The Green Party's national meeting in Reading, Pa., highlighted the fact that there are a good many Americans who want an alternative to the often disappointing choices offered them by the Republican and Democratic parties. Featuring major addresses by consumer advocate and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, as well as former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney ☼, D-Ga., the annual "Green for a Change" gathering held July 12-15 attracted hundreds of activists from across the country.
Neither Nader or McKinney is running for the presidency now. But their appearances at a meeting that was seen as an opportunity for announced and potential candidates to meet and greet Green activists from around the country was significant.
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McKinney was similarly circumspect. The former congresswoman's not a candidate yet, she said, but she is talking seriously to a number of Green activists. And, McKinney added, she too is getting plenty of encouragement to make the race.
That was evident in Reading on Sunday, when McKinney's speech was greeted with chants of "Run, Cynthia, run!"
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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."
Dear Congresswoman McKinney,
Please see the attached photo of 2 happy supporters proudly displaying the "Cynthia McKinney for Congress" message.
Your leadership and vote has been sorely missed in Congress these past months. We look forward to hearing your decision for 2008.
Thank you for everything.
Editors note: You can get your own signed t-shirts at Ms. McKinney's online store.
Program title "Revolutionary Love"
Running time 37:42
Event to retire her Congressional campaign debt also featured Lynne Stewart and MC'd by Pacifica's Robert Knight.
Talks about her political history and 2008.
In this video recorded speech, Ms. McKinney spoke at length on the struggles against the Jim Crow election laws of Georgia, the backlash to her electoral success, the impact of COINTELPRO activities by Federal law enforcement agencies, and on her hopes for 2008.
“The West fuels the conflicts in Africa” says McKinney in Court testimony on the deaths in Rwanda and Congo
They aren’t just a profitable venture in their own right – arms exports sometimes constitute a strategy to attain more profitable aims. Cynthia McKinney, former US congresswoman sent to Africa in 1996 to carry out Clinton’s policy in the Great Lakes region, testified on Tuesday at the Audiencia Nacional [National Court of Spain] in the lawsuit initiated by the International Forum for Truth and Justice in Africa of the Great Lakes Region. “I accused his Administration of having acted as accomplices in the war crimes in Congo and instigating a genocide.”
“What my government wanted,” McKinney explained to La Vanguardia “wasn’t in the best interest of the Congolese people: Clinton kept me there because he wanted an African-American whom Kabila trusted. Even though Mobutu was, technically, the President of Congo, it was Kabila who was in charge of granting the mining concessions.”
The ploy, which was denounced by McKinney and the Forum for Truth and Justice, and which . . .
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This Public Service Anouncement produced by Don DeBar, includes additional details for the June 9th event: "An Evening of Revolutionary Love". The evening features Cynthia McKinney, Lynne Stewart, Vinie Burrows, Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Randy Credico, Prof. Louie & Fast Eddy, film clips from American Blackout and Paul Chan's award-winning short on Lynne Stewart, as well as poetry, music, special guests and a "silent auction". This spot is in rotation at WBAI today.
Please forward this PSA to other broadcast and Internet radio stations, put it up on your favorite website and send it to your email list. Join Ms. McKinney Saturday night.
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The Taylor Report
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On May 25th, 2007, Cynthia McKinney was interviewed by phone on the air by New York City's WBAI. The interview included her thoughts on the complicity on the current Democrat majority, the Bush mobilization against Iran, the ongoing military interventions across the African Continent, speculation on the possibility of a Green Party presidential bid in 2008 and plans for the June 9th Revolutionary Love event scheduled for NYC as a fund raiser to retire the debt from her 2006 Congressional campaign.
In a 24 minute interview, she described the Democrat Party as "parting the waters for the Bush Administration" in his prosecution of his war on the people of Iraq.
Speaking of the current contenders for the Democratic nomination, Ms. McKinney told her radio audience, " . . . with the current crop of candidates, who are all supporting a military action against Iran, and who none of them support impeachment; they can not speak for me any longer."
Join Cynthia McKinney, Immortal Technique, Danny Glover, Sonia Sanchez and many others in Philadelphia! It is crucial that you be there for a pivotal hearing in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Thursday, May 17 at 9:00 a.m. in front of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; 6th and Market Streets.
The oral argument in the case of death row, political prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal, is scheduled on May 17, 9:30 am, in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, Ceremonial Courtroom, 1st Floor, U.S. Courthouse, 6th and Market Streets. The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., and the National Lawyers Guild, which have filed amicus curiae (friend of the court) briefs, are also participating.
This case concerns Mr. Abu-Jamal's right to a fair trial, the struggle against the death penalty, and the political repression of an outspoken journalist. Racism and politics are threads that have run through this case since his 1981 arrest.