FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 15, 2019
Hate Will Not Win
A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
CHICAGO – Today I attended Friday afternoon prayers at the Downtown Islamic Center here in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand.
Peace activists, Christian clergy and I joined the Imam and his congregation to pray for the souls of the dead and for strength for the living to carry on in the wake of the horrific act of racist terror that killed at least 49 people and wounded dozens more gathered to worship God in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
We have experienced the scourge of white nationalist violence and racial and religious hatred too many times in recent years. In Charleston, Charlottesville, Pittsburgh and now Christchurch African American Christians, Jews and Muslims were killed in the name of white supremacy and race war.
We will not let terrorism be successful in destroying our ecumenical movement for peace and justice around the world. We remain determined to expand our relationship, our coalition of conscience and make the world safer – with fewer guns. We will continue to go forward together by love and hope and not backwards by fear and hate.
The racists will not defeat us.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.