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Old 08-30-2006, 05:39 PM   #1
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Default Cynthia McKinney Presents Hip-Hop Forum at Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Con

Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) will host a Hip-Hop forum at this year's Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference.

The Hip-Hop Powershop, scheduled for Sept. 7, will feature a panel that will discuss gang summits and industry manipulation of the true message and meaning of Hip-Hop artists.

Panelists include DC Hip-Hop artists Asheru and Head-Roc as well as Rev. Yearwood (Hip-Hop Caucus), Jared Ball (University of Maryland, Hip-Hop historian, Blackademics on WPFW), Lisa Frager (Industry Ears, Hip-Hop media expert) and former Crips and Gangster Disciple gangmembers.

The event is one of a series "braintrust forums" McKinney will host that will examine critical current issues facing African-Americans and the entire country.

Other forums will address past victims of COINTELPRO abuses, and their renewal in many forms since 9/11 as well as discuss the award-winning films American Blackout and Sir! No Sir!

American Blackout documents Black voter disenfranchisement and voter fraud in national and local elections, while Sir! No Sir! Looks at the hidden history of GI and veteran resistance that ended the war in Vietnam.

An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration, McKinney spearheaded a national investigation into the 2000 election voting irregularities.

Last year, she introduced House Resolution 4210, a new bill that calls for the United States government to release all documents it has collected on slain rapper Tupac Shakur.

HR 4210 calls for "the creation of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Records Collection at the National Archives; and a second repository at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia."

The Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference will be Sept. 6 through 9 at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl., NW.

The following is a schedule of events and list of participating panelists:

Sept. 7, 1 p.m. - 2:50 p.m., Room 143 C
Panelists: Lillie Coney, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Eddie
Conway, COINTELPRO victim, Bill Goodman, Center for Constitutional
Rights, **** Gregory, COINTELPRO victim, activist, author of Callus on
My Soul, Tom Devine, Government Accountability Office, Kate Martin,
Center on National Security Studies, J.E. McNeil, Center on Conscience
and War, Chuck Michaels, ACLU Baltimore, MD, author of No Greater
Threat, Patrick Radden Keefe, author of Chatter

Hip-Hop Powershop
Sept. 7, 4:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m., Room 144 BC
Panelists: Rev. Yearwood, Hip Hop Caucus, Jared Ball, University of
Maryland, Hip Hop historian, Blackademics on WPFW, Crown, a Y.G. from
Harlem Crips, Lisa Frager, Industry Ears, Hip Hop media expert, Asheru,
DC, Hip Hop artist, educator, G$, formerly Gangster Disciple Nation,
Head-Roc, Mayor of DC Hip Hop - performing

American Blackout
September 9, 11 a.m. - 12:50 p.m., Room 144 A
Moderator: Cedric Muhammad,
Panelists: Rep. Cynthia McKinney, Ian Inaba, director, Steven Freeman
and Joel Bleifuss, co-authors of Was the 2004 Presidential Election

Sir! No Sir!
Sept. 9, 2006, 2 p.m. - 3:50 p.m., 144 A
Moderator: Cedric Muhammad,
Panelists: Sgt. Kevin Benderman, Gulf War veteran, Iraq war objector,
Monica Benderman, military family member, David Cline, Vietnam Veterans
Against the War, in the film, Greg Payton, Vietnam Veteran, in the film,
Demond Mullins, Iraq veteran, The Ground Truth film and Garrett
Reppenhagen, Iraq Veterans Against the War.
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