[Marxism] Forwarded from Beth Massey

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Jul 21 10:11:07 MDT 2004


Cynthia McKinney received 51% of the vote yesterday in the Democratic
primary out of a field of six candidates.  Because she got over 50% of
the vote there will not be a runoff.

There have been two A.N.S.W.E.R. activists from Chicago down in Georgia
working on her campaign for the past month.  Cynthia McKinney pointed
out in the phone scripts she gave to volunteers that " she had
questioned the war prior to being defeated in 2002 and she planned to
support the troops by working to bring them home now if re-elected".

The following is a statement from A.N.S.W.E.R. issued prior to the
primary yesterday:

ANTI-WAR ACTIVISTS SUPPORT CYNTHIA  MCKINNEY
The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition supports the work of all those activists who
are standing in defense of Cynthia McKinney.  McKinney's ouster from
Congress was the direct result of a violation of the 1965 Voting Rights
Act, which was enacted with the intent of allowing Black voters their
candidate of choice.  Cynthia McKineey today is running in the election
to reclaim her seat in Congress.  A primary is scheduled for July 20.
Grassroots anti-war organizers and activists from around the country are
standing with Cynthia McKinney, who in the recent years has been an
outstanding spokesperson in the mass anti-war movement against the
invasion and occupation of Iraq, the war in Afghanistan and in support
of the riights of the Palestinian people.

The A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition has received the following statement from
Bill Massey, a volunteer organizer with A.N.S.W.E.R. and one of the
leaders of the anti-war movement in Chicago, who is currently in
Georgia.  Massey was a participant in the Civil Rights movement, and was
jailed with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Albany Georgia in 1962.

Massey writes: "Cynthia McKinney has filed a lawsuit challenging the
results of the 2002 elections that forced her out of Congress.  It
maintains that the block vote of white voters in her Congressional
primary election was tatamount to the "white primaries" (outlawed by the
Supreme Court in the 1940s), and in clear violation of the Voting Rights
Act of 1965, denying Black voters their candidate of choice.

"McKinney was ousted from her Congressional seat in an unprecedented
storming of the Democratic primary by 48,000 Republican voters, who by
Georgia's law are allowed to crossover and vote in the Democratic
primary.  It was these 48,000 overwhelmingly white voters who determined
the recent election.

"I came here to support Cynthia McKinney because she has been the
anti-war voice in Congress that has called for an end to the U.S.
occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq.  She has stood up for the government
of Zimbabwe against U.S. and British imperialism, and has been a voice
of support for the needs of the Palestinian people.  Another reason for
my support and presence here is to fight against the bigotry of white
racism.  Cynthia McKinney has been a leader of the anti-war movement
both nationally and internationally, and her election will be seen as a
victory by all progressive forces around the world."

"Cynthis McKinney has been a supporter of the reparations movement for
the victims of the African slave trade, both here and abroad.  She also
has the endorsement of the Georgia AFL-CIO for her aggressive support
for the rights of unions and all working people.  As a member of the
House's Armed Services Committee, she has been a longtime opponent of
militarism and military spending, demanding instead that that money be
used for poor and working people."

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