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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Rev. Jesse Jackson

We Must Protect the Right to Vote in the November Elections

By Rev Jesse Jackson

The Republican Party is doing everything it can to suppress the vote in November. Why? They fear higher turnout, especially among people of color, will cost them the election. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — The coronavirus does not discriminate, but people do. The coronavirus is not partisan, but politicians are. When we should be coming together to address a shared crisis, some are intent on driving us apart and…

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Doctors for the 99 Percent march from Zuccotti Park to St. Vincent's Hospital to demand its reopening and health care for all. October 26, 2011.

Coronavirus Makes It More Clear Than Ever: Health Care Is a Human Right

By COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Rev Jesse Jackson

The COVID-19 crisis exposes the foolishness of pretending that health care is a private marketplace. By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — Who is going to pay for this? For months that question was used as a weapon against supporters of Medicare for All. Now, it is on everyone’s mind as they worry about the costs of the testing and treatment for the coronavirus. The virus is highly contagious. We need…

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Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.

The Important Word in ‘Democratic Socialism’ Is ‘Democratic’

By Rev Jesse Jackson

By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson — After the Nevada caucuses, Bernie Sanders is now the front-runner in the Democratic presidential race. In South Carolina, the next primary, former Vice President Joe Biden is the favorite, buoyed by his support among African American voters. But Sanders will come into the state with real momentum, having won the popular vote in each of the first three contests. More importantly, in Nevada, Sanders…

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Water is a human right

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right

By News & Current Affairs, PAUD Posts, Press Releases / Statements

U.S. Civil Rights and Human Rights Groups Say Water is a Human Right — Express Solidarity with Struggle for Water Rights in Nigeria. February, 10, 2020, New York — The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) released a Statement today calling for a national and international movement to declare access to water a human right that should not be subject to profiteering by corporate interests. The Statement was released against the…

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VP Radio: Revolutionaries and Electoral Politics, Life and Legacy of Richard Hatcher, Door of Our Return Reflections

By Vantage Point Radio, Video/Audio

Vantage Point Radio December 30, 2019 — On this edition of Vantage Point, host Dr. Ron Daniels aka The Professor talks with guests Senator James Sanders, Assemblyman Charles Barron, Councilwoman Inez Barron,  Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and callers. Topic Door of Our Return Reflections Continued Should Revolutionaries Engage in Electoral Politics? The Life and Legacy of Richard G. Hatcher Guests State Senator James Sanders, Queens, New York Assemblyman Charles Barron,…

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Jack O'Dell

Jack O’Dell – An Appreciation

By News & Current Affairs

The life and work of Jack O’Dell who died last week at 96 at his home in Vancouver, British Columbia were marked by an unwavering radical vision fused with an immovable partisanship for working people the world over. By James Campbell and Mark Solomon, Portside — Jack’s quietly effective teaching, his strategic acumen, his theoretical insight, his unbending internationalism and his generosity of intellect and spirit inspired and enriched the…

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The Peoples’ Organization for Progress (POP) Statement on African-American Freedom Fighters and the Palestinian Struggle

By Commentaries/Opinions

By The People’s Organization for Progress (POP) — This is a brief summary and overview that presents many of the voices in the lengthy history of African-American support and solidarity for the Palestinian People’s legitimate claim for justice and selfdetermination. This support has grown and developed from a perspective advocated by some of the most radical and progressive activists such as Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party to a…

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Commentary, Articles and Essays by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Running for Exposure

By Dr. Julianne Malveaux

By Julianne Malveaux — Twenty-four people are running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  From where I sit, at least half of them are only running for exposure, for the Vice-Presidential nod, for Cabinet secretary, to push a platform, or to simply be seen.  Their ambitions have made the process turgid and impractical, often amusing and only sometimes illuminating. The candidates do best when they have…

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In Newark, Jesse Jackson’s Warm Embrace of Winter

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Todd Steven Burroughs — Ras Baraka gave the Rev. Jesse Louis Jackson the key to the city on Saturday. He talked about why this had to be: all the struggles for social justice during a half-century. But knowing how hard it is to lead Black people, Baraka joked,“He gets it just for that.” Jackson returned the joke, remembering how Baraka was a hell-raising undergraduate student at Howard University when Jackson…

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The Unfulfilled Power of the Black Vote

By Vantage Point Articles

Vantage Point Vignettes, Comments and Commentary by Dr. Ron Daniels — For decades I have been hammering home the point that in a low voter participation environment, the group that effectively educates, mobilizes and organizes its voters to turn-out on election day will wield power disproportionate to its numbers in the overall electorate. Put another way, a relatively small group that registers and turns out a high percentage of its…

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