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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Bishop Tavis Grant, the national field director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will attend prayer vigil for shooting victim in Gary, Indiana today

Chicago, IL – Bishop Tavis Grant, the national field director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, will attend a 7 p.m. prayer vigil for a shooting victim in Gary, Indiana Wednesday, July 13th, at the True Faith Church, 400 West 25th St. in Gary, Indiana.

“A wave of violence that spread all over the Midwest region has metastasized

in Gary,” said Bishop Grant. “Lawrence Magnum was one of three shot on the Fourth of July. Since then, other shootings have occurred, and the community is under siege as hostages in their own homes.  We must reclaim our community.”

Lawrence Magnum was an accomplished musician who played for various churches all over Northwest Indiana.

Bishop Grant, who has pastored in Northwest Indiana for nearly three decades, said, “Lawrence was like family. I’ve watched this young man grow in my church and in this community. His life was full of promise and potential. Equally along with those who were killed were two children who were shot.

“Our community must be protected, and the lives of children and seniors must be guarded. If you know something, we must say something to save our children,” said Bishop Grant.

Bishop Grant will be joined by family members, elected officials, and concerned citizens at the prayer vigil. “We will not be silent, and we will not be held hostage by the fear of another life being lost. We must stand up as a community.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition/PUSH For Excellence to host a Virtual Zoom Education Town Hall meeting on “How Will Schools Reopen Safely?”

Chicago, IL:  With discussions raging across the nation on whether or when schools should open during this COVID-19 era, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and PUSH For Excellence are hosting a series of Virtual Education Town Hall meetings beginning 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (CST) Monday, July 27, 2020, on “How Will Schools Reopen Safely: The Challenges in K-12 Environments.”

To Register and join these conversations, please click on: BIT.LY/PUSHEXCELEDUCATION or on the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Facebook and the Rainbow PUSH YouTube pages.

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Leading the discussion for the Monday, July 27th town hall will be Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, President/CEO Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Dr. Sonya Whitaker, Deputy Superintendent of Schools, Dolton West School District 148, Dr. Leon McDougal, President, National Medical Society, Rufus Williams, former president, Chicago Board of Education; Felicia Sanders, Deputy Chief of Elementary Schools, Chicago Public Schools; Carolyn D. Franklin, Licensed Clinical Social Work (LCSW) Administrator, Chicago Public Schools; Attorney Robert Patillo, Executive Director Peachtree Project, Rainbow PUSH Coalition; Dr. Nikolai P. Vitti, Superintendent, Detroit Public Schools Community District; Dr. Debra Furr-Holden, Associate Dean for Public Health Integration First Center for Health Equity Solutions and Rev. Janette Wilson, Esq., Executive Director, PUSH Excel.

The second education zoom town hall meeting will be held on Monday, August 3rd, from 6-8 p.m. (CST) on the opening of higher education classes. Rev. Wilson said parents and educational professionals are concerned about students returning to colleges and universities and campus life.

Dr. Wilson said there are questions about providing meals, how they will social distance in cafeterias, in classrooms and their dorm rooms. “What happens if somebody gets sick," asked Wilson.

Rev. Jackson and his staff recently met with the NCAA leadership to discuss college student-athletes’ safety and education especially concerns they may lose their scholarship due to COVID-19. Rev. Jackson is urging the cancellation of sports until next year for the safety and education of the student athletes.

On Monday, August 10th, from 6-8 p.m. (CST) the fourth town hall meeting will be held concerning African American students going to predominately white institution particularly high school students who are attending boarding schools.

Rev. Wilson said in addition to the COVID-19 challenges these boarding high school students are facing, they are also dealing with racism. “They are experiencing racists acts including the displaying of hanging nooses in bathrooms and students wearing blackface on campuses.

“We want these schools to understand that we are watching them, and we expect our children to be safe. Things we thought ended in the 1960’s are still very prevalent today,” she said.

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.

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