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Aug
07

Vote Cynthia McKinney – Green Party

Former United States Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (Georgia’s 4th Congressional District 1993-2003, 2005-2007) announced her bid for the Green Party nomination for the United States Presidency in December 2007.

On July 12, 2008 she officially became the Green Party candidate by accepting the nomination at the Party’s national convention.
Want to know where she stands on the issues? Here’s a brief synopsis of her stances and election history (a more complete rundown can be found at ontheissues.org)
Civil Rights

  • Keep affirmative action in college admissions. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports gay adoptions. (Feb 2008)
  • Repeal the Patriot Act and end Islamophobia. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on making the PATRIOT Act permanent. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted NO on banning gay adoptions in DC. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted NO on ending preferential treatment by race in college admissions. (May 1998)
  • Rated 80% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 97% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)

Abortion

  • Consistent supporter of reproductive rights. (Feb 2008)
  • Supports human embryonic stem cell research. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing human embryonic stem cell research. (May 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)

Crime

  • End the death penalty; it’s based on race & class. (Jan 2008)
  • End racial disparities in sentencing. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on funding for alternative sentencing instead of more prisons. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on more prosecution and sentencing for juvenile crime. (Jun 1999)
  • Voted YES on maintaining right of habeas corpus in Death Penalty Appeals. (Mar 1996)
  • Voted NO on making federal death penalty appeals harder. (Feb 1995)
  • Voted YES on replacing death penalty with life imprisonment. (Apr 1994)
  • Stricter sentencing for hate crimes. (Mar 1993)

Drugs

  • Legalize medical marijuana & needle exchanges. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting needle exchange & medical marijuana in DC. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated +20 by NORML, indicating a pro-drug-reform stance. (Dec 2006)

Environment

  • Add organic farming, sustainability, and GM ban to Farm Bill. (Jan 2008)
  • Recognize Katrina victims as Internally Displaced Persons. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on deauthorizing “critical habitat” for endangered species. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill prohibiting commercial logging on public land. (Apr 2001)

Energy & Oil

  • Declare US carbon-free and nuclear-free. (Feb 2008)
  • Implement Kyoto; raise CAFE; oppose drilling ANWR. (Feb 2008)
  • Leave the oil in the soil. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on keeping moratorium on drilling for oil offshore. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on authorizing construction of new oil refineries. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on prohibiting oil drilling & development in ANWR. (Aug 2001)
  • Preserve Alaska’s ANWR instead of drilling it. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)

Health Care

  • Supports single-payer universal health care. (Feb 2008)
  • Take insurance companies out of health-care equation. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)

Social Security

  • Voted YES on raising 401(k) limits & making pension plans more portable. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on reducing tax payments on Social Security benefits. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on strengthening the Social Security Lockbox. (May 1999)
  • Supported pension reform and tax credits for long-term care. (Jul 1999)

To learn more about her campaign and how to help out, visit her Web site.