GreenStream: Cynthia McKinney on Wednesday March 2

WASHINGTON, DC — The Green Party’s online livestream show ‘GreenStream Wednesday’ will feature Cynthia McKinney, the party’s 2008 presidential nominee, and journalist Jared Ball on Wednesday evening, March 2, 10:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm PT.

Along with discussion between the two guests, the one-hour show will present Green news, interviews, video clips, and viewer participation.

Viewers can tune in at http://www.livestream.com/greenpartyus or go to http://www.livestream.com and enter the channel name: greenpartyus. The channel is also accessible at the Green Party’s video page (http://www.gp.org/video/index.php).

The first show, which aired on February 23, featured interviews with Wisconsin Green Party leaders on the protests in their state against Gov. Scott Walker’s budget plan that would cut benefits and abolish collective bargaining. The guests were Tony Palmeri, elected Green member of the Oshkosh City Council; Amy Mondloch, Executive Director of the Grassroots Leadership College in Madison (http://www.grassrootsleadershipcollege.org) and a long-time Green Party activist; and AJ Segneri, co-chair of the Wisconsin Green Party (http://www.wisconsingreenparty.org). They were interviewed by Starlene Rankin and Craig Seeman of the Green Party’s Media Committee. The show, with video clips of the Wisconsin protests, continued for a half hour beyond its scheduled one-hour time.

To participate in the ongoing discussion in the chat window during the show, viewers can log in to Livestream or can join the chat as a nonmember guest. Viewers can register for a free Livestream account by clicking on ‘Sign Up’ at the top of the page, but membership is not necessary to watch the broadcast. The shows are repeated in rotation after the initial broadcast and are archived on the Green Party Livestream Channel web site.

Guest bios for March 2:

Cynthia McKinney served six terms in the US House of Representatives as a Democrat before joining the Green Party in 2007 and becoming the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for President. Since 2008, Ms. McKinney has been a champion of Palestinian Rights and a supporter of the Free Gaza movement. In 2009, she was one of 21 activists on a Free Gaza relief ship that was rammed and taken captive by the Israeli Navy. She was held by the Israelis for 5 days. In 2010, Ms. McKinney participated in portions of the Bike4Peace event from San Francisco to Washington, DC.

Jared Ball is assistant professor of communication studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, where his research interests include the interaction between colonialism, mass media theory and history, and the development of alternative/underground journalism and cultural expression as mechanisms of social movements and political organization. He is founder and producer of ‘FreeMix Radio: The Original Mixtape Radio Show’ and former editor for the first academic journal dedicated to hip-hop, ‘The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture’. He briefly sought the Green Party nomination for President in 2008 before pulling out and endorsing Cynthia McKinney. Mr. Ball is host of ‘Midday Jazz: Jazz & Justice’ on WPFW (89.3 FM) every Monday, 1 to 3 pm ET.


Political Hip Hop editorial mentions Green Party candidates

From Independent Political Report:

This editorial by Davey D at AllHipHop.com contends that Hip Hop is, and always has been, political in content. The question of the editorial is whether Hip Hop will remain political in the future.

The editorial mentions several of the most prominent members and candidates of the Green Party.

Lastly we’d have to talk about Dr. Jared Ball out of Maryland who is best known for his political mix tapes “Freemix radio” ran for Green Party nomination for president in in ‘08 and long time activist Rosa Clemente who made history by securing the vice presidential nomination for the Green Party. She and former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney had their name on the ballots in all 50 states and garnered impressive numbers even though their historic bid was overshadowed by Barack Obama’s run for the White House which definitely brought out and politicized many in the Hip-Hop generation. Continue Reading


Voxunion brings us McKinney/Clemente again

Voxunion, self-described as “media for progressive ideas”, has run articles by and about Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente for some time. Led in part by Jared Ball, an early contender for the Green Party’s Presidential nomination in 2008, the site operates a number of initiatives.

Voxunion.com is home of Organized Community of United People (Organized C.O.U.P.) – a group of Washington DC based activist working to effect positive change in communities of color through media and education, FreeMix Radio – the original MixTape radio show, the Morning Chuckle (the MC) and more.

Describing voter’s “buyer’s remorse” after seeing the direction the Obama administration has taken since inauguration day, Cynthia McKinney discusses the Obama administration’s decision not to pursue Bush administration criminals who authorized torture, Obama’s refusal to end rendition, the practice of sending prisoners to countries that torture, and his expansion of the war machine and it’s budget.

these expressions of “buyer’s remorse” indicate that people knowingly allowed themselves to be swept into the voting booth and vote against their values…Our agenda provided a clear route to an end to torture, rendition for torture, warrantless wiretapping, spying on U.S. citizen activists, and an end to war.

Perhaps most interestingly she goes into a discussion of the current economic shell game, describing it as an opportunity to take America’s economy and hollow it out to benefit a very few. At the end of the essay she begins to discuss the role of the Federal Reserve system. Setting the table for future articles, she writes in the April 8th column,

The first work I want to take excerpts from is, “Money Facts,” 169 questions and answers on money authored by the Subcommittee on Domestic Finance, House of Representatives Committee on Banking and Currency, 1964.

Some of these 169 questions, and the answers, are published at the end of the article, including:
6. Does Congress supervise Federal Reserve policymaking? (No)
7. What problems are raised by an ‘independent’ Federal Reserve?
10.Who really directs Federal Reserve operations?
11. Do private bank interests influence Federal Reserve policy? (Yes)
12. Does it matter what amount of money is supplied the economy? (Yes)
165. Who favors Federal Reserve independence?

Meanwhile, in a sort of reprise of her article Russell Simmons You Are Not Hip Hop, Green Party Vice Presidential nominee Rosa Clemente has published a column titled Obama is Not Hip Hop.

The column, published late last year, explains why Obama, despite support from the likes of Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and P. Diddy, does not represent the first Hip Hop President.

I have always followed a rule: never allow someone to become your priority while you become his or her option. For President Elect Barack Obama and the entire Democrat Party leadership in this country, the Hip Hop generation has never been a priority, we have always been an option and that option is used mostly to get out the vote during elections.


The Green Vice President: Indulgent Speculation

While Cynthia McKinney has not locked up the Green Party nomination yet, she is well on her way to sealing the nomination.

Which leads one to wonder – who will she select as her running mate? Based on previous GP rules, the Presidential Nominee names whom they want to be their VP, and the Delegates vote it up or down (at least that is how it was told to me).

So here is a speculative list of potential Vice Presidential running mates if Cynthia McKinney gets the nomination:

Jared Ball – Jared Ball of DC was a very promising GP Presidential candidate up until he dropped out of the race in January to endorse Cynthia McKinney. Ball, a Communications Studies Professor, an independent journalist, a veteran of the first Iraq War and a hip hop activist, would bring the “Capital Resistance” component of his campaign to the McKinney campaign. He would be a tireless campaigner, and an all African-American Green Party ticket would be a very interesting aspect to the 2008 “race”. I see Ball as a real possibility.

Mike Gravel – His campaign for President as a Democrat got him a fan base but no party support (probably due to calling all the other candidates ‘losers’ and challenging the establishment). He then sought the Libertarian nomination and got shoved aside by Bob Barr. Gravel could bring to the McKinney ticket a nationally known “name” (with youtube videos) and probably pick up voters who are younger, anti-establishment, but turned off by the ‘seriousness’ of Ralph Nader. I have huge respect for what Gravel did as a Senator during the Vietnam War (had a role with ending the draft, for one), but I don’t think he would be the best choice as a running mate. He could even drag the ticket down.

Kat Swift – Kat’s youth and veteran Green Party activism would give the Green Party an all female ticket, supporting the Green Party’s value of “feminism” and potentially appealing to a broad segment of the electorate that may not be turned off by Obama, McCain, Nader, Barr, and all the other men on the ballot in November. Its too bad the Green Party won’t be on the ballot in Texas, Swift’s home state.

Rich Whitney – Rich Whitney’s major impact on the Illinois Governor’s race (10%) put the Illinois Green Party on the map. Putting Whitney on the ticket would help in Illinois, where McKinney should have a good showing already, might make sense. Whitney also has campaigning experience, fund raising experience (his 2006 campaign has already donated several thousand dollars to the McKinney campaign), and almost 350,000 votes in 2006 could add to the ticket.

Jesse Johnson – Jesse Johnson is a Third Party champion after two huge statewide campaigns for Governor and U.S. Senate with the West Virginia Mountain Party. In 2007 the Mountain Party “merged” with the Green Party and became the WV affiliate of the GPUS. Johnson has a lot of appeal among Greens, especially those whom he has met first hand, but he does not have the history of Green “Party Activism” that others do. While he would bring some color to the ticket and could influence votes in the “Obama-challenged” Appalachian region, I don’t think he is the strongest choice for Veep.

Matt Gonzalez – Unfortunately he’s taken. (Plus, per the U.S. Constitution the Prez and Veep must have different home states and now that McKinney hails from CA Matt would thus be ineligible.) Ralph Nader scored possibly the best Green running mate possible when he tagged Gonzalez to be his Veep. The former President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who almost defeated Gavin Newsom to become Mayor of San Francisco is a Green Party legend and hero.

Kent Mesplay – Another veteran Green Party activist and organizer who has run for major political office several times now. Mesplay would bring to the ticket a solid environmental / ecological component, which based on the four pillars (Grassroots Democracy, Peace, Social Justice, Ecological Wisdom) is probably McKinney’s weakest position. Mesplay would fill a hole in that area and in that ticket. Oh, wait, he’s a California resident as well…

Sedinam Kinamo Christin Moyowasifza-Curry
(aka SKCM Curry) – While SKCM Curry is the only “declared” candidate for the Vice President slot on the Green Party ballot, I have to again point out that she is a California Resident, thus can not be McKinney’s running mate. Curry is a Green Party activist in South Central LA. A video of her in 07 can be seen here.

Cindy Sheehan – “Peace Mom” Sheehan is a “Green Leaning Independent (GLI)” who was heavily recruited to seek the Green Party Presidential nomination herself. She would greatly add to the already strong anti-war positions of McKinney, as well as creating an all-female ticket, but she is running an Independent campaign for U.S. House against Democrat Nancy Pelosi. In California. Oh, right, she can’t be the Veep.

Other (unlikely) possibilities:
Winona LaDuke – 1996 and 2000 Veep on the Nader ticket, Native American from Minnesota. Ain’t gonna happen.
Pat LaMarche – 2004 Veep on the Cobb ticket, who surpassed 10% of the vote in her 2006 bid for Governor of Maine. She has been campaigning for Jesse Johnson. Does that take her out of the picture? Maybe not, but she would be an extreme long shot pick.
Ralph Nader – the “Dream Ticket” that never happened.

Who do YOU think should be considered for the Veep slot if McKinney gets the nomination?