Rosa Clemente, Green Party VP candidate

09/23/08 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei. In a moment we’ll talk with Green Party vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente. But first some listener comments about last Thursday’s debate about Christian Zionism between Rabbi Shalom Adler -- who thinks Christian Zionism is a positive thing -- and the Rev. Steven Sizer -- who thinks it hurts efforts to create peace in the Middle East.

Our guest today is Rosa Clemente, vice presidential candidate for the Green Party this year. She’s running with Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney.

Clemente is a Puerto Rican hip hop activist and journalist, born in New York and a graduate of the University of Albany and Cornell University.

In 2003, she helped form the first ever National Hip Hop Convention. She will be campaigning in St. Petersburg this weekend.

She joins us live now on the phone.

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Green Party activist

With no money to campaign and no mainstream media coverage, the Green Party's McKinney-Clemente ticket has little chance of impacting the election. Barack Obama raised $66 million last month, and Democrats still have the nerve to accuse Greens of "spoiling" the election by merely showing up to discuss the issues. The two corporate parties have made a mockery of democracy, and no matter who wins in November the working people of America (and the Americas) will face hard times unprecedented since the Great Depression. The "Power to the People" campaign Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente have been running will not end on November 4th; in fact, the real organizing will just be beginning. I encourage Pinellas County Greens to reactivate a local Green Party chapter in the county and connect with the state party. The struggle to take back the country and institute a government "of the people, by the people, and for the people" has only just begun.

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hip hop music video for Rosa and the Green Party

have you all seen this hip hop video in support of Cynthia McKinney and the Green Party? Its positive, motivating and critical. Its great!