Apr 21, 2011

Jesse Jackson needs to change his name to the Teflon Don.  This man knows that there is no better way to make black folks forget about pending sexual harrassment charges than to go out and lead a rally for disenfranchised people.  This brother is brilliant.  I mean I love Brother Jesse, but are you going to seriously tell me he would be leading this rally if he wasn't being sued by a former employee.  Just label me cynical because I can promise you something in the milk ain't right.  I'm happy 'The Rev.' is shining a national spotlight on the the developments in Benton Harbor but the timing of the whole thing is a little suspect (no pun intended) to me. 


The emergency takeover of the government of Benton Harbor, Michigan, like the suspension of collective bargaining rights for employees in Wisconsin, are all part of a greater scheme to reverse years of civil and states rights law, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Wednesday.

Jackson, who will lead a rally at the state Capitol in Lansing at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Michigan Black Legislative Caucus, said it was time to organize residents to take back their government through mass demonstrations and legal action.

Last month, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a new law expanding the powers of emergency managers appointed by the Treasury Department to take over distressed schools and communities.

The first town affected by the law was Benton Harbor, a predominantly black city in southwest Michigan. On Friday, Joseph Harris, the state-appointed emergency financial manager, suspended the decision-making powers of Benton Harbor officials.

According to The Detroit News, the order limits Benton Harbor officials to calling meetings to order, adjourning them and approving minutes of meetings.

Michigan AFL-CIO President Mark Gaffney called the move "sad news for democracy in Michigan."

Jackson told BlackAmericaWeb.com that the law likely would be used for a broader mission, which would target collective bargaining rights for public employees, dilute voter strength – particularly for black Americans and other people of color – and limit states' rights.

"It's not just Benton Harbor. (Snyder has) approved 40 other emergency mandatory measures so it's like a takeover of government that denies their workers' rights. It's replacing democracy with a czar in the name of fiscal emergency," Jackson said.

Benton Harbor has long been an economically depressed community, where the median income hovers around $10,000 a year, compared to its more affluent neighbor St. Joseph, a mostly white community with a median income average of $33,000.


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