Tuesday, September 19, 2006

american blackout

Alleged voting irregularities during both the 2000 and 2004 were under reported by the mainstream news media. They are most commonly thought of as mere rumors generated by conspiracy theorists unhappy with the election results, as inadvertent errors caused by technological problems on the part of voting equipment or organizational mishaps on the part election officials.

American Blackout, a film by Guerilla News Network’s Ian Inaba, premiering in select theatres this month, convincingly demonstrates that these irregularities are not as innocent as the powers that be would have us believe.

In a review of the film Shari Frilot writes:

"Ian Inaba's American Blackout is a stylish, intelligent and provocative documentary that looks at the historic and systematic disenfranchisement of the Black vote through the lens of the political career of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (D-Georgia).... While tracking McKinney's career, Inaba reveals a host of ways in which Black political power is systematically squelched, ranging from the slander that assailed McKinney when she stood up to the Bush administration on 9/11 and Iraq, to the political machinations that disempowered the Black vote in the Georgia Democratic primaries and the Ohio presidential election in 2004. Inaba reminds us that African Americans have long fought a war inside our country for their right to vote, and unfortunately that war rages on today. American Blackout emotionally revitalizes the core of our power as American citizens—the right to vote—and effectively reveals that the fate of Black voters is inextricably tied to the fate of all Americans."

The film’s website features the film trailer asks people to help spread the word, to donate money, and to host screenings of the film.

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