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Everything's coming up Rosa
Last week, the Green Party made history by nominating the first all-women-of-color presidential ticket. Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (who served six terms in Congress) chose Rosa Clemente as her running mate.
Rosa Clemente, 36, is a Puerto Rican of African descent. Cynthia McKinney is African-American.
Rosa was born in the South Bronx and is a graduate of the University at Albany-SUNY and Cornell University. A community organizer, hip-hop activist and independent journalist, Rosa was a lead organizer for the first National Hip-Hop Political Convention in 2004. She stated:
I don't see the Green Party as an alternative. I see it as an imperative.
(continued) In a straight-up bid for the youth vote, which has previously been flocking to Obama, she went on to say:
I trust that my vice-presidential run will inspire all people, but especially young people of color, to recognize that we have more than two choices.
While Barack Obama moves to the center (or center-right in some cases) and John McCain changes his mind again and again, Rosa Clemente invoked the works of great abolitionist Frederick Douglass:
I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false."