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As the rich thrive, more fall in cracks
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 22 July 2011
When I checked in late at night at a hotel in Indiana last week, I was greeted by the night desk manager, a young woman with a noticeable limp. She said she had stepped in a hole, ripped up her leg, had ... read more >>
Spending cuts add to jobs crisis
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 15 July 2011
We have a brutal - and worsening - jobs crisis in this country. The human casualties are mounting. But Washington doesn't get it. The focus there is on cutting spending, not on creating jobs. We witness ... read more >>
Give military vets real job-hunt help
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 07 July 2011
ReutersAmericans celebrate those who serve their country when they are in uniform. We honor those who answer their nation's call and risk their lives in conflicts abroad. But what happens when they return ... read more >>
Michigan's governor tramples democracy
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 30 June 2011
Abraham Lincoln mourned the sacrifice of those who had given the last measure of devotion to insure that a "government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth." Now, ... read more >>
Food deserts not the only wastelands
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 24 June 2011
On June 15, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fulfilled a campaign pledge by holding a "Food Desert Summit" with representatives of Chicago's major grocery chains. The mayor provided a detailed analysis of potential ... read more >>
It's time to end dismally failed 'war on drugs'
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 June 2011
How do you end America's longest war that is an abject failure? No, not Afghanistan. This month marks the 40th anniversary of the day Richard Nixon launched the "War on Drugs." And now, four decades later, ... read more >>
Will banks be held accountable for fraud and misbehavior?
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 26 May 2011
It isn't clear what is worse: the housing crisis that keeps deepening or the reports of pervasive banking fraud that keep getting exposed. With the banks facing billions in potential damages, perhaps some ... read more >>
Phenomenal Oprah spoke across barriers
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 19 May 2011
May 25 will be a bittersweet day across America.On that day, after a quarter century of unparalleled excellence and out-of-this-world success, Oprah is closing down "The Oprah Winfrey Show," TV's top-rated ... read more >>
Bin Laden and the return of common sense
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 05 May 2011
President Obama's dramatic Sunday night announcement of the killing of Osama bin Laden recalled perfectly how Americans felt after the horrors of Sept. 11, when we "reaffirmed our unity as one American ... read more >>
Time for an uprising in Benton Harbor
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 28 April 2011
Benton Harbor, Mich., is a town of nearly 11,000 people, about 90 percent of whom are African American. It is a catalogue of the misery of the industrial Midwest. It was the headquarters and manufacturing ... read more >>
Trump wins support spreading ignorance
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 21 April 2011
Donald Trump has risen to the top of the Republican presidential candidate ratings while campaigning on the nutty charge that President Obama isn't American, that he is not legally qualified to be president.The ... read more >>
Well after Civil War, color line still divides
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 14 April 2011
One hundred and fifty years ago today, the Civil War began, the savage struggle over whether America would be a land of freedom or of slavery. Americans suffered more loss of life than in World War I and ... read more >>
Injustices, from Memphis to Madison
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 31 March 2011
On Monday, April 4, the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination in Memphis, Tenn., workers across the country will honor Dr. King by standing in solidarity with the public employees under ... read more >>
Stale economic ideas fueling U.S. troubles
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 24 March 2011
Tsunami, earthquake and nuclear horror in Japan. Revolution throughout the Middle East. Grim austerity in much of Europe. America scarred by 25 million people in need of full-time work, and by pressure ... read more >>
Don't sleep through assault on workers
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 17 March 2011
This weekend in Wisconsin, some 200,000 citizens rallied to protest the governor's assault on working families. The crowd included farmers and firefighters, teachers and students, parents and children. ... read more >>
Wisconsin gov hurts state's future
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 11 March 2011
While the conflict over basic labor rights continues in Madison, sparking support from across the country, we shouldn't lose sight of the other side of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's agenda: slashing investment ... read more >>
Nothing moral about devastating Republican plans
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 04 March 2011
When told that Republican spending cuts could eliminate hundreds of thousands of jobs at a time when 25 million people are already in need of full-time work, House Speaker John Boehner said, "So be it."This ... read more >>
A chance to get some answers for Chicago
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 10 February 2011
 Jesse Jackson jjackson@rainbowpush.org A homeless man panhandles along an expressway in Chicago. | Tim Boyle~Getty ImagesChicago is in trouble. The Great Recession has devastated working and poor families, ... read more >>
GOP goes after most vulnerable
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 13 January 2011
 Jesse Jackson jjackson@rainbowpush.orgAfter holding the country hostage to force continued tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, Republicans are now announcing their second priority: cutting government ... read more >>
We've come so far, but we still have so far to go
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 30 December 2010
We've come so far, but we still have so far to goFar too often, we are swimming in blessings and drowning in complaints. When we measure what we've done by what is undone, we still have volumes of unfinished ... read more >>
Christmas is about lifting up the poor
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 27 December 2010
Christmas is about lifting up the poorChristmas approaches. Families gather. For some, there is a whirl of presents to wrap, cards to address, meals to cook. For many on this Christmas, times are hard, ... read more >>
Obama meeting CEOs--now how about workers?
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 16 December 2010
Obama meeting CEOs--now how about workers?By Jesse Jackson Sr.President Obama will meet with American business leaders in a CEO summit on Wednesday. The press reports the president is seeking to "mend ... read more >>
Money GOP wants for rich should be spent on the needy
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 December 2010
Money GOP wants for rich should be spent on the needyBy Jesse Jackson, Sr.People are suffering.More than 20 million are looking for full-time work. More than 40 million are in poverty, the highest levels ... read more >>
Cutting Exceptional Poverty Should Be Nation's Top Priority
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 02 December 2010
Cutting exceptional poverty should be nation's top priorityConservatives, we're told, want to reassert America's "exceptionalism." But virtually everyone agrees that America is a special country. They ... read more >>
Afghan war wastes cash we need here
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 08 July 2010
Afghan war wastes cash we need hereLast week, the House passed emergency funding of another $37 billion for the war in Afghanistan. At the same time, Congress failed to extend unemployment insurance benefits ... read more >>

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