PGA sent a letter to The Senior PGA and The PGA of America demanding acknowledgment and restitution of grievances of the residents of Benton Harbor against Harbor Shores. Here is the press release, the demand letter, and the supporting statement which outlines 20 years of manipulation and deception.