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Cynthia Ann McKinney (born March 17, 1955) is a former United States Representative and the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the United States. McKinney served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 19932003 and 20052007, first representing Georgia's 11th Congressional District and then Georgia's 4th Congressional District. She is the first African-American woman to have represented Georgia in the House.
In the 1992 election, McKinney was elected in the newly re-created 11th District, and was re-elected in 1994. When her district was redrawn and renumbered due to the Supreme Court of the United States ruling in Miller v. Johnson, McKinney was easily elected from the new 4th District in the 1996 election, and was re-elected twice without substantive opposition.
McKinney was defeated by Denise Majette in the 2002 Democratic primary, in part due to Republican crossover voting in Georgia's open primary election, which permits anyone from any party to vote in any party primary, and in part due to her "controversial profile, which included a suggestion that [George W.] Bush knew in advance of the September 11 attacks."
(5 comments) SHARE Monday, May 23, 2016 Edward Snowden's data dump: Where's the beef?
I believe Snowden was right to inform us about what the US government is doing with our tax dollars, to its citizens at home and to the rest of the world. In my opinion, the US government is a rogue state and COINTELPRO, Operation Condor, WikiLeaks, and what little we know of the Snowden documents amply demonstrates that.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 15, 2016 Shame on Shell: Ecocide by oil extraction in the Niger Delta
American voters must not remain willfully blind to the huge crimes being committed by corporations that, at the same time, receive huge U.S. tax breaks. (Yes, Shell Oil receives huge tax breaks from U.S. taxpayers). In a way, these crimes are being committed in the name of every U.S. taxpayer, who, in the end, also bears some responsibility for ending them.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 1, 2016 Time to think of legacy? The Obama Doctrine
In the end, it would appear that Obama has been a dutiful puppet, advancing the interests of the scions of neoliberalism at every turn, rather than advancing peace and freedom and human dignity as the world hoped he would do when he was elected.
(16 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 26, 2016 America, we have a problem: Homelessness is out of control
It's hard to imagine that the country that controls so much nuclear firepower and that drops so many bombs on Somalia, Yemen, Afghanistan, and Pakistan everyday including today is increasingly unwilling to educate its children and house its citizens. Not one word is uttered about the criminalization of the poor and now the crisis of homelessness that afflicts a growing number of cities on the west coast of the US.
(12 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 16, 2016 Scourge of US elections: Electoral College, hackable voting machines and obscure rules
It is difficult to place trust in the US election system when we learn about the number of votes cast that go uncounted. In the 2000 Presidential election between Bush and Gore, between two million and five million Americans went to the polls and voted, yet their votes were thrown out, disqualified for any number of reasons. Half of those uncounted votes were cast by Black Americans.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 24, 2016 A bad month for US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton
Despite amassing a fortune in her campaign coffers, the Presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton are beginning to rest on shaky ground. These are only tremors so far, but any one of them could completely remove the earth underneath her once-a-sure-thing campaign. Any out-of-control spiral could leave Hillary standing at the altar all alone.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, December 21, 2015 Uber-corruption? New taxi service threatens good-paying US jobs while enriching a few insiders
A situation is brewing in cities all across the United States while millions of dollars in profits are on the table and hundreds of thousands of jobs are at stake. In the current US neoliberal system, the winners are the few on the inside and the losers are all of the rest of us. This is especially true while the taxi industry undergoes a game-changing transformation.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 20, 2015 American capitalism: A disaster with no "moral center"
Reich points out that American capitalism has today lost its moral center. He laments that even the most minimum standards of "public morality" have been breached by the common business practices of today. Reich complains that the people with the leading Wall Street or corporate positions now can be counted on to enrich themselves with the most compensation "regardless of the social consequences."
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Remarks at the UN International Meeting on Palestine in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
can you even imagine what U.S. policy would be like at the United Nations if the will of the people were carried out without the interference of the pro-Israel Lobby? I have met many courageous Palestinians and Israelis who want to live peacefully with each other and who put their lives and their livelihoods on the line every day for peace and the rule of law.
(27 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 29, 2011 Anatomy of a Murder: How NATO Killed Qaddafi Family Members
Congress should vote to end NATO's action in Libya and, barring that, should assert its Constitutional prerogatives and require the President to come to it for authorization of this war. And then, Congress should heed the wisdom of the people of our country who are against this war and vote for peace.