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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Nurses and doctors rallying for Medicare for All in Chicago over the weekend outside the annual gathering of the American Medical Association which currently opposes the plan to make healthcare coverage in the United States available to all. (Photo: National Nurses United/flickr/cc Views
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Coronavirus Makes It More Clear Than Ever: Health Care Is a Human Right
Who is going to pay for this? For months that question was used as a weapon against supporters of Medicare for All. Now, it is on everyone’s mind as they worry about the costs of the testing and treatment for the coronavirus. The virus is highly contagious. We need everyone with symptoms to get...
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We should act now to ensure that incarceration does not turn into a death sentence for them. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Release Prisoners Now to Slow Coronavirus' Spread
On Saturday, the first federal inmate tested positive for coronavirus in a Brooklyn, New York, facility. Prison staff in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New York and Washington state have tested positive for the virus, forcing inmate quarantines. The media has dramatized the risk to those caught on a...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rev. Jesse Jackson greet the crowd during a campaign rally in Calder Plaza on March 08, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan holds its primary election on Tuesday March 10. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
I Support Bernie Sanders Because He Is Only Candidate Who Inspires a New Generation
I am proud to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders for president of the United States. While I consider Joe Biden, his opponent for the Democratic Party nomination, a decent man, I stand with Sanders. "In the face of Trump, many seek shelter in the safe, the establishment, the so-called moderate. We should...
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U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, 2001. (Photo: Sergeant Joseph R. Chenelly / United States Marine Corps) Views
Friday, March 06, 2020
No, President Trump, the Never-ending War in Afghanistan Is Not Ending
Don’t fall for the hype. That is the one lesson that we all should have learned about President Donald Trump. He’s a salesman, not a statesman. He offers up fantasies, not facts. The most recent agreement with the Taliban in Afghanistan is a clear example of this. In the 2016 campaign, Trump had...
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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (D-VT) waves to guests after being interviewed by Rev. Jesse Jackson at Operation Rainbow Push on March 12, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Residents in Illinois go to the polls on March 15 for their state's primary. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The Important Word When Bernie Says 'Democratic Socialism' Is 'Democratic'
After the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum,...
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Bloomberg is joined by Joe Biden on what seems like an endless apology tour. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Kerner Report Set Standard for What a Serious Presidential Candidate Should Champion
As the Democratic presidential primaries move onto Nevada, South Carolina and the many Super Tuesday states, candidates turn their attention to people of color, and particularly African Americans. Many candidates find their rhetoric contradicted by their record; their promises conflicting with...
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The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., head of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, speaks to thousands during his “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington on Aug. 28, 1963 (Photo: TNS) Views
Monday, January 20, 2020
Dr. King Called On Us to Express the Better Angels of Our Souls
Schools across the country celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day today. At every level, students learn about King, the movement he helped lead and the teachings and legacy he left behind. There are dramatic readings of his words. Many schools show his historic “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln...
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He showed that people of conscience can make a difference, even against the most powerful oppressor. (Photo: Dave Bredeson/Dreamstime.com) Views
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Remembering the Message of Christmas
On Wednesday, Christmas will be celebrated by millions of people across this country and across the world. Joy surrounds the holiday, with music in the air, lights on homes and lampposts, families gathering, presents exchanged and blessings shared. For some, Christmas is a difficult time—for the...
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The result of this reckless and ruthless course is a country ever more divided. (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Trump Is Leading a Revolution That Is Destroying America
As the House of Representatives moves toward impeaching President Donald Trump this week—by what all predict will be a vote divided largely by party—it is time for reflection. The House will indict the president for abuse of his office—trying to enlist a foreign government to intervene in our...
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The Trump administration may restrict the size of loans college students can take out, which Rev. Jesse Jackson says is a backward way to reduce student loan debt. (Photo: File Photo) Views
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
President Trump’s War on the Poor
Donald Trump is famed for his head-snapping reversals. One day he’s taking troops out of the Middle East; the next he’s sending more in. One day he’s on the verge of an agreement with China on trade; the next he’s tweeting about holding off until after the election. On one thing, however, Trump and...
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