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August 17, 2017

We Are Witnessing a Countercultural Revolution

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August 17, 2017 

We Are Witnessing a Countercultural Revolution

  

 

As white supremacists threaten more demonstrations around the country and President Trump continues to tweet his apparent support for their lost cause, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Rabbi Frederick Reeves, Rev. Dr. Myron F. McCoy, Olivier Komanzi, executive director of the African Chamber of Commerce, immigrant rights advocates and community activists will hold a news conference to denounce violence, bigotry and government policies that fan the flames of hate:

 

Friday, August 18, 2017

10:30 A.M.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters

930 E. 50th Street

Chicago, IL

 

The news conference will follow the first in a series of meetings in the coming weeks to develop a collective public response and strategy to protect the civil rights African Americans, Latinos, immigrants, women and the LGBTQ community fought so hard for over the last half century.

 

“Trump’s tweets are bad enough, but it’s his policies that are really hurting the country,” Rev. Jackson said. “It’s shifting money from the Department of Justice away from pursuing violent white supremacists to going after affirmative action. It’s banning Muslims, turning away refugees and mass deportations.  We are witnessing a countercultural revolution. But we are fighting back and will win.”

 

Rev. Jackson will call for the immediate removal from public spaces symbols of “hate and hurt” such as Confederate monuments and the Balbo monument in Chicago gifted to the city by fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

 

“There are no statues of Hitler in Germany,” Rev. Jackson said. “There are no Nazi flags flying from government buildings.”

 

The group will pay tribute to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman, who was killed last Saturday in Charlottesville when an alleged white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators.

 

“She died trying to heal the wounds of the country,” Rev. Jackson said. “She shook up the world. Robert E. Lee was a traitor. They should take down the statue of him and put one up of Heather Heyer, a true American patriot.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Don Terry

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