Cynthia McKinney speaks. May Day address.

Good speech. Very similar to discussions on destructive industry (Hip Hop, Drugs, Fast Food, etc.) where technically critics are justified in blaming the low level offenders -- the immigrant crossing the border and working illegally at a low paying job for a piece of the pie, the rapper selling his/her image for a piece of the pie, the drug dealer selling poison for a piece of the pie.

Problem is, they often leave it at that. But even the USDA (U.S. Dept of Agriculture) doesn't put the blame for an E.Coli outbreak on the low wage worker who wasn't performing his/her job at 100% -- they go after the company that owns the plant.

The enabler is one of the most dangerous perpetrators of any crime or violation and ought to be eliminated along with (if not before) the low level offender if progress is to be made.


May Day, Los Angeles, California | by Cynthia McKinney
Two centuries ago, the United States, Latin America, and Haiti were joined in the struggle for dignity and freedom. In 1779, when a fledgling United States was fighting for its independence, a unit of Haitian volunteers answered the call and fought alongside George Washington in the Battle of Savannah.

When Haiti threw off imperial domination, it helped Latin America to become free. In fact, Simon Bolivar received supplies from Haiti for his victorious war over Spanish imperialism while Venezuela's first tri-color flag was unfurled on Haitian soil. Enslaved Africans in the United States fled to freedom in Haiti--and also to Mexico.

Black people and the diverse peoples of Latin America share a bond of blood and the struggle for freedom. Whether we are children of Bolivar or the children of la negra Hipolita, we are one.

However, a few cynical, greedy, amoral people who do not share our values but who have a whole lot of power, want to divide and exploit us for their own selfish gain.

We should never forget that Jesse Helms won reelection to the Senate on a notorious TV spot that pitted white workers against black workers. This tactic has always been used to keep labor divided.

We won't let it happen!

Slavery was abolished in this country in 1865. We won't go back!

200 million people worldwide should not be forced to leave their families behind and head for developed countries because there are no decent jobs at home.

Parents and children should not be separated because of global forces that workers don't understand, but must respond to.

I.C.E. agents shouldn't be picking up people on the streets and holding them incommunicado as if this horrible global assault on human dignity was caused by them.

Our country can do better than this.

U.S. policy should uplift workers abroad and at home. We should demand fairness for labor and respect for the environment in all of our trade agreements.

U.S. corporations must be held accountable wherever they might operate in the world. We must demand a living wage. There must not be any race to the bottom.

By now, the new Congress should have repealed the Patriot Act, the Military Tribunals Act, the Secret Evidence Act, and George Bush's tax cuts. They should have ensured the right of return for all Katrina survivors; cut off all funding for George Bush's wars; and they should have impeached Condi, Dick, and George by now!

Sadly, the Democrats were too quiet on the theft of two Presidential elections, too quiet on the lies of September 11th; too quiet on the neocons misleading us into the Iraq War; and now they are too quiet on the carnage in Somalia and the possibility of using nukes in Iran.

After his shocking incompetence during Hurricane Katrina, why is Michael Chertoff still Secretary of Homeland Security?

Leaders in Washington, DC can change our disastrous military, economic, and foreign policies that contribute to the shape our country and world are in. What they do depends on us.

Between Democrats and Republicans in the corridors of power, the fix is in. Now is not the time to be quiet. We will not be quiet. We will not back down. We will not be divided! Our voices will be heard!

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