(San Francisco) Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney Joins Cindy for Congress as Honorary Co-Chair as No-Strings Occupation and War Funding, Telecom Immunity Bills Are Ushered Through Democrat-controlled Congress
McKinney: "The point was to change Washington, DC, but instead Washington, DC changed Nancy Pelosi"
As a sign of tightening opposition to the string of hope-reversing policies being put forward by Speaker Pelosi, Green Party Presidential and pro-peace candidate Cynthia McKinney agreed to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of Cindy Sheehan's campaign to oust Nancy Pelosi from Congress. "Nancy Pelosi needs to phone home, because it's clear that she's forgotten the values of the people of California who sent her to Congress. The point was to change Washington, DC, but instead Washington, DC changed Nancy Pelosi," commented McKinney, a former colleague of Pelosi.
[Washington, DC] Recently released preliminary results show that Cynthia McKinney has taken a clear lead in the delegate count for the upcoming Presidential Nominating Convention of the Green Party of the United States, scheduled for Chicago, from July 10th - 13th. With the addition of the recent Florida and New York mail balloting results, McKinney now has an outright majority of 267 of the 550 allocated delegates. With these results, former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney now commands her first clear majority of convention delegates in the ongoing contested four-way race for a Green Party presidential nomination.
McKinney is widely acknowledged, both inside and outside the campaign, as a leading contender for the Green Party's presidential nomination. Campaign organizers point out that nearly two-thirds of delegates have been named and instructed so far. There are 840 total possible delegates, including 34 uncommitted delegates, and some states for which allocation is incomplete. McKinney's lead puts her ahead of all other announced and write-in candidates, including early returns for Ralph Nader, who has announced he will run independent of the Green Party.
However, her campaign is not taking anything for granted. Campaign supporters have taken the initiative to carry her message to the public in spite of inequitable access to the public airwaves and debates, which are being used to promote some candidates to the exclusion of others. "Ms. McKinney may be heading into the convention with an impressive lead," said one campaign staffer, "but this contest is not yet over, and we're urging our supporters to engage with this campaign and help us use this opportunity to bring to the forefront issues no other candidate in this race is prepared to raise as effectively as Cynthia does."
At the closing of the recent Green Party Presidential Debate, Jared Ball announced that his campaign would yield to and support Cynthia McKinney’s bid for the Green Party Presidential Nominee. The “Capital Resistance” component of the “Jared Ball for President” campaign will join the McKinney team and serve as the outreach and presentation arm of the her campaign.Please accept our thanks for your support and encouragement during our campaign - with special thanks to the volunteers and donors who made our work possible. Supporting the Green Party and any Presidential Candidate the party chooses is one basic step that any concerned citizen should take to bring about positive change in our nation today. Our campaign has been about building the Green Party and opening its doors to the true majority in this nation – women, the indigenous, the Hispanics, African-Americans and all poor and working class residents of our country without representation. We hope you will to join us in supporting the McKinney campaign to bring about this reality for the benefit of our communities.
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Cynthia McKinney Announces Presidential Campaign
Video News Release Available Today at 6 PM
Cynthia McKinney, a former six-term Congresswoman and an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, today officially launched her campaign as a Green Party candidate for President.
In a video news release, McKinney says "the Republicans have deceived us; the Democrats have failed us. It is time for a new beginning: A time for hope to rise from the ashes of despair."
McKinney, a former Democrat from Georgia, was one of only three members of Congress to vote "yes" on a House Resolution in 2005 calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. One of her last acts in office was introducing Articles of Impeachment naming George Bush, Dick Cheney and Condoleezza Rice.
According to McKinney: "It is time to break the vicious cycle where the poor go to war and veterans come home wounded and ignored."
McKinney has been criticized by many for seeking the truth. During her six terms in Congress she sought the truth about intelligence indicating the presence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, the truth about why we went to war in Iraq, the truth about what happened in Florida in 2000 when thousands of African-Americans were denied the right to vote, the truth about voting irregularities involving commercially owned and operated electronic voting machines used in our elections, and the truth about the federal government's failures to protect the people of New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina.
"To ask questions and to seek the truth is always a risky business, particularly in time of war, and particularly when challenging those in power," said Ron Hardy, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party. "Cynthia McKinney has dared to challenge those in power and the two-party system. We are proud of her courage, and are proud to have her as one of our candidates."
Local Party Activists Expected to Share Endorsement for Campaign
There will be a press conference where Cynthia McKinney will introduce herself to Minnesotans as a Presidential Candidate seeking the Green Party nomination. The press conference will be held 10:30AM Monday December 10th at the Midway Exchange Building in the Greenway Level Conference Room.
Cynthia McKinney is known for her integrity on many issues including exposing the systematic disenfranchisement of African American voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections. McKinney, who withdrew her membership from Democratic Party in March 2007, is now a member of the Green Party.
Six-term Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney will be stopping in Iowa City and Waterloo on Sunday, December 9th, as part of her "Power to the People" tour, promoting her campaign to win the Green Party nomination for President of the United States.
Congresswoman McKinney will meet with the public, talk about her campaign at The Cottage Bakery and Cafe,14 S. Linn St, Iowa City, from 9:00- 11:00 a.m. At 11:15, she will pay a visit to the Hamburg Inn, 214 N. Linn St, where she will speak with patrons and look into adding her own coffee jar to the famous coffee bean caucus. In Waterloo, she will stop at the Logan Street Hy-Vee at 1:00 p.m. to talk about her campaign and meet with the public. She will be available for media interviews at all of these locations.
Six-term Congresswoman, former Democrat and now Green Party member Cynthia McKinney will be speaking in Carbondale, Illinois on Saturday, December 8th, as part of her "Power to the People" tour, promoting her campaign to win the Green Party nomination for President of the United States.
Following its unprecedented electoral success in 2006, the Green Party in Illinois will have its first statewide primary on February 5, 2008. In addition to McKinney, other Green candidates appearing on the ballot will be college professor Jared Ball of the District of Columbia, New York Green Party activist Howie Hawkins, and California air quality inspector Kent Mesplay.
During her swing through Carbondale, McKinney will speak at a $10/plate catfish dinner organized by local supporters, to be held at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 8th at the Hopewell Baptist Church, 400 E. Main St. This will be preceded by another appearance at the SIUC Student Center Auditorium at 11:00 a.m. A press conference will be held at the same location beginning at 10:30. McKinney is also expected to make a brief visit to the weekly peace vigil held at the Carbondale Town Square, between noon and the 12:30 appearance.
Oklahomans for Ballot Access Reform (OBAR) will welcome Cynthia McKinney, former Georgia Congresswoman and current Green Party presidential hopeful, to Tulsa on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 pm. Congresswoman McKinney, an outspoken champion of expanding voter rights and choices, will share her "power to the people" message at Peace House Tulsa, located at the Church of the Restoration, 1314 N Greenwood, Tulsa.
Cynthia McKinney is known for her integrity on many issues including exposing the systematic disenfranchisement of African American voters in the 2000 and 2004 elections. McKinney, who withdrew her membership from Democratic Party in March 2007, is now a member of the Green Party. She formally announced her candidacy for president in early November.
November 10th speech comes on heels of pre-trial hearings for four of the Six: Theodore Shaw, Robert Bailey, Bryan Purvis, and Mychal Bell
Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney will speak in Seattle at New Hope Baptist Church (124 21st Ave, Seattle) on Saturday, November 10th at 7:00 PM, on the Jena 6 case. The speech will cover both the injustice of the case itself and whatever happens at the pre-trial hearing on the 7th.
The case of the Jena 6 has garnered international attention shining a spotlight on the nature of this country's criminal justice system, and the continuing Jim Crow-type atmosphere in the South and other places. Nooses have been hung in several places recently, including Columbia University in New York City, sparking outrage.