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July 15, 2017

Strong Women, Accomplished Women: Day Three


July 14, 2017 

Strong Women, Accomplished Women: Day Three of the 46th Annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition International Convention


CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) Friday implored women not to give up the fight against the agendas of President Donald Trump and the Republican Congress.


“In this time of danger and despair, we can whimper… or we can fight back,” Warren told a packed audience at the Women’s International Luncheon, part of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund’s 46th Annual International Convention.


Warren thanked Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. for his support over the years on issues such as fighting discriminatory mortgage practices, pushing for affordable health care and marching against the injustices in the prison system.


The daughter of a janitor, Warren blasted the Trump administration for his policies that have hit workers, women and people of color especially hard.


“This government does the bidding of billionaires and millionaires and everyone else gets pushed aside,” Warren said. “Instead of giving everyone a seat at the table, this White House is a good old boys network. In the midst of plenty, more people have been left behind than ever before.”


Warren told the women that one of her latest legislative campaigns is to bring dignity to incarcerated women. “America is the incarceration capital of the world,” she said, adding that many women in prison are the parents of young children and “have to pay sky high fees just to call home and say goodnight.”


The luncheon was moderated by ABC-7 Chicago anchor Cheryl Burton and journalist Renee Ferguson. Other women recognized at the luncheon included Josephine “Mother” Wade, longtime owner of Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant in Chatham; Ambassador Ertharin Cousin, former executive director of the United Nation’s World Food Programme; and Angela Rye, principal and CEO of Impact Strategies.


Warren helped create the federal watchdog agency Richard Cordray now heads – the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "As a result of our investigative work,” Cordray told a panel on consumer protection, “we have returned approximately $12 billion to more than 20 million Americans harmed by financial institutions."


During the panel discussion, Cordray and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan exchanged ideas about finding solutions to address and stop unfair, deceptive and fraudulent business practices in Latino and African American communities related to redlining, access to business financing, mortgage fraud, and for profit college exploitation. 


As Rev. Jackson put it, “Consumer fraud is bad for our financial health.”


The convention which began Wednesday comes to a close Saturday, July 15, but not before a full day of panels and celebrations at Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters, 930 E. 50th Street, Chicago.


Saturday Convention Highlights include:


8 - 9 A.M. – Keep Hope Alive Panel, moderated by Santita Jackson, radio host, producer and cable news political commentator.


10 A.M. - 12 Noon – Rainbow PUSH Saturday Morning Forum and International Broadcast, featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders and commemoration of 50th anniversary of the election of first African American mayors of major cities.


2 - 7 p.m. – Rainbow PUSH Coalition Family Reunion and Anti-Violence Lovefest.





Media Contact: Don Terry

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