Cynthia McKinney, the former congressional representative from Georgia, became a sort of hero to progressives by opening calling for the impeachment of Bush and Cheney and for courageously calling for a real investigation of the 9/11 attacks when most of her Democratic colleagues were asking few hard questions and dutifully falling into line with the imperial ambitions of the neo-cons. And for that, McKinney was attacked by the GOP and abandoned by her own party, losing her seat.
So the California Green Party last month decided to nominate McKinney to run for president as a Green. Unfortunately, McKinney didn't bite and has resisted the idea. But she has agreed to a Green-sponsored tour of Northern California that starts today, which Greens are hoping will be part of the process of wooing her into changing her mind. So if you want a courageous black radical on the same ballot with Giuliani and Clinton -- or whichever Establishment candidates the two major parties are likely to offer us next year -- stop by one of the following events to say "Run, Cynthia, run!"
The following events are scheduled for this four-day tour:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4th
Lunch with Cynthia McKinney and the Santa Clara Green Party
Vaso Azzurro Restaurant
108 Castro Street, Mountain View
Meeting with Cynthia McKinney in Oakland
6:30 – 9:00 PM
West Oakland Public Library
1801 Adeline, Oakland
Cynthia will meet with a broad cross-section of Oakland's activist community.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5th
Screening of film "American Blackout" followed by Cynthia McKinney Speaking on “Confronting Empire”
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists
1924 Cedar (at Bonita), Berkeley
Bay Area CodePINK Women for Peace host Cynthia McKinney
10:00 PM – midnight
El Rio Bar
3158 Mission Street (near Cesar Chavez), in San Francisco
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6th
Meet and Greet with Cynthia McKinney and SF Mayoral Candidate Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Ahimsa Sumchai's Campaign HQ (formerly the Green House)
4919 B Third Street (near Palou)
Cynthia and SF Mayoral Candidate Dr. Ahimsa Sumchai will meet with Bayview residents.
SF Greens Host House Party for Cynthia McKinney
5:00 - 7:00 PM
A reception with Greens and other SF progressives to discuss issues and strategize is being sponsored by Vicki Leidner, John Radogno, San Francisco School Board President Mark Sanchez, school board members Jane Kim and Eric Mar, Code Pink and Global Exchange co-founder Medea Benjamin and Community College Board member John Rizzo.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7th
Impeach at the Beach, #4
Cesar Chavez Park, Berkeley Marina
Cynthia will join Cindy Sheehan and hundreds of others to chat, sing, and send a big message to Congress while helicopters hover overhead!
Vegetarian Potluck and Screening of "American Blackout" with the San Mateo Green Party
San Mateo Ecovillage
3329 Los Prados Street in San Mateo
RSVP with Sanda Everette 650-574-7155, firstname.lastname@example.org