Times-Standard: So why the Green Party and why now?
McKinney: Why now is the obvious one: Because of the condition of our country, the failure of the Democrats -- particularly now that they are in the majority -- to even live up to the expectations of their voters, I won't say their campaign promises, but I will certainly say the expectations of their voters.
Of course, I do believe that in November of 2006 the American people went to the polls and voted, and they voted for peace. We don't have peace yet. I do believe that a significant chunk of the American people would also like to see justice in this country. The Sean Bell verdict is an example of many examples that are possible. Of course, the Mumia (Abu-Jamal) verdict is another example that we don't yet have justice in this country.
I believe in November 2006 the American people went to the polls and they voted for respect for our constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, and we don't yet have that either.
The American people expect health care, a single payer form of health care such as Medicare for all, and we don't have that either.
We desperately need a livable wage -- well, we haven't got that yet either. And, if the minimum wage had kept pace with CEO remuneration, according to United for a Fair Economy, the minimum wage would be $22 an hour. We don't have that yet either.
Ms. McKinney is a towering figure in the progressive community. She was the first African-American woman elected to Congress from Georgia, and served six terms before quitting the Democratic Party and joining the Green Party.
While in Congress, she introduced articles of impeachment against George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice. She has actively participated in international war crimes tribunals designed to bring the Bush-Cheney administration to justice. She also bucked the Democratic Party leadership and consistently voted against every regular and supplemental appropriation bill to fund the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
She co-sponsored legislation for universal health care, for a living wage, and for publicly funded elections. She voted to implement the Kyoto protocols to end global warming, to abolish the federal death penalty, to repeal NAFTA and to abolish the World Trade Organization.
The corporate media has refused to cover Cynthia McKinney's campaign for president. Perhaps it is because she has been such an outspoken voice for the people.
Why the Republican and Democratic Parties and the Political Process Are Obstacles to Real Democrac by Bruce Gagnon
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This is audio from MPBN's "Speaking in Maine" featuring Bruce Gagnon, co-founder Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space. His address in Orono the University of Maine was entitled, “A Leftist Analysis of Elections: Why the Republican and Democratic Parties and the Political Process Are Obstacles to Real Democracy.” Broadcast Date: Friday, April 25 at 1:00 pm
Two Videos of ILWU May Day No Peace, No Work Rally, including Excerpts of Cynthia Speech Now Available
Bay Area Filmmaker Margot Smith has produced a tremendous 10-minute video with highlights of the ILWU March and rally on May Day. You can check this out on:
The video includes major excerpts from the rally speeches by Cynthia McKinney, Cindy Sheehan, Danny Glover, Michael Eisenscher (from US Labor Against the War) -- as well as leaders of ILWU Locals 10 and 34.
Thanks for Margot Smith for this great contribution.
And for another take on the day's activities, check out this video from Labor Video Project.
ILWU shuts down west coast ports to protest the war on May Day 2008. This video shows some of the speaker at the May Day rally initiated by the ILWU Local 10 and interviews longshore workers about what they are taking action against the war and on May Day 2008. Produced by the Labor Video Project P.O. Box 720027 San Francisco, CA 94172 (415)282-1908 email@example.com
It's a beautiful San Francisco day for a peace and dignity strike!
One day off to put peace and justice on the table! Today's action is as historically significant as the decision of four young university students who sat in for justice.
The strong, proud men and women of the ILWU have drawn a line in the sand. And I am proud of you!
By your actions here today, you too have declared your independence: from the policy makers now responsible for every bomb dropped, every child killed, every veteran maimed, every dream deferred.
Your line in the sand is a demand for public policy that reflects your values.
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Cynthia McKinney tells black women
to 'get a seat at the table'
If you have never listened to a podcast online before, you absolutely must listen to the one that we had last night with Green Party Presidential Candidate, Cynthia McKinney.
(see our podcast widget on the right)
Cynthia covered a wide range of political issues that have been purposefully removed from the public's discourse by America's two major parties.
Statement on the Sean Bell Verdict
April 26, 2008
And with [its assertion about "no rights which the white man was bound to respect"], the United States Supreme Court ensured that the 20th Century would be defined, as W.E.B. DuBois wrote, by the color line. So, while we might be outraged at the Sean Bell decision itself, it comes directly from the flawed jurisprudence that gave us the Dred Scott Decision in 1857, Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896, Bakke in 1978, Croson in 1989, Adarand in 1995, Gratz in 2003, and all of the Ward Connerly-inspired attacks on the very same affirmative action hard won by students facing water hoses and dogs; men and women facing jail, lynch mobs, and death.
Interestingly, according to Attorney Roger Wareham of the December 12th Movement's International Secretariat, the criminal justice system in this country "always finds a rationale for letting off cops who kill black and brown people." Indeed, police officers seem to know that they can kill certain people with impunity.
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A Roundtable on the 2008 Race with Clinton Supporter Kim Gandy, Obama Supporter Bill Fletcher and McKinney Supporter Ted Glick
In Congress, Cynthia McKinney noted the similarity between the food aid packages and cluster bombs dropped by the U.S. on Afghanistan in 2001.
Credit:Pan-African News Wire
"There needs to be room for a lot of policy threads in American discourse. But the corporate media is not informing the people," Cynthia McKinney, the front-runner for the Green Party presidential nomination, told IPS during a rare 90-minute interview.
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"The Green Party participated in the coalition that led in Germany and in Ireland and in the Kenyan Parliament," McKinney said. "The Green Party is international."
"We have a winner-take-all system in the U.S. that pushes conformity," she added. "Regressive ballot access laws in Georgia [and other states] prevent candidates from getting on the ballot."
"The Green Party is a political entity that deserves to be built," she said.
*This is the first of two articles about the U.S. Green Party and the 2008 elections.
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Cynthia participated in this radio show shortly after returning from Mexico City. She spoke about the occupation of the Mexican Congress and the popular uprising in support of this action, protesting the attempted theft of PEMEX by the administration seated through the stolen elections of that country.
She also addresses the purpose of politics and the exclusion of those who fail to understand and act on that purpose.
The original can be found at: