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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The only way to counter these measures is massive citizen mobilization—and to elect leaders who will make the right to vote a priority. (Photo: Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The Right to Vote Should Not Fall Victim to Partisan Battles
The right to vote is fundamental to any democracy. Protecting that right—and making it easier to exercise it—ought to be a priority across partisan lines. Instead, in states across the country—particularly in the five years since the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act—it has become a...
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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Risking Lives in Endless US Wars Is Morally Wrong and a Strategic Failure
We just celebrated Veterans Day last week, paying tribute to the young men and women who have served our country. Across the country, families gathered at the gravesites of those who gave their lives. Veterans drank toasts to their fellow soldiers. In football and basketball stadiums, crowds...
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Democratic Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren, shown campaigning in Iowa, has released a plan for Medicare for All. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
The Medicare for All Debate Is Long Overdue
Affordable health care for all is now at the center of the presidential debate. Two of the top three contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination—Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders—support Medicare for All. The third—Joe Biden—and those hoping to take his place as the leading centrist in...
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The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, informally known as the National Lynching Memorial, is a national memorial to commemorate the victims of lynching in the U. S. (Photo: Ron Cogswell/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Trump Is Not Alone Among Americans In Failing to Understand What A Real Lynching Is
Donald Trump’s use of the term “lynching” to describe the ongoing impeachment inquiry in the House naturally sparked bipartisan outrage. The president and his shameless apologist, South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham, defended the use of the word, with Graham calling the investigation a “lynching...
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A crowd gathers in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after several decisions were handed down on June 27, 2019, including a decision that blocked a citizenship question from being added to the 2020 census. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
How Politics Threatens the 2020 Census
A new report should raise alarms about the upcoming 2020 Census. According to the Pew Research Center , the good news is that the overwhelming majority of Americans are aware of the census, and over eight in 10 say they are likely to participate. The bad news is that nearly one in four blacks,...
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We should be doing far more rehabilitation and far less incarceration. (Photo: Josh Rushing/cc/ACLU of Louisiana) Views
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
What I Learn When I Have Lunch at Cook County Jail
On my birthday this year, I continued my tradition of going to the Cook County Jail to have lunch with some of the 5,552 people who are inmates there. These visits remind me of the humanity of those who are in trouble—and of the inhumanity, even idiocy, of our criminal justice system. Despite the...
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The anonymous donors who are contributing record amounts to Trump’s campaign don’t wear MAGA hats. They don’t go to public rallies. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
To His Wealthy Donors, Trump Is Their Grifter
To decipher President Donald Trump’s presidency, apply the basic rule of politics: Follow the money. Last month, for example, Trump performed at rallies in North Carolina and in New Mexico. He entertained adoring crowds, clad in Trump’s MAGA caps and T-shirts. The rallies got featured on Fox and...
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Mitch McConnell said Monday that Senate rules would require him to take up any articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump if approved by the House. (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 01, 2019
McConnell's Republican Senate Is a Roadblock to Progress in America
Americans are disgusted that Washington has become dysfunctional, even as Americans struggle with ever greater challenges — from stagnant wages and growing inequality to catastrophic climate change to soaring health-care costs to a decrepit and dangerously aged infrastructure. President Donald...
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United Auto Workers members picket outside of General Motors’ Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly in Detroit, on Sept. 22, 2019. (Photo:  Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Workers Are Asking, Whose Side Are You On?
More than 2,200 nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center went out on strike last week, but they are not alone. American workers are waking up and walking out. On Sept. 15, 46,000 hourly General Motors’ United Auto Workers employees went on strike, the first time in 12 years. Striking...
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The only hope for sensible gun regulation is to challenge the corruption represented by the NRA by nonviolent demonstrations and action, enlisting the overwhelming majority of Americans in a movement for change.  (Photo: ©supattra ngorkcharoen/Dreamstime.com) Views
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Can America Break Its Gun Addiction?
After mass shootings in Southaven, Mississippi; Dayton, Ohio; and Midland, El Paso and Odessa, Texas, public demand for sensible gun reform once more soared. And once more, Republican politicians, led by President Donald Trump, were intimidated into inaction by the gun lobby, led by the National...
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