There are very few these days who demonstrate
that all-too-rare quality of telling the narrative of the people’s
struggle as it really is while simultaneously struggling
to bring about real systemic change with and for
Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White peoples. Cynthia McKinney
is audaciously doing just that.
Cynthia is running for President of the United
States of America, not as a Democratic
or Republican Party [i.e. Republicrat] hustler, but as the real
people’s candidate. She is not embraced, funded or
backed by Wall Street, Lockheed, or any other entity of the
corporate / military / prison apparatus as are the candidates
of the Democratic and Republican Parties. The Cynthia McKinney
campaign is about so much more than merely a presidential
run for office. It is about building an ongoing, well-honed,
politically conscious people’s movement with a view toward bringing
about systemic change. It is about the continuous hard
work of building political parties and organizations that
are not beholden to the Republicrats [i.e. the Democratic
and Republican Parties]. This is precisely why her organizing
activities are correctly and succinctly referred to as the “Power
To The People” Campaign. It is about building, supporting, and
nurturing the people’s struggle, not corporately
blood-sucking them in the name of some kind of illusively abstract
and ultimately dangerous feel-good rhetoric.
“Sister Cynthia McKinney is the ONLY one who seriously and fundamentally
addresses our issues – the concerns of Black America: self determination,
equality, police brutality, COINTELPRO, political prisoners,
employment, decent housing, environmental justice, educational
parity, and the absolute end to unjust wars at home and abroad…She
is one of US. She does not pretend that the legacy of
slavery is in the past. She makes it clear that jobs, justice
and equality are more important than ever before. She
is bold about the fact that Black Liberation is a very
important and serious ongoing struggle in the United
States of America…By supporting Cynthia,
we support ourselves and our humanity…” [Reference: An
Open Letter Re Cynthia McKinney To Our Politically Conscious
Sisters And Brothers Of Black America].
Cynthia McKinney is not a member of the
posh millionaire or billionaire clubs as are the U.S.
Presidential candidates of the Democratic and Republican Parties
[i.e. the Republicrats]. Cynthia is no smooth talking, half-stepping,
opportunist. Cynthia is for-real, which is yet another
reason why this former U.S. Congresswoman from Georgia, boldly and courageously
left the politically bankrupt Democratic Party.
This is May, 2008; and it was in this very month
in the year 1925 that our beloved warrior and Black prince -
Malcolm X was born. Despite
every effort by the 21st Century Amerikkkan power structure
to distort and sanitize the words of Brother Malcolm, the fact
is that Malcolm X was uncompromising in the struggle for justice
and Black Liberation. It would have been utterly unthinkable
for Brother Malcolm to have figuratively thrown Rev. Jeremiah
Wright under the proverbial bus and then backed up to
run over him again and again at the behest of the racist U.S.
corporate, military, and prison industrial apparatus. As Malcolm
X repeatedly said, “No sell outs!” Brother Malcolm made it crystal
clear that the Democratic and Republican Parties [i.e. the Republicrats]
are “foxes and wolves.” Their ultimate objective is to keep
Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and yes even White peoples - disempowered
while pretending to be doing the opposite. Their actual
masters are the elite of the corporate / military / prison apparatus.
as Malcolm X was and remains, in the words of the late, great
Ossie Davis, “Our own shining Black prince;” so it is that we
have been blessed to currently have our own shining Black princess
in the person of Cynthia McKinney. She is of us, and we of her.
The “Power To The People” Campaign is about all
of us. Our love and respect for Malcolm X, John Brown, Harriet
Tubman, Assata Shakur, Martin Luther King, Jr., Huey P. Newton
and so very many others; is alive and well in the person Cynthia
McKinney and the “Power To The People” Campaign.
This is not only about the United
States of America. This is about the peoples
of the entire world. This is about our Mother Earth. This is
about political, social, and economic justice in South and Central
America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Mexico, and every nook and cranny on this planet.
This is about US – the people - everywhere.
Get involved now. Make it real! Onward
then…. Let’s get busy.
member, Larry Pinkney, is a veteran of the Black Panther Party,
the former Minister of Interior of the Republic of New Africa,
a former political prisoner and the only American to have successfully
self-authored his civil/political rights case to the United
Nations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights. In connection with his political
organizing activities in opposition to voter suppression, etc.,
Pinkney was interviewed in 1988 on the nationally televised
PBS NewsHour, formerly known as The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. For more about Larry Pinkney see the book, Saying No to Power: Autobiography of a 20th Century
Activist and Thinker, by William Mandel [Introduction by Howard Zinn]. (Click
here to read excerpts from the book) Click
here to contact Mr. Pinkney.