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Malik Rahim: The Results

Yesterday New Orleans held its elections, delayed as a reult of the effects of Hurricane Gustav.  Results of the races can be viewed on The Louisiana Secretary of State’s website and also at WWL Radio‘s website.

Green Party member Malik Rahim ran a strong race despite a media blackout on his campaign. 

Marnie Glickman, Founder and Executive Director of Green Change , and who spearheaded a volunteer phone banking effort, writes:

Our dedicated phone team dialed 2,309 phone numbers, spoke with 334  voters and left messages with 847 households.

With all precincts reporting in, according to information from the above websites, Malik received 3% of the vote, or 1,880 votes.

The news items published to date (see list below) do not mention Malik Rahim’s campaign.  In this particular race, the Democratic incumbent, William J. Jefferson, was defeated by little known lawyer Repulican Anh Cao.  Jefferson’s public career (this would have been his 10th term) was likely affected by his indictment and pending trial on corruption charges.  The NY Times reports that analyses of the race indicate that the Republican win is probably the result of a large white voter turnout:

In heavily white precincts, turnout was about 26 percent, while it was only about 12 percent in the heavily black precincts, said Greg Rigamer, a New Orleans demographer and analyst.

Independent News Sites did post scattered articles on Malik’s race:

"I" Report:  Malik Rahim: Another Candidate in Louisiana’s 2nd District

Other News Items about this Congressional Race in NOLA:

New York Times:   Voters Oust Indicted Congressman in Louisiana

Associated Press Brief

CNN:  Indicted Louisiana congressman loses re-election bid

BBC: Vietnam-born lawyer wins US poll

Politico: Holy Cao: Republican defeats Jefferson

Assorted other links from Google News



On the Wilder Side has an update on the elections in Louisiana today, specifically the congressional race in which Malik Rahim is running.

According to the post, it is being reported that voter turnout is low and that news items are highlighting the Democrat incumbent’s pending corruption charges.

More News

Green Change

Green Party  Watch

Voters deciding whether to re-elect indicted Louisiana congressman

Indicted La. congressman tries to get re-elected


Malik Rahim – A Vote for Life

Message from Malik: A Voice for EVERYONE if elected

Dear friends in the struggle,

As you may be aware, I am seeking election to the United States House  of Representatives on December 6. I apologize in advance for the  impersonal nature of this letter. I wish I would have had time to call  my friends to discuss the details of this campaign. I’m sending this  message because I need your help.

Four days after Hurricane Katrina and two days before founding Common  Ground I made this decision to run for Congress. This decision was  made due to the lack of government response to Katrina. My hope is  that never again will any disaster turn into such a tragedy.

This is a winnable seat; a seat not just for residents of the New  Orleans area but a peoples’ seat for all those who stand for  environmental peace and justice. This goal can only be reached with  your support.

I will provide concrete alternatives to the wars being waged against  our communities at home and to the wars continuing abroad. Our  communities deserve no less. I will continue to advocate for safe,  affordable housing, the establishment of universal healthcare, and  invest in a comprehensive storm protection system and wetland
restoration. I would initiate repeal of the so-called Patriot Act ,  author legislation to remove FEMA from the Department of Homeland  Security, demand an end to the costly and senseless incarceration of  nonviolent offenders, and advocate for full funding for our schools.  Running a viable campaign requires funding.

Now with less than three weeks away, the campaign has set a goal of  raising an additional $20,000 by Friday November 28. With your help we  can achieve that end.

You can contribute on the campaign website at http://www.VoteMalik.com

I also urge you to get active with our campaign. Canvass your  neighborhood and tell your friends and family. If you are out of town,  we need additional volunteers on election day and the week leading up  to the election. You can phone bank remotely from home or promote the  campaign online.

In closing, I want to remind you that I will work tirelessly for the  people of District 2. But even if you are not in my Congressional  District, your cause is in my heart; you will have not only a committed advocate, but an office to work out of on the Hill.

In the struggle for environmental peace and justice,

Malik Rahim

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Cynthia McKinney’s TV ads on the Issues

Single Payer Health Care

View the rest of Cynthia’s tv ads:
Sustainable Investment instead of Corporate Bailouts
Green Values – Grassroots Democracy, Peace Social Justice, Environmental Wisdom
Green Party Seat At The Table will invite the Public
Constrained by the Two Party Paradigm
Restore Our Constitutional Rights
Rebuild the Economy with Energy Efficient Cars
Bring All The Troops Home
Katrina survivors right of return
Oppose Africom

Shot and edited by Don Debar