Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson is an African-American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as shadow senator for the District of Columbia from 1991 to 1997. He was the founder of both entities that merged to form Rainbow/PUSH.

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Residents obtain water from a natural source from the hill El Avila after the water supply was suspended in a nationwide blackout on March 10, 2019 in Caracas, Venezuela. More than 70 percent of the country was in darkness amid an ongoing political dispute between President Nicolas Maduro and self-declared interim president Juan Guaido.  (Photo: Edilzon Gamez/Getty Images/TNS) Views
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
To Help Venezuela, the U.S. Must Use Diplomacy, not a Military Coup
The United States is pushing for an overthrow of the government of Venezuela. The Trump administration has denounced Nicolas Maduro as a “ dictator ,” dismissing the 2018 election, which the opposition boycotted. Instead of a good neighbor policy or a policy of non-intervention, the Trump...
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A crowd forms to take photos of the marchers before they cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge Sunday, March 3, 2019, during the Bloody Sunday commemoration in Selma, Ala. (Photo: AP Photo/Julie Bennett) Views
Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Selma, the Birthplace of Modern Democracy in America
This past weekend, political leaders from across the country gathered in Selma, Alabama, to commemorate “Bloody Sunday,” the 1965 march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge where peaceful demonstrators, attempting to cross the bridge, were violently driven back by Alabama State Troopers, Dallas County...
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President Donald Trump speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House to declare a national emergency in order to build a wall along the southern border, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Washington. (Photo: AP Photo/ Evan Vucci) Views
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Trump’s Fake National Emergency Moves America Closer to an Autocracy
President Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency in order to fund his border wall triggers a crisis for our Constitution and our democracy. This is no longer about the shameless lies, exaggerations and slanders that the president has trotted out to justify his silly campaign promise to...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Under Fire Because She’s Right
The big guns are out for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the charismatic first-term legislator from New York. In an apparent swipe at Ocasio-Cortez, Donald Trump used part of his rambling State of the Union address to say he was “alarmed by new calls to adopt socialism in our country.” "What is different...
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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announces he is breaking relations with the U.S., to supporters from a balcony at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (Photo: AP Photo/Ariana Cubillo) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Trump Cranks up the Miseries of the People of Venezuela
President Trump apparently has decided that intervention in Venezuela’s agonies can help repair an image scarred by the government shutdown debacle. In recent days, he recognized an obscure, right-wing opposition leader when he declared himself acting president. Trump has blustered that “I am not...
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A placard calls for an end to the partial government shutdown during the Third Annual Women's March LA in downtown Los Angeles, California on January 19 (Photo by DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Common Sense Is Now Perilously Absent in Our Nation
With the government still partially shut down , partisan politics is generating more heat than light. President Donald Trump, in his unique blustery style, believes he can slander the Democratic leaders that he must negotiate with, burlesque their position and demand capitulation in return for...
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U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democrat of New York. outside the US Capito on ian. 4. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) Views
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Trump Administration Is Intent on Weakening Civil Rights Enforcement
When new U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was asked on “60 Minutes” whether she thinks President Donald Trump is a racist, she responded with the candor that makes her a compelling force in Washington: “Yeah, yeah, no question.” This, of course, lit up the social media, with Trump supporters...
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The U.S./Mexico border fence in Sunland Park, New Mexico. President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the federal government if he doesn't get $5 billion for his border wall.  (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Donald Trump’s Border Wall Demand Is Dressed Up With More Lies About Immigrants
“Yes, if we don’t get what we want, one way or the other … I will shut down the government,” said President Trump to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi, referring to his demand for $5 billion to build his border wall. If Trump insists, a good portion of...
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Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, right, of Tree of Life/Or L'Simcha Congregation hugs Rabbi Cheryl Klein, left, of Dor Hadash Congregation and Rabbi Jonathan Perlman during a community gathering held in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Sunday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) Views
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
We Must Not Be Bystanders When Darkness Descends
These are dark times. Thirteen pipe bombs were sent to two former presidents and other political and cultural leaders. In Kentucky, a white man shot and killed two elderly African-Americans at random in a Kroger grocery store, after failing to force his way into a black church. In Pittsburgh, in...
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An arbitrator is sending Colin Kaepernick's grievance with the NFL to trial, denying the league's request to throw out the quarterback's claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests of social injustice. (Photo: AP file photo) Views
Thursday, September 06, 2018
NFL Owners’ Treatment of Colin Kaepernick Disgraces League and Country
Colin Kaepernick may yet get his day in court. Kaepernick is the talented former NFL quarterback who in 2016 began a protest against police brutality and institutionalized racial discrimination by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Other players joined the protests. Kaepernick wasn...
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