By Gary Corseri
I grew up in New York City, and have traveled and lived in different parts of the world, including about 18 years in the “Peachtree State” of Georgia. For almost as long as I lived there, I’d heard of Cynthia McKinney ~ the first African-American woman to represent Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.To be honest, a great deal that I heard from the Mainstream Media was negative, portraying Ms. McKinney as a crazy shrew, an over-the-top black radical who questioned the official story of 9/11; opposed the US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan ~ and, recently, in Libya; opposed Israeli policies, and supported Palestinian demands for statehood.About three years ago, I heard McKinney speak at a conference at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Instead of a crazy firebrand, I heard an intelligent, measured, if passionate, presentation of why she challenged US war policies.When I returned to Georgia, I wrote a friend in the UK about my hope to interview McKinney. My friend related a story about the Dignity ship, carrying food and medical supplies to Palestine, in 2008, rammed by the Israeli Navy in international waters.McKinney was on that ship, and when it was rammed, she turned to my friend’s brother and said, “David, I can’t swim.”Nothing I had ever heard about McKinney revealed her character more succinctly. This is a woman willing to put her life on the line in support of her principles. Missing from the Mainstream Media depictions were the human and humane aspects of her character. The MSM has too-often portrayed the struggle for justice as irrational, or even fanatical. I needed to know more. ~ Gary Corseri
1. An early end to the Iraq War, and an end to threats of war against other countries, including Iran.2. Safeguarding privacy and civil liberties, including repeal of the Patriot Act, the Military Commisions Act and FISA legislation.3. No increase in the National Debt.4. A thorough investigation, evaluation and audit of the Federal Reserve System.