- Alice Walker Endorses Kucinich, Will Be Keynote at Kucinich Event
What: "A Celebration of Light: Harnessing the Power of Our Diversity" - Public Forum Featuring Dennis J. Kucinich, Alice Walker, and community leaders, activists and artists in the fields of sustainability, peace and social justice.
When: Monday, December 15, 2003, 5:30 p.m. PST fundraiser reception ; 7-10 p.m. PST Keynotes and public forum.
Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1187 Franklin Street at Geary, San Francisco, Calif.
Pulitzer Prize and American Book Award recipient Alice Walker, author of "The Color Purple," and "Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism," has endorsed Democratic Presidential Candidate Dennis J. Kucinich and will join him on stage for a celebration to mark the 25th anniversary of his stand to save Cleveland's public power utilities. Then-Mayor Kucinich kept a campaign promise and refused to sell the Cleveland municipal electric system to a private company, CEI, the predecessor to the infamous Ohio First Energy, which earlier this year sent the nation into the largest blackout in modern history.
Kucinich plunged the city of Cleveland into bankruptcy with his immature, confrontational intransigence, but that's not the matter here. The matter here is that Kucinich is welcoming - nay trumpeting - the endorsement of Alice Walker, who may be a fine novelist but who borders on the insane when it comes to public policy.
This is what she wrote just after 9/11:
- It is said that in the Babemba tribe of South Africa, when a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he is placed in the center of the village, alone and unfettered. All work ceases, and every man, woman and child in the village gathers in a large circle around the accused individual. Then each person in the tribe speaks to the accused, one at a time, about all the good things the person in the center of the circle has done in his lifetime. Every incident, every experience that can be recalled with any detail and accuracy is recounted. All his positive attributes, good deeds, strengths and kindnesses are recited carefully and at length.