WBEZ | Reverend Jesse Jackson http://www.wbez.org/tags/reverend-jesse-jackson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rev. Jackson says son under medical supervision http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-says-son-under-medical-supervision-105584 <p><p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his former congressman son is under strict medical supervision as he struggles with bipolar disorder &quot;compounded by the stresses&quot; of his legal troubles.</p><p>The elder Jackson released a statement Monday thanking those who have prayed for Jesse Jackson Jr. and his family. He also calls the hurt &quot;indescribable.&quot;</p><p>Federal prosecutors on Friday charged Jackson Jr. with conspiracy for allegedly spending $750,000 in campaign money on personal expenses. The Chicago Democrat&#39;s wife, former alderman Sandra Jackson, was charged with filing false joint federal income tax returns.</p><p>Jackson Sr. says he also hopes his son&#39;s apology will be accepted.</p><p>Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife both agreed to plead guilty. Their sentencing dates have not been set, but both face the possibility of several years in prison.</p></p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 13:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jackson-says-son-under-medical-supervision-105584 German company's local branch under fire for discrimination http://www.wbez.org/story/german-companys-local-branch-under-fire-discrimination-96213 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-08/Montrelle Reese.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A multi-national company with Chicago-area branches is apologizing for racial discrimination.</p><p>ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation is based in Germany and has an office in Chicago's western suburbs. In 2010, employee Montrelle Reese filed a lawsuit against the company for discrimination. His complaints include use of the N-word by direct supervisors and a blackface skit at a company meeting.</p><p>Christian König is President and Head of the company's Washington, D.C. Representative Office. He said he first learned about the situation from media reports this past weekend and called it embarrassing.</p><p>"Improper, discriminatory harrassing is not acceptable to us," König said in a press conference Wednesday.</p><p>Former employee Montrelle Reese, an African American, said the company has a long way to go toward improving.</p><p>"They're gonna have to make it right with me, they're gonna have to make it right with the community, they're gonna have to make this company right," Reese said.</p><p>Reese said if it weren't for media coverage, the company head would have likely remained ignorant of the situation. Reese's lawyer said he's prepared to sue for damages.</p><p>Adding pressure is Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Reese, König and other representatives this week and announced Rainbow PUSH is buying stock in ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corp. He said he's doing it to gain access to shareholder information and to "raise some more basic questions." Jackson said this is just one of around 50 companies in the Chicago-area his organization is monitoring through being shareholders. Jackson said the company needs to create equal opportunities for employees.</p><p>"Companies can either decide to confront or comply. I hope they comply - with the law," Jackson said. He added of 120 employees in one branch, there remains only one African American employee since Reese quit in 2010.</p><p>König said the multi-national elevator company will be investigating the discrimination claims, taking disciplinary action, and will work to better its environment.&nbsp;</p><p>ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation recently announced it'll be moving its North American regional headquarters to Chicago.</p></p> Wed, 08 Feb 2012 19:26:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/german-companys-local-branch-under-fire-discrimination-96213 Jesse Jackson celebrates his 70th birthday http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-celebrates-his-70th-birthday-92971 <p><p>Civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is celebrating his 70th birthday Saturday and his Rainbow PUSH Coalition is celebrating by rekindling the spirit of the War on Poverty.</p><p>A group of leaders plans a breakfast meeting at the coalition's headquarters. They'll discuss renewing the War on Poverty started by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.</p><p>Later, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition plans to distribute 500 food baskets to people considered food insecure based on data released by the Greater Chicago Food Depository.</p><p>Among the leaders expected Saturday are television's Judge Greg Mathis; the Rev. Frederick Haynes of Dallas' Friendship West Baptist Church; the Rev. Otis Moss Jr. of Cleveland's Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Joan Collaso, vocalist and native of Chicago; and Terry O'Neill, president of the National Organization for Women.</p></p> Sat, 08 Oct 2011 13:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jesse-jackson-celebrates-his-70th-birthday-92971 Davis exits Chicago mayoral race; endorses Moseley Braun http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/davis-exits-chicago-mayoral-race-endorses-moseley-braun <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Cong Danny K. Davis_0.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>U.S. Congressman Danny Davis announced late Friday that he's exiting the 2011 race for Chicago mayor.&nbsp; Davis held a New Year's Eve press conference at his campaign headquarters, where he was joined by former rivals State Senator James Meeks and former U.S. Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun.&nbsp;</p><p>&quot;In unity there is strength, and in strength there is success,&quot; the 69 year old West Side Congressman said Friday as he threw his support to Moseley Braun.</p><p>Davis' move comes after mounting pressure from key leaders in the African American community during the last week, including Meeks and the Reverend Jesse Jackson, to narrow the field of African American challengers in the race.&nbsp; Just a week ago, Meeks announced his decision to exit the race, leaving Davis and Moseley Braun as the two most prominent African American candidates in the field.&nbsp;</p><p>However, Jackson and others insisted that unless the African American community united behind one major candidate there would be no way to defeat former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in the 2011 election.</p><p>Davis' decision to drop out now leaves Mosely Braun as the leading African American candidate.</p><p>Davis had previously insisted that he was in the campaign for the duration.&nbsp; On Monday, he announced plans to reform Chicago's city government, and later in the week made news by calling on former President Bill Clinton not to campaign for rival candidate Rahm Emanuel.&nbsp; Campaiging on behalf of Emanuel could jeopardize Clinton's &quot;long and fruitful relationship&quot; with the African-American community, Davis said on Tuesday.</p><p>But late Wednesday evening, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. called Davis and Moseley Braun together for a meeting at his Rainbow PUSH&nbsp;headquarters where he urged one of the two to consider exiting the race.&nbsp; <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/politics&amp;id=7871564">At the time, neither candidate had expressed plans to drop out</a>.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/core/pagetools.php?pageid=13819&amp;url=%2FChicago-Magazine%2FFelsenthal-Files%2FDecember-2010%2FRev-Jesse-Jackson-the-Davis-Moseley-Braun-meeting-and-on-the-media-covering-the-mayors-race%2F&amp;mode=print">an interview with Chicago Magazine's Carol Felsenthal on Thursday,</a> however, Jackson was optimistic that a change in the field might occur.&nbsp; &quot;What's interesting about Danny and Carol is that they share the same values...They must make a big political decision,&quot; Jackson told Felsenthal.</p><p>This is not the first time Davis has flirted with running for local executive office, only to back away.&nbsp;&nbsp;Last year, he expressed interest in running for Cook County Board President and in 2006, he floated his name to replace the ailing incumbent John Stroger on the general election ballot, following Stroger's debilitating stroke.&nbsp; The Cook County Democratic Party chose Stroger's son Todd instead.</p><p>Other candidates wasted little time responding to Davis' decision Friday.&nbsp; &quot;Regardless of who gets in or out of this race, I am the only candidate with a Chicago resume that is built for mayor,&quot; Gery Chico said in a statement late Friday.</p><p>&quot;Congressman Davis' work on behalf of the people of Chicago goes back many years, and it certainly won't stop today&quot;&nbsp;said challenger Rahm Emanuel in a statement.&nbsp; &quot;His views will be needed in the dialogue about the city's future.&quot;</p><p>Davis was first elected to Congress in 1996.&nbsp; He previously served as a Cook County Commissioner and former Chicago alderman.&nbsp; In 1991, he made an unsuccessful bid for Mayor of Chicago, losing to incumbent Richard M.&nbsp;Daley.</p></p> Sat, 01 Jan 2011 17:04:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-mayoral-election/davis-exits-chicago-mayoral-race-endorses-moseley-braun