FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 24, 2020
Rev. Jackson to receive more care packages for Bishop Powell, Sr. whose church burned down
Call to action for Census Count/Voter Registration
Chicago, IL: Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and staff are holding an 11:30 a.m. press conference Saturday, January 25th, at the Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. Dr. King Dr., to receive more care packages for Bishop Jerome Powell, Sr., who lost his church to a fire.
Donors, like that of activist Brother Hall, will bring 13 boxes of non-perishables. A truck will be available to receive the gifts. Bishop Powell, 56, pastor of the Beacon Light Ministries Church, 11034 S. Michigan Ave., is a father of 10 and grandfather of 46. He feeds 75 families on Sunday’s. He and his family will be present.
Rev. Jackson will talk about the 2020 Census and how faith leaders and community activists must begin to educate the public about the importance of filling out those forms and the urgency of voter registration.
From March 12-20, households will begin to receive official census Bureau mail on how to respond to the 2020 Census online, by phone or by mail, and from March 30-April 1st, homeless people will be counted. In April Census takers will begin visiting college students living on campus, those living in senior centers. In July, Census takers will begin visiting those who have not responded.
PUSH officials will explain what is at stake and how returning the Census forms can especially affect children, business growth, job creation, building new homes, the possible loss of two congressional seats; fair funding of the more than $675 billion a year in federal funds for schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other programs including over 200 federal programs like school lunch programs and the Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC).
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 organizations he 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.