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News :: Politics
Vote Cynthia!
09 Mar 2008
Asked why voters should consider her campaign, Cynthia

"If people feel deep within their hearts that there
is still something structurally wrong with the limited choices
we have in our two-party system, then I want people to say
let me be a part of the 5 percent that changes the structure
of our country."
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McKinney Campaign Weekly Update: Premier Issue

Hello all:

And welcome to the premier issue of the Power to the People
Committee, Cynthia McKinney for President Weekly Update.

Just a couple of weeks ago we at long last launched the
subscription forms for this list and for other public lists now
or soon to be hosted by our campaign. Before the first issue
goes to the list, already 222 McKinney for President supporters
from thirty-five states have subscribed to this list. And with
your help we can push that number over 500 by next week's issue.

To join this list, please send your friends to subscribe at:

Please forward this newsletter far and wide. Help us let the
whole world know that Cynthia McKinney is running for President
and that she's asking us to do some things we've never done
before, so that we can have some things we've never had before.

So with that, on to the latest news from the campaign:

-- Delivering the McKinney Vote --

Washington, Wisconsin and Minnesota are now voting!

There are mail ballots now underway in Washington and
Wisconsin intended to instruct those state's Delegates to
the Chicago Nominating convention. Ballots are due back,
postmarked by March 11th in Washington and received in the
Wisconsin Party's Post Office Box not later than March 27th.

Tuesday night, March 4th, Greens in Minnesota gathered in Party
caucuses for 62 of the state's 67 Senate districts. Preliminary
results of the Minnesota straw poll, with 50 Caucuses reporting
so far show 61% support for Cynthia's campaign.

If you know Greens in those states, please give them a call.
Make sure they cast those ballots for Cynthia.

-- Fundraising --

The campaign has released its first progress report towards
Federal Matching Funds.

We want to express our appreciation to the following states
whose residents have already given $5,000 or more in qualifying
contributions toward our efforts to qualify for Federal Matching
Funds: California, Illinois and Oregon; as well as the following
states which are on their way towards that goal: Florida
($1.2k), Michigan ($1.2k), Minnesota ($2.5k), New York ($1.2k),
Oklahoma ($1k), Texas ($3.5k), Washington ($2.5k) and Wisconsin
($1.6k). (Figures current through January 31st, 2008).

When twenty or more states have raised $5,000 in qualifying
contributions, the McKinney campaign will be eligible for a
one-for-one match on that first $100,000, as well as the first
$250 contributed by all future contributors until the Chicago
Convention adjourns.

Please make sure your state helps qualify us to double the
first $250 of every individual contribution! Make your
contribution today, then let your friends know you've done
so and ask them to match or exceed your own contribution.
You can donate online at:

Your contributions will let us fulfill the growing number
of requests we get on a nearly daily basis for campaign
materials, and keep our candidate on the road campaigning for
the nomination.

To learn more about our efforts to qualify for the Federal
Matching Program, check out the details at:

-- Ballot Access --

As this Update is prepared, the Arizona Green Party is
reporting that it has likely delivered a ballot line to the
national Party's nominee with its petition filing on March 6th.
They required 20,499 valid signatures. They filed 29,300.
With the help of Greens from around the country, including
many McKinney supporters, who contributed financially to the
effort and traveled to Arizona to petition, they expect that
their filing will be enough to survive the validation process.

Cynthia McKinney traveled to Arizona early in the campaign
to conduct a joint fundraiser which raised sufficient funds
to add another county to those in Arizona able to put Green
candidates on the ballot and before the voters. In the final
weeks of this effort, contributors to the McKinney campaign
were thanked with an appeal to consider giving again to help
put the Arizona Party over the top.

-- Campaign Visibility --

Cynthia recently participated in a forum at University of
Maryland, covered by C-SPAN. The event is covered on her
personal website at:

with links to the tv coverage in the C-SPAN archives.

Essence Magazine's website carried an interview with Cynthia,
describing her as "The New Face of the Green Party", reprinted
on her site at:

Asked why voters should consider her campaign, Cynthia

"If people feel deep within their hearts that there
is still something structurally wrong with the limited choices
we have in our two-party system, then I want people to say
let me be a part of the 5 percent that changes the structure
of our country."

Guerilla News Network has now made Ian Ibarra's film, American
Blackout, available in full on the web. We've embedded a copy
on Cynthia's website at:

This powerful documentary on the disfranchisement of the Black
vote which spoiled elections in Florida 2000, Georgia 2002
and Ohio 2004 revolves around the story of Cynthia McKinney
and her struggles against the malicious cross-over vote which
cost her a Congressional seat in 2002.

Ted Glick, former Green Party candidate for the U.S. Senate in
New Jersey, used his Future Hope column this week to comment
on Nader's choice to run again as an independent, as he did
in 2004. He wrote: "Indeed, I would think that the Democratic
Party establishment must be very pleased at the likelihood
that Ralph Nader and, most likely, Cynthia McKinney will be
competing against not just the Dems and Reps but each other."
Chastising Nader's decision he continues: "This is not the best
way to build a unified independent progressive alternative to
the Democrats and Republicans." To read the full story, see:

You can contribute to this campaign's visibility in your
own community by downloading, reproducing and distributing
our campaign flyer: "Leading a Peace Slate to Reclaim Our
Nation", at:

-- Building the Campaign State-by-State --

Last week McKinney supporters in New York began meeting to
craft their plan for delivering the McKinney vote in their
April mail ballot.

You can do the same in your community or state. Use our
campaign website's links to Eventful and Meetup to help plan
local gatherings of McKinney supporters. If you want to help
build a state-wide campaign for Cynthia in your home state,
please use the TalkBack form to contact campaign staff about
the next steps.

Also the campaign has begun the process of naming volunteer
coordinators in each state to help respond to the sometimes
overwhelming number of volunteers who have reached out to our
campaign to help Cynthia secure the nomination and the votes
of the American people. For those of you eager to get to work,
know that our phone call is coming soon.

Power to the People Committee,
Cynthia McKinney for President
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