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A New Beginning of Light and Hope

May 20, 2019




Monday, May 20, 2019


A New Beginning of Light and Hope

A statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.


Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be an incredible mayor. Her inaugural address today was an out-of-the-park home run.  Hours later, the ball is still sailing down Waveland Avenue.


As Mayor Lightfoot made clear: The old guard and the old ways that locked so many Chicagoans out of power and prosperity are on the way out. And will be replaced by the bright light of fairness, inclusion, transparency and change.


Of that I have no doubt.


No mayor on her own, not even one as talented, smart and honest as Mayor Lightfoot, can do all the work that must be done. She’s going to need our help.


We the people must be vigilant to make sure we never see another “Council Wars.” We must demand our aldermen and alderwomen be full partners in change, not a cabal of obstructionists who long for the old days.


The banks must help, too, by targeting lending in areas of greatest need and green line the redline zones of the West and South sides in Lightfoot’s Chicago.


The police and the community must learn to work together and respect each other. We have the power to stop killing each other. We must not be a sanctuary for killers.


Each of us has a role to play. We must embrace a new collective attitude to go with our new mayor and her commitment to service.


Today is a new beginning for Chicago. I can’t wait to see the light tomorrow brings.




Media Contact:
Don Terry


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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