New novel explores intraracial intolerance and sexual harassment among blacks

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A Personal Agenda by Winsome Packer offers a unique look at political relationships and aims to show that racial, cultural and sexual harassment know no color

VIENNA, Austria (MMD Newswire) June 7, 2010 -- A Personal Agenda, a new novel by Winsome Packer, tells the story of murder, power, racism and love in the political world.

When Richard Darby, a black and disgraced ex-congressman, and his family are brutally murdered in a Capitol Hill office, underlying racial tensions among black Americans and black U.S. immigrants begin to emerge. After a second black congressman is killed in Nebraska, authorities begin to look for connections. Carmen Jones, the lone black officer in the Nebraska investigation, pursues her theory that there is a very personal motive at the heart of the crimes. Jones joins forces with Washington, D.C. detective Brian McKenzie and they discover a form of intolerance new to them-black Americans against black immigrants and vice versa.

Inspired by her own experiences, Packer uses A Personal Agenda to recall the alienation, hostility and impropriety she experienced as a newcomer to Capitol Hill. "In working on Capitol Hill, I felt that my civil rights had been encroached upon and given that the perpetrators have been others who had fought for their own rights, I found it to be sobering," says Packer of her work with various Congressmen and women.

A Personal Agenda seeks to provoke its readers by examining racial tensions, corruption and sexual harassment in Congress, as well as the impact of immigration to the U.S. and other nations.

A Personal Agenda is available online at and other channels.

About the Author
Winsome Packer, a native of Jamaica, currently serves as the representative of the U.S. Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), or the Helsinki Commission within the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna. She has served in a number of political and other policy-related positions, including border and aviation security advisor to U.S. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee, and has worked to advance democracy and good governance in Africa. Packer holds a Master of Public Administration from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University.

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