The Michigan State Appeals Court hearing for the Rev. Edward Pinkney, an African-American political prisoner, was held in Grand Rapids, Mich., on May 11. The hearing was attended by many activists from throughout the Midwest region, including Berrien County, Lansing, Mt. Clemens, Ann Arbor, Detroit, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Chicago and other areas. A press conference took place outside the courtroom in the aftermath of the proceedings.