Thursday, October 25, 2007

Cynthia McKinney - Now a Green!

Former Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney has registered to vote as a member of the Green Party of California.
Draft Cynthia McKinney

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Cynthia McKinney is the daughter of retired nurse, Leola McKinney and one of Atlanta's first Black law enforcement officers, former Georgia State Representative Billy McKinney.

Cynthia earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and her mother keeps hoping that this is the year she will complete her Ph.D. Cynthia's debut into public office came in 1988 when she was elected to the Georgia State Legislature. In 1992, Cynthia made history when she became the first African American woman to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives.

Cynthia McKinney served as a member of Congress from 1993-2003 and again from 2005-2007.

In 1991, Cynthia spoke on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives against George Bush's bombing of Baghdad. Her colleagues walked out on her, prompting local and national press to compare her to former State Senator Julian Bond, current National Chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), who was denied his seat in the Georgia State Senate because of his stand against the Vietnam War.

Because of her antiwar stance, Cynthia was approached by women civic leaders and asked to run for Congress. In 1992, the Year of the Woman, she did and we all won.

Cynthia speaks out against the loss of our fundamental freedoms during Bush Administration prosecution of the War on Terrorism and reminds Committee members of the well-known and documented abuses during the COINTELPRO era.

Cynthia also served on the House International Relations Committee for 10 years where she was the highest-ranking Democrat on the Human Rights Subcommittee.

Cynthia McKinney became one of the first Members of Congress to demand a thorough investigation into the events of September 11, 2001.

Cynthia McKinney filed articles of impeachment of President George W. Bush in 2006.

Cynthia McKinney will be in New York State November 4th and 5th to campaign for Green Party Candidates.

1 comment:

Jason Nabewaniec said...

On November 1st, Cynthia McKinney released this audio recording of her statement in which she struggles between her desire to pursue her education and the appeals many have made that she run for President of the United States. She announces that she has registered with the Green Party of California and that she will make an announcement of her decision in November.