Chicago, IL ( Monday, February 18, 2013)-Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rainbow PUSH
Coalition release the following statement :
“During this difficult and painful ordeal, our family has felt the impact of your prayers and
calls. So many ministers have reached out to us, and we thank you. The hurt in this valley is
Jesse remains under tight medical supervision. He is struggling with the highs and lows of his
bipolar disorder. Please pray for him, Sandi and their children.
Jesse’s ordeal has been compounded by the stresses of his current legal challenges. In a recent
statement of contrition, he assumed responsibility and apologized. Our hope is that his sincere
apology will be well received. This is a storm, within time storms pass over.
There are other storms—I was unable to attend the President’s speech on Friday in Chicago, but
the issues he addressed are never far from my mind. As I pray for my own family, I also pray for
the victims of shootings and violence. Even as the President made a massive appeal to end the
violence and restore hope, four shootings took place just hours after his plane left the runway.
Hadiya Pendleton, a symbol of this war, was the 549th victim since last January. This carnage
has several legs. There are no gun shops in Chicago, but guns are flowing in from suburbs and
surrounding states. Drugs are flowing in from across the border. Jobs are flowing out. And all of
this impacts the community—45%-50% unemployment in some communities, racially targeted
foreclosures, and crippling poverty.
We can’t police our way out of this racial and urban abandonment; we need an urban plan that
corresponds with this urban crisis. We need an urban reconstruction development bank, just
as they had in Europe with the Marshall Plan—a mass plan for mass action. The effective use
of pension funds and the repatriation of money currently held overseas by US companies are
sources of capital that we should consider.
Please continue to pray for our family. Let’s pray for each other; let’s pray for hope and change.
Through it all, prayer, forgiveness and redemption still matter.”