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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Supporters of President Donald Trump protest on Monday outside a meeting of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. The board certified a vote count in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. (Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Get Ready for Donald Trump’s Shadow Government—via Twitter and Fox News
Leave it to Donald Trump to run brazen subversion—refusal to accept the decision of the voters in the presidential election—as a clown show, marked by wingbat lawyers, delusional tweets, and hailstorms of lies. The noise, however, should not delude us: Trump is leading an American counter-...
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Senate Runoffs in Georgia Offer a Clear Choice
On Jan. 5, Georgia will hold a run-off election for both of its Senate seats. The races capture national attention because control of the Senate is at stake. If the two Democratic challengers, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. both win, the Senate will be effectively split 50-50, with Vice...
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"The president-elect, Joe Biden, set a new tone and a new mood in Washington," writes Jackson. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
A White House That Once Again Calls on Our Better Angels
“The people of this nation have spoken. They have delivered us a clear victory. ... We have won with the most votes ever cast for a presidential ticket in the history of this nation. “I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify. ... Let this grim era of demonization in America...
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In short, Trump has left African Americans in the deepest hole with the shortest rope. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Black Americans Won’t Fall for Trump’s Big Con
If a lie is repeated often enough, the truth may never catch up. Donald Trump understands this better than anyone, as he showers Americans with lies—often the same ones repeated over and over—knowing that more voters will hear him than the fact-checkers. One of his favorite howlers is his oft-...
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Every election, more than 700,000 Americans are denied to the right to vote as they sit in jail awaiting trial. This must end. (Photo: Frederic Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Denying Pre-Trial Detainees the Right to Vote Must Stop
In this critical election, Americans are breaking all records for early voting and voting by mail. Yet, over 700,000 Americans have the right to vote but many are denied that right not only in this election, but in every election. An average of 746,000 Americans are held in local jails. Most of...
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Armed protesters provide security as demonstrators take part in an "American Patriot Rally," organized on April 30, 2020, by Michigan United for Liberty on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. (Photo by JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Donald Trump Was Complicit in the Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Political rhetoric can incite. Incendiary posturing can trigger those who carry matches. We’ve now seen this play out dramatically in Michigan. Last week, six men, members of a right-wing militia group calling themselves the Wolverine Watchmen, were arrested and charged with plotting to kidnap Gov...
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Seventh U.S. Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett (L) leaves an event in the Rose Garden where President Donald Trump (R) introduced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court at the White House September 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
SCOTUS Nomination Is an Insult to All Ginsburg Stood For
Upon the untimely death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donald Trump promised to name “a woman” to fill her seat, as if the sum of Ginsburg’s identity was her gender. In fact, the woman that Trump has nominated — Amy Coney Barrett — is an insult to all that Ginsburg stood for. A radical right-wing...
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Americans must make certain that Trump and the senators understand that this outrage will cost them politically, not help them. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Death of a Supreme Court Justice Famed for Consensus-Building Is Used to Sow Divisions
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg—the Notorious RBG—was a tenacious advocate for equality. The outpouring of grief across the nation is testament to her commitment. She deserves to be honored and celebrated. The assertion of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell that they will rush to nominate a...
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Hundreds of community members line up early to pick up food boxes at Chelsea Collaborative during their weekly food drive in Chelsea, MA on July 15, 2020.  (Photo: Erin Clark/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Myths and Lies About Poverty
“The poor will always be with us,” say the cynics. No doubt, some will always be wealthier than others. We wouldn’t want to live in a society that forced all to be equal. But poverty isn’t inevitable. The 30 million people in America who lived in poverty even before the pandemic when unemployment...
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Democratic presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on September 3, 2020, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, September 08, 2020
Trump Leads by Division, While Biden Leads by Multiplication
As the presidential campaigns heat up, Americans are provided with a stark choice of leaders. The visits to Kenosha of Donald Trump and Joe Biden provide clear contrasts for all to see. Kenosha erupted after a white policeman shot an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back, leaving...
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