FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Rev. Jackson to meet with Kenosha leaders about pro-Breonna Taylor protests and the outcome of the Jacob Blake case
Chicago, IL Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. has been invited by Kenosha faith and local leaders to attend a meeting 4 p.m. today, Thursday, September 24th, at the Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th Street, in Kenosha, WI., to discuss pro-Breonna Taylor protests and discussions on the anticipated outcome involving the Jacob Blake case.
Bishop Tavis Grant, national field director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, said Kenosha leaders and activists are fearful of getting a similar grand jury verdict that lets the police officer, who shot Blake in the back seven times while his three sons were in the back seat of his car, off the hook.
After the grand jury indicted only one of the three officers involved in shooting Taylor and only for wanton endangerment in the March 13th shooting, Grant said African Americans in Kenosha fear the same thing will happen to the Blake family.
Some of the activists are also concerned about the role of retired Madison, Wisconsin police chief Noble Wray who has been chosen by Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely to be a consultant on the Blake shooting investigation.
“Many are concerned about Wray’s role and his responsibility given that it appears it is unprecedented that you would bring an expert into the investigation related to charges but not in the process related to the prosecution,” Bishop Grant said.
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.