FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 18, 2019
Rev. Jackson, PUSH to Aid Furloughed Federal Workers
Call on Senate to end shutdown now
CHICAGO – As President Trump’s government shutdown stretches into its fourth week of hardship and worry, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition will distribute 150 gift cards, valued at $50 each, to furloughed federal employees:
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters
930 E. 50th Street
The gift certificates, provided by Food For Less, a subsidiary of the Kroger Company, will be distributed during the Rainbow PUSH Coalition weekly community meeting and international broadcast.
Following the broadcast, Rev. Jackson, union officials and community leaders will hold a news conference at 11:30 A.M. at the national headquarters, calling for an immediate end to the Trump shutdown that has put at risk the livelihoods of 800,000 federal employees and is beginning to cause serious damage to the overall American economy.
On Friday, several members of Congress, including Reps. Robin Kelly (D-2nd), Danny K. Davis (D-7th), Jan Schakowsky (D-9th), Lauren Underwood, D-14), Bill Foster (D-11th) union officials held a rally at Federal Plaza calling for an end to the 28-day shutdown.
“We are calling for the bill to be called in the Senate,” said Rev. Janette Wilson, senior adviser to Rev. Jackson. “PUSH can’t pay the workers, but we can supply some support to help them get through the weekend. We are calling on all the grocers around the nation to help feed these furloughed workers.”
Rev. Wilson called on the bankers and mortgage companies not to evict the workers who are being called back to work without pay. The congressmen said this fight is not about border protection because the border patrol officers are also not being paid.
Rev. Jackson will also comment on the Jason Van Dyke verdict.