Six-term U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia Cynthia McKinney – who may enter the 2008 California Presidential Primary on the Green Party ticket – will speak at a series of events throughout the Bay Area this week, according to “California Greens to Draft Cynthia McKinney in 2008.”
McKinney has not yet made a commitment to run as a Green, or independent, but supporters say she is expected to make her final decision public this week.
McKinney will deliver a talk, “Confronting Empire,” which covers the arrogance of the Bush regime, spinelessness of the Democratic Congress, plight of the under-represented and abused, corporate takeover of our military and our government and what Americans can do about it.
She is scheduled to speak Thursday in Oakland (9 p.m., Oakland Branch Library, 1801 Adeline), Friday in Berkeley, where “American Blackout” will be screened (6 p.m., Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar), and several yet-to-be-announces San Francisco spots Friday and Saturday. McKinney will also appear at “Impeach at the Beach #4” on Sunday, 11 a.m., with Cindy Sheehan and many others.
In the Georgia state primary in 2006, McKinney lost her Congressional seat to an opponent sponsored by a Democratic Party leadership outraged by her questioning of its policies. McKinney’s last official act in the House of Representatives was to file Articles of Impeachment against George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Condoleeza Rice.
The recent documentary, “American Blackout”, describes the 2004 election abuses conducted by the government, and shows McKinney confronting Donald Rumsfeld at an Armed Services Committee hearing.
Since the end of her last term in Congress, McKinney has been active in a wide variety of progressive causes and actions. She has spoken out forcefully about the stolen elections of 2000 and 2004, the Bush Administration cover-up of the facts of 9/11, the trillions of dollars missing at the Pentagon, the war in Iraq, U.S. pollution and forest clear-cutting, and human rights abuses by the U.S. at home and abroad.