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Friday, December 22, 2017
Holiday Tradition: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. to Visit Cook County Jail Christmas Morning
CHICAGO – The vast majority of the nearly 6,000 men and women locked up in Cook County Jail are pretrial detainees and therefore still eligible to register and to vote.
On Christmas Day, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will register as many of them as he can when he spends the holy morning doing what he has for decades on Christmas: visiting, worshiping – and maybe even dancing – with the inmates and staff of one of the largest jails in the country
Monday, December 25, 2017
10 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Cook County Jail
2700 South California Avenue
“As they affirm their citizenship by registering to vote they are empowered in a legitimate way,” says Rev. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “There is nothing about being incarcerated that should deprive one of the rights of citizenship. We are trying to convince youth who are in this situation to think and work their way out and to never return. We intend to register them on site as a way of bringing them into the center of society.”
Joining Rev. Jackson at the jail will be the Rainbow PUSH band and the Gideon 300 Men’s Choir of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, senior pastor Rev. James Meeks.
During the visit, Rainbow PUSH will also offer free testing for HIV.
Rev. Jackson has been visiting Cook County Jail for decades on Christmas morning. Operation PUSH (now the Rainbow PUSH Coalition) was founded on December 25, 1971.
“We have always reached out to the dispossessed, the imprisoned, the voiceless,” Rev. Jackson says. “Whether it is going to the jail to uplift spirits or going to the street corner to feed the hungry, that is how we celebrate Christmas.”
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 organizationshe founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (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.
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