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June 12, 2017

Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund



Heal and Rebuild


Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund

46th Annual International Convention

July 12 – 15, 2017

Hilton Chicago

720 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL




Political trauma and turmoil raging in Washington, gun violence turning Chicago neighborhoods into killing fields, endless wars, collapsed bridges, crumbling dams, toxic water pipes, freakish storms, an all-out assault on affordable healthcare, Russian hacking, voter suppression and a United States Department of Justice hostile to justice.


America is in trouble.


It is time to convene, to plan, to Heal and Rebuild.


It is time for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 46th Annual International Convention, July 12 – 15 – four days packed with thought leaders and newsmakers from tech, finance, politics, religion, sports and the arts, featuring among others:


Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, honored guest, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, Virginia Gov.  Terry McAuliffe, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, leader of the new Poor People’s Campaign, Tom Perez, head of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a special gubernatorial candidates’ forum, trailblazing African American politician, Richard Hatcher, Rev. Al Sharpton,Rosalind (Roz) L. Hudnell, Intel Vice President and President of the Intel Foundation and much more…


At the end of the four-day convention, delegates will be armed with an action agenda, outlining issues and strategies for healing and rebuilding the country and for fighting back against what Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, calls a “Countercultural Revolution.”


“We must mobilize and protect ourselves from the Trump administration’s Countercultural Revolution,” Rev. Jackson said. “Everything we’ve fought for the last 50 years is under attack – voting rights, affordable healthcare, worker’s rights, children’s rights, gender equality, environmental protections, global human rights. It’s time to fight back with everything we’ve got. You don’t drown because the water is deep. You drown when you stop kicking.”


The theme of this year’s convention is Heal and Rebuild.


Some of the highlights include:


Wednesday, July 12 – Business and Education:

Thursday, July 13 – Labor, Ministers, Telecommunications, Sports:

Friday, July 14 – Health, Women and Legal:

Saturday, July 15 – 50th Anniversary of African American Mayoral Elections:








Media Contacts: Don Terry

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Chinta Strausberg

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