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Ain't Nothing Like Freedom
     

Ain't Nothing Like Freedom

by Cynthia McKinney, Mairead Corrigan Maguire (Preface by)
 

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Elected six times to the House from the state of Georgia, Cynthia McKinney cut a trail through Congressional deceit like a hot ember through ash. She discovered legislators who passed laws without reading them. Party leaders who colluded across party lines against their constituents' interests. Black-skinned individuals shilling for the white status quo. She

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Elected six times to the House from the state of Georgia, Cynthia McKinney cut a trail through Congressional deceit like a hot ember through ash. She discovered legislators who passed laws without reading them. Party leaders who colluded across party lines against their constituents' interests. Black-skinned individuals shilling for the white status quo. She excoriated government lassitude over Hurricane Katrina, uncovering dark secrets. She held the only critical Congressional briefing on 9/11, introducing counter-testimony of scholars, investigators, former intelligence agents. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, she held Rumsfeld to account for malfeasance by military contractors and missing billions in the Pentagon's budget. Then she hammered him on the reasons for the failure of NORAD air defenses on 9/11. She read truth into the Congressional Record, held town halls and hearings, led protests, showed up while others played along to get along, took the side of the people against the will of the Party. And when she got too truth seeking and speaking, the Republicans rigged the Democratic primaries to boot her out, leaving behind a trail of achievements mostly won singlehandedly. But McKinney rose again like a Phoenix, answering the call to run as 2008 Green Party candidate for President, challenging the corrupt two-party stranglehold on American democracy. Then it was on to the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, to be seized on the high seas and imprisoned in Israel. On to Tripoli, to serve as witness to the NATO terror bombing of Libya. On to Malaysia to serve on the War Crimes Commission... Often introduced as the Sojourner Truth, the Harriet Tubman of our age, McKinney reflects here on the Biblical figures of Esther, Deborah and Naomi. This is the Cynthia McKinney saga as it stands to date--what she saw, what she learned, and how she fought for change.

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'Cynthia McKinney's passion to bring about social and political change through peace and politics is very inspirational to all who have the honor, like myself, of knowing her or will come to know her by reading something of her life in this challenging book.'
- Mairead MaGuire, Nobel Laureate

"an extremely realistic and well-informed person, unlike anyone in Washington or the media... America and the Constitution will be safe the day Cynthia McKinney or a similar person is President of the United States." -- Paul Craig Roberts, former Asst. Sect, Treasury

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780985335311
Publisher:
Clarity Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/2013
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
1,177,755
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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It became clear to me that powerful U.S. leaders cynically used Black power advocates in the United States who were unaware of U.S. policy actions against liberation groups in Africa, to fight as volunteers (mercenaries) on the side of the U.S. and against the very movements that these people, with more information, would have supported. In other words, as a result of our lack of preparation and accurate understanding of our political environment, Black people especially, but in a more general sense, many people, get twisted into supporting U.S. policies that are exactly counter to their values and their interests. At this moment, I vowed that I would never be unprepared or make a policy position without personally obtaining enough reliable information from trusted sources. .. The Ronald Reagan dictum: Trust, but verify, became my watchword. And that's what got me into so much trouble in Washington, D.C.! I trusted that I needed to verify everything I was being sold in a "dog and pony” show. Not only did I question those in authority, as can be seen on the many C-Span and youtube clips, I also attempted to verify for myself everything that they told me!
This is reminiscent of the project that I appointed to myself while I was in the Georgia Legislature. I wanted to write an "op ed” about the Georgia State Flag. In the early 1990s, the State of Georgia was still fighting its "Flag Wars.” The Saint Andrew's Cross, the battle flag of the Confederacy, was emblazoned on our State Flag. This had been done back in the 1950s after the Brown versus Board of Education Supreme Court decision mandated desegregation of Georgia's public schools. I decided to interview the members of the Georgia Legislature who were still around, venerated as the "Noble Old Guard” to whom I must look up. In reality, they were just a bunch of old cigar-chewing White men who had become comfortable with state power and who used that power to benefit themselves and entrench their values. So, for one day, I fancied myself a journalist and marched right up to them one by one and I asked them their feelings about the role they had played in putting the Saint Andrew's Cross on Georgia's state flag. My last question, "Are you a racist?” took them by surprise. One thought about it and told me seriously that he was "a man of the time.” That, to me was a very honest answer. And in my opinion, it was the truth. Denmark Groover was the one who owned up. I liked and respected him after that, even when

Meet the Author

is a former Green Party Candidate for President of the United States, and a former 6 term Congresswoman from the newly created 11th District, a 64% black district active in the civil rights struggle. During her 6 terms in the U.S. Congress she was nationally known for her readiness to speak out on issues ranging from human rights abuses abroad to social inequities at home. McKinney holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of Southern California, and an M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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