‘Cynthia McKinney’s passion to bring about social and
    political change through peace and politics is very
    inspirational to all who have the honor, like myself, of
    knowing her or will come to know her by reading
    something of her life in this challenging book.’ -
    Mairead Corrigan MaGuire, Nobel Peace Laureate,1976

    "McKinney, an extremely realistic and well-informed
    person, unlike anyone in Washington or the media,
    remains confident that truth and justice will prevail..
    America and the Constitution will be safe the day Cynthia
    McKinney or a similar person is president of the United
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    Cynthia McKinney is an internationally
    renowned peace advocate and human rights
    activist.  She began this important work on
    day one of her political life and hasn’t looked
    back.  With her opinions, actions, and even
    her sense of style, McKinney has inspired
    both admiration and controversy.

    In 1988, McKinney won a House seat in the
    Georgia Legislature against all odds.  She
    was the first African-American woman to
    represent Atlanta and Fulton County in an at-
    large district in Georgia’s history.  She
    became a household name when she
    challenged the state’s leadership to abide by
    the Voting Rights Act and grant fair
    representation to all of Georgia’s residents,
    including the more than 30% who are of
    African descent.  She appealed directly to
    the United States Justice Department and

    In 1991, speaking from the “well” of the
    Georgia House of Representatives, she
    made national headlines when she
    challenged President George Herbert Walker
    Bush’s decision to make war against Iraq.  
    Despite the vilification by the state’s pro-war
    establishment, her voice for justice and
    peace was heard by the people.

    In 1992, McKinney won a seat in the U.S.
    House of Representatives in a newly created
    district, drawn from Atlanta to Savannah.  
    Again, Cynthia made history by becoming the
    first African-American woman to represent
    Georgia in the U.S. Congress.  Cynthia voted
    against every war-funding bill put before
    her.  During her tenure, her district was re-
    drawn several times and re-numbered.  
    McKinney protested the new boundaries, but
    was still reelected to the seat until the pro-
    Israel Lobby targeted her because of her
    support for peace in Palestine.  She was a
    supporter of a Palestinian State in Israel-
    occupied territory; she sparked controversy
    by criticizing American policy in the region at
    a time when few dared to speak out.  After 11
    September 2001, McKinney stated that based
    on her readings, the President had received
    warnings and that the matter deserved
    independent investigation.  The criticism she
    received as a result, combined with being
    targeted by the pro-Israel lobby, contributed
    to her defeat in the 2002 election; however,
    she ran for the seat again and was re-elected
    in 2004.

    Once again in Congress, McKinney was a
    vocal critic of the government’s response to
    Hurricane Katrina. Cynthia pressed for
    government transparency and accountability
    and introduced legislation to release the
    documents related to the murders of Dr.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tupac Shakur.  
    She was the first Member of Congress to file
    Articles of Impeachment against President
    George W. Bush and Cynthia was forced out
    of Congress once more in 2007 when she
    was targeted for defeat, again, by donations
    from pro-Israel contributors that flooded into
    her opponent's campaign coffers.  Late in
    2007, Cynthia became a Green Party
    Presidential Candidate.  Cynthia won the
    Green Party nomination for U.S. President
    and in 2008 ran for President.  

    In December 2008, Cynthia made
    international headlines when the Free Gaza
    boat she was aboard was rammed by the
    Israeli military as she was attempting to
    deliver medical supplies to the people of
    Gaza during Israel's Operation Cast Lead.  
    Cynthia and her fellow humanitarian activists,
    rescued by Lebanon, never made it to Gaza.  
    In 2009, Cynthia attempted to reach Gaza
    again, this time armed with crayons, coloring
    books, and school supplies for the children.  
    She and her fellow human rights workers
    became the Free Gaza 21 after their boat was
    overtaken in international waters by the
    Israeli military and they were kidnapped to
    Israel.  Cynthia spent 7 days in an Israeli
    prison.  Finally, Cynthia entered Gaza by land
    in July 2009 with George Galloway's 250-
    volunteer-strong Viva Palestina, USA.  

    As a rider and a member of the support team,
    Cynthia completed a cross-country bicycle
    ride with five other Bike4Peace 2010 cyclists
    who started in California and ended in
    Washington, D.C., speaking to the American
    people about the possibility of more peaceful
    US policies if enough of us are willing to
    participate in our own positive, personal
    transformations.  Cynthia had not been on a
    bicycle in twenty years and faced many
    personal obstacles along the way.  However,
    she met this challenge with her usual good
    humor and determination and by the last day
    of the ride was able to complete over 65
    miles on her bicycle.  

    In 2011, Cynthia led a DIGNITY Delegation of
    alternative and independent journalists to
    Libya while US and NATO bombs, laced with
    poisons including depleted uranium,
    targeted civilian populations.  She then
    edited The Illegal War on Libya (Clarity Press,
    2011). Afterward, she completed a successful
    29-city peace tour in the United States and
    Canada to promote a more peaceful U.S.
    foreign policy.  Cynthia now travels the world
    speaking out on human rights, nature’s
    rights, and peace while she completes her
    studies toward a Ph.D.,  She holds an MA
    from Fletcher School of International Law
    and Diplomacy.



    Elected six times to the House from the state of Georgia,
    Cynthia McKinney cut a trail through Congressional deceit
    like a hot ember through ash.

    She discovered legislators who passed laws without
    reading them. Party leaders who colluded across party
    lines against their constituents' interests. Black-skinned
    individuals shilling for the white status quo.

    She excoriated government lassitude over Hurricane
    Katrina, uncovering dark secrets. She held the only critical
    Congressional briefing on 9/11, introducing counter-
    testimony of scholars, investigators, former intelligence

    As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, she
    held Rumsfeld to account for malfeasance by military
    contractors and missing billions in the Pentagon’s budget.
    Then she hammered him on the reasons for the failure of
    NORAD air defenses on 9/11.

    She read truth into the Congressional Record, held town
    halls and hearings, led protests, showed up while others
    played along to get along, took the side of the people
    against the will of the Party. And when she got too truth
    seeking and speaking, the Republicans rigged the
    Democratic primaries to boot her out, leaving behind a trail
    of achievements mostly won singlehandedly as a result of
    her service on the House International Relations, House
    Agriculture, House Armed Services, and Budget
    Committees and the Select Committee on Hurricanes
    Katrina and Rita

    But McKinney rose again like a Phoenix, answering the call
    to run as 2008 Green Party candidate for President,
    challenging the corrupt two-party stranglehold on
    American democracy. Then it was on to the Freedom
    Flotilla to Gaza, to be seized on the high seas and
    imprisoned in Israel. On to Tripoli, to serve as witness to
    the NATO terror bombing of Libya. On to Malaysia to serve
    on the War Crimes Commission...

    Often introduced as the Sojourner Truth, the Harriet
    Tubman of our age, McKinney reflects here on the Biblical
    figures of Esther, Deborah and Naomi.

    This is the Cynthia McKinney saga as it stands to date--
    what she saw, what she learned, and how she fought for
Catch Cynthia film: AMERICAN BLACKOUT
2008 Green Party Candidate for President
and Former Congresswoman
A lifetime of talking truth to power: Cynthia McKinney tells her story
Cynthia fighting for the World Conference Against Racism along with
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson (left).
"'Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they must
first make mad’—and that was how the western
powers and corporate media portrayed Muammar
Qaddafi for decades as he nationalized Libyan oil,
raised the Libyan standard of living to one
recognized by the UN as among the highest in
Africa, and began promoting an African currency
and development bank to free the continent from
the IMF.  When the ragtag group of “Islamist”
fighters from Ben Ghazi given diplomatic cover as
the Transitional Council began their NATO-
supported assault, one of the first things they did
was to seize the Libyan central bank, until then
one of the few still controlled by government in the
world.  If this makes you wonder—and it should—
then this is the book for you.  Kudos to former
Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her truth-
telling DIGNITY journalists who put the complicit
Western-backed human rights NGOs to shame.”
—GLEN FORD, Black Agenda Report
Cynthia forces creation of Carlsson Commission and brings witness to testify, right:
Louise Mushikiwabo, current Rwandan Minister.
In Spain with Jordi Palou, to testify against U.S. corporations and Rwandan soldiers
for committing genocide in Democratic Republic of Congo.


by Mike Ruppert / 9

The Third Time Must Be the Charm! / 14

Chapter One
The Life I Live / 22

Chapter Two
From a Different Culture / 32

Chapter Three
How to Steal an Election / 42

Chapter Four
Overseeing the Pentagon / 46

Chapter Five
What Hurricane Katrina Exposed / 60

Chapter Six
America the Beautiful / 70

Chapter Seven
A Global View / 81

Chapter Eight
The U.S./World Conference on Racism Fiasco / 107

Chapter Nine
Tree Shakers and Jelly Makers / 122

Chapter Ten
The Politics of Love and Hate / 132

Chapter Eleven
Election Protection / 149
Chapter Twelve
No Rainbows Without Rain / 153

Chapter Thirteen
Running for President in 2008 / 158

Chapter Fourteen
Stone Mountain, Israel and Gaza / 178

Chapter Fifteen
Racism Where You Least Expect It / 204

Chapter Sixteen
I’m Still Grieving / 207

Chapter Seventeen
The Power of Organizing / 212

Chapter Eighteen
It Doesn’t End Here / 218


Appendix I:

Appendix II:
Letter to George W. Bush on the Congo /235

Appendix III:
Statement, Joint Sub-Committee Hearing on Sudan / 238

Appendix IV: Statement:  
UN Commission on Human Rights / 242

Appendix V:
McKinney v. The Atlanta Constitution et al. / 246

Appendix VI:
Gus Savage: AIPAC Campaign Funding to Defeat
Candidates Critical of Israel / 257

Appendix VII:
Legal Complaint on Crossover Voting / 274
With Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Corrigan MaGuire at the BRussell Tribunal on
Palestine in Capetown, South Africa.
McKinney speaks on Mandela, whom
she met on several occasions. Former
Congresswoman McKinney is author of
the recent books,
Ain't Nothing Like
Freedom and The Illegal War on Libya.