Cynthia McKinney gives eyewitness Libya report
Published Jul 21, 2011 11:02 PM
Former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney spoke to an overflow crowd at the
historic Friends Meeting House in Northampton, Mass., on July 14. She delivered
an impassioned plea for an end to the U.S./NATO war against Libya. Her speaking
engagement there is part of a multi-city national tour entitled
“Eyewitness Libya.” The International Action Center is assisting in
the organizing of the tour.
Nicholas Camerota, an organizer with the Western Mass. IAC, began the program
by introducing Paki Wieland, a Northampton resident and Palestine solidarity
activist who reported on this month’s Gaza Freedom Flotilla II, in which
Kalifa Eldurbak is a Libyan graduate student who has attended a local
university for the past three-and-a-half years. He has remained in close
contact with his family and friends in his war-torn homeland, and provided a
detailed analysis of the current conflict there.
IAC Co-Director Sara Flounders dispelled much of the government and media
propaganda, which is designed to justify the U.S./NATO military assault on
Libya and further the geostrategic interests of the U.S. and former European
colonial powers on the African continent.
All of these speakers noted Libya’s relative prosperity, free education
and health-care systems, the absence of homelessness and the improved status of
McKinney noted the mainstream media’s grossly distorted picture on a wide
variety of issues on the military intervention against Libya. She said that in
spite of this, the majority of people in the U.S. do not support this war.
McKinney urged activists to educate, organize and mobilize people to call for
an end to the U.S./NATO slaughter of Libyan civilians under the flimsy pretext
of so-called humanitarian intervention, and their attempt to prevent African
nations from exercising their right to self-determination. Her remarks were
warmly received, and meeting participants gave her a standing ovation after she
The local NBC TV affiliate interviewed McKinney before the event. The Western
Mass. IAC and the Northampton Committee to Stop the Wars sponsored the meeting.
It was co-sponsored by the Alliance for Peace and Justice, Pioneer Valley Code
Pink and the Pioneer Valley Green/Rainbow Local Party.
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