Media Advisory - Black students to host Cynthia McKinney and call for freedom, justice and equality for all

    TORONTO, April 16 /CNW/ - York University Black Students' Alliance will
hold a film screening, conference and gala with 2008 Green Party nominee for
President of the United States Cynthia McKinney from Thursday, April 30 to
Sunday, May 3, 2009. This year's theme focuses on Black students' leadership
roles in ensuring freedom, justice and equality for Black people worldwide and
for all. Organizers will draw attention to the critical need for greater
access to power for Black people in Canada and the United States with much
needed economic development in the Black community.
    In the month of January, the United States and the world celebrated the
inauguration of America's first African-American president Barack Obama. In
Canada the likelihood of a Black Prime Minister is bleak considering the lack
of Blacks in the halls of power. Unemployment rates amongst Canadian-born
Blacks and foreign Blacks continue to be higher than for all Canadians, 7.9%
and 9.6%, respectively. People coming from low-income and marginalized
communities already face significant barriers to meaningful employment and job
security. In the context of a failing economy, the federal and provincial
governments have a key role to play in ensuring equality for all.
    For more information on the Black Voices Conference 2009 visit

    DATE:        April 30, 2009
                 May 1, 2009
                 May 2, 2009

    TIME:        Film Screening 8:00 pm, April 30
                 Cynthia McKinney Lecture 12:00 pm, May 1
                 Gala 6:30 pm, May 2

    PLACE:       Film screening and lecture at York University Vari Hall
                 1152A and Accolades West 206, respectively - 4700 Keele
                 Street. Cynthia McKinney lecture at Accolades West 206. Gala
                 at La Vita Banquet Halls, 4000 Steeles Avenue West.

    SPEAKER:     Cynthia McKinney is a former United States Representative
                 and was the 2008 Green Party nominee for President of the
                 United States. Her political career began in 1986 in the
                 Georgia House of Representatives. On December 30, 2008,
                 McKinney was aboard the ship Dignity as it attempted to
                 enter the Gaza Strip, which had its coastal area declared a
                 "closed military zone" by Israel, while on a humanitarian
                 mission by the Free Gaza Movement from Cyprus. She urged for
                 President Obama to say something about the humanitarian
                 crisis in Gaza and admonished the Congress to stop sending
                 weapons of mass destruction around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Heba Habib, BVC Conference Committee: (416)
893-8247; Nana Serwah, BVC Conference Committee: (647) 998-3802

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