published Friday, April 30th, 2010

Jackson brings fight for justice to area companies

The Rev. Jesse Jackson is bringing his fight for equal opportunity to some of world's biggest companies.

The 68-year-old civil right leader, who was in Chattanooga last year to appeal to Volkswagen to ensure adequate minority hiring, contracting and investment, will bring a similar message to AT&T today during the phone giant's annual meeting in Chattanooga.

"We're now in the next phase of our struggle to make this a more perfect union," Mr. Jackson told several hundred supporters Thursday night during an appearance at the Olivet Baptist Church in Chattanooga.

After ending slavery and legalized segregation and then gaining the right to vote and electing America's first black president, the civil rights struggle is shifting from the courtroom and the ballot box to the board room and the marketplace, Mr. Jackson said.

"Unless you have access to capital, industry, technology and broadband, there is no equality," he said. "Why do we go to AT&T's meeting? Because that is where the jobs are."

Mr. Jackson, a preacher turned politician who founded the National Rainbow Coalition more than 25 years ago in Chicago, said minorities "have been locked out of the private sector" and need to build partnerships that are mutually beneficial to corporations and their minority customers and investors. He urged minorities to buy stock in the 25 biggest publicly traded companies operating in Chattanooga and go to their annual meetings to ask for a bigger share of jobs and contracts for marketing, legal work, supplies and professional services.

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    Staff photo by Matt Fields-Johnson/Chattanooga Times Free Press The Reverent Jesse Jackson speaks Thursday night at Olivet Baptist Church about changes in equality that need to be made in Chattanooga and the country.

Mr. Jackson took the podium at the annual shareholders meeting of the Bank of America on Tuesday to ask company CEO Brian Moynihan to work to reduce foreclosures and diversify its work force. He questioned the priority of bailing out wrongful actions of bankers he called "banksters" while having to cut investments in education and mass transit.

"Something is wrong with our priorities,' Mr. Jackson said. "Money went from Washington to Wall Street and now it's going from Wall Street back to Washington. But it never made it to our neighborhoods."

But Mr. Jackson said low-income Americans need to study and prepare for new opportunities. He is scheduled today to stress the importance of working for excellence in an appearance before students at Howard School for Academics and Technology -- a school that defeated his own high school football team from Greenville, S.C., when they played in the 1950s.

Mr. Jackson, who sought the Democratic nomination for president in both 1984 and 1988, was praised Thursday night by a variety of Democratic politicians. State Rep. Joanne Favors, D-Chattanooga, presented a legislative resolution from her colleagues in Nashville recognizing Mr. Jackson as "an American icon" and "the conscience of our country."

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KWVeteran said...

"Unless you have access to capital, industry, technology and broadband, there is no equality,"

"minorities have been locked out of the private sector"

Jackson is wrong.

April 30, 2010 at 8:23 a.m.
aces25 said...

How about less worry about what groups of people should be hired and more worry about hiring qualified individuals? The desire of the individual to work is a right, but the requirement (or initiative) to hire an individual or certain groups of individuals is a privilege.

April 30, 2010 at 8:57 a.m.
Salsa said...

. "Money went from Washington to Wall Street and now it's going from Wall Street back to Washington. But it never made it to our neighborhoods."

I bet a whole lot of money made it to Jesse's pocket for this speech.

April 30, 2010 at 10:08 a.m.
whatsthefuss said...

He has been holding up corporate America for so long I now know him as Jesse James Jackson. Perhaps Bill Cosby will come and speak so we can hear the other side.

April 30, 2010 at 12:53 p.m.
Oz said...

whatsthefuss....that was good!

April 30, 2010 at 1:05 p.m.

It was priceless. Progressive 'code-speak' language, very carefully wrought in order to appeal to the emotions of the people, without angering the fine, white folks in attendance. Particularly on City Council and from the White, Liberal Churches. He spoke about the poor minorities who are still oppressed and that even the middle-class don't own enough companies. He was careful, yet spoke about "social, economic justice" issues, code for spreading the wealth around, socialism. Funny thing, no one in the room was poor and I bet, not living in the ghetto. The people he needed to reassure, were not in the room.

Plenty of old-style Baptist preaching with the prerequisite flailing of the arms and legs and insincere shouts of JOY! JOY! JOY! If one did not know this man and his history or didn't care, one would be fooled. Evidently the City Fathers and State Legislators were, as they gave Jesse a "proclamation of Honor" of some sort while speechifying about his "icon" status and "humanitarian" status, his wonderful, love-filled life with his wife and 6 children, his world-wide "majesty and fame" for bringing "equality to all Americans"...The one item left out of all the speeches and left out of the above article, was his charges in California for embezzling RainbowPUSH's funds, with his Mistress, for personal use. And all the adulteries on. No one's perfect in this world, but to pretend you obey Jesus' word and live the life of a Baptist Minister, when you don't, is complete dishonesty and frankly, sin. Written and stamped on his face were the dissipations of a wayward man. It is almost sad. It is sad that so many nowadays are so deceived.

April 30, 2010 at 2 p.m.

Until that is, the finale. He actually asked his ushers to distribute HUMONGOUS rainbow colored envelopes, in a sanctuary no less. Then asked for $100 donations and for the donor to stand up (completely un-biblical). No one, including the mostly well-off and middle-class responded. Then he pleaded over and over for 50, then 25, finally 10 dollars. One person handed something over. Jesse kept quoting something or other about helping Rainbow's mission which is the "people's mission and being a giver of whatever "you can afford". Finally, he asked for a "Food Stamp", one food stamp. Hardly anyone laughed, it was embarrassing and pathetic. He was last seen BEGGING the choir for money. I love all the Lord's people and wish the best for them. Especially to mature in truth and the Word and get with "the program". To witness such regressiveness and willingness to believe whatever they're told, is very disturbing, even for one who has seen this going on for decades.

'Thanks' Leaders everywhere. In businesses, Unions, churches, in our Gov'ts and in Washington. 'Thanks' for all the lies, divisions of races, hand-outs that have done nothing for people's dignities or 'self-worth'. No thanks for spitting on God's blessings in this country, not the least which is the blessing to bring us together as One. You all need to turn back to the Lord God of the Bible and repent. With complete sincerity. Yes, even you Jesse. Despite the worship and adulation of the people for you, you are a mere man, frail like the rest of us. Rich as you are, you are no 'Prince', just a man, once an innocent boy who no doubt suffered much.

April 30, 2010 at 2:06 p.m.
kitdoc said...

I grew up the son a of preacher man and I can not understand for the life of me how this man still has the gall to go by the title "Reverend". If Rep Favors thinks this is our conscience, this country no longer has a conscience.

April 30, 2010 at 2:49 p.m.
rolando said...

AT&T will undoubtedly do what the other major corporations did; offer to make a sizable contribution to Rainbow/PUSH. Jesse will then leave town...that is his M.O. and he expects it to work. It does.

I am sick unto death that people like him have made me into the cynic I have become. Yes, it is a learned attitude based on decades of experience with people of his ilk -- power-hungry takers, every one.

April 30, 2010 at 6:25 p.m.
MountainJoe said...

Jesse Jackson fights for no one and nothing but ... Jesse.

Read "Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson" and weep for the many he has duped and extorted.

April 30, 2010 at 10:47 p.m.
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