May 5, 2008

Former Congresswomen Cynthia McKinney to Address Race Sensitivity and Other Under Covered Issues in the US Presidential Campaign

Cynthia McKinney, Presidential Candidate for the Green Party Nomination, will speak at Sonoma State on Wednesday, May 7, at noon on the Darwin Quad.

McKinney, the first African American woman elected to Congress in Georgia, quit the Democratic Party last year in disgust at its failure to end the U.S. troop presence in Iraq.

She is a strong voice for minorities and immigrants, and a fearless anti-war critic. In response to the environmental crisis, McKinney calls for global understanding and global action.

Congressmember Cynthia McKinney is now seeking the presidency, not as a Democrat, but as a Green Party candidate. She is among the most outspoken critics of the Bush administration, and one of her last measures in office was to introduce a bill calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.

But Congressmember McKinney’s history of opposing war predates the Bush administration. In 1991, she spoke out against another Bush administration for the Persian Gulf War. She spoke out in the Georgia House of Representatives. But McKinney left the Democratic Party late last year after serving six terms in Congress. She said the Democrats had become "no different than their Republican counterparts."

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, McKinney is the daughter of retired nurse, Leola McKinney and one of Atlanta's first Black law enforcement officers, former Georgia State Representative Billy McKinney. She earned a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Southern California, and a Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. McKinney's debut into public office came in 1988 when she was elected to the Georgia State Legislature. In 1992, Cynthia made history when she became the first African American woman to represent Georgia in the United States House of Representatives.

This event is sponsored by: Students for Media Democracy, Project Censored, Associated Students Productions, MECHA, BSU and Students for Justice in Palestine. To learn more, call (707) 664-2588.


Jean Wasp
Media Relations Coordinator
University Affairs
(707) 664-2057
jean.wasp@sonoma.edu