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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In this Dec. 18, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) and outside linebacker Eli Harold (58) kneel during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File) Views
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Trump Tries to Divide Us, But We Are Better Nation Than That
When Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem last year, he acted alone, a silent protest against a society that repeatedly fails to hold police accountable for the killing of unarmed African Americans. Kaepernick was condemned and now essentially has been banned from the NFL,...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Trump’s Minion Prepares to Gut Consumer Watchdog
"Personnel is policy," says Gary Cohn, the former president of Goldman Sachs recently named to head President Trump’s National Economic Council. He got that right, and every working family should shudder that Trump — after railing against the corruptions of Goldman Sachs and other big banks in the...
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Civil Rights at Risk Under Jeff Sessions
Confirmation hearings for Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, named by Donald Trump to be attorney general of the United States, will begin on Jan. 10, before Trump is even inaugurated. The rush and insistence on only two days of hearings reflect Republican efforts to cram the nomination through before...
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Police Shootings About Class As Well As Race
After three days of peaceful demonstrations marking the one year anniversary of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting in Ferguson, Mo., yet another African-American man was shot by police there. While the facts are still unclear, the tragedy will surely add to the national protests challenging our...
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
From War to Peace: Forceful Diplomacy, Not Military Force in Syria
The President’s remarks reflect the extraordinary events unfolding in the last two days that demonstrate that forceful diplomacy – not military force – should guide international efforts to resolve the crisis in Syria.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Message to NATO: We Need Smarter Kids, Not More Smart Bombs
Chicago is girding for the opening of the NATO Summit on May 20. The ministers and heads of state will be greeted by a rich array of protests, marches, events and counter-summits. Security is already tight near the conference center, and tensions are building.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2012
In Hard Times, Democracy More Important Than Ever
Is democracy a luxury good in America, discarded when the going gets rough? Apparently Michigan’s Gov. Rick Snyder thinks so. In Michigan, Detroit and other cities have hit the wall. The Great Recession has devastated city finances. Everyone agrees tough steps are needed.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Electorate Suffers from a PAC Attack
‘Newt Gingrich has more baggage than the airlines.” Romney is akin to “big spending liberals.” Beware of “smooth talking politicians.” In Iowa, after a breather for Christmas, voters are once more being deluged with attack ads 24/7 that go after whoever is leading in the polls.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
We Ignore Poverty, But It Is On the Rise
Poor people are invisible in our nation’s capital. Republicans defend the affluent, calling them “job creators,” Democrats champion the middle class and those boldest stand with “working families.” The poor go without mention.
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Saturday, August 27, 2011
Martin Luther King’s Legacy: Nonviolence is Not Surrender
The memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King opened on the Mall in Washington. Dr. King will take his place with Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The monument features a 30-foot figure of Dr. King, hewn from granite, looking forward and very stern. This is the look of a man of action whose work is not done. That is its power.
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