Thursday, March 7, 2019
Rainbow PUSH Coalition to Host Mayoral Candidates Preckwinkle and Lightfoot at Saturday Morning Community Forum
CHICAGO – The historic and heated runoff election for mayor of Chicago will take the stage at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition weekly community forum and international broadcast when candidates Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot – the last women standing – share their visions and plans for the city:
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters
930 E. 50th Street
With less than four weeks before voters elect one of them on April 2 to be the first African American woman mayor of Chicago, Preckwinkle and Lightfoot are following a path well-traveled by their political peers, seeking to turn ambition and dreams into votes and power.
For decades, especially in election season, the PUSH stage has been a magnet for elected officials and candidates, including President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton. Congressional leaders such as Nancy Pelosi have also spent their Saturday mornings addressing the PUSH forum as have Bobby Rush, Danny Davis, Jan Schakowsky and numerous other members of Congress; Carol Moseley Braun, the first African American women United States Senator and Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and a two-time presidential candidate, will introduce Preckwinkle and Lightfoot.
Disturbed by the low voter turnout during last month’s municipal elections in Chicago, Rev. Jackson will also recount his recent trip to Selma, Alabama and the courage and bloody sacrifices it took to win passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, “a pillar of modern American democracy that must be protected and never taken for granted.”
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.