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Cynthia McKinney: "We Should Export Dignity Not Dictatorship"

January 21, 2005

We hear an address by Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) speaking out against the Bush administration at an anti-inauguration protest staged by the A.N.S.W.E.R. coalition. [includes rush transcript]

Among the many speakers at the counter-inauguration protest at John Marshall Park yesterday was Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. McKinney won back her seat last fall after losing a re-election bid two years ago when she came under fierce attack for her support for Palestinian rights, and her early call for a 9/11 investigation of the Bush Administration. This is what she had to say.

  • Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA), speaking at the A.N.S.W.E.R. Inauguration Protest, January 20, 2005.


This is a rush transcript. Copy may not be in its final form.

AMY GOODMAN: As we turn now to Congress member Cynthia McKinney. Yes, she’s back. She’s in Congress representing Georgia. And yesterday, she was at the inauguration, well, at the counter-inauguration. She was protesting and speaking out. Cynthia McKinney.

CYNTHIA McKINNEY: We come here today because we believe in a just America, a good America, a strong America, able to help people here and all over the world. We see humanity as our family, and we know that we are indeed our brothers’ keepers. Therefore, we should export books, not bombs; doctors, not depleted uranium; dignity, not dictatorships. As a country, we must reclaim our heart and lead with love. I also want to say thank you to the voters of the Fourth District of Georgia and, of course, to all of you, because I have been sworn in as your representative in the United States Congress. And in Congress, we will be a voice for peace, dignity, justice once again. So lift me up in your thoughts and in your prayers, because I need it. Our country also needs you. Thank you very much.

AMY GOODMAN: Georgia Congress member Cynthia McKinney speaking yesterday at the counter-inaugural protests in Washington, D.C.

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