The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., biography

The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., Founder and President of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, is one of America's foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over …

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Unequal education: Is anyone listening?

The Department of Education just released its annual study on civil rights in our education system. The report, Attorney General Eric Holder summarized, “shows that racial disparities in school discipline policies are not only well-documented among older students but actually begin during preschool.” Pre-school? Yes, …

Still fighting for right to vote

If the fundamental individual right to vote had been constitutionally guaranteed in 2000, Al Gore would have been elected president over George W. Bush because all the individual votes of Floridians would have had to be counted, as felons in Florida were not allowed to cast their votes.

Put the right to vote into the Constitution

Monday morning I woke up — not with Georgia — but with Selma on my mind. Selma bears witness to the bloody and murderous struggle to end discrimination in voting on the basis of race. The demonstrations there led directly to President Lyndon Baines Johnson …

  • Big money lobbying protects big tax havens

    Eighteen American multinationals — companies such as Nike, Microsoft and Apple — have used tax havens abroad to avoid what Citizens for Tax Justice estimates as $92 billion in federal taxes. This is money that could be used to provide universal pre-school for America’s children. …Read More

  • U.S. spending extraordinary amounts on ‘guard labor’

    America’s gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida, the verdict in the Michael Dunn case, and the most recent news about America’s “guard labor.” In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the …Read More

  • Michael Sam stands tall

    “I’m a football player, and I’m gay.” With those words, Michael Sam, an All-American defensive end from the University of Missouri, demonstrated courage far beyond that demanded on the football field. And America may, for the first time, witness an openly gay man playing professional …Read More

  • How civil rights movement made Super Bowl possible

    The Super Bowl is our national festival. Some 70 percent of all TVs were tuned to the game last night. Each of the last four Super Bowls set a new record for the most watched show in history. More women watch the Super Bowl than …

    State of the Union: It doesn’t have to be this way

    President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night will focus on inequality, on the reality that this economy does not work for working people. Given the obstruction of House and Senate Republicans, the president faces the reality that little of what he proposes …

    Celebrating MLK: A drum major for justice

    JESSE JACKSON: As I went from event to event Monday celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King, I was struck by both the tribute and the distortion.

    Change comes when change is demanded

    The 50th Anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s declaration of a war on poverty brought long overdue attention to his commitment. Today, with one in five children in America still raised in poverty, an accounting is vital as part of a renewed commitment. But largely absent from …

    War on Poverty wages on

    Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson, lamenting that too many Americans “live on the outskirts of hope,” declared an “unconditional war on poverty in America.” This will not be “a short or easy struggle,” he stated in his State of the Union address …

    2014 resolution: more passion

    Clouds and tempests mark the dawn of 2014. The economy is recovering, we are told, but the people aren’t. Over 20 million people are still in need of full-time work. America, the land of opportunity, now is scarred by more extreme inequality and less mobility …

    A season for caring and humility

    The holiday is upon us. The streets and stores are gaily decorated; music is in the air. There’s a scurry for cards and presents; an expectation of families gathering. Politically, it’s an idle time, a silly season. Every year recently, there are fulminations about someone …

    After apartheid and Jim Crow: Still not equal

    As Nelson Mandela’s body is laid to rest, the leaders from across the world who came to pay tribute to him leave with shared perspectives. They see the fruits of the remarkable triumphs of Mandela and the African National Congress — the defeat of apartheid, …

    Mandela showed the power of unearned suffering

    JESSE JACKSON: Mandela, like Jesus, Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, met external prosecution with internal character, indomitable will and stoic sacrifice. He wouldn’t allow his persecutors to bring him down to their level. He knew that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth would leave all blind and toothless.

    We’d be wise to heed Pope Francis’ mission

    JESSE JACKSON: Pope Francis is displaying an extraordinary style and passion that demands our attention. He addresses the needs of the poor, embraces outcasts, and loves those on the margins of society. In this recent “apostolic exhortation,” The Joy of the Gospel, the pope raises a moral challenge to both his church and the world.

    Give thanks now, shop later

    JESSE JACKSON: The lust for stuff is a stark contradiction to the origins of Thanksgiving. This year, Wal-Mart will open its stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgivng Day to begin its “Black Friday” sales. Macy’s, Target, Kmart and others are all moving up their opening times, too. Suddenly, Thanksgiving dinner itself is at risk.