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Center For Neighborhoods e-News
June 2009
Hey there!  Thanks for reading the June 2009 e-News blast from Center For Neighborhoods.  We love collecting and compiling neighborhood information from Louisville residents to keep you up-to-date about news and events in the area of interest to you.

Our mission is to create stronger and more vital communities, and one way of doing that is to share what's going on in your neighborhood.  Please send your information our way!

If you have news for the month of July, send it to Brittney Wilcutt at brittneyw@centerforneighborhoods.org by June 30th. 
 
Thanks for reading and enjoy the newsletter!

~ Brittney Wilcutt - Communications Intern

Photo in the header courtesy of pjchmiel, from his flickr account.

California Neighborhood Institute
Starting June 4th

The Summer 2009 Neighborhood Institute California class starts Thursday June 4th.  The class will be held every Thursday evening from 5:30 to 8:00 pm until August 6th.  Dinner will be provided for each meeting.  This class is being held at the Brandeis Apartments, on the corner of 26th Street and Dade.

Click here for more information about the California class. You can also find a PDF version of our program brochure and class application. 

For more information, contact Nancy Carrington at 589-0343 or at nancyc@centerforneighborhoods.org

You may also visit our website at www.centerforneighborhoods.org
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Center For Neighborhoods - Membership

We have officially kicked off our first-ever grassroots membership campaign.  We hope you will become a member to help Center For Neighborhoods by giving back. Memberships are good for 1 year, are very affordable and are tax deductible! 

  • Household Memberships - $12
    (only $1 monthly)
  • Optional Household Membership- $20
    (only $1 monthly, Plus tote bag)
  • Association/neighborhood membership - $24
    ($2 monthly)

Center For Neighborhoods has dedicated 37 years of service to the Louisville community of neighborhoods, leaders, and residents.  We are asking for your support, because you are the leaders we have served for many years and you understand the value of our organization in this community!

Please visit our website to make a donation through PayPal, or simply click the PayPal button in the right hand column of this e-News blast.  Making a donation and signing up for membership is simple, safe, and secure.

Thank you for supporting Center For Neighborhoods and the important work we do in this community!


Community Connectors


Our quarterly Community Connector in Tyler Park was on May 13th.  We had a great turn out, along with delicious food from Smoketown USA!  There was great entertainment by the Kyene Drum Ensemble. 

The event was a great opportunity for networking and reconnecting with other neighborhood leaders and Neighborhood Institute alumni, as well as kicking off our membership campaign! 





The next Community connector will be hosted by the Crescent Hill Community Council. 

Stay tuned for more details!



What is the Community Connector?


The Community Connector is a quarterly networking event (4 times annually) that can help build and strengthen your neighborhood and its association.  Center For Neighborhoods will partner with a sponsoring neighborhood association to host a social event at a location within the neighborhood. 

CFN is providing an opportunity to connect with other grassroots neighborhoods and leaders in a vital effort to sustain the quality of our neighborhoods.  Neighborhood leaders will be able to develop relationships between Neighborhood Institute alumni, community leaders and neighbors who may be referred to future Neighborhood Institutes.

 
What does the Center For Neighborhoods supply for the Community Connector?

CFN will provide food and drinks for 40 people including postcard mailings sent to all Neighborhood Institute alumni.  If musical entertainment is appropriate and desired by the sponsoring neighborhood association, then CFN will work to fulfill that request.  If the sponsoring neighborhood would like to host a "pot luck" dinner, then CFN could provide the meat selection and drinks and each attendee could bring a dish to share.

Different topics, themes or membership meetings can be incorporated into the Community Connector event and we are happy to help you coordinate the event.
 
How to host a Community Connector?

Contact Lisa Dettlinger to schedule your neighborhood as a host for an upcoming event. 
lisad@centerforneighborhoods.org or 589-0343
Training on using CFN's Internet message board system for Neighborhood Topics

Did you know our website features an online message board system (also known as an online forum)?

  • Do you need a discussion platform for your Neighborhood Association or Community Group?


The Center For Neighborhoods Online Community welcomes you and your group!

Set up a forum to:
  • -- Discuss neighborhood/group issues & concerns
  • -- Post board meeting notes
  • -- Host committee conversations
  • -- Post documents and files
  • -- Share information and resources
  • -- Get feedback from others
  • -- Ask questions
  • -- Share links and websites
  • -- Talk about your hopes, dreams, and wishes!

What types of organizations could set up a forum?
  • -- Neighborhood Associations 
  • -- Community Groups
  • -- Community Centers
  • -- Non-Profit Organizations
  • -- Volunteer Efforts
  • -- Resident and Homeowners Associations

Upcoming Training
  • July 18th
  • 10 am - 12 pm
  • Louisville Free Public Library, 4th and York
  • Seating is limited based on the number of computers.
  • RSVP required.  Call or email Hallie Jones.
    halliej@centerforneighborhoods.org
    502-589-0343


Attention Neighborhood & Community Leaders!

LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize presented by Ernst & Young

Do you have a BURNING IDEA that will change our community for the better? Metro United Way's LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is designed for change makers in Kentuckiana who are prepared to put their ideas into action. Prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded to the innovators who gain the most support from the community.   

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. That's why Metro United Way's work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education - Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
  • Financial - Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Health - Improving People's Health

To be successful, we need to harness the wide-ranging talents of our best social pioneers-encouraging them to innovate and pursue their visions. As in the business sector, there is no shortage of innovators, but there is not yet enough systematic support available to social innovators.

Many of the best know, most effective human services that Metro United Way partners with were started by social innovators in the 20th century to solve the 20th century problems. Metro United Way wants to encourage and support the work of 21st century innovators who achieve lasting social change through a new invention, a different approach, a more effective use of known technologies or strategies, or a combination of these.

Purpose

To attract social innovations and to highlight the benefits of innovative approaches to solving social problems, Metro United Way is creating the LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize. We are proud to have Ernst & Young join us as sponsor.

Prizes

A total of four prizes will be awarded. Three $5000 prizes will be awarded: one for the best solution in each of the areas of education, income and health. A grand prize of $10,000 will be awarded for a solution that produces results in two or more of these areas.

The LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is for expenses directly related to the implementation of the solution, and will help attract funding and other resources and support.

Finalists will be offered nurturing and support to incubate their solutions. Each finalist will be connected to a "wisdom council" of mentors and advisors with whom the finalist may meet regularly. The wisdom council will be empowered to connect the finalists with additional resources for advice, training, and support.

For many of the social innovators who participate in the competition, the wisdom council and additional connection to resources will be more valuable than the prize.

Judging

Judging will be done in two phases. Initial screening and selection of finalists will be done by a panel of volunteers who have indicated their willingness to serve on wisdom councils.

Finalists will be posted on Metro United Way's website and assigned to education, income, health or combination categories. Visitors to the website will have the opportunity to donate by credit card to one of more finalist. To encourage broad participation, minimum donation will be kept small.

The winners would be determined by the highest total donations in each category. All finalists will receive the amount donated to their solutions.

The website for applying for the LIVE UNITED Social Innovation Prize is open now.

Go to www.metrounitedway.org/innovation

The deadline for submissions is July 8.

If you know a social innovator with a BURNING IDEA, please ask them to visit the website and encourage them to apply.

Crescent Hill Art Fair and Outdoor Cinema
Supplied by: Pat Brinson, Cabrina Bosco and Lorie Jacobs

Crescent Hill Art and Music Festival

Crescent Hill is having their 26th Annual Crescent Hill Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration!

  • July 4th and 5th
  • On the grounds of the Peterson-Dumesnil House
    located at 301 S. Peterson Ave
  • Volunteers needed! 
Because the event will be the 4th AND 5th in 2009, more volunteers are needed to help things run smoothly.  The Crescent Hill Neighborhood would love the opportunity to make new friends through fun AND service.  There's a variety of spots to fill all throughout the day and evening.
 
List of spots that need to be filled:  
  • Brat/Drink Booth- grilling, prepping, serving
  • Cake Booth- wheel spinning, number calling, change making, cake running
  • Fun Run- registering, timekeeping, water passing
  • Membership- info giving, volunteer check in, membership sign up and kiddo tattooing
  • Kids Area- ONE HOUR on Sat. 3-4 pm.  Need eyes and ears during kids' organized games. 
  • Groundskeeping- during the day(s), after fireworks or before booths open on Sunday, cleanup after celebration is over.
  • Arts Festival- help artists (including musicians) with various tasks, setting up and tearing down booths, watch merchandise
  • PD House- greeters, history table, silent auction
  • FIGS- Our Fill In The Gap folks, needed both days.
 
Contact Info
502-896-6820
502-648-8539
gloriebee@bellsouth.net

More about the Art and Music Festival

  • Ride the free Trolley! 
  • The Art Fair will feature over 80 juried artists who will be attending and booths are open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm or later. 
  • A Zambelli Internationale Fireworks show will be provided at 10:00 pm on July 4th. 
  • 30+ live musical acts from noon to closing over the two days.
  • Children's area will be up from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm with pony rides, activities and more.
  • A cake booth
  • A silent auction
  • A historical display
  • An Antique Car Parade
  • Tours of Historic Peterson-Dumesnil House
  • and so much more!
It is guaranteed great fun for the whole family on the holiday weekend and a great opportunity to volunteer.    

Many thanks to Wakefield and Reutlinger and Co. Realtors for the Art Fair and to First Capital Bank of Kentucky for the fireworks show.



Crescent Hill Community Council Forum presents the 2009 Outdoor Cinema

  • Saturday, June 20th - Jaws
  • Friday, July 10th - Breaking Away
  • Saturday, August 1st - The Ghost and Mr. Chicken followed by Casablanca
Movies start at dusk. Concessions will be available, but we recommend bringing blanket, chair, and bugspray.
 
Many thanks to Heine Brothers' Coffee, Frankfort Avenue Business Association, Margaret's Consignment, Wild and Woolly Video, and Tina Ward-Pugh.

Germantown & Schnitzelburg residents!

Supplied by: Gary Allen

Neighborhood meeting for Germantown and Schniztelburg residents on June 29 @ 7:00 PM

The meeting will be held at the Schnitzelburg Senior Wellness Center located at 1020 East Burnett Street.
Okolona Farmer's Market
and Community Yardsale

The Okolona Park Neighborhood Association is working with Madonna Flood's office to start a Farmer's Market beginning on Tuesday, June 16th. 

The Farmer's Market will be at Okolona Elementary School, located at 7606 Preston Highway. 

They are currently recruiting vendors.
 
The Okolona Community Yardsale will be on Saturday, June 20th from 8am to 2pm. 

The neighbors at Briarcliff and Minors Lane (directly off the Outer Loop, near Texas Roadhouse) will be hosting the community yardsale. 

Donations to the Okolona Park Neighborhood Association will be generously accepted. 
 
For more information, contact Dana Guyer at 502-961-9499 or at cmguyer@aye.net.
 
California Neighborhood
Meetings and a Farmer's Market

Here is a list of meeting and events going on in or around the California Neighborhood.  The Farmer's Market is listed below and they desperately need volunteers.  This is a little tidbit from Michael A Dean of the California Neighborhood:



Hello Everyone,

I cannot stress enough that we will need volunteers for the Farmers Market on Saturday June 6th.  We will need volunteers for all three locations. 

The mobile market will be at the California Community Center at about 10:00 and will need someone to help sell produce and the mobile market will move to California Square at about 11:30 and will need volunteers there to sell produce.  And of course, volunteers will be needed at Victory Park. 

Thanks for everyone's help.

Michael A Dean
Neighborhood Management Coordinator
California Collaborative
(502) 719-7164
California Neighborhood June Meetings:
 
California Neighborhood Meetings
  1. Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    California Collaborative
  2. Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 5:30 pm
    The Neighborhood Institute at Brandeis Apartments
  3. Friday June 5, 2009 at 2:00 pm
    Farmers Market California Center - Art room
  4. Saturday June 6, 2009
    Farmers Market Grand opening day
  5. Sunday June 21, 2009
    Fathers Day
The Admiral's Club will be on the Belle for Fathers Day on Saturday June 20, 2009
Donations $10.00. Hurry and get tickets; they go fast!

Americana Festival

The Americana Community Center, Inc. would like you to join them at their 19th annual Americana World Festival. 


  • Saturday, June 6th
  • 11am to 10pm
  • The Americana Community Center
  • 4801 Southside Drive



There will be food, entertainment, international handcrafts, a children's zone and much more.  The event is free and open to the public. 

This year, the Americana World Festival will have their 1st Annual Soccer Tournament for players age 16 and up.  For more information about the tournament, rules, and requisites, contact Helmer Duverge at 502-366-7813. 

For more information about the 2009 Americana Festival, call 502-366-7813 or visit the Americana Community Center's website at www. AmericanaCC.org.

The festival is sponsored by Valu Market, City of Louisville, UPS, Kosair Charities, Whittenberg Construction, Family Health Center, Sites and Harbison, PLLC, E-On U.S., TARC, Al Día en América, Passport Heatlhcare Plan, and University Hospital.

Louisville Sustainability Forum


David and Carole Bretschneider are seeking to pull together a community of people to support buying farmland and potential farmland, recruiting and developing farmers, and growing and promoting healthy local food. 

To participate or learn more, contact David and Carole at chbret@bellsouth.net or (502) 893-5954.

Update of Clifton Community Garden

Hi folks,  

        

YouthBuild Louisville has the cedar wood to build the remaining raised garden beds but their students have been preparing, studying, and taking their final exams and/or GED tests.   The YouthBuild Louisville Spring '09 class has done a fine, fine job for us and we're very proud of their work and more proud of their preparing for the future.  Forest Aalderink tells me the class will finish building the remaining raised beds as soon as their academic work is done.

Gasoline powered push lawn mower needed:  As it turns out... keeping the grass cut has become a top priority. 

Does anyone have an un-used (gas powered) lawn mower they could donate to the community garden?  Chris Conti has kindly agreed to use his riding lawnmower to keep our acre of grass cut throughout this summer.  We need a push (gas powered) mower to go where the riding lawnmower is not able to.  Please give me (Mike) a call at 899-1364 if you know of a mower that can be donated.

An Image of teh Clifton Community Gardens under construction
Bat House: Patria Fielding & Virginia Fielding donated at bat house.  Last Sunday Elwood and I put it up behind the compost bins.  One bat will eat about 1,000 mosquito's an hour.  We have lots of mosquitos and for those of us who have been working in the evening we will greatly appreciate all of the bat-help we can get.

Water:  We have 900 gallons of water on-site at all times by using the water totes that have been donated to us.  The blue rain barrel and the standing rain barrel have water for gardeners to use.  Also, we are collecting all of the rain water from the house next door.  Water will be an on-going challenge this summer but I think we'll do fine.

Gardner's: All the sixteen cedar raise garden beds have been assigned; see list below.  Many thanks to Michelle Ganter and family, Gretchen Hunt and family, John Varanese, and Timothy Tucker for your patience while we await the arrive of the remaining raised beds from YouthBuild Louisville.


Troy Tucker (Timothy's brother) has started a plot in the raised bed area of the west side of the garden. 

Sunflower growing area: Virginia Forest and Patria Fielding have created an area behind the compost bins for sunflowers.  Looks great!

BEES: While doing an inspection of the beehives we discovered we needed to split beehive number two.  We now have three beehives.

We introduced a new queen bee and three pounds of bees to beehive number one on May 9th.  We'll be monitoring the beehive to make sure the new queen bee is laying eggs and all is well.

Mike O'Leary
899-1364

Ask Bike Louisville to host a class in your neighborhood

By: Darrell Anne Driskoll
 
Fun Classes Help Bicyclists Overcome the Fear of Traffic!

Motorists and bicyclists learn
the facts about sharing the road!


Host your own free class!


Bicycling for Louisville would love to provide a class for your neighborhood organization. They are free, informative and entertaining.

Call us at 502-582-1814 or email us at ofcmgr@bicyclingforlouisville.org.  A great time to schedule Sharing the Road is after a regularly scheduled monthly meeting - folks who are interested just stay another 45 minutes and always enjoy the presentation.

Can you ride a bicycle on city streets without having a white knuckle experience?  Does fear of traffic keep you from using your bike to commute or run errands? Do you want to save $$, go green or teach your children how to ride safely?
 
Louisville Metro government's Bike Louisville program and Bicycling for Louisville are here to help. This spring and summer they offer three FREE
programs to teach adults how to navigate roads safely by bicycle. One will also help drivers navigate safely around the bicyclists.



 
Under contract with Louisville Metro Department of Public Works and Assets, the charitable civic organization Bicycling for Louisville is providing 3 adult bicycling safety programs throughout Louisville Metro this spring.

Sharing the Road (45 minutes) presents the most important safety practices for on-street bicyclists and motorists.
 
Bicycling Safely (2 hours) shows how to make sure a bicycle is safe, adjust a helmet, follow traffic laws, avoid the most common crashes, and safely navigate different types of streets and intersections.
 
Confident Cycling (10 hours) includes the preceding topics plus hands-on practice of skills needed for safe bicycling in ordinary conditions and emergencies. It also provides essential information on maintaining a bicycle in safe operating condition, fitting helmets, fixing flat tires, protecting oneself from injury due to causes other than crashes, riding safely in darkness and inclement weather, choosing routes, and riding safely in groups. Perhaps most importantly, it includes practice of skills needed for safe bicycling in ordinary conditions and emergencies. Over half of the course time is devoted to riding and other hands-on activities.
 
Click here for a complete list of dates and times for May and June classes.

http://www.louisvilleky.gov/BikeLouisville


                                  

Food for thought, read:
Rethinking the Mall

Opinion blog article from the New York Times, June 1, 2009

http://arieff.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/rethinking-the-mall/?th&emc=th

Excerpts taken from article:

At the 2009 International Council on Shopping Centers convention held in Las Vegas last month, pedestrian-oriented development was not top of mind (though in a 3.2 million-square-foot convention center, walking was a defining part of the experience). Despite a nearly 50 percent drop in attendance from prior years, most talk at ICSC was of how business as usual could resume once "things came back."

I've already seen something akin to Crossroads City implemented on a neighborhood scale.

The Ainsworth Collective, a group of some 50 households in Portland, Oregon's Cully neighborhood that came together out of a mutual interest in sustainability and community, have created a micro-economy within their few square blocks.

They've published a directory of services provided by neighbors (from tax preparation to massage services to cat-sitting), encouraging local transactions. They've instituted tool-sharing, car-sharing, bulk food-purchasing and even own a farmer's market that sells produce, baked goods and other items made by its members. There may always be mega-malls, but developers and architects would be remiss in not exploring grassroots solutions like this.

Photo of Barret Ave.  Click picture for photo link and author.

Schnitzelburg
Senior Center Needs Funding!!

Dear Members and Friends of the Senior Center,

Funding for the MUSCL Senior Wellness Center at Schnitzelburg comes entirely from the Louisville Metro Government. 

Friday, May 29th, Mayor Abramson announced his recommended budget for fiscal year 2010 which starts on July 1, 2009.  Unfortunately, the Mayor's budget does not contain ANY funds for this Senior Center. 

What that means is that our Center will have no money to operate on as of July 1, 2009, unless the Mayor's budget is changed to include funding for the Center.  In other words, if we sit back and do nothing there is a good chance this Center will cease to exist on July1st.

Two men working a puzzle at the Senior Center.  Photo by Neighborhood link

The good news is that there is something we can do to try to change this situation. 

Email me (Mbcast06@aol.com) to obtain a petition entitled SAVE THE MUSCL SENIOR WELLNESS CENTER AT SCHNITZELBURG

I urge you to print it, take it with you wherever you go, and get people to sign it.  When you have your petition filled. bring or mail it to the Senior Center.  Friends in Metro Government assure us that the Mayor and the Metro Council pay attention to public outcry.  So let's make a racket with these petitions!

If each one of you would get one petition filled with signatures, it would be very difficult for our elected official to ignore our concerns. 

I firmly believe that the MUSCL Senior Wellness Center at Schnitzelburg can be saved.  Councilman Jim King was a champion for the creation of this Center and has fought hard for our continued funding in the past.  I know that Jim will continue to fight for us but we need to show our support for his efforts with these petitions filled with names. 

So if this Center is important to you, get busy with this petition and stay tuned.  When the Metro Council has open hearings on the budget, we'll want to pack the chambers with seniors who want to this Center to continue on.  We will keep you informed regarding this. 

YOU are the MUSCL Senior Wellness Center at Schnitzelburg.  Thank you for what you are and what you do.

Sincerely,
Brad Castleberry
Director

BBB: Look Out for Census Scams
 
While it is uncertain that census scams are really going on, it is always a good idea to keep your guard up and protect your assets.  A census scam, according to snopes.com, is when people impersonate a member of the census bureau.  They attempt to obtain your social security number, your banking and financial information, money or other person information.

It's a hot topic right now, and with the 2010 Census coming up, it is something to be made aware of.  It is true that real census workers do call by phone or arrive in person to obtain information from people who filled out the form incorrectly or did not fill it out at all.  However, they do not ask for money, financial and banking information or your social security number.

Reanna Smith-Hamblin of Louisville's Better Business Bureau was kind enough to submit this article to me on census scams for our newsletter.  Read this article on how to differentiate between a legitimate census worker and a con artist.

-Brittney


BBB logo courtesy of BBB website.

BBB Warns: Don't Fall for Census Scams

For years, the Better Business Bureau has educated consumers about not giving out personal information to anyone you don't know whether it is over the telephone or to anyone who shows up at your front door. As the 2010 U.S. Census process begins, the BBB advises you to cooperate carefully so you do not become the victim of a scam.

The U.S. Census is conducted every ten years. On April 6, 2009, the first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census began with workers verifying addresses of every household in the country. Over the next 18 months, 1.4 million U.S. Census workers will survey the population of the United States to gather important demographic information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, ethnic origin, birth date, marital status, employment status and other relevant data.
U.S. citizens are required by law to respond to the U.S. Census Bureau's requests for information. Census data will be used to allocate more than $300 billion in federal funds every year and is used to determine a State's number of Congressional representatives.

During the U.S. Census, you may receive a letter, telephone call, or visit from a U.S. Census worker who will inquire about the number of  people living in your household. Unfortunately, people may also be contacted by scammers who are impersonating Census workers in order to gain access to sensitive financial information such as Social Security, bank account or credit card numbers. Scam artists take advantage of things like this because they know there is confusion. Law enforcement in several states have issued warnings that scammers are already posing as Census Bureau employees and knocking on doors asking for donations and Social Security numbers. 

Scam artists know that the public is more willing to share personal data when taking part in the Census and so they take advantage of this opportunity by posing as government workers to get access to your financial information. The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist? The BBB has this advice:
  • U.S. Census workers will have identification, a handheld device and a confidentiality notice. If a Census worker knocks on your door, ask to see their identification before answering their questions. However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.
  • U.S. Census workers will not ask you for your social security number or your banking and financial information. Census workers may ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range.
  • Do not ever give your social security number, credit card or banking information to anyone who contacts you, even if they say it is for the Census.
  • U.S. Census workers will not ask you for money or tell you that you owe money. They will not harass you or intimidate you into paying money or giving them your social security number.
  • U.S. Census workers may contact you by telephone, mail or in person at home.  However, they will not contact you by email, so be vigilant about email scams impersonating the Census.

For more information, please visit the U.S. Census online at www.cenus.gov or The Better Business Bureau online at www.bbb.org. You can also call the BBB at 1-800-388-2222.

Opinion - Michigan Reverend Fighting for Justice, Seeking National Support
By: Brittney Wilcutt

An African American reverend of Benton Harbor, MI is fighting for justice.  Reverend Edward Pinkney is fighting for an appeal after he was falsely convicted on charges of buying votes and improper handling of absentee ballots.  He is currently being accused of threatening his trial judge.

Pinkney's ordeal began back in 2005 when he successfully put together a recall campaign against a corrupt political leader who was working with major corporations in turning some of Benton Harbor's finest riverfront area into a luxury resort and residential place.  It would deprive the poor of Benton Harbor access to many places on Lake Michigan and the riverfront property.  The charges were brought when the prosecution found Benton Harbor citizens who were willing to testify in court that Pinkney had improperly handled absentee ballots or offered to pay people to vote absentee ballots during the recall election.

http://www.workers.org/2008/us/pinkney_1016/

This is both injustice towards the African American community and injustice towards entire poor community of Benton Harbor.  Please visit the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO)'s website to read more about Rev. Pinkney's ordeal or to make a donation to his court appeals hearing on June 6th. 

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Legal Aid Society - Louisville

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