August 31, 2017
Rainbow PUSH Coalition Relief Drive and News Conference
Wicked winds, massive flooding, chemical plant fires and the toll of the missing and the dead rising by the day, the people of Texas desperately need help.
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., will outline the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Hurricane Harvey humanitarian relief efforts and discuss policy changes required to prevent such widespread damage and suffering in the future at a news conference:
Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017
Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters
930 E. 50th Street
“The flooding is a natural disaster not disconnected from climate change,” Rev. Jackson said. “Clearly, we need to be part of the scientific worldview that takes climate change seriously.”
Rev. Jackson will call on President Donald Trump to immediately reinstate standards set by President Barack Obama requiring the federal government to account for climate change and sea-level rise when building infrastructure. Ten days before Hurricane Harvey hit, President Trump signed an executive order rolling back the standards.
Meanwhile, Rainbow PUSH will collect relief donations Saturday, Sept. 2 and Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. at coalition headquarters. The donations will be trucked to Houston, Texas.
Rainbow PUSH is asking for donations of the following store-bought items:
- New clothing (t-shirts, sweat pants, underwear, etc.)
- Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows, etc.)
- Non-perishable food
- Personal hygiene items
- Baby supplies (diapers, unopened formula, bottles, etc.)
- Pet supplies (food, carriers/crates, leashes, bowls, etc.)
The donations are already pouring in. On Thursday, Aug. 31, members of “The Jam” on WCIU Channel 26 The, U arrived at Rainbow PUSH with a white panel truck stuffed with diapers, canned foods, pet supplies, hygiene products, water and other items donated by the students and staff of St. Laurence High School in Burbank, IL.
“Everybody wants to help,” Jon Hansen, a reporter for “The Jam,” said. “Here at WCIU we are always looking for ways to give back to the community. Partnering with St. Laurence was a no-brainer. They rallied together in 18 hours to come up with three vans full of donations. From the administration to the students, they are inspiring all of us to step up.”