Former Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga. — best known for questioning whether the Bush Administration had foreknowledge of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; her staunch anti-war and pro-human rights stances; her criticism of Israeli policy; and her dust-up with Capitol Police — is in the East Bay this week.
She’ll be the guest of honor at a World Can’t Wait — Drive Out the Bush Regime! reception 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Anna’s Jazz Island, 2120 Allston Way in Berkeley; the suggested donation of $100 to $200 will be split between World Can’t Wait and McKinney, who carries about $60,000 in campaign debt following her primary election defeat last year. RSVP to email@example.com, or (415) 410-4484; ask for the Cynthia McKinney Reception Committee. The event’s honorary co-hosts are Dennis Bernstein, executive producer of KPFA’s Flashpoints; Oakland civil rights attorney Robert Bloom; Oakland City Councilwoman Desley Brooks; Grand Lake Theater owner Allen Michaan; Oakland Black Caucus President Geoffrey Pete; and Retro Poll Executive Director Dr. Marc Sapir.
On Thursday, McKinney will be at the Grand Lake for a screening of the new film “High Crimes” and a panel discussion on impeachment. Bernstein will be there too, as will Project Censored Director Peter Phillips and Larry Everest, author of “Oil, Power, and Empire.” Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door, or $7 for students, seniors and the disabled; $40 gets you into a 6 p.m. champagne reception with the speakers and filmmaker Jacob Clapsadle. For tickets, go to www.impeachbush-cheney.com or call (510) 845–4154.
Also Thursday, Tom Campbell — former U.S. Congressman, R-San Jose; former California Department of Finance director for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; and current dean of the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business — will join local GOP leaders to discuss the road to 2008.
The Alameda County Republican Party event is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chiodo Art Development, 1933 Peralta St. in Oakland. Admission costs $50, or $100 for a VIP meet-and-greet and photo with Tom Campbell. County GOP Chairman and former Oakland City Councilman Dick Spees will take part, as will newly elected state GOP vice chairman Tom Del Beccaro of Lafayette. The event also includes a viewing of sculptor Mario Chiodo’s studio “Remember Them: Champions for Humanity,” a monument celebrating the community’s international diversity and creative entrepreneurial spirit; when completed, these 25 featured leaders who changed the world will be the largest bronze sculptures west of the Mississippi.