published Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Jackson visits city Thursday

by Chris Carroll


What: The Rev. Jesse Jackson will discuss economic issues in the community.

Where: Olivet Baptist Church, 740 M.L. King Blvd.

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, doors open; 7 p.m. speech begins

How much: Free

Information: To RSVP a clergyman or organization for the dinner, call 423-266-8709, ext. 221.

For the second time in a year, the Rev. Jesse Jackson will visit Chattanooga as he attempts to use his influence for a greater number of minority hires.

"A lot of people are hurting economically in this community," said the Rev. Kevin Adams, pastor at Olivet Baptist Church. "We're going to rally and come up with strategies to address that."

After a meeting with local clergy and community leaders, Mr. Jackson is expected to focus on "minority concerns in this economy" during a speech at Olivet Baptist Church on Thursday at 7 p.m., according to a news release from the church.

The public is invited to the free event.

Mr. Adams said he spoke with Mr. Jackson on Monday and the veteran civil rights leader said he plans to offer strategies to fight foreclosures and navigate the student loan process.

The number of property foreclosures in Hamilton County has nearly tripled in the past decade as the county's unemployment rate edged up this year to 10 percent and stayed near that level this spring.

"I'm afraid we will end up with more foreclosures in 2010," said Ted Fellman, executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

This week's visit by Mr. Jackson comes just 10 months after the civil rights leader spoke last June at Olivet Baptist Church after his appeal to officials at the new Volkswagen plant to increase minority employment.

"This time, it's us trying to push people and encourage them to get the education and the skill training to benefit from opportunities in this city," Mr. Adams said.

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harrystatel said...

Let's hope Jesse keeps his knife in his pocket in case he gets in a testicular-cutting frame of mind.

April 27, 2010 at 1:21 p.m.
whoknows said...

I miss the days when people were hired based on how qualified they were to do the job, rather than how much of a minority they are.

April 27, 2010 at 2:38 p.m.
seyville said...

How much are they paying Jesse J. to come here? Couldn't that money be put to better use in skills training? That way when jobs opportunities present themselves, young black males will already be ahead and ready with the skills needed. The problem in the black community is there are very little if any skilled workers. Therefore, when jobs come into the city the excludors can use that tired old worn out excuse they used in the 1960s and 1970s when refusing to hire blacks.

The first excuse was they didn't have high school diplomas. When locally blacks started to graduate in record numbers, they were told they needed college or trade school training. When they started to go to college in record numbers and graduate, the excuse was they needed on the job training. The key here for African-Americans is to better prepare your off spring and beat them at their own game.

April 27, 2010 at 5:49 p.m.
FreedomJournal said...

We believe that the problem in Chattanooga regarding a gross lack of Black leadership is a more critical issue in the Black community than the economic issues. We also believe that the lack of Real Preachers is also a crisis in Chattanooga. So we believe that Jesse Jackson should address these problems. However we also believe that Jesse Jackson is part of the problem.

FREEDOMJOURNAL ARCHIVES: THE PREACHER/MINISTER/PASTOR (What Does The Bible Teach About Pastors?) Part 1: Introduction Greetings Brethren,

Peace be unto you. There are a lot of questions raised concerning the role of Pastors then, now and later. Many are weak in the word. However some had/have a heart for God and some loved/love man. Peace and Love, Carl Patton a willing slave of Almighty God writing for the FreedomJournal 31 March 2006 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

Brethren if we stopped paying Preachers high salaries how many would say they have been called? Are most Preachers today (2006) false prophets? Let it be written that if concerned Christians start charging the multitude of Preachers who steal from the Church with “Grand Theft” we would be able to hinder many of the crimes committed by Church leaders. Why is there so much scripture on forewarning us of false prophets? Why are so many false prophets accepted by so many church congregations? Is this because most people don’t want the true word of God? If so many people including the false prophets don’t want the true word do any of the people believe in God? Do these people believe that they can tailor their beliefs like a new suit of clothes with God? Who will save those that refute the Bible and lie on God? Our hearts burn as we have seen countless churches and Preachers rebuke the Truth and lie on God. What is sad is that no one is accepted among these people except those that distort and corrupt the Bible. Therefore there is a no acceptance policy are a lukewarm acceptance for those that keep God first. So the Church/Christianity is in a crisis. As an aside we could have titled this series “Christianity in Crisis,” because where can you find a Godly Preacher or a Godly Church building? Building here meaning those that come to worship. Are most Preachers sent by Satan to satisfy his lust to detract God’s people? Can you determine anything of merit regarding Christian principles by using an economic evaluation equation in the Church? So who are these people? What motivates them? What does God say? Cont. Part 2: Who Is The Preacher?

April 27, 2010 at 6:41 p.m.
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