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Kennedy’s Legacy Worth Fighting For
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 03 September 2009
Kennedy’s Legacy Worth Fighting For As the final, somber sounds of the bugle playing taps echoed over the hills, we put Edward Kennedy to his final rest. The question now is whether we will fulfill ... read more >>
Time for Limits on Packing in Public
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 27 August 2009
Time for Limits on Packing in PublicIn New Hampshire and Arizona, men openly packing guns came to an event where the president was speaking. In Arizona, one man brandished an assault rifle, a rifle designed ... read more >>
Fear Failure, Not Health Care Reform
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 13 August 2009
The terrorizing has reached fever pitch. "Obama's health-care reforms will kill your grandmother," they scream. Beware government "death panels," warns Sarah Palin. There will be a "government takeover" ... read more >>
President's beer summit falls flat
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 06 August 2009
What the press labeled the beer summit came and went with barely a burp. Professor Gates suggests that he and Officer Crowley are now virtually drinking buddies, ready to go to a ballgame together."I offered ... read more >>
After the Brews, Let's Start Teaching
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 30 July 2009
President Obama has stated that the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis "Skip" Gates in his home provides a "teachable moment" about racial profiling, and the "relations between police officers and ... read more >>
Economy Can't Run On Empty Pockets
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 23 July 2009
The banks "are healing," says Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner. And the soaring profits reported by Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan suggest that at least some of the big banks are planning a return to the days ... read more >>
This Time, Need Must Trump Greed
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 16 July 2009
Should the beleaguered executives of AIG get another $250 million in bonuses?They say the bonuses are pledged and earned. They've been working hard to sell off parts of bankrupt AIG and to manage under ... read more >>
Washington Fiddles While U.S. Burns
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 July 2009
It is time to wake up. This country continues to hemorrhage jobs. The pain is spreading across the country, with young men and minorities taking the biggest hits. Unemployment, now at nearly 10 percent, ... read more >>
High court ignores the greater good
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 02 July 2009
New Haven, Conn., is a city in which African Americans and Hispanics account for nearly 60 percent of the population; yet, by order of the U.S. Supreme Court, the city must be served --"as it was in the ... read more >>
Guns and hate are on rise in America
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 25 June 2009
Last Wednesday in Washington, D.C., James W. von Brunn, an 88-year-old anti-Semite and white supremacist, allegedly took a .22-caliber rifle into the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and shot and ... read more >>
Sotomayor Critics Just Race-Baiting
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 11 June 2009
Who would have expected the ugly reaction to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court? Newt Gingrich, de facto leader of the Republican Party, calls this first Hispanic nominee to the ... read more >>
Wall Street is giddy as Main Street suffers
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 04 June 2009
Signs of "recovery" are in the air, the business pages say. We can see "green shoots" in the economy, says Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. The banks are "starting to heal," says Treasury Secretary ... read more >>
Exports are the Key to Revving Economy
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 21 May 2009
General Motors is shutting 1,100 dealerships by 2010. Chrysler is shutting 800 by June. The economy continues to hemorrhage manufacturing jobs. We've lost more than 5 million jobs since the Great Recession ... read more >>
Subsidies to Send Jobs Overseas? No!
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 14 May 2009
An estimated 7.2 million U.S. jobs are dependent on auto manufacturing. These aren't simply jobs in Detroit. Shut down auto production and you don't just lose autoworkers. As Leo W. Gerard, United Steelworkers ... read more >>
Homeowners Learn Resistance Can Work
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 07 May 2009
'The banks . . . are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place." So Senate Majority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) expressed his disgust as the Senate gutted his effort ... read more >>
Obama's 100-day grade: Incomplete
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 30 April 2009
The only real grade Barack Obama can be given for his first 100 days is an "incomplete." He has been remarkably fast out of the blocks--arguably getting off to the best start of any president since Franklin ... read more >>
Insurance Lobbies Bad for Our Health
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 23 April 2009
 Will Congress step up to health-care reform? This week, an obscure conference committee meeting between a handful of members of the House and Senate may well decide the fate of President Obama's health-care ... read more >>
Grads' Life Choices Foreclosed by Debt
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 16 April 2009
Samantha is a remarkably responsible young woman. She studied hard and gained admission to a good college. She earned her degree, graduated and got a good job in communications. Unlike many in her generation, ... read more >>
Private Leaders Take Students to Cleaners
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 09 April 2009
"As through this world I've wandered, I've seen lots of funny men; some will rob you with a six-gun. And some with a fountain pen."Alan Collinge, and thousands of other college graduates have discovered ... read more >>
The Dream Busters
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 26 March 2009
As billions are poured out of the Treasury Department, the Federal Reserve, the FDIC and elsewhere to bail out Wall Street, students are wondering why they have been left to the mercy of banks that ... read more >>
Rather than Wall Street, Why Not Bail Out a Generation?
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 19 March 2009
AIG, the world's largest insurance company of which we--US taxpayers--now own 80%, has consumed nearly $170 billion in our dollars to bail out bad bets it made selling credit insurance to banks ... read more >>
Preserving the American Dream
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 12 March 2009
The economic news gets ever more frightening. Manufacturing employment is now less than it has been since 1946. Unemployment is over 8% and rising rapidly. And the downturn has gone global, with much ... read more >>
Expansion or Contraction
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 05 March 2009
We are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and Republicans have chosen political posturing over cooperation. Republicans gave Obama's recovery plan exactly zero votes in ... read more >>
The No Nothings
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 19 February 2009
Today President Obama will sign the historic recovery bill--pumping $787 Billion into the economy in an effort to create 3.5 million jobs. With unemployment spreading, home foreclosures rising, poverty ... read more >>
Partisan Posturing
Written by Rev. Jesse Jackson (Columnist) 05 February 2009
2.8 million jobs lost last year. Millions of families facing foreclosure and the loss of their homes. Food kitchens swamped. And it is going to get worse. We need fast and bold action to staunch the ... read more >>

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