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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It took decades to overcome the Jim Crow laws imposed at the end of Reconstruction. (Photo: Michael Fleshman/Flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Our Fundamental Right to Vote Is Under Attack
The fundamental right in a democracy—the right to vote—is once more under siege. In state after state, Republican legislators have introduced literally hundreds of bills designed to suppress voting. Their passion is fueled by Donald Trump’s big lie that the presidential election was "stolen" from...
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Donald Trump shakes hands with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inside the U.S. Capitol building. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
43 Republican Senators Chose To Stand With the Seditionists Rather Than Defend the Republic
When asked what the Constitutional Convention had created, Benjamin Franklin replied, "A Republic if we can keep it." On Saturday, by an unprecedented bipartisan vote of 57-43, the Senate voted to keep the Republic and convict Donald Trump of his seditious incitement of the sacking of the Capitol...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) talks to reporters after attending the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol January 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 02, 2021
So-Called "Moderates" Always Say Helping the Poor Costs Too Much—But Their Lavish Gifts to the Rich Give Them Away
In his first 10 days in office, Joe Biden has launched an intense effort to address the “cascading crises” that America faces. In addition to issuing executive orders to reverse several of Trump’s most poisonous acts — ending federal contracting with private prisons, reviving enforcement of...
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US Vice President Mike Pence (C) walks back from the House Chamber followed by a Senate procession carrying boxes of Electoral Votes, at the Capitol, on January 7, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 26, 2021
The US System Is Rigged So the Minority Can Rule Over the Majority
The majority does not rule in the United States. The foundation of any democracy—one person, one vote—is mocked by institutionalized impediments that allow the minority to win even when they lose at the ballot box. In this era, even when Democrats win, they lose. And the will of the majority of the...
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Aaron Haines helps place American flags on the National Mall as the U.S Capitol Building is prepared for the inaugural ceremonies for President-elect Joe Biden on January 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. The approximately 191,500 U.S. flags will cover part of the National Mall and will represent the American people who are unable to travel to Washington, DC for the inauguration. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Biden's Inauguration Gives Us New Hope, but the Movement for Justice Must Continue to Build on Its Own Agenda
On Monday, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King’s 91st birthday; on Wednesday, Joe Biden will be inaugurated as president, promising change after a dark period of division. Dr. King’s relationship with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson offers instructive lessons for today’s movement for justice...
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A woman holds a small flag during an anti-gun violence march on the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, on Dec. 31. (Photo: KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, January 05, 2021
Take a Stand Against Gun Violence Terrorizing Our Streets
Gun violence spiked across the country in 2020, the most violent year in decades. 19,000 were killed in shootings, the highest death toll in 20 years (and that does not include gun suicides). Mass shootings—defined as four or more shot in an incident—also rose drastically to over 600. Chicago’s 769...
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President-elect Joe Biden delivers a remarks on the economic recovery in Wilmington, Delaware on Monday, November 16, 2020. (Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Americans, Looking for Bold Leadership, Need an Aspirational Agenda From Joe Biden
As we turn to a new year, the spotlight shines on the new president and the new administration. Even as he assumes center stage in Washington, profound questions remain about Joe Biden’s plans. His initial appointments have been solid, diverse, experienced and capable, drawn overwhelmingly from the...
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In this secular age, let us remember the message of Christmas. Jesus demonstrated the astonishing power of faith, hope and charity, the importance of love.  (Photo by Narayan Maharjan/NurPhoto via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 22, 2020
The True Meaning of Christmas in the Age of Pandemic and Austerity
On Friday, millions of people across the world will celebrate Christmas. Here and abroad, safety — staying home, social distancing, wearing masks, being sensible — requires limits on the gatherings and parties. Yet the bells still ring, music is in the air, lights on homes and lampposts shine,...
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People wait in line to vote in Georgia's Primary Election on June 9, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 15, 2020
In Georgia It Will Be Voter Turnout vs. GOP Voter Suppression
Now that Donald Trump’s baseless lies about voter fraud have been summarily dismissed by the courts, perhaps some attention can be paid to the true threat to free and fair elections: systemic and massive voter suppression. Voter suppression, not voter fraud, could have critically important effects...
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Biden inherits truly fearsome troubles—among them the spiking pandemic, the collapsing economy, corrosive inequality, catastrophic climate change and entrenched structural racism. (Photo: Phil Clarke Hill/In Pictures via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, December 08, 2020
Biden Should Revive the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
A new president takes office with the sense of possibility that comes with a new dawn. This is particularly true for Joe Biden, taking office after the divisive turmoil of Donald Trump’s years in office. Biden inherits truly fearsome troubles—among them the spiking pandemic, the collapsing economy...
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