For Immediate Release
REVEREND JESSE L. JACKSON SR. AND THE RAINBOW PUSH COALITION CELEBRATE THE RELEASE OF KEVIN SCOTT SUTAY
A Statement from the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
Sunday October 27th 2013
I join in celebrating with the state department the release of Kevin Scott Sutay. A month ago, we met with FARC leadership in Cuba and they agreed to release Kevin to me with no conditions. The release did not occur due to logistic issues between the Colombian government and the FARC. I never gave up on advocating for Kevin’s freedom and it is a joy to know that he is finally free and will be united with his family very soon.
I thank the FARC leadership for keeping to their commitment to free Kevin. I also thank President Juan Manuel Santos whom I met with in Bogota, Colombia regarding Kevin. His role was vital in the joy we celebrate today.
I commend the Norwegians and Cubans for their leadership in Kevin’s release and especially their role in the vital peace process I hope that the cooperation between FARC and the Colombian government will continue to resolve their long standing dispute and thus a united peaceful and developed Colombia. I would like to extend a special thanks to our host while on this mission The Cuban Council of Churches.
I hope and pray that all parties to the Colombian conflict will agree to move from the battle field and embrace a political solution to this long and devastating conflict.
Reverend Jesse L. Jackson Sr.
Keep Hope Alive!
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..