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Obama must recommit to eliminating nuclear arms
May 25, 2016
The president will use the occasion to revive attention on the need to rid the world of nuclear weapons ... read more »
Revive U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
April 13, 2016
Even where there is consensus, there is no authoritative, independent voice able to challenge both Congress and the president when needed ... read more »
Make election about economic justice
April 7, 2016
This year’s presidential primaries have highlighted the importance of people of color to the Democratic Party coalition. Hillary Clinton’s lead in the party’s nomination race comes almost entirely from her strength among African-Americans and Latino voters. When people of color favor one candidate by large margins, they make the difference. ... read more »
Stand with Apple, Stand Up for Civil Rights
March 24, 2016
The Apple case is a matter of deep personal concern to me—given the surveillance of civil rights organizations. The terrorists win when we allow fear to chip away at the U.S. ... read more »
Obama’s foreign policy has moved us toward reason
March 17, 2016
As Barack Obama’s presidency counts down its last months, amid the raucous babble of the Republican presidential debate, people are beginning to realize how much we will miss Obama’s leadership. ... read more »
GOP stopped being ‘party of Lincoln’ long before Trump
March 9, 2016
Last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced Donald Trump for playing footsie with David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan, saying Republicans are “the party of Lincoln.” The speaker is to be applauded for denouncing Trump’s dog whistle racial politics, ... read more »
Celebrate Dr. King by following his example
January 28, 2016
As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, memories of his last birthday flood my mind. He rose early and came to work. He was convening leaders from across regions and races — blacks, ... read more »
Gun control alone can’t curb violence
January 13, 2016
As President Barack Obama announces new executive action on gun control, U.S. gun manufacturing is a growth industry, almost doubling since the beginning of Obama Administration (5.6 million in 2009; 10.9 million in 2013). From 2001 to 2013, according to a Centers of Disease Control and Prevention report, 406,496 Americans were killed with firearms on U.S. soil. In contrast, the number of U.S. citizens killed by terrorists at home or abroad over the same years number 3,380. Chicago suffered a spike in gun homicides in 2015 with 470 homicides and 2,939 shooting victims, the worst of all U.S. cities. ... read more »
It’s time for answers in Laquan McDonald case
December 10, 2015
There will be no justice for Laquan McDonald. He is dead, shot 16 times point blank by a Chicago police officer. Now, after over a year, ... read more »
Saddened by Death of Julian Bond
August 20, 2015
The news this weekend that Julian Bond passed away at 75 saddened me deeply. America has lost a true and still vital champion for justice. President Obama, ... read more »
45 years after King, struggle goes on
April 5, 2013
April 4 marked the 45th year since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. Dr. King, 39, at the time, ... read more »
Bain sends Illinois jobs to China
October 11, 2012
Rev. Jesse Jackson Mrs. Dot Turner has worked at what is now Sensata Technologies in Downstate Freeport for 43 years. The company does sophisticated work creating sensors for automobiles. ... read more »
Ignore debate zingers, focus on issues
October 3, 2012
Rev. Jesse Jackson As Wednesday’s presidential debate approaches, the political junkies are gearing up for a shoot-out. If history is any guide, much attention will be paid to the political horse race. ... read more »
Counter GOP by telling the truth at Dem convention
September 12, 2012
Rev. Jesse Jackson Inevitably, the Democratic Party fest in Charlotte, N.C., will be compared to last week’s Republican gathering in Tampa, Fla. The speeches by the vice president and president will be contrasted with those of Republican nominees Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney. ... read more »
Romney’s agenda: Class warfare
August 24, 2012
Raise taxes on the rich? “Class warfare” the Republicans rail. Any discussion of inequality, says Mitt Romney, should be held privately “in quiet rooms.” Yet the Romney agenda for the country opens a new offensive in class warfare–only on the side of the few, ... read more »


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