Rev. Jackson to join Highland Park Mayor, survivors in prayer vigil for slain and wounded

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Rev. Jackson to join Highland Park Mayor, survivors in prayer vigil for slain and wounded

Chicago, IL – Rev. Jesse. L. Jackson, Sr. will be attending a 7 p.m. prayer vigil in Highland Park, IL, Wednesday, July 13th, outside of the City Hall, 1707 Saint John Ave., Highland Park, in commemoration of the seven victims who were slain after a 21-year-old alleged shooter sprayed a crowd celebrating the city’s Fourth of July parade wounding 40 others.

One of the victims, 8-year-old Cooper Roberts who is paralyzed from the waist down, remains hospitalized fighting for his life.

“My heart is heavy tonight as we pray for those innocent people who were victims of gun violence during an annual, peaceful, Fourth of July parade this year,” said Rev. Jackson.

“Please know that you are never alone. We, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, stand and will fight with you for justice...justice for those who couldn’t escape the riddled bullets of the shooter.”

Rev. Jackson will join Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering at the prayer vigil/candle lighting ceremony along with survivors and supporters in a candle lighting ceremony.
Earlier, mothers, survivors and families from Highland Park and Uvalde, Texas where a shooter killed 19 children and 2 teachers, marched on Capitol Hill demanding passage of a federal ban on assault weapons

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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