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While a certain pair of men running on non-major party tickets keep getting press, the only ticket with two women of color isn’t getting much love. As a women/mother-centric site, I thought I’d give it to them today. In my last post, I wrongly said that the GOP would meet in a few weeks..oops! It’s next week. So on the last night of the DNC and days before the RNC, I give you the Green Party ticket and what they say they want to do for women:
It says something about a ticket that doesn’t even list either candidate’s names in their URL: http://votetruth08.com/. You could say that they know they don’t stand a chance, that they really do want to fight for the truth, it makes you wonder what is the truth?
Presidential candidate Cynthia Ann McKinney:
Since being elected in 1992 as the first African-American Congresswoman from Georgia, Cynthia Ann McKinney has gained national and international renown as a tireless advocate for human rights, voting rights and holding government accountable. McKinney’s voting record reflects her philosophy that government should serve to provide uplift to local communities and the dignity of the human spirit. This means promoting the rights of seniors, students, the disabled, minorities, veterans and workers. She is known as a passionate, intelligent, charismatic and effective member of the House of Representatives and of the Democratic Party.
Vice-President Candidate Rosa Clemente:
..Community organizer, journalist and Hip-Hop activist. Born and raised in the South Bronx she is a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University. A much sought after commentator, political activist, community organize and independent reporter, Rosa has been delivering workshops, presentations and commentary for over ten years.
Rosa’s academic work has been dedicated to researching national liberation struggles inside the United States, with a specific focus on the Young Lords Party and the Black Liberation Army. While a student at SUNY Albany, she was President of the Albany State University Black Alliance (ASUBA) and Director of Multicultural Affairs for the Student Association. At Cornell she was a founding member of La Voz Boriken, a social/political organization dedicated to supporting Puerto Rican political prisoners and the independence of Puerto Rico.
The Green Party and the McKinney-Clemente websites don’t offer easy answers to what they support. In that I mean there isn’t a list of things this campaign promises. Rather it is woven into speeches and position papers that are abundant. At first glance I thought this meant the site was sloppy, at second thought it was a sign that in order to move this country forward we need to not look for easy & simple answers, and lastly I come back to it being inaccessible to most people.
While the media is heavily focused on disgruntled Hillary supporters who might vote for McCain, in reality I know far more of her supporters who will be voting Green. Many will question this and claim that those voters are throwing their vote away. In fact if enough of American voters Go Green this November, the Green party will become our official third party. “The Green Party needs 5 percent of the votes in the 2008 election to be institutionalized as a third force in American politics.”
Is it worth it for someone in Ohio or Florida to vote Green and ‘risk’ McCain winning? I leave that up to you to decide. Are the Democrats too conservative for you? Are you ready to vote for two women whose party isn’t afraid to list feminism in their party platform aka 10 key values? For my conservative readers, there’s always Bob Barr as an alternative to McCain.
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