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January 10, 2020
Nicor official to speak at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast on commitment to bring natural gas line to Pembroke
Rev. Jackson praises white farmers support
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Chicago, IL – As a strong show of commitment, Shannon Pierce, vice president, Operations for Nicor Gas, is speaking at the 10 a.m. Saturday, January 11, Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast to voice strong support in helping Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.’s goal of installing a natural gas line in Pembroke—one of the poorest townships in Illinois.Chicago, IL – As a strong show of commitment, Shannon Pierce, vice president, Operations for Nicor Gas, is speaking at the 10 a.m. Saturday, January 11, Rainbow PUSH Coalition broadcast to voice strong support in helping Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.’s goal of installing a natural gas line in Pembroke—one of the poorest townships in Illinois.
The live, weekly broadcast will be held at the historic Parkway Ballroom 4455 S. King Dr., where Pierce who has a law degree from the University of Virginia, will detail the resources Nicor has committed to bring to Pembroke. Currently, Pembroke has no gas line and some resident’s still use wood-burning stoves.
Praising Nicor officials for their support, Rev. Jackson said, “This is Dr. King’s dream” and Pembroke “is our Selma.” He reflected on Dr. King’s last birthday where he gathered people of different multi-racial, multi-cultural supporters to work on the Poor People’s Campaign.
Pembroke, he said, is an extension of Dr. King’s last project. “The gas line when completed will attract industry, create jobs and help that township grow economically. That is Dr. King’s dream,” Rev. Jackson said.
In demonstrating Nicor’s support, Pierce said, “Natural gas is not only a clean, safe, reliable and affordable source of energy, it is an economic driver as well.”
Saying she is proud that Nicor Gas is a part of the coalition of leaders convened by Rev. Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, that includes elected officials, economic alliances, agricultural resources, government and community leaders, Pierce said these layers of support will help to bring “the much-needed infrastructure, businesses and funding to Pembroke Township that will spark economic growth.”
“We look forward to working with our state and federal policymakers, business partners and the community to provide Pembroke with the resources it needs to succeed.” Pierce stated.
Rev. Jackson praised the white farmers including Ted Petersen, corporate community liaison for the Van Drunen Farms, who also voiced strong support in helping Pembroke secure a natural gas line. Their joining the Pembroke Township movement reminds Rev. Jackson of Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign coalition. “When we unite, we win,” he said.
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 organizations he 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.