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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A coalition of health justice advocates gathered outside Pfizer's headquarters in Manhattan on March 11, 2021. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, May 11, 2021
We Must Push Politics Aside in the Global Race to Vaccinate the World Against Covid-19
India is now ground zero for COVID-19. On Saturday, it suffered a record of more than 335,000 new infections and more than 4,000 deaths in one day. Hospitals are running out of oxygen and beds. Morgues and crematoria are overwhelmed. In total, a staggering 22.6 million people in India have been...
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Activists hold signs as they take part in a rally in support of D.C. statehood near the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on March 22, 2021. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 30, 2021
The Case for D.C. Statehood Is Clear
Last week, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 51, a bill that would make Washington, D.C., the 51st state of the union. It finally would end the denial of voting representation to its more than 700,000 residents, the majority of whom are Black or Brown. The bill was passed 216-208, with...
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Activist Nola Darling talks on the megaphone in front of the Brooklyn Center police station at a protest over the police killing of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, U.S., on April 13, 2021. (Photo: Christopher Mark Juhn/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act Is the Reform We Need
Even as Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floyd, police 10 miles away fatally shot an African American man, Duante Wright, after pulling him over for an alleged traffic violation. That triggered protests that led to confrontations with police, despite Wright’s family pleading for...
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The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. waves to onlookers while leading the 125,000 strong 'Walk to Freedom' on Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1963. (Photo: Tony Spina / Detroit Free Press) Views
Monday, April 05, 2021
Has America Come Any Closer to MLK's Dream?
Last weekend marked the 53d anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. Over half a century. Has America come any closer to his dream? He would be pleased at some of our progress. Segregation is no longer the law of the land. The Voting Rights Act helped open doors. Dr. King would be...
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Members of the Bad Asian and Civic Walls groups paint a mural near Krog Street Tunnel on March 21, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. The murals are in remembrance of the eight lives lost at the three spa shootings in Atlanta this past week. All across the United States people have banned together to show support for Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities after the shootings that left eight dead, six of whom were Asian women. (Photo by Megan Varner/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
We Must Confront the Ugly Plague of Racism and Hate Crimes
Last week’s murder of eight people in North Georgia, six of them Asian American women, has brought national attention to the increasing violence and hatred suffered by Asian Americans in this country, and to the continuing reality of violence against women Hate crimes against Asian Americans were...
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Protesters gather during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on January 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
The Right to Vote Is Essential to a Functioning Democracy
The right to vote is the essential foundation of democracy. Yet today, across America, there is a systematic campaign by one party to curtail the right to vote, targeted particularly at minorities and the young. As the Brennan Center for Justice reports, Republicans have introduced more than 250...
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Protestors hold signs that read "hate is a virus" and "stop Asian hate" at the End The Violence Towards Asians rally in Washington Square Park on February 20, 2021 in New York City. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, violence towards Asian Americans has increased at a much higher rate than previous years. The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported a 1,900% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in 2020. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Violence Towards Asian Americans Has Skyrocketed
A new wave of anti-Asian racial violence is sweeping the country. Sadly, racial violence, bigotry and hatred directed at Asian Americans has scarred their history in this country. Nothing is more dehumanizing. Asian Americans come from many countries and many cultures. They have played a remarkable...
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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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