CHICAGO (January 16, 2010))—Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, announced the organization’s efforts to raise funds for a delegation of doctors traveling to Haiti this coming Tuesday.
“Help is going to Haiti but not fast enough,” said Rev. Jackson. “Doctors, medical supplies, food and water need to be airlifted into the country if other ways of passage are blocked.”
A team of 20 volunteer doctors and nurses are being organized by Hospitals for Humanity (HFH) to help victims hurt in the devastating earthquake. HFH is a non-profit organization designed to provide access to quality and affordable healthcare for people who are in dire need, especially those who live in developing and third-world countries.
“We are going to go there and take care of our people,” said Myna Jenkins, a nurse speaking on behalf of the group. “The only way we can do that is with your help.”
Donations to HFH can be made at www.hospitalsforhumanity.org
Rev. Jackson commended the actions of CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta calling him a “real humanitarian” for staying and working in a hospital where doctors had been evacuated for security reasons.
“That is a crime against humanity to take away those doctors,” Jackson stated. “Dr. Gupta stayed and worked alone.”
Rev. Jackson also announced he is making arrangements to travel to Haiti but does not yet have a specific date.
During the live international broadcast of Saturday Morning Forum, special guest speaker Lerone Bennett, author and historian, commemorated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“King created a second birth of freedom in this nation,” he stated. “We have not been able to move beyond that level and will not able to until the integration of money and resources reaches everyone. We are free but not equal.”
Bennett, writer and social historian, was a classmate of Dr. King’s at Morehouse College. He has authored articles, poems, short stories, and over nine books on African American history and current political challenges facing blacks.
To commemorate the holiday, the 20th annual PUSH-Excel Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast will be held on January 18, 2010 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water Street, Chicago.
Celebrating what would have been Dr. King’s 81st birthday, PUSH for Excellence (PUSH Excel) will present deserving high school and college students from across the nation with scholarships.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit www.rainbowpush.org or call (773) 373-3366.