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A former Georgia U.S. representative with more than a decade of congressional experience was the keynote speaker at a luncheon this week organized by the Luzerne County Green Party.
Democrat Cynthia McKinney, who lost a re-election bid in 2006, told about 25 people in attendance at the Grapevine Grille in Wilkes-Barre about her belief that steps were taken to keep minority voters from the polls in the last two presidential elections. She also spoke about Carl Romanelli, co-chair of the Luzerne County Green Party, and his ongoing legal battle stemming from an attempted U.S. Senate run in 2006.
Ex-Congresswoman urges third-party support:At Green Party event in W-B, Cynthia McKinney says black voters should review options
WILKES-BARRE – Possibly portending a party switch, former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney said that black voters must reconsider their blanket support for Democratic candidates and preached “principles over party” at a sparsely attended meeting of the Luzerne County Green Party on Tuesday afternoon at the Grapevine Grille.
Arriving somewhat beyond fashionably late after appearing on a local talk radio show, McKinney, flanked by county Green Party co-chairman Carl Romanelli, worked the 20-person crowd. The event was timed oddly to match McKinney’s traveling schedule, Romanelli said.
Several local activists and aspiring Green Party politicians were there, including Ron Felton, president of the Wilkes-Barre Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and U.S. congressional candidate John Murphy.
McKinney, a Georgia Democrat, served in the House of Representatives from 1993 to 2003, and from 2005 to 2007. She lost in the 2006 Democratic primary.
McKinney repeatedly railed against her party, saying Democrats “didn’t even fight for your right to vote and your right to representation” in reference to the disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 Florida presidential election.
She suggested that black voters, 90 percent of whom vote Democratic, should consider third parties.
“We have to be willing to do something that we’ve never done before so that we can get some things we’ve never had before,” she said.
Former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney meets local activists and members of the Luzerne County Green Party at a fundraiser.
Newburgh - Former Democratic Representative Cynthia McKinney stopped in Newburgh this morning to speak at a fundraising breakfast for the mayoral campaign of Democratic candidate Lillie Howard. McKinney endorsed Howard, saying that Howard "is exactly what the community of Newburgh needs if it is going to solve its many obvious problems and fulfill its obvious potential."
McKinney, on a tour of the northeast, came through Newburgh fresh from Kennebunkport, ME, where she and several thousand protestors rallied yesterday outside the Bush family compound. According to some reports, the large protest caused the president to go to his ranch in Texas.
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Former Georgia Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is seriously eyeing a run for president on the Green Party ticket - and local and state Greens are enthusiastically rooting for her.
About 30 activists gathered at the Ronan Street home of Charlie Pillsbury, who represents Connecticut in the national Green Party structure. They came to help McKinney retire the $50,000 debt from her 2006 campaign (in which she was unseated in Georgia's open primary, which lets voters cross party lines) so she can focus on an even bigger race. They also came out to support Green mayoral candidate Ralph Ferrucci (pictured).
McKinney has been vilified by her political opponents and the major media since she arrived in Congress in 1992, and became an outspoken opponent of U.S. military intervention abroad, specifically the war in Iraq. She also questioned the Bush administration's actions leading up to the terrorist attacks of September 11 - a line of questioning that was misrepresented by the Republicans (and parroted by some powerful media outlets) as accusing Bush of knowing about the terror attack in advance. That helped lead to her defeat in 2002. She was re-elected in 2004 and defeated again last year, partly as a result of unflattering reports of an altercation with a security guard in Congress, which she also claims misrepresented the facts. She was also portrayed as anti-Jewish by AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, for her criticism of Israel.
NEW HAVEN — Former Democratic U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia made an appearance Monday with Green Party mayoral candidate Ralph Ferrucci, exemplifying cross-party coalitions that are sprouting up around the country.
Charles Pillsbury, a New Haven Green Party co-chairman, and his wife, the Rev. Allie Perry, held a fund-raiser for Ferrucci, who is trying to raise $5,000 in contributions from New Haveners to qualify for matching Democracy Fund dollars, and McKinney, who needs to retire about $50,000 in campaign debt from her 2006 congressional run in Georgia.
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Meanwhile, the Greens are nudging McKinney, an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, to run for president in 2008, but she said she must first pay off her campaign debts. "There’s a lot of pressure on me to run," she said. "That’s not just from Greens. That’s from disillusioned Americans looking for a voice."
She said going to the polls to vote does not automatically mean your views will be represented. "The traditional political divisions are breaking down," she said. "That’s why I say: Peace people, run for office."
Cynthia McKinney, who served six terms as an often-dissenting Democratic congresswoman from Georgia, is as disenchanted with the cautious course of her old party as the millions of Americans who -- through their low approval rating for the current Congress -- are registering frustration at the failure of Democratic leaders in the House and Senate to aggressively oppose the war in Iraq and to confront the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush-Cheney administration.
McKinney confirmed the depth of her disenchantment at a rally Saturday in Kennebunkport, Maine, where thousands of activists gathered to protest at one of the president's several vacation homes.
McKinney denounced both Bush and what she referred to as "an exhaustively complicit Democratic Party"
See Cynthia deliver this speech at the Keenebunkport Peace Rally.
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I have to admit that I'm saddened deeply by what my Opposition Party has become.
When George Bush stole two Presidential elections from then, they didn't even fight for themselves! And now they're defined by their failure to fight for us.
That means, that now, more than ever, we the people are the ones who have to take our country back in the most fundamental way.
We don't have to settle for injustice, environmental degradation, and more war.
We refuse to be complicit in torture, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes against the peace.
Our children deserve a better country and the world deserves a better partner.
That's why I'm happy to see Cindy Sheehan run for Congress. I want Cindy to win.
I want to see peace people, all over this country, run for office on a platform to stop the war machine now.
We can do it, and we can win.
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The Green Party of Vermont sponsored a brunch with Cynthia McKinney, former Congresswoman from Georgia, at the Vermont State House (cafeteria) in Montpelier on 24 August 2007. Cynthia talked about her life, experience representing her Georgia district, and answered questions from guests.