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Hip-Hop Fridays: Cynthia McKinney For Congress


That Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney is the first member of Congress to have a Hip-Hop plank in her platform speaks for itself. There has never been a nationally elected official so willing to invest their political capital on behalf of the interests of the Hip-Hop generation, community, and industry. From the criminal justice and education issues that the Hip-Hop generation champions; to the fight for better recording contracts and freedom of speech for artists; to the business concerns of "Mom and Pop" independent retailers; to being the mother of a teenage son who loves Hip-Hop, Congresswoman McKinney stands head and shoulders above any political leader in the United States Of America where respect and advocacy of Hip-Hop as a culture, economy, and political force is concerned.

If Rep. McKinney were successful in defeating her opponent in next Tuesday's Democratic primary for the congressional seat of the 4th district of Georgia, and again, against her opponents in the general election in November, it would mark the dawn of a new day in American politics. Never before has a Black incumbent been able to withstand the barrage of local and national media propaganda, special interest money, and apathetic attitude of their own political party's establishment as Rep. McKinney has thus far. If she is able to retain her seat in the face of such overwhelming opposition, not only does she and the 4th district win, but also the Hip-Hop community and the independent and progressive coalition that is becoming Rep. McKinney's national constituency. Anyone serious about shifting the paradigm of the local, American, and global political economy should seriously consider supporting Rep. McKinney, in the appropriate manner - this weekend through Tuesday.

If you live in the fourth district, cast your ballots for Cynthia McKinney; if you live outside of her district make an online donation to her campaign, encourage Get-Out-The-Vote efforts (GOTV) on her behalf, and spread the word about her principled stances far and wide.

We have truly arrived at a critical hour in our evolution. After 30 years of existence Hip-Hop has finally helped to produce a political leader.

Cynthia McKinney For Congress.


Friday, August 16, 2002

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