Press Releases

February 18, 2013

STATEMENT EXPRESSING GRATITUDE FOR PRAYERS AND CALLS FOR FAMILY

 

REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON, SR. AND RAINBOW PUSH
COALITION RELEASE STATEMENT EXPRESSING GRATITUDE FOR PRAYERS
AND CALLS FOR FAMILY- YET CONTINUE TO ASK FOR PRAYERS AND
SUPPORT OF FAMILIES OF VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE AND POVERTY
Chicago, IL ( Monday, February 18, 2013)-Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rainbow PUSH
Coalition release the following statement :
“During this difficult and painful ordeal, our family has felt the impact of your prayers and
calls. So many ministers have reached out to us, and we thank you. The hurt in this valley is
indescribable.
Jesse remains under tight medical supervision. He is struggling with the highs and lows of his
bipolar disorder. Please pray for him, Sandi and their children.
Jesse’s ordeal has been compounded by the stresses of his current legal challenges. In a recent
statement of contrition, he assumed responsibility and apologized. Our hope is that his sincere
apology will be well received. This is a storm, within time storms pass over.
There are other storms—I was unable to attend the President’s speech on Friday in Chicago, but
the issues he addressed are never far from my mind. As I pray for my own family, I also pray for
the victims of shootings and violence. Even as the President made a massive appeal to end the
violence and restore hope, four shootings took place just hours after his plane left the runway.
Hadiya Pendleton, a symbol of this war, was the 549th victim since last January. This carnage
has several legs. There are no gun shops in Chicago, but guns are flowing in from suburbs and
surrounding states. Drugs are flowing in from across the border. Jobs are flowing out. And all of
this impacts the community—45%-50% unemployment in some communities, racially targeted
foreclosures, and crippling poverty.
We can’t police our way out of this racial and urban abandonment; we need an urban plan that
corresponds with this urban crisis. We need an urban reconstruction development bank, just
as they had in Europe with the Marshall Plan—a mass plan for mass action. The effective use
of pension funds and the repatriation of money currently held overseas by US companies are
sources of capital that we should consider.
Please continue to pray for our family. Let’s pray for each other; let’s pray for hope and change.
Through it all, prayer, forgiveness and redemption still matter.”

 

Chicago, IL ( Monday, February 18, 2013)-Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rainbow PUSH

Coalition release the following statement :

 

“During this difficult and painful ordeal, our family has felt the impact of your prayers and

calls. So many ministers have reached out to us, and we thank you. The hurt in this valley is

indescribable.

 

Jesse remains under tight medical supervision. He is struggling with the highs and lows of his

bipolar disorder. Please pray for him, Sandi and their children.

 

Jesse’s ordeal has been compounded by the stresses of his current legal challenges. In a recent

statement of contrition, he assumed responsibility and apologized. Our hope is that his sincere

apology will be well received. This is a storm, within time storms pass over.

 

There are other storms—I was unable to attend the President’s speech on Friday in Chicago, but

the issues he addressed are never far from my mind. As I pray for my own family, I also pray for

the victims of shootings and violence. Even as the President made a massive appeal to end the

violence and restore hope, four shootings took place just hours after his plane left the runway.

 

Hadiya Pendleton, a symbol of this war, was the 549th victim since last January. This carnage

has several legs. There are no gun shops in Chicago, but guns are flowing in from suburbs and

surrounding states. Drugs are flowing in from across the border. Jobs are flowing out. And all of

this impacts the community—45%-50% unemployment in some communities, racially targeted

foreclosures, and crippling poverty.

 

We can’t police our way out of this racial and urban abandonment; we need an urban plan that

corresponds with this urban crisis. We need an urban reconstruction development bank, just

as they had in Europe with the Marshall Plan—a mass plan for mass action. The effective use

of pension funds and the repatriation of money currently held overseas by US companies are

sources of capital that we should consider.

 

Please continue to pray for our family. Let’s pray for each other; let’s pray for hope and change.

Through it all, prayer, forgiveness and redemption still matter.”