In this radio interview, WBAI speaks first to Bobby Seale about the history of the founding of the Black Panther Party, its work to monitor rogue police conduct in the Black community and his current work.
Fifteen minutes into this twenty-three minute program, Cynthia McKinney joined the interview to discuss a recent case where the New York City Police Department harassed and arrested civil rights attorneys who stopped to observe inappropriate police conduct in the city. She also discusses the recent 'family jewels' revelations of illegal activities by the US Central Intelligence Agency. She discusses her legislation from the 106th Congress which would, if passed, have withheld Federal financing and material support from local police departments found responsible for violating the human and civil rights of people in their jurisdiction.
She wraps up commenting on the US Social Forum in Atlanta and on the unresponsiveness of the elected Congress to the demands for peace by the American people.
"Well, obviously, the members of the United States Congress and the Democratic majority in that Congress have not been responsive to the voices of the people who want a stop to war in Iraq and the senseless wars that are going on and the threat of world war. Because the wars have been funded.
"The American people have rachet up our engagement with the system that purportedly represents us. Now if people in Haiti, and Venezuela, and Bolivia and Chile and Brazil and Nicauraugua can stand up for their right to vote, to have their vote counted, to make democracy very real for them, then surely we in the United States can do the same. And we have an obligation to not only ourselves, but the international community, to do the same."