This week launches Minority Reporter's "prepare for election" series which will end on Election Day November 4, 2008.
McKinney accepts Green Party nomination
The whole paper (16 pages)
Just the page the article is on
"…In 1851, in Akron, Ohio a former slave woman, abolitionist, and woman's rights activist by the name of Sojourner Truth gave a speech now known as 'Ain't I a Woman.' Sojourner Truth began her remarks, 'Well children, where there is so much racket, there must be something out of Hilter.'…
"As it was in 1851, so too it is in 2008. There is so much racket that we, too, know something is out of kilter. In 1851, the racket was about a woman's right to vote. "[And] … just a few years before Sojourner uttered those now famous words … suffragists met in Seneca Falls, New York and issued a declaration.…
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal… "And just like the women and men at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 who declared their independence from the Old Order, I celebrated my birthday last year by doing something I had done a dozen times in my head, but had never done publicly: "I declared my independence from every bomb dropped, every threat leveled, every civil liberties rollback, every child killed, every veteran maimed, every man tortured, and the national leadership that let this happen."
"…All over the world, Green Party members are working as elected leaders in government to make public policy reflect our Green values: Wangari Mathai, former Parliamentarian from Kenya, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate-Green Party member; Ingrid Betancourt, recently released hostage in Colombia, former Senator and Presidential candidate- Green Party member. Green Party members make public policy at the national level on every Continent-but not yet in our country.
"…Voters in this country are scared into not voting their hopes, their dreams, and their aspirations. But in Bolivia and Ecuador and Argentina and Chile and Nicaragua and Spain, and India and Cote d'Ivoire and Haiti, voters were not afraid to vote their hopes and dreams and guess, what. Their dreams came true. Ours can, too.
” SPEECH EXCERPT FROM www.runcynthiarun.org
"McKinney's acceptance speech" July 13, 2008:
Austin Cassidy's Independent Political Report http://www.independentpoliticalreport.com/2008/07/mckinneys-acceptance-speech/ Former Congresswoman Cynthia Ann McKinney was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (her district Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia) January 3, 1993-January 3, 2003 and January 3, 2005-January 3, 2007. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California-Los Angeles and studied at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy- Medford, Mass. She was diplomatic fellow at Spellman College-Atlanta, Ga., a member of the faculty of Clark Atlanta University and Agnes Scott College-Atlanta, and a member of the State of Georgia House of Representatives (1988-1992). Her birth date is March 17, 1955.
See also Cynthia Ann McKinney (Green Party candidate for U.S. President), Rosa Alicia Clemente (Green Party candidate for Vice President) bios at http://www.votetruth08.com/index.php/learn/meet-the-candidates/.
Candidates also in July 21, 2008, interview with Democracy Now's Amy Goodman: www.democracynow.org.
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