Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
Rainbow PUSH Coalition Wall Street Project’s theme: ‘Economic Justice’. The coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund will hold an annual economic summit next week.
By Sam Richard
The Wall Street Project Economic Summit will take place Jan. 11 to 14 in New York City, and it has been called a “plan for economic justice” by the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr.
“This is what we call the fourth stage of our struggle,” Jackson recently told the Los Angeles Sentinel as he talked about the event. “Stage one was to end legal slavery … Stage two was to end legal Jim Crow laws. Stage three was the right to vote. Stage four is access to capital, industry, technology…”
“We are free but not equal,” he said.
African Americans are in a different struggle–a struggle for equality, said Jackson, president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, which is holding the event with the Citizen Education Fund.
Asked what economic justice practically looks like, Jackson said, “Economic justice looks like equality and parity and fair share.”
Leaders will convene to have a plan for what he calls economic justice.
“We’re losing businesses. We’re number one in unemployment,” he later said, naming other problems in the Black community.
People are coming together to demand equality, as well as access to jobs, contracts and capital at city, state, federal and corporate levels, the civil rights leader said.
The 14th annual event, subtitled “A More Perfect Union: Time to Rebuild America,” will have several features, including a session about the U.S. housing crisis, a youth seminar with the Hip Hop Union, and the Small Business Institute.
The first day of the event will include the Economic Roundtable, where U.S. economist Dr. Max Wolf is scheduled to speak.
On Jan. 12, several people are expected to speak at the Economic Agenda Luncheon. That event will include a representative from the U.S. Department of Treasury, New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and others.
Also on that day, attendees will have the opportunity to attend the “Financial Considerations In Professional Sports” session, where former New York Knick Charles Smith will moderate, and New York Jet Kris Jenkins is scheduled to be on the panel.
Jan. 13 will include a session titled “Community Partnerships with the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries,” where “untapped opportunities for job creation within these industries” will be examined with a focus on the well-being and health of communities of color, Rainbow Push’s website states.
Other events will include “Business Opportunities in Africa: a Focus on the Diaspora and Foreign Investors,” as well as “Women and Wealth Sessions.”
Many other sessions are scheduled to take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, which is where the summit will occur.
“It’s like four days of economic activity,” Jackson said.
Jackson predicted that at least one thing will result from the summit: It’s what he says is “our share of stimulus contracts.”
According to Rainbow PUSH’s website, “We’ve come so far, but we still have so far to go.”
For more information on the event, visit http://rainbowpush.org//pages/washington14th-landing. People can also e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (773) 373-3366.