Contact: John Judge 202-225-1605
August 30, 2006
Rep. Cynthia McKinney to Host Issue Forums on Critical Issues for African-Americans and the Country at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference
(Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) will host four "Braintrust Forums" on critical current issues facing African-Americans and the entire country during the upcoming Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference to be held from September 6-9 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl., NW. Press and public are encouraged to attend these groundbreaking informational events.
An outline of the events at the Convention Center and speakers follows below:
The New COINTELPRO
Thursday, September 7, 2006, 1:00 PM 2:50 PM, Room 143 C This panel will focus on the past victims of COINTELPRO abuses, and their renewal in many forms since 9/11.
Lillie Coney, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Eddie Conway, COINTELPRO victim, Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional Rights, Dick Gregory, COINTELPRO victim, activist, author of Callus on My Soul, Tom Devine, Government Accountability Office, Kate Martin, Center on National Security Studies, Tara McKelvey, American Prospect, NSA suit plaintiff, J.E.
McNeil, Center on Conscience and War, Chuck Michaels, ACLU Baltimore, MD, author of No Greater Threat, Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Chatter.
Hip Hop Powershop
Thursday, September 7, 2006, 4:00 PM 5:50 PM, Room 144 BC This panel will address gang summits and industry manipulation of the true message and meaning of Hip Hop artists.
Moderator: Nova4Jehovah, Gospel Hip Hop artist, CBC Emerging Leader, Rev.
Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus, Jared Ball, University of Maryland, Hip Hop historian, Blackademics on WPFW, Crown, a Y.G. from Harlem Crips, Lisa Fager, Industry Ears, Hip Hop media expert, Asheru, DC, Hip Hop artist, educator, G$, formerly Gangster Disciple Nation, Jabril, Atlanta Hip Hop artist, Head-Roc, Mayor of DC Hip Hop - performing
Saturday, September 9, 2006, 11:00 AM 12:50 PM, Room 144 A This award-winning film documents Black voter disenfranchisement and voter fraud in national and local elections.
Moderator: Ian Inaba, director
Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Ian Inaba, director, Steven Freeman and Joel Bleifuss, co-authors of Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?
Sir! No Sir!
Saturday, September 9, 2006, 2:00 PM 3:50 PM, 144 A This award-winning documentary chronicles the hidden history of GI and veteran resistance that ended the war in Vietnam.
Moderator: Cedric Muhammad, BlackElectorate.com Sgt. Kevin Benderman, Gulf War veteran, Iraq war objector, Monica Benderman, military family member, David Cline, National President, Veterans for Peace, in the film, Greg Payton, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, in the film, Demond Mullins, Iraq veteran, The Ground Truth film and Garrett Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans Against the War.