After some cheering about the fact we
finally knew who the nomineee was the lights went down and the video
projector started playing a music video version of POWER TO THE PEOPLE,
with the original John Lennon vocals and some very stirring footage.
When the lights came up the moderator
explained that we needed to pick Rosa Clemente as VP. He asked for a
show of hands.
Lots of people liked the idea. The only
person who I saw voting no was Warner Bloomberg. Me, I hadn't heard of
Rosa before her name started floating around the convention hall.
Pat LaMarche, our Vice Presidential
candidate in 2004, took the stage to say that Rosa Clemente was a
powerful hip-hop writer and poet. She spoke in glowing terms about the
message that having a youngish Puerto Rican New Yorker on the ticket
sent. Then, over a thundering round of applause she introduce Rosa
For a long time I felt like most of the
words out of Rosa's mouth were the names of friends from the Hip-Hop
community. The only one I recognised was Michael Franti of Spearhead.
The others were so new to me I've forgotten most of them. I think she
also dissed a few mainstream rappers like Fifty Cent as "whores to the
money" or something like that. I kept listening and it started to make
more sense. She is a caring artist that knows too many important things
are being forgotten.
David Cobb, the Green Party's 2004
Presidential Nominee, took the stage to remind us of Cynthia McKinney's
many years as a Civil Rights activist and her twelve years in Congress.
Then he introduced Cynthia McKinney.
Click the TRUTH just above to read the
version of Cynthia's speech that her campaign emailed out after the
The house went nuts after that speech.
There was much chanting of things like "paint the white house green!"