Mandela Would Be Proud: McKinney Returns to Gaza

This time Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney successfully got through the illegal blockade and delivered medicine and other goods to the residents of Gaza!!! Crow if you will but she is certainly one determined African-American woman on a mission of peace. In honor of one criminal, rabble-rouser and terrorist per labeling by the US government, Nelson Mandela set forth a tradition of resistance. He actually practiced what he preached and spend nearly one third of his entire life behind bars. Somehow I just don’t see many of the black male infotainment hustlers and pontificators being willing to give up their manicures and creature comforts to do hard labor. 
I’m not sure what I would’ve done after I’d be kidnapped by a foreign government while trying to aid a separate one, jailed, left to twist in the wind by my gov’t and suddenly released. I don’t think I would’ve turned right back around a mere week later to attempt the very thing that got me kidnapped and charged to begin with. I admire her fortitude. 
Whatever your political viewpoints are regarding this there are two indisputable facts: Hamas is the legally elected gov’t and there’s $4B in gas reserves off the coast of Gaza. Think about that for a minute. Or two…..
The San Francisco Bayview has her article in its entirety. I am including an excerpt here:
Gaza is beautiful. Gaza is full of life, despite Israel’s Operation Cast Lead. And now I have seen, Gaza has been bombed to smithereens. No wonder the Israelis didn’t want photos taken!
I think I’ve mastered my video camera enough to share some images with you. I’ll post them on these sites when I return: 
http://www.livestream.com/dignity 
http://dignity.ning.com/ 
http://www.twitter.com/dignityaction 
http://www.myspace.com/dignityaction 
http://www.myspace.com/runcynthiarun  
http://www.twitter.com/cynthiamckinney 
http://www.facebook.com/CynthiaMcKinney
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So Much For Freedom: Last Time I Checked Cynthia McKinney Was Still Kidnapped

Wherever the battle for freedom is joined, expect Cynthia McKinney to be on the front lines.
So while some of us are out celebrating and chillaxing with friends/loved ones, we have an African-American female politician being held against her will since Tuesday by a foreign government. It’s our 51st State and ally Israel. If we’re going to talk about the “unfairness” and “evil” of North Korea and Iran let’s talk about ALL the countries that engage in “questionable” actions, not just the ones we want to demonize. Our government spends billions annually in actual cash and military weaponry which is given to Israel with practically no conditions. 
This current administration has a Chief of Staff who has dual citizenship with the US and Israel. Somehow I don’t think people would be so lenient about that if it was any other nation and would ask for accountability regarding loyalties.  It’s a reasonable question to ask as well. It’s just something to think about while more citizens find themselves out on the streets as the economy continues to slide down the hill of death. 
Green Party Presidential Candidate Cynthia McKinney, along with 20 other peace activists were forcibly removed from their boat by the Israeli navy when they tried to bring medicine and other aid to the Gaza region. The last time McKinney had a run in with the Israelis in December they were still in International waters when their boat was intentionally rammed to render it inoperable. I called her “crazy” then with the utmost of respect for the risks she takes and I’m shaking my head even as I type this. If she was a man or white she’d probably be getting a lot more press. Even if it was bad press it would still be talked about. The intentional non-reporting of this by the pwned corporate media has never been so obvious!

State Department and White House officials have not effected our release or taken a strong public stance to condemn the illegal actions of the Israeli Navy of enforcing a blockade of humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians of Gaza, a blockade that has been condemned by President Obama,” she said in a statement

Just in case some will dismiss this as some half-cocked scheme continue reading:

“President Obama just told Israel to let in humanitarian and reconstruction supplies, and that’s exactly what we tried to do. We’re asking the international community to demand our release so we can resume our journey.” SF Bayview

The funny thing about words is that are worthless without actions that validate them. You can tell yourself that you think you’re fabulous but have glaring unresolved emotional issues. You can say you love somebody but if you don’t honor or respect them it’s pretty meaningless. Condemning a blockade when you’ve given a country a massive allowance is like police officers who pretend to arrest drug dealers, take their cut and send them on their way. It’s a wink and a nod with no real consequences. 
What I find telling is a) the public silence from the Obama administration b) the lack of media coverage c) the message d) the so-called progressives who are just as much sheeple as they think everyone else is.
Aside from the political ramifications this is also a personal example many black women should consider. When you are risking life and limb for other people have some boundaries in place or an escape route because if (when) you end up in peril NOBODY WILL HELP YOU! Better yet, stop doing it.
The Israeli government has killed other American peace activists, white female activists, so how much less do you think they value the life of a black woman when we are not always valued in our own country? I commend her efforts and perhaps she feels this is her calling in life, but we have to start weighing the cost value for the things we do for others. 

If you do feel compelled to take some keyboard activism check out the Free Gaza website.

You can also contact the following: 
Israeli Ministry of Justice: phone +972 2646 6666 or +972 2646 6340, fax +972 2646 6357

Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs: phone +972 2530 3111, fax +972 2530 3367

Mark Regev in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office: +972 5 0620 3264 or +972 2670 5354, email mark.regev@it.pmo.gov.il

Godspeed.

Update: McKinney has been released but the ongoing fight for justice continues. The other troubling aspect was the intentional blockade by the cable and local news programs at reporting this. Last December it made CNN at least. The Atlanta Journal Constitution and other local non-white oriented press covered the story. Citizen journalism is a vital means of getting information out as we see how the news we need to know about isn’t and won’t be reported.
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President Ahmadinejad Throws Down the Gauntlet

Well the media and political maneuvers continue! Iran’s President has indicated his nation wants a better relationship with the United States….and Israel. If the Palestinians are treated with justice and can make their own decisions. This has suddenly gotten very interesting. We’ll see how sincere this gesture is and whether “conditions” will be met. All their hands are dirty. He’s focusing on race but he needs to throw in gender prejudices as well. Note to George: the American people are clueless. Just like you and your fellow corporate hack/wanna-be journalists who don’t do your homework and play gotcha games. Come back when you’re all ready to come clean about EVERYTHING the US gov’t has done covertly the past 30 years. Let’s not forget what the Brits did before that. As I stated in my post about North Korea, Iran has the right to bear arms just like every other “ally” of the US. So I’m not holding my breath anything will actually change but this makes great copy.


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Local Protests Scheduled for Dec 30th National Day of Action

Well if Hamas started it, innocent civilians are getting their butts kicked – and worse! There’s already the ongoing humanitarian crisis that still hasn’t been resolved. Suffering makes you a little less likely to want to sit at the negotiation table.
There have been quite a few protests in San Francisco already, at the Israeli embassy and Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office.
Tuesday will mark a day of demonstrations calling for an immediate end to the attacks on the citizens of the Gaza strip by the Israeli government. Let’s hope calmer heads will prevail and trigger happy people move away from the weapons and use some diplomacy.
Courtesy of A.N.S.W.E.R.
Albion, CA
Monday, December 29
12 noon
Jct Rte 1 & Albion Ridge Road
Contact: 707-472-6486, hughmurray98@yahoo.com

Anaheim, CA (Orange County)
Sunday, December 28
2:00 pm
512 S. Brookhurst St. (between Orange Ave. & Broadway)
Initiated by a coalition with a large number of groups

Fort Bragg, CA
Monday, December 29
12 noon
Rte 1 at Fort Bragg Town Hall Rally
Contact: 707-937-4352, bc@albionnation.org

Fremont, CA
Monday, December 29
5:00 pm
Gather at the corner of Mowry and Fremont Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, December 30
4:30 pm
Israeli Consulate: 6380 Wilshire Blvd.
Contact: 213-251-1025, answerla@answerla.org

Sacramento, CA
Tuesday, December 30
4:00-6:00 pm
Gather at 16th and J
Sponsored by Sacramento Peace Action; Free Palestine Alliance; the National Council of Arab Americans, & Al-Awda, the Palestine Right of Return Coalition
Contact: 916-448-7157

San Francisco, CA
Tuesday, December 30
5:00 pm
Israeli Consulate:456 Montgomery St.
Contact: 415-821-6545, answer@answersf.org
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Monday, December 29
5:00 pm
Vigil at Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Office: Montgomery and Market
Co-Sponsored by a number of local organizations

San Jose, CA
Tuesday, December 30
The San Jose Peace and Justice Center and South Bay Mobilization are organizing a bus to the protest in San Francisco. The bus will load at the SJPJC, 48 S Seventh St, San Jose at 2:30 pm. and depart at 3:00 pm. It will make a brief stop at the Caltrain Park and Ride lot at Page Mill Rd and 280 (the lot is just south of 280 on Page Mill). Anyone wanting to catch the bus there should plan to be there by 3:15 pm. The bus will load for the return trip at 6:15 pm. and depart San Francisco at 6:30. Anyone who wishes to take the bus should immediately email Jon at jbritton32@earthlink.net to make a reservation. $15-20 donation to defray the cost of the bus.

Santa Rosa, CA
Tuesday, December 30
5:30 pm
Courthouse Square: Santa Rosa Avenue downtown
Sponsored by the Board of the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County
Contact: cognizant2@hotmail.com