Cynthia McKinney, the Green Party's Presidential candidate, advocates participatory democracy and reflects the power of diverse social movements. While the mainstream media refuses to cover her campaign, this editor salutes her efforts and hopes that campaigns like hers will be more successful in the future. Below find a press release announcing her running mate, Rosa Clemente, and outlining some of her stances. Below that is a headline from "Democracy Now" with a great quote from Mckinney. -Editor
July 15, 2008
*At its convention in Chicago over the weekend, the Green Party selected former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney of Georgia as its presidential nominee, with hip-hop artist, journalist and activist Rosa Clemente as her running mate.
In 1992, McKinney, 53, became the first African American woman to represent Georgia in Congress. She has been a vocal opponent of the Iraq war, has called for new investigations into the 9/11 attacks, sought justice for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and introduced articles of impeachment against President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
In 2006 McKinney got into a scuffle with a Capitol Police Officer after passing through security without an identifying lapel pin. She later apologized on the floor of the House.
Clamente, 36, born in the Bronx and of Puerto Rican descent, became an activist and journalist after being angered by the Bush administration's response following Hurricane Katrina.
"I choose to do this, not for me, but for my generation, my community and my daughter," Clamente said of the nomination. "I don't see the Green Party as an alternative; I see it as an imperative."
On Saturday she described the campaign as an opportunity for the Hip-Hop generation: "We must remember that youth have always taken risks. From the Soweto uprisings in South Africa, to African-American and Mexicano children in the '50s and '60s who walked out of schools, to the 17-, 18- and 19-year old men and women who joined the ranks of the Student Non-Violent Coordination Committee, the Black Panther party, the American Indian movement, the Black Liberation Movement, the Young Lords Party - young people have always been the catalyst of change."
Green party ideals include environmentalism, non-hierarchical participatory democracy, social justice, respect for diversity, peace and nonviolence.
And the Green Party has nominated former Democratic Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to be the party’s presidential nominee. The Greens also nominated hip-hop activist and organizer Rosa Clemente to be McKinney’s running mate. McKinney spoke on Saturday at the Green Party convention in Chicago.
Cynthia McKinney: “And when I got to Washington, I saw that public policy is really made in a room at a table. There were real seats at the table. Well, imagine what has happened to public policymaking now. There is a real room with a window and a door, and there’s two seats at the table. The window is for us to look through, while our representatives make policy for us, so we can see what they’re doing. At the table, one seat is for the Democrats, one seat is for the Republicans. Now, we don’t know who did it, but one of them put a lock on the door and slipped a key to the corporate lobbyists who can come and go at will and whisper what they want to Democrats and Republicans, and the result is that we the people, who pay for those seats and determine who sits in them, want one thing, but because the corporate lobbyists can come and go at will, our values get overridden and our representatives give us something else. That’s how we end up with everyone saying they’re against the war and occupation, but war and occupation still gets funding. That’s how we end up with everyone saying they’re against illegal spying on innocent people, yet end up with a telecom immunity bill being signed into law. That’s how we end up with everyone saying they’re in favor of universal access to healthcare and no one supporting what the physicians, nurses and healthcare really want, and that’s a single-payer healthcare system in this country.”