Posts Tagged ‘ Rev Jesse Jackson ’

Sanders taps Rev. Jesse Jackson as campaign advisor | TheHill

 

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) appointed Rev. Jesse Jackson as a campaign advisor, the Sanders camp announced Saturday.

Source: Sanders taps Rev. Jesse Jackson as campaign advisor | TheHill

The Rev. Jesse Jackson was responsible for many programs to help black Americans and the poor, including Head Start, School Lunches, Operation Push, and the Rainbow Coalition. A supporter and mentee of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, he rose within the ranks of the Democratic Party in his own run for the presidential nomination years ago, only to be rebuffed by the party. Many party members distanced themselves from Jackson because of his “socialist” principles. He has come out on the right side of history, as will Sen. Bernie Sanders, presidency or no presidency. – word pond

Poor People’s Campaign asks America to face the injustices keeping millions in poverty | PBS NewsHour

Shortly before his death, Martin Luther King Jr. called for an economic revolution with protections for the poorest Americans. Half a century later, a group of religious and moral leaders are planning a revival of the Poor People’s Campaign, with a wave of civil disobedience in Washington. Rev. William J. Barber, co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, joins Judy Woodruff for a conversation.

Source: Poor People’s Campaign asks America to face the injustices keeping millions in poverty | PBS NewsHour

the Rev Jesse Jackson in the Interfaith Tent at #Occupy Philly

Rev Jackson occupying the Interfaith tent @OccupyPhilly

Rev Jesse Jackson’s life as an activist is about strength and truth instead of power, of  courage and nonviolent resistance when afraid. His ongoing direct involvement with civil rights, human rights, and the fight to eradicate poverty that began in Selma and continued through his Rainbow Coalition national candidacy for the presidency of the United States, also  involved grassroots local actions like school lunch programs for poor children. He would have made a fine president; Shirley Chisholm, Robert Kennedy Jr, Ralph Nader, and Al Gore, likewise. Again and again, our country has lost the treasure that would have been their great leadership. Citizens’ votes have been squandered, spit on, disregarded, bought, and sold. In spite of racism, the poll tax in Georgia that kept many an African American from even exercising their right to vote, and in spite of death threats, and a smear campaign to permanently silence him, Rev Jackson does not turn his back on the good fight, on doing the right thing. ~ yours truly, df