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Green Party Annual Meeting – Speaker Suggestions

The Green Party (US) Annual National Meeting is just over a month away, July 23 – 26, at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina.

The schedule is still being prepared for workshops, plenaries, etc., including potential speakers. Some names have been suggested here and there including Cynthia McKinney, Rosa Clemente, David Cobb, Jesse Johnson, and Mike Gravel.

Who do you think would be a great speaker to speak at the Green Party’s Annual National Meeting in Durham, NC? What should they speak about? What are the driving issues facing the Green Party in the US right now, and who do you think can speak most effectively to those issues? Considering that the primary (and perhaps only) audience for this are the Greens that are going to the ANM, who do you think can speak to the Greens and effectively re-mobilize and re-energize the Green Political Movement in America? Who would you go to Durham, NC to see, listen to, and perhaps even talk to, if they were on the docket?

And finally, are you going to Durham, North Carlina for the National Meeting?

Sure, I’ll start since I asked the question.
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Rosa Clemente On UNITV Blog Talk Radio Wednesday

Received by E-mail today:

This week we will be interviewing one of the most progressive, effective, and productive young leaders of today. This leader is none other than Rosa Clemente. We will be featuring Rosa Clemente this Wednesday May 20, 2009 from 3:30 PM until 4:30 pm (Eastern Time).

Rosa Clemente recently ran as the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President of the United States with Green Party Presidential Candidate, Cynthia McKinney. Rosa Alicia Clemente is a community organizer, radio journalist (WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City), Hip-Hop activist, and the first Latina in US history to run for Vice President.

Ms. Clemente has delivered workshops, lectures, and commentary for over fifteen years. In 1995, she developed Know Thy Self Productions, a people of color speakers’ bureau. Seeing a need for young people of color to be heard and taken seriously, she began presenting workshops and lectures at universities, high schools, community centers, and prisons. She has presented at over 400 colleges, conferences, town halls, rallies, and international conferences. Know Thy Self Productions includes an expanded college speakers bureau which has produced four major Hip-Hop activism tours and consults on issues of media justice, voter engagement amongst youth, and youth development.

Born and raised in the South Bronx and Elmsford, New York, Rosa Alicia Clemente is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University. Ms. Clemente’s academic work has covered national liberation struggles in the US, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party, the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army, Afro-Latino identity and politics, media justice, and African-American and Latino relations.

You may catch the interview LIVE or on archive by logging onto:
www.blogtalkradio.com/unitv-radio

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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.

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Maryland Green Party annual assembly set for May 9th

Rosa Clemente, Green Party Vice Presidential candidate in 2008, will keynote the Maryland Green Party’s Annual Assembly. The full day event, running from a 9:00 AM registration to a 5 PM close, will also feature a panel discussion featuring two elected Greens from Maryland, Dan Robinson of Tacoma Park who won re-election to his seat on the Tacoma Park town council with 67% of the vote, Mike Cornell, who won re-election as River Hill representative on the Columbia Association in Howard County Maryland, and National Political Director Brent McMillan.

The afternoon will feature a panel discussion of watershed issues. Consistent with the GNC’s adoption of Proposal 380, which identifies water issues as central to Green Party campaigns, the panel will feature Erik Michelson of the South River Federation, Fred Tutman, the Paxtuxent Riverkeeper, author of Chesapeake Bay Blues, Howard Ernst and retired state senator Gerald Winegrad.

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Greens to Obama: US must participate in Durban 2 int’l antiracism summit

From GPUS:

WASHINGTON, DC — Green Party leaders called US participation in the Durban Review Conference an imperative and called on President Obama to drop earlier plans to avoid the antiracism conference.

The Durban Review Conference (‘Durban 2′), an international summit to review progress in the fight against racism since the first meeting in 2001 in Durban, South Africa, will take place from April 20 to 24, 2009, at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland (http://www.un.org/durbanreview2009/index.shtml).

2008 Green presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, who attended the first Durban meeting as a US Representative from Georgia, sent a message to President Obama expressing “great disappointment” over the Durban 2 pullout:

“Even the Bush Administration, under pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, provided some funding for the United Nations effort and sent staff to support the Congressional delegation that attended the Conference…. I would encourage you to please reconsider this decision and not only attend the Conference, but also provide funding to ensure its success.” (“Ruminations on President Obama’s Tenure Thus Far and ‘Acceptable Punditry,'” March 2, 2009, http://www.gp.org/cynthia/index.shtml)

Rosa Clemente, Green Vice Presidential candidate in 2008, also attended the 2001 Durban conference and sat on the Reparations Committee. The Green Party protested the Bush Administration’s withdrawal from Durban 1 in 2001 (http://www.gp.org/press/pr_08_13_01.html).
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Rebel Diaz – An Open Letter To Barack Obama

This isn’t a new song (I think it came out during the Presidential campaign last fall) but a post at AxisofLogic today posted this video with the text of the “Open Letter” and I felt moved to re-post it here. Great song, great message. I like the rip on Eminem’s Letter. Words below the fold.

“You know what I’m saying? So I’m sittin’ here seeing people like Rosa Clemente; like Cynthia McKinney you know what I’m sayin? Seeing people that’s really talkin about change. Sometimes I just feel confused about all these things. It go like this, look…”

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Rosa Clemente and the Path of Most Resistance Tour

Rosa Clemente, 2008 Green candidate for Vice President, announces ‘Path of Most Resistance’ speaking tour

WASHINGTON, DC — Rosa Clemente, the Green Party’s 2008 candidate for Vice President of the United States, has announced a national speaking tour with a focus on Hip Hop conferences, symposiums, town hall meetings, and many other public events, as well as Black History Month, Women’s History Month, and Latino Heritage Month.

Know Thy Self Productions LLC is organizing the tour, which is titled ‘The Path of Most Resistance Tour 2009.’ Ms. Clemente can be reached at clementerosa@gmail.com and at 347-489-9738.

“The tour will be a chance to continue speaking about the important themes we raised in the McKinney-Clemente campaign,” said Ms. Clemente. “While while many in this country, particularly the Hip-Hop generation, have high hopes for the Obama Administration, now is not the time to be silent. The first few months are critical — we must make our voices heard, if we want to see a real change in the direction of the United States.”
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2008 Green Party VP candidate Rosa Clemente launches speaking tour

On The Wilder Side:

Dear Colleagues, Supporters and Media Allies:

A sincere thank you for all your support during mine and Cynthia McKinney’s historic campaign this past year. I am booking now for Black History month, Women’s History month, Latino heritage month, Hip Hop Conferences, Symposiums, and Town Hall meetings.

Sincerely,

Rosa A. Clemente

http://myspace.com/rosaclemente

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