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Rev. Jesse Jackson Comments on the One Year Anniversary of President Obama's Election

November 3, 2009

"President Obama inherited myriad economic and foreign policy crisis resulting from 8 years of failed Bush Administration policies. His administration has staved off the most horrific economic disaster since the Great Depression and brought the financial system back from the brink of collapse.

He has restored integrity, diplomacy and democratic principles to U.S. international relations, repairing its relationships with the world of nations. Full attention must now focus on the unfinished business - a Stimulus II that waters not just the leaves at the top but the roots at the bottom. A Stimulus II that saves our homes and puts real teeth into mandatory foreclosure prevention programs. Stimulus II that targets investment to protect and to make job protection and creation part of the recovery and to halt the rising unemployment. Jobless recovery is an oxymoron. A Stimulus II that further expands Pell Grants and reduces the interest rates on student loans to make higher education affordable and accessible to all. A final push to win comprehensive health care bill and beat back the rightwing resistance to progress. And finally, to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan with all deliberate and prudent speed, to redirect, as Dr. King strategized decades ago, funding away from wars and military interventions abroad, to jobs and economic justice at home.

We the people must organize to win this agenda and complete the unfinished business of this era's civil and human rights struggle."

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity. The organization is headquartered at 930 E. 50th St. in Chicago. For more information about the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, please visit the organization’s Web site, www.rainbowpush.org, or telephone (773) 373-3366. To arrange an interview with Rev. Jackson on this topic, please call the number listed above.

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