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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:08 PM
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I met Congresswoman McKinney last night at the premier of "American Blacko
All I can say is:

wow.

Last night I went with my sister and dad to the Atlanta Film Festival, where we saw the Atlanta premier of the Sundance favorite "American Blackout."

Ms. McKinney was dressed in African garb with a peace sign where congressmen usually put their American flag pin (oh, you mean this is AMERICA? I thought this was the Dominican Republic -- thanks for reminding me Captain ******* Obvious Congressman!). My family all shook her hand and we went and sat in the Georgia State University auditorium to watch the film.

The head director of the Atlanta Film Festival came up and spoke about how he and Congresswoman McKinney were at the premeir at Sundance. The film won there big, and it was worth going to a place where the temperature was "about 3 or 4 hundred degrees below zero," he joked.

We first watched a cool short named "Spin." It was a great art film, the kind of stuff you don't get to see in the corporate theaters.

Next we saw "American Blackout."

This film blew me away.

It was created by Ian Inaba, a graduate of UCLA film school (who also attended the screening). He stayed with Ms. McKinney for three years, documenting her activities in Congress and the way the rest of the politicians and the media treated her and portrayed her. He also met with many other journalists (as close as the Atlanta Journal Constitution and as far away as the BBC's Greg Palast) and a few more politicians (Congressmen Bernie Sanders, John Lewis, John Conyers) to discuss democracy in America in relation to Black people.

The film starts with an investigation into the year 2000 election.

This was jaw-dropping. Cynthia McKinney and John Lewis, the Atlanta-area Congressmen set up a special investigation into the 2000 election, interviewing the head of the Atlanta-based private corporation that help set up the voter rolls in Florida. The man openly admit that his country had disenfranchised THOUSANDS of people from voting in Florida -- with rolls they had helped get from Republicans in Texas and Florida.

But get this: the only living taped recording of this investigation was captured by a man sitting close to me, the guy who runs Atlanta Indymedia, an independent progressive news network. The ONLY LIVING RECORDING of the investigation that looked into how a virtual coup de tat occured in our country and set across events across the world was captured by the man sitting close to me -- and most of the American public has never seen it.

Ian Inaba, the director, told us that there were other local news stations at the investigation, but none of them ever aired the footage.

Hmm. Imagine that.

Congressman Lewis told us the devastating truth about all of this: if it weren't for this coup de tat and the corporate media's virtual silence over the direct wiping out of thousands of voters simply because they were black or latino, "Al Gore would be President right now, and there would be no war in Iraq."

The film then went into McKinney's life. It showed her activities in Congress, her home life, her friends.

Then it got nasty.

Ms. McKinney was the first and only Congressperson after 9/11 to question the Bush Administration's sequence of events. She asked, "What did you know and when did you know it about 9/11?"

Then all hell broke loose. The media attacked her, saying she was saying Bush pulled off the attacks. Members of her own party tried to shut her up. Both the President and Vice President called the Democratic leaders and forced them not to do an investigation into 9/11. But she wouldn't keep her mouth shut, so she continued to be attacked.

Now we come to the Heart of Darkness. Republicans staged a campaign against her in 2002. They knew a Republican hadn't a chance in hell of ever winning the 4th district. So they mobilized all of their Republican voters to seize the Democratic Primary. They hired a man (interviewed in the film) to run what was close to a racist campaign against her -- selecting mostly white males to come into the Primary and vote for Denise Majette, her opponent. In a district with only 7,000 registered Republicans, maybe 1/3 of the total votes for the Democratic Primary came from REPUBLICANS.

And they sent a great deal of money to Majette. Majette accused McKinney of getting money from Arab terrorist organizations. The AJC (atlanta journal constitution newspaper) kindly helped foment that rumor as well as saying she was thinking 9/11 happened because Bush ordered it to happen (not the truth).

The film shows exactly who she got her money from: the head of a Muslim charity that had 0 terror links and a Muslim NBA player.

Congresswoman McKinney lost 2002. It was later admitted by the Bush Administration after prodding by the 9/11 Commission and Michael Moore and Greg Palast and others that, yes, they did know there were warnings of the 9/11 attack. Many of them. They ignored them. McKinney was right. But the media didn't backtrack to set the story straight. No, McKinney was a conspiracy, far-left black fanatic. That was much better selling story.

But McKinney and her people mobilized in the two years between 2002 and 2004. She gave more than forty speeches across the country. She strongly campaigned against the war. Majette decided she didn't even want to go for reelection. She took a suicidal bid at Senate and lost. McKinney won the primary with about 50% of the votes, her two closest opponents getting about 20 percent each. This time McKinney had a team of lawyers with her, determined to stop disenfranchisement of black voters.

So McKinney regained her seat -- but Nancy Pelosi refused to give her her seniority back. A Republican who returned after a 15 year hiatus got his seniority back. Pelosi didn't want a strong progressive to stand up in the Congress. After all, Pelosi didn't hammer Bush about the 9/11 investigations like McKinney did. She didn't want investigations into child slavery and sex slaves in US contractors. She didn't care enough to ask for a negotiation into black voter disenfranchisement, with maybe over a million eligible voters blocked off the polls. No, McKinney was a "firebrand" -- so Pelosi stripped her of her seniority.

The film then continues, talking to many other politicians and journalists about McKinney and the horrible plague of black voters getting stripped from the voting list by Republican-controlled electronic machines and vote counters.

Greg Palast says "McKinney has a constant case of Touerrett's Syndrome -- She can't stop telling the truth." Congressman Lewis, a civil rights hero who was good friends with Reverend Jackson and King, recounted on how badly he was beaten fighting for the right to vote all those years ago -- and how the deaths of so many activists are being shamed by the illegal disenfranchisement of black and latino voters. Congressman Bernie Sanders, the socialist Independent from Vermont, talked about how money controls politics, and how anyone who goes past a certain line in attacking the status quo as McKinney did -- well, you know what happens to them. The AJC later apologizes for slandering McKinney.

And then comes election 2004. In Ohio districts with white republicans at the helm get far more voting machines per person -- the man who organized this is interviewed and found to be a liar. Kenneth Blackwell, the secretary of state in Ohio, nixes any kind of investigation into it. Black voters standing four hours in the rain, many going home, are shown.

Election 2004 -- was possibly stolen.

I'd never believed this before watching this film. Now I do believe. Some may say the points the film makes (it and its many awards it has recieved) are debateable. To that I say -- EXACTLY! It SHOULD be debated. The progressive, black, minority, Left in this country can't all be dismissed by a white, powerful Establishment. We need FREE DISCUSSION is what this movie is trying to say. We need to be able to rebel without being attacked by all corners, without being suppressed into nothing by a thousand roadblocks to democracy!

After the film ended I went and thanked Ian Inaba. I told him I lived in an upper middle class, "non-progressive" district, and films like this "blew my mind." The Congresswoman, Inaba, and the audience discussed a lot about the film. It was apparent we were outraged. Outraged that a defiant rebel is attacked with lies and slander simply because she is a defiant rebel. Outraged that our country's elections can be blatantly STOLEN and anyone who fights that is labeled a conspiracy nut. Outraged that anyone who joined the antiwar movement is a "firebrand." Outraged that, in the words of the BBC's Greg Palast, we are still living with "apartheid elections, apartheid media, and an Apartheid America"

I don't care at all about this cop incident with McKinney. Maybe she was wrong. Big deal. She's been an outspoken voice for the poor and downtrodden, taking every risk for her constituents (she talks about in the film how she was stalked by a Saudi man and the Ku Klux Klan for her positions).

This is what happens to a rebel. Any little thing is used to attack them. They have to be saintly -- otherwise they are demons in the eyes of a powerful establishment. Meanwhile blatant war criminals, thugs who bend to the will of any corporate donor or lobbyist -- they are angels, the embodiment of kind Anglo Saxon values.

I stand with Cynthia McKinney. I wish she was my congressman, not that party-liner Tom Price. And I'm proud of her and the progresssive left and the minority voters who stood for hours more than their white counterparts in the rain, because their districts are less wealthy and apparently are less worthy of getting a free and fair vote as Ohio 2004 has shown.

I am outraged, and if you aren't, see American Blackout.

Thanks for reading.
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:12 PM
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1. WOW! I hope that film comes to "indy houses" I will certainly see it
My brother and sister-in-law, Democrats but suburban Atlantans, have fallen for the "Cynthia is a crazy black woman" spin, which seems to have sprung from a need to demonize and silence her, for obvious reasons.
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:02 PM
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13. If you google "American Blackout"; showing again in Atlanta in a week
you can find the GNN site that has the list of showings.

It is mostly going around film festivals; they haven't found any distributors, unfortunately.

It's showing at Landmark Midtown in Atlanta next weekend
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catzies Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:15 PM
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28. Living in California, I'm just gonna have to wait
:cry:
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CatWoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:14 PM
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2. WOW. Just fucking WOW
Thanks for writing!!!
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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:16 PM
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3. k r
wowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowowow WOW!
thanks for the post!
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:17 PM
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4. Thanks for posting
this lovely tribute to someone who gets it and has gotten roasted repeatedly for truth telling.

G-d bless her.

K & R'd
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:17 PM
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5. Can't wait to see it!
Thanks for sharing your amazing account of meeting McKinney at the Premier of "American Blackout"! Movies to scare the shite outta the busheviks.

I already have it "saved" from netflix.

"In this Sundance prize-winning indictment of the election process, guerilla journalist Ian Inaba follows the efforts of Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney to expose the disturbing tactics that systematically disenfranchise black voters and silence dissent. A passionate advocate for civil rights, McKinney calls on all citizens to question the political machinery and protect democracy from the institutionalized racism imperiling the country."


http://www.netflix.com/Search?v1=american+blackout&sear...

Somebody had to do this..thank you, Ian Inaba!
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Mandate My Ass Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:18 PM
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6. Thanks!!!!
K & R. Excellent post.
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Laughing Mirror Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:20 PM
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7. Does the film show any clips from the McKinney-Majette debates?
If you want to call it a debate. McKinney wiped the floor with that bumbling inarticulate transparent ho Majette. Nobody in their right minds who watched the debate could have voted for that ho. But a lot of Republicans did, and she won, but where is she now? Does anybody even remember her? Or care?
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petgoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:53 PM
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11. I don't think so. From what your describe, it would have been cruel
Edited on Sun Jun-11-06 02:54 PM by petgoat
and pointless.

Cynthia McKinney is a hero!

She says Bush had 24-hour fighter-plane cover over Crawford while he was ignoring the
"Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US" memo.

http://www.counterpunch.org/mckinney0918.html

See this courageous essay she released just before her re-election to Congress in 11/04:

"Something is rising from the ashes of September 11: the specter of questions that will haunt our country until answered.

"Months after the release of the official 9/11 Commission Report - even as Congress moves to implement its proposals for a radical centralization of security forces - growing numbers of Americans are doubting their own government's account of what really happened on September 11, and how.

"From the first, the Bush Administration resisted investigation and disclosure. Families of September 11 victims were forced to lobby the administration and Congress for a full and independent inquiry. They fought for 14 months, blocked every step of the way by the White House.

"The political games reached such a point that the survivors of the worst attack ever on American soil were forced to hold a candlelight vigil in front of the White House. A vigil for the truth."

http://www.fromthewilderness.com/free/ww3/110204_mckinn...
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Laughing Mirror Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:47 PM
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24. It was cruel to watch
Majette was in shreds when it was over. I was sure I'd never see her again, but little did I know what sort of dirty tricks were being cooked up behind the scenes. Boy was I wrong.
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:00 PM
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12. Shows the part where Majette accuses McKinney of getting
terrorist money.

I was very surprised it took place in a mall. Kind of stupid setting, but what are you going to do? : P
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Laughing Mirror Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:44 PM
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22. Took place in a mall?
I didn't realize that. But it makes sense, from Majette's demonstration. Her uninspired, ready to wear, one-size-fit's-all talking points, as best as she could dribble them out, sounded like somebody had just picked them off the rack for her to try on, whether they fit or not. They didn't.

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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:22 PM
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8. Wow
just WOW
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:36 PM
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9. Interesting post, thank you for writing.
I'm disappointed to read that Pelosi wouldn't give her seniority back. Is it within Pelosi's power to do so?

The left would be so much stronger if centrist-left would stand up for the left-left.

I think DemocracyNow has had excerpts of American Blackout on in the past.
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:03 PM
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14. McKinney called Pelosi "Nancy Republican" in Fruedian slip
During the after-movie discussion. It was great. Several people in the crowd yelled Frued's name when she did it.
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 07:44 AM
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40. Pelosi shafted her
Seniority is granted to returning former House members at the discretion of the party leadership. Not only did Nancy Pelosi not allow McKinney to continue her seniority, she actively worked to make sure she didn't get her seniority back.
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 09:37 AM
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43. Seems like un-affirmative action
What a terrible, stupid thing to do. She lost her seat because of specific sleazy tactics by the GOP, which is reason enough to restore her seniority (because otherwise you end up reinforcing the sleazy tactics). Plus, even if granting seniority is a 50-50 decision (I don't know if it is), it's terribly blind of Nancy not to think that getting diverse views into positions of power is of benefit unto itself. What a waste. How many black women are there in congress? Answer: 14.

From a CRS Report, "Women in the United States Congress: 1917-2006":
The black women Members of the 109th Congress include Representatives Maxine Waters (D-CA), Corinne Brown (DFL),Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), Barbara Lee (DCA),Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-CA), Julia Carson (D-IN), Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH), Diane Watson (D-CA), Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), and Gwen Moore (D-WI), as well as Delegates Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Donna Christian-Christensen (D-VI). Other black women
Members were Cardiss Collins (D-IL, 1973-1997), Barbara-Rose Collins (D-MI, 1991-1997), Eva Clayton (D-NC, 1992-2003), Carrie Meek (D-FL, 1993-2003),Yvonne Brathwaite Burke (D-CA, 1973-1979), Katie Hall (D-IN, 1982-1985), and Barbara Jordan (D-TX, 1973-1979).
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 01:10 PM
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45. Pelosi is no longer accepting emails from outside her district
according to McKinney. She said this is at least in part due to the number of people who've written Pelosi saying McKinney should've gotten her seniority back.
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lostnfound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 04:41 PM
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48. I understand ordinary congress people for not taking emails, but leaders
have special responsibility and should certainly take emails from anyone.

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Pierre.Suave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 02:39 PM
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10. Nice write up.
I want to see this film.
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Bombtrack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:03 PM
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15. did she say "much ado about a hairdo" ?
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:15 PM
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16. This is a wonderful post. I welled up about 1/2 way through it
The film, 'American Blackout' sounds as if it should rock the world in much the same way that F/911 did. I can't wait to see it. I'm glad that your eyes have been opened to the coup that has taken place within our election process and I hope that this film will do the same for many others.

Couragious, outspoken truthtellers are often targetted by those in power. Few, though, have been treated/smeared as badly as Rep McKinney. There are no words to express my respect and admiration for her. :loveya: Here's an archeived post by Bushwick Bill with a wonderful statement of support for Cynthia from Michael Rupport, author of 'Beyond the Rubicon':

Bushwick Bill (253 posts) Tue Apr-11-06 10:50 AM
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The Beloved Cynthia McKinney


A very solid article from a friend of Cynthia, Mike Ruppert.

THE BELOVED CYNTHIA McKINNEY

A White Ex Cop Speaks Out About a Georgia Congresswoman

by
Michael C. Ruppert

April 11, 2006 1300 PST (FTW) - ASHLAND -Cynthia McKinney is a friend of mine. Until the day I die she will be a friend of mine. More than that, she will be a role model and an inspiration that I dont ever expect to be equaled, let alone surpassed. Full disclosure.

Out of several dozen Op-Eds, news reports and commentaries on the now-infamous so-called cop-slapping event of March 29th, I havent seen a single one that, from my perspective, got it right. So right up front, let me say that if I am forced to look at this one snapshot incident, divorced from context and history, then yes, my very good friend messed up. It shouldnt have become as big a deal as it has and she bears some responsibility for that. But if I look at the event as part of a continuum of the life of congress, or the life of this nation, and (no less importantly) of the life of this woman, things look and feel a whole lot different.

The virulent, spit-dripping, white, racist commentators from Boortz to DeLay and the oh-so-PC and dainty black Democratic pundits, columnists and pols who pick Cynthia McKinney apartpretending to defend her while putting her black butt on the E-Bay auction block for Novemberare actually allies. They both want her to go away. They both want the issues that have come too close to public recognition in this case to go away. Leaders from left and right, black or white, cannot bear the thought of actually looking deeper at what happened with Cynthia McKinney and what it means.
<snip>

I have walked the halls of Congress with Cynthia McKinney maybe eight to ten times. I have walked into and out of the Cannon and Longworth house office buildings with her. I have walked to hearings in the Rayburn house office building with her. I have walked the underground tunnels from one of those office buildings directly to the edge of the House floor and its anteroom with her. I can tell you one thing for certain because I have seen it and I have felt it. Cynthia McKinney and her staff get treated differently from just about anyone else on the Hill. Its subtle, but so is the taste of dirt when its in your mouth.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:36 PM
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17. One of the people in the audience stood up and said
That the film was even better than "Mr. Moore's film" to him.

I think one thing might've been that it was all so personal. A lot of it took place right here in Atlanta and the surrounding areas.
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robinlynne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 03:49 PM
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18. fantastic post! and she is a fantastic congresswoman. Thank-you nt
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:05 PM
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20. Total opposite from NRA Tom Price, my own congressman
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:02 PM
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19. Thank you for sharing the experience with us

Congresswoman McKinney is one of my heroes.

I'm so glad someone has documented what's been happening to her and our nation at the hands of the Neocons.

K & R
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zeemike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:19 PM
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21. Gotta see of Netflix has it yet n/t
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 11:22 PM
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30. GNN is still looking for DVD distributor
The film premiered at Sundance so it'll be a while before it hits DVD but it's making the festival circuit and is playing in Atlanta again once more next week.
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dogday Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:46 PM
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23. Whatever happened with that bogus case
against her? Did they drop or indict?
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 04:47 PM
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25. FREE DVD: Democracy's Ghosts - 5 million Amercicans Denied Vote
Actor Charles Dutton: "How can they have the damn gall to fight for Democracy over there, when we don't have it over here?"

Many of us go to the polls on Election Day because its our civic duty. Most of us have never thought of what it would be like to be voteless and essentially voiceless. Thats why you need to screen Democracys Ghosts.

The film gets inside the minds of people who have lost the right to vote, revealing how it affects their lives, the communities they live in, and, ultimately, our society. After seeing the film, you will never again question whether youre too busy to go to the polling booth. And youll want to act to make sure everyone can vote.

Whether you are new to this issue or an advocate who has worked on it for a while, the film and accompanying materials will help you take action to end felony disfranchisement.

In addition to the film, the DVD contains expert perspectives on the issue, expanded chapters of the film, and a short version of the film for use at conferences and in meetings with policymakers. Theres also a short, animated/live action film put together by Off Ramp Films and one of the characters in the film, great for showing at college events and conferences.

And best of all, its free. All we ask in return is for feedback once youve screened it. So click link to order the film.

http://www.democracysghosts.org /
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 08:09 PM
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27. I saw this in Cols. OH and I agree it is a powerful film that must be view
Director Inaba said he plans to get wide viewing in Af Am neighborhoods in Ohio where it is predicted that Blackwell will get 25% of the Af Am vote. Rep McKinney was also at our showing.

Great review! Thanks.
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 07:14 PM
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26. K&R! (nt)
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pberq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:11 PM
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29. Kick & Nominated - Go Cynthia!
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file83 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 12:24 AM
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31. Thank you for telling us about this movie - I tried to tell people several
Edited on Mon Jun-12-06 12:24 AM by file83
months ago about Cynthia McKinney's past and why she is a target for the establishment. About how she has asked the uncomfortable (and unpopular) questions concerning:

pre-9/11 intelligence
$2.3 trillion missing from the Pentagon's accounting records
Contracts still being given to companies like DynCorp and Kellog-Brown & Root, that were linked to Child/Sex Slavery rings

McKinney is a real threat to the establishment, so they will push every button they can with her to make her stumble. They almost got her the last time around, but we must support her courage to stand up and fight for us all.
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rman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 01:13 AM
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32. www.americanblackout.org
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mirandapriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 01:53 AM
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33. McKinney is my hero
I wish I had half of her guts. You're lucky you got to meet her. What they have done to her makes me SICK.
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countryjake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 02:27 AM
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34. Thank you for the great review and recommendation! McKinney rocks!
It's nice to read a positive post like this!

Bookmarking, kicking, and recommending!
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Tulum_Moon Donating Member (556 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 02:44 AM
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35. Oh Yes Cynthia rocks!
All of congress should be as bold!
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-15-06 06:36 PM
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54. We could really use her today~!
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 02:52 AM
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36. kick and recommended!!!
Geaux Cynthia!!!

:kick:

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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 06:19 AM
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37. This sounds like a definate "must see!" Thanks and K&R
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eridani Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 06:53 AM
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38. I met her briefly in Seattle at the film festival
She's everything you say she is, and the movie is a "must see".
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NanceGreggs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 07:21 AM
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39. This was a GREAT read!
Thanks for sharing!

:kick: and RECOMMENDED!
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-13-06 05:11 PM
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52. thanks!
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klook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 08:13 AM
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41. Excellent summary - thanks
I was there, too. It was really a privilege to meet Rep. McKinney, see this great film, and hear the Q&A afterwards.

The scenes of black Ohio voters standing in long lines in the rain, only to be turned away from locked doors when they finally got up to the building where they were supposed to vote, was simultaneously heartbreaking and enraging. And then to see the white suburban districts where there was no shortage of voting machines and, hence, no waiting. Truly disgusting. Apartheid, Ken Blackwell style.

And how about that creep who launched the anti-McKinney campaign encouraging affluent, white north DeKalb County Republicans to cross over and vote for Denise Majette in the 2002 primary? (Mark Davis, president of Data Productions in Duluth, Ga.) He says the anti-Cynthia direct mail and Internet campaign was done "pro bono," but soon after he got a $10,000 check (from the Republican Party, if I remember correctly). But being the altruist that he is, Davis donated it to the state Republican Party (again, I may be mis-remembering who he donated the $$ to, so please correct me if I got that wrong). Then we see him showing off his Hummer. Yeah, he's a real selfless do-gooder, all right.

By the way, the web site this schmuck used to anchor his deceptive smear campaign (www.goodbyecynthia.com ) is registered to one Bubba Head (you can't make this stuff up) of Headlines Marketing, which is the web site for a law firm that specializes in getting drunk drivers off the hook. What an illustrious bunch of patriotic citizens these are, eh?!

And the footage of the ChoicePoint guy admitting that all the state of Florida required to declare a voter a felon was an 80 percent match in their name! So if your name was Jo Smith, and Joe Smith was a felon, ChoicePoint struck both of you from the voter rolls!! And this is how the election of 2000 was stolen. It's hard to believe sometimes that this is not a nightmare but reality.

But I really liked Cynthia's attitude, both in the film and in person. She's quick, funny, incisive, and unbelievably resilient. She radiates an infectious never-give-up spirit that is so great to see. She's really an inspiration.

I hope all those who've bashed her on DU will take the opportunity to see American Blackout and report back to us.
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 09:08 PM
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51. Well I was the youngest one there is what bothered me
18 year old fresh out of high school. My dad and sister are a little more experienced in these things I guess (don't read as much as me maybe, but my sister is Homeland Security and an international affairs major and my dad's always been somewhat involved in politics since he moved to this country)
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 08:37 AM
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42. didn't need the film to understand Rep. McKinney's struggles with the rw
but, it should help others to get a grip on where the real opposition lies.

Why do we support Rep. McKinney? When they're done attacking her . . . we're next.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 09:57 AM
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44. Thanks much for this summary.....
Go Cynthia!
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Jigarotta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 01:44 PM
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46. thanks, Terran. Absolutely Great Post!
that Cynthia is a congress rock star compared to so many pastey faced slugs there serving themselves.

go, Cynthia! - a true american hero.
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verse18 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 01:54 PM
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47. But, but...
she hit a Capitol Hill Police officer. How can we support her after that? :sarcasm:
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Karenina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 05:19 PM
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49. Or poked him with her cellphone
or slapped him or wrestled him off her or...
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-12-06 08:48 PM
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50. We still don't know, do we...
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-14-06 12:19 AM
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53. Greg Palast in Atlanta June 23rd; other cities too
http://www.gregpalast.com/armedmadhouse/TourCities/Atla...

For book tour, incase any of you want to see a great McKinney supporter.

Also in many other cities, check the site.
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Gabi Hayes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-15-06 07:14 PM
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55. amazing.....where are all the McKinney haters now?
remember the LARGE number of DU posters who said in no uncertain terms what an EMBARRASSMENT to the democratic party she is, what a TERRRIBLE representative she is?

where are they now?




should've seen what I originally wrote instead of "they"
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Terran1212 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-16-06 07:33 PM
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56. Right here
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ismnotwasm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-16-06 07:49 PM
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57. I can hardly wait to see it
Rep McKinney has been a inspiration to me ever since she had the guts to speak out when NOBODY else was, it seemed or just a very few.
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faithnotgreed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-16-06 09:37 PM
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58. KICKING
this is the first i have seen this

first im kicking then im reading the responses
thanks so much for posting this
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wwcsmd Donating Member (49 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-17-06 04:10 PM
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59. I saw American Blackout at noon today...
I went to the 2nd showing of American Blackout at the Atlanta Film Festival today. (BTW I'm a resident & native of Cynthia McKinney's district.)

Thanks for "talking me into" going. I really wanted to, but I'd been debating it since I had to miss 3hrs. work which is kind of a lot when you're trying to live on $7/hour, but one advantage of the job is that since I'm fairly unimportant, I can occasionally take off if I really want/need to. Anyway, I searched DU last night looking for discussion about it, esp. hoping to find a post from someone who went to last week's screening that Cynthia attended.

Anyway, loved the movie, even more powerful than I expected, wish everyone could see it. Yes, it made me angry (in a good way) but it was also encouraging. I already knew about a lot of the problems the film describes, but now I also know more about what some people are doing to try and fix them, and have better ideas of what I can do.

I liked the short film with the spoken word artist at the beginning too. It was made by GNN for the movie but they decided not to include it directly. I wrote down his name - Talaam Acey - and found a link to it on GNN:

http://www.gnn.tv/videos/52/True_Lies

The director wasn't there, but the producer did a Q&A at the end, along with two guys from different sides of the voting issue... sorry, don't remember their names, but the one guy was (I think the "big truck" guy from the film) the guy who had helped stage the effort to get Republicans to vote for Majette to defeat McKinney. Our audience no likey him, heh, and imo he didn't hold up well... he kept saying something like ignore the rhetoric and look at the facts? Something he'd rehearsed anyway, cause he kept using it, though it obviously wasn't a satisfactory answer to anyone there.

BTW Anyone know the name of the woman in American Blackout who was working as voting protection... the feisty woman in the purple suit? (Loved her!)
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