Friday, February 2, 2018
The elderly, slightly-built Nigerian man who was reportedly beaten, bound and gagged for eight hours by an Emirates Airline cabin crew and security agent on a flight from Dubai to Chicago late last month will be the special guest at the weekly community forum and international broadcast of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters
930 E. 50th Street
“This is an egregious and ugly situation,” Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said after meeting Friday afternoon with the battered passenger, David Ukesone, and his family at PUSH headquarters.
The wounds from the restraints around Mr. Ukesone’s wrists and ankles have yet to fully heal and were clearly visible during his meeting at PUSH more than a week after the Jan. 23 flight. Upon landing, Mr. Ukesone was not charged and was rushed to a Chicago hospital where he spent four days.
“He was sick, not dangerous,” Rev. Jackson said.
Rev. Jackson contacted Emirates Airlines Friday to schedule a meeting with company officials as soon as possible to resolve “the situation and to make sure it never happens again.” Rev. Jackson is also scheduling meetings with the ambassadors from Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates.
“This should never have happened,” Rev. Jackson said. “It was excessive and unnecessary violence against anyone, not to mention a 74-year-old man on his first international flight.”
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.
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