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Friday, December 14, 2018
Rev. Jackson to Call on President Trump to End “Cruel and Inhumane” Deportation Policies
CHICAGO – With President Donald Trump trying to revoke the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of hundreds of thousands Haitians, Africans, Salvadorans and Hondurans and deport them in the summer of 2019, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will hold a press conference 11:45 A.M. Saturday, December 15, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., to call for an end to the “cruel and inhumane” deportation policies.
“Even more cruel is the fact that more than 200,000 of their U.S.-born children will be separated from their parents,” said Rev. Jackson. “If Trump goes through with his deportation plan, we will have another southern border children’s crisis across this nation. Who will take care of these children?”
A mother of five whose husband was deported will tell how hard it is to raise fatherless children. “It’s obvious that the Trump administration could care less, but we do, and we will fight back,” said Rev. Jackson.
Also, on the third week of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Anniversary Month, Rev. Jackson, staff and special guests will be celebrate International/Business day Saturday with the keynote speaker being the internationally known Rev. Raphael Warnock, pastor of the historic Ebenezer Baptist church which Dr. King and his father co-pastored.
There will be an 8 a.m. international/business breakfast where representatives from the African, Haitian and Latino communities will attend.
Jonathan L. Jackson, national spokesman for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will talk about the charter school victory and the McDonald franchises vs. McDonald’s Corporation.
James Gomez, director of International Affairs for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will give updates on the Korean Peace initiative, South African international human rights and international businesses.
Besides the tribute to Nancy Wilson by Joan Collaso, entertainment will be by Maurice Mahon and the LXW choir.
At 1 p.m., PUSH Excel’s Speech Spectacular 2018 tournaments will be held simultaneously at the PUSH headquarters and in Detroit, Michigan. Cook County Judge Stanley Hill teaches the students the art of speaking. There will be first, second and third place winners and honorable mentions.
Also, at 1 p.m., the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will show a film entitled: “Cooked: Survival by Zip Code.” Documentarian Judith Helfand, who was in NY during Hurricane Sandy, turned her attention to past natural disasters like the 1995 heat wave in Chicago that killed 739 deaths over a five-day period.
Future Saturday Rainbow PUSH Coalition events include: Next Saturday, December 22, Founder’s Day, December 25, Christmas Day at the Cook County Jail, December 29, Millennial Saturday and December 31, Watch Night Emancipation service.
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 RainbowCoalition (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.