July 17, 2008 - Issue 286
Cynthia McKinney & Rosa Clemente:
Building a Movement For REAL Change
Keeping it Real
By Larry Pinkney
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board
and truly extraordinary happened at the 2008, Green Party Presidential
Convention a few days ago in
While CNN, ABC,
C-SPAN, etc. did give some limited coverage of and to this incredibly
momentous event; none of the pundits of these so-called “main
stream news” media outlets dared elucidate to the “American” people
the enormous present-day and historical significance and opportunities
of what just happened in
including its Democratic and Republican Party surrogates, has been put
on notice by politically conscious Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, and White
peoples of this nation of who are sick and tired of being hoodwinked,
manipulated, and politically blood sucked. What happened this past week
the candidacies of Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente we are supporting
a people’s movement – our movement for real, fundamental, “systemic”
change, not mealy-mouth meaningless / feel good rhetoric.
We are self-actualizing our hopes and
dreams, not allowing others to pimp and manipulate us by playing
on those hopes and dreams. We are supporting the very best in ourselves.
We are laying the foundation in 21st Century “
To be sure,
the U.S. Empire’s corrupt and biased news media disinformation
machine can be expected to go into high gear in an effort to discredit
and neutralize the
For those who may not have seen and heard Cynthia McKinney’s acceptance speech on C-SPAN at the Green Party Convention this past July 13, 2008; it is urged that you turn on your computer’s speakers, view her presentation, and hear her remarks and those of Rosa Clemente on the internet at C-SPAN.org under the heading Green Party Presidential Convention (July 13, 2008).
The “Power To The People” Campaign is the only one to boldly and seriously address not only the issues of militarism, economic disparity, social and environmental inequities, single payer health care, government malfeasance and neglect, corporate greed, equal opportunity and education, racism, reparations, gender parity, and homelessness, etc; but just as importantly, this campaign is about building an ongoing movement to fundamentally address the root causes of these pressing concerns. The twin demons of the Empire, i.e. the Democratic and Republican Parties [increasingly known as the Republicrats] and their accomplices, are in opposition to any real systemic change. Thus, every conceivable means will be utilized to deter this campaign, its ultimate movement, and objectives.
We must get out into our towns, cities, and municipalities of all kinds with one fundamental objective: Getting and putting the “Power To The People” Cynthia McKinney / Rosa Clemente Green Party ticket on the ballot in high numbers in every viable state of this nation, while simultaneously building and nurturing this people’s movement. Let us start voting right now by organizing to support Cynthia and Rosa in the streets, the back woods, the schools, on the reservations, in the barrios, ghettos, and every possible nook and cranny and community of this nation. WE ARE NOT COLLABORATORS AND WE WILL NOT COLLABORATE WITH THE EMPIRE IN OUR OWN OPPRESSION OR THAT OF OTHERS. Organize, organize, and organize some more!
We are the people
and it is WE ourselves who are the essence of, and motivation for, real
change. Let us call out to our sisters and brothers in
We must build
coalitions that serve the interests of the people. We must pry open
the systemic, strangling, amoral death grip that the Democrats and Republican
Parties [i.e. the Republicrats] have around our proverbial necks and
minds. We must work together with the Reconstruction Movement which
began around the despicable U.S. Government criminality of both the
Republicans and Democratic Parties re hurricane Katrina (and subsequently
hurricane Rita). Being Green is just the beginning. We must keep in
mind that there are also other progressive peoples out there in parties
such as the Peace & Freedom Party, and we must work together with
them to the mutual advantage of the people’s movement. We must
remember that “no one of us is as smart or as strong as all of us.”
We must remember our sister and brother political prisoners, liberation
fighters, and exiles such as Leonard Peltier,
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Reverend Edward Pinkney [no
This is about saying NO to the Empire and its collaborators, and YES to a NEW DAY a NEW SOCIETY, a NEW WORLD. This is about struggling to be that NEW PERSON who self-actualizes and addresses human needs, not human greed, lies, and hypocrisy.
Viva Cynthia McKinney! Viva Rosa Clememte! Long live “The Power To The People’ Campaign! Let’s get busy brothers and sisters. “Each one reach one”. There is much work to be done!
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board 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.
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