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Rev. Jackson to make “call to action” for Puerto Rico with Rev. Dr. Berryhill

September 30, 2017


September 30, 2017

Rev. Jackson to make “call to action” for Puerto Rico with Rev. Dr. Berryhill Sunday, Oct. 1st



Chicago: -- Concerned over the slow rescue efforts by the U.S. after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. will be holding a 12:15 p.m. press conference Sunday, October 1st, with Rev. Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill, senior pastor, of the Resurrected Life Church International, 4538 West Fullerton, to make a call to action for that battered island.


Rev. Jackson, who is attending a 10 a.m. worship service at Rev. Berryhill’s church,  “will be making a call to action on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico as they face the current humanitarian crisis caused by Hurricane Maria,” said Rev. Dr. Berryhill. “This is the time for us to come together.”

Agreeing, Rev. Jackson said, “Americans deserve a better and more humane response. It’s been too slow and too little given the advance warnings of the hurricanes.” Referring to Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico, Hurricane Irma that hit Florida and Hurricane Jose that caused major damage across the Gulf Stream off the coast of North Carolina, Rev. Jackson said Trump continues to “ignore these signs of global warming.”

Pleas of help continue to pour in from Puerto Rico including from Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) who also criticized President Trump for his slow humanitarian aid response. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz echoed similar allegations and pleaded for the U.S. to “save us from dying.”

Her pleas for help were met with vitriolic Tweets from President Trump accusing her of having “poor leadership” and that she and other leaders there “want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort.” Rev. Jackson called Trump’s Tweets “inappropriate.”

Rev. Jackson and Rev. Dr. Berryhill will announce their humanitarian plans at the press conference and will address the war of words over the dire straits of Puerto Rico and what the U.S.’s disaster plans should be.


Donations of non-perishable food, new and gently used clothing and water can be dropped off at Rev. Dr. Berryhill’s church Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Background on Rev. Dr. Berryhill:

Three-years ago, Dr. Berryhill, then the senior pastor of Evangel World Outreach Center, took over the Centro Christiano Bethesda Church headed by retiring Apostle David Rivera and changed its name to Resurrected Life Church International.

Berryhill’s church has a large contingent of Hispanics representing 40 different nationalities including German, Italian, Polish, Asian, Filipino, Latino, African and African American.





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Chinta Strausberg