May 25, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is denouncing the decision to close 49 Chicago public elementary schools.
A subdued Reverend Jesse Jackson emphasized the importance of speaking out against the school closings in a rational manner in order to affect change.
"People, understandably, are fighting back. They must do so non-violently and with great discipline. Do not get side tracked into name calling and things personal. Focus on the agenda: equal, high quality education for all children," Jackson said.
The school closings coupled with limited access to health care and a lack of jobs hurt Chicago's poorer communities, according to Jackson.