WBEZ | Jesse Jackson http://www.wbez.org/tags/jesse-jackson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: November 10, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/morning-shift-november-10-2015-113723 <p><p>There&rsquo;s a good chance that if you&rsquo;ve got a beef with a Chicago cop and report it to the department...the offending officer won&rsquo;t be disciplined. That&rsquo;s what a new database shows, and it&rsquo;s something you can access. We take a look inside the &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/you-can-now-search-police-complaints-chicago-113721">Citizens Police Data Project</a>&rdquo;and how it could make the department more accountable to the public.</p><p>Plus world renowned <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/rabbi-jonathan-sacks-tackles-violence-name-religion-113718">Rabbi Jonathan Sacks</a> tackles the issue of violence carried out in the name of religion.</p><p>And we&rsquo;ve got another installment of our series My Life in Three Songs with a man who lives and breathes music: Sound Opinions co-host <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/my-life-three-songs-sound-opinions-co-host-jim-derogatis-113720">Jim DeRogatis</a>.</p><p>Plus the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/rev-jesse-jackson-racial-tensions-student-protests-and-power">Reverend Jesse Jackson</a> shares his thoughts on racial tensions, student protests and the power of a football team at the University of Missouri.</p></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:40:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-10/morning-shift-november-10-2015-113723 Remembering longtime civil rights activist Rev. Willie Barrow http://www.wbez.org/news/remembering-longtime-civil-rights-activist-rev-willie-barrow-111689 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/williebarrow.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>They called her &ldquo;Little Warrior.&rdquo;</p><p>Her 4-foot-11 frame could not contain her spirit.</p><p>&ldquo;A female I was born, a woman, I grew to be, a mother I&rsquo;m proud to be, a Christian I chose to be and a minister I was called to be. And with all them &lsquo;bes&rsquo; going from me, I can be anything I&rsquo;m big enough to be,&rdquo; Barrow used to tell her audiences.</p><p>Barrow was just a little girl, in a little town in Texas. It used to be, Barrow and other black children in the rural town of Burton, had to walk some 10 miles to get school--while their white classmates got a ride.</p><p>&ldquo;One morning I just got tired,&rdquo; Barrow told the <a href="http://visionaryproject.org/">National Visionary Leadership Project</a>. &ldquo;So I jumped on the back of the bus where the white kids were and they was, &lsquo;Oooooo, you can&rsquo;t do this,&rsquo; and they just start screaming. And one little girl says, &lsquo;yes she can ride...yes she can ride.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p><p>Barrow was just 12 years old at the time &mdash; she had no plan or agenda. And this was almost 20 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama bus.</p><p>&ldquo;I said, &lsquo;y&rsquo;all can kill me if you wanna, but I said I&rsquo;m tired.&rsquo; I didn&rsquo;t know anything about civil rights, I didn&rsquo;t know anything about that...I was just tired,&rdquo; Barrow remembered.</p><p>And that&rsquo;s really how Rev. Barrow lived and led: Fair was fair, right was right. Color, gender, class...it didn&rsquo;t matter.</p><p>Barrow worked as a field organizer for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr; she planned marches and demonstrations &mdash; arranged transportation and shelter.</p><p>In the 1960s, she and Rev. Jesse Jackson co-founded Operation Breadbasket &mdash; a precursor to the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Rainbow.PUSH">Rainbow PUSH Coalition</a>. She said Rev. Jackson articulated people&rsquo;s problems &mdash; she brought the muscle.</p><p>&ldquo;When Jesse would get through preaching or speaking, he would go in the back and talk with somebody,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Meantime, she and Rev. Dr. Calvin Morris would be out with the people, finding out about their problems.</p><p>&ldquo;The phone rings, Jesse gone to the airport but I gotta be there to answer that phone. But not just answer and say, &lsquo;he&rsquo;s not here,&rsquo; but to service those people,&rdquo; Barrow said.</p><p>When grocery stores in African-American neighborhoods in Chicago were stocked with higher-priced, lower-quality goods &mdash; she took action. Barrow and some other women drove around to the white grocery stores and out to the suburbs, surveying the prices &mdash; with facts in hand she helped organize boycotts, which led to better products and prices.</p><p>When her son Keith came out &mdash; she worked for gay rights.</p><p>And when he became infected with HIV and later died from AIDS in 1983, she said no one dared ask how he died &mdash; so she told them.</p><p>Barrow fought the fear around the epidemic with her humanity and humility. She fought for equitable health treatment. And her spirit enlivened a call for that cause as news of her passing spread.</p><p>Rainbow PUSH&rsquo;s Rev. Janette Wilson was joined by other faith leaders Thursday to renew calls for a trauma center on the city&rsquo;s South Side, where she says young people are dying in the streets.</p><p>&ldquo;Rev. Barrow would say, we cannot rest when our children and people who cannot fight for themselves &mdash; when their lives are at risk. She was a little warrior and she would be perhaps marching over to meet with somebody today,&rdquo; Wilson said.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Area Rev. Jeanette Wilson remembers Rev. Barrow on WBEZ&#39;s Morning Shift</strong></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="100" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195540221&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>But Rev. Barrow had not been in good health recently. Last week, she was admitted to Jackson Park Hospital, where she was treated for a blood clot. After days in the ICU, she told those closest to her, including her pastor, Rev. Jerald January, that she wanted to be home when she entered her final season.</p><p>&ldquo;About two days ago, the nurse was telling me she wasn&rsquo;t really talking but she heard her yelling at somebody,&rdquo; January began. &ldquo;And she went in the room and it&rsquo;s like she was looking at somebody that no one else could see and she told them, &lsquo;Just wait a minute, I&rsquo;ll be there in a little while...&rsquo; Like she was telling heaven, &lsquo;Just wait one more day.&rsquo; And, that&rsquo;s what she had,&rdquo; he recalled.</p><p>January prays that her spirit is regenerated in others.</p><p>Veronica Morris-Moore is a member of <a href="http://www.stopchicago.org/p/fly.html">Fearless Leading by the Youth</a>; she&rsquo;s one of the young people calling for a South Side trauma center.</p><p>She said she never had the honor to meet Rev. Barrow but she&rsquo;d definitely heard of her and her work.</p><p>&ldquo;Women like that, particularly for me as a black woman, it&rsquo;s always an honor and a pleasure to know that those women exist. Because as a young person that gives me strong shoulders to stand on,&rdquo; said Morris-Moore.</p><p>Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow was 90 years old. She was indeed, a very small woman--but a giant in every other measure. &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 12 Mar 2015 07:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/remembering-longtime-civil-rights-activist-rev-willie-barrow-111689 Morning Shift: What does our favorite food say about us? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-21/morning-shift-what-does-our-favorite-food-say-about <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Plate Phil Romans.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at the state of our plate as we talk with the man behind the annual tome, Eating Habits in America. Also, the sounds of bhangra pioneer DJ Rehka.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-does-our-favorite-food-say-abou/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-does-our-favorite-food-say-abou.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-does-our-favorite-food-say-abou" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: What does our favorite food say about us?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-03-21/morning-shift-what-does-our-favorite-food-say-about Jail for JJJ? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/jail-jjj-105396 <p><p><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18059047-761/sneed-exclusive-pending-jesse-jackson-jr-plea-deal-includes-significant-jail-time-source-says.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Sandi and Jesse Jackson Jr., Aug. 26, 2008. (WBEZ)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JJJ.jpg" style="height: 234px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi (WBEZ/August 26, 2008)" /></a><strong>JAIL FOR JJJ?&nbsp;</strong>A plea deal on the table for ex-Rep. <strong>Jesse Jackson Jr.</strong> would include &quot;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18059047-761/sneed-exclusive-pending-jesse-jackson-jr-plea-deal-includes-significant-jail-time-source-says.html" target="_blank">significant jail time</a>,&quot; a source tells the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>. Another source tells the paper Jackson&#39;s wife, <strong>Sandi</strong>, &quot;feels like she was thrown under the bus&quot; by Jackson Jr.</p><p><strong>STORM WARNING.</strong> As a fresh <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/Winter-Storm-Watch-Issued-For-Lake-McHenry-Counties-190037811.html" target="_blank">round of winter weather</a> menaces Chicago and points east, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/02/06/airlines-waive-fees-as-blizzard-menaces-northeast/1897609/" target="_blank">airlines are offering flexible rebooking waivers to passengers</a> for the next few days,&nbsp;<em>USA Today</em> reports.</p><p><strong>CTA UPGRADES. </strong>The Chicago Transit Authority&#39;s planning to buy <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cta-to-spend-2-billion-for-846-new-rail-cars-20130206,0,1482382.story" target="_blank">up to 846 new rail cars</a> for up to $2 billion. And the plan includes a request for new seating designs, which could improve on <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-22/news/ct-met-cta-seats-survey-1022-20121022_1_scoop-seats-transit-riders-active-transportation-alliance" target="_blank">the widely criticized &quot;scoop seat&quot; benches</a> in the batch of cars the CTA&#39;s deploying this year.<br />* <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/chicago-transit-authority-one-day-pass-190138201.html" target="_blank">The increase in the CTA&#39;s one-day fare hurts the poor</a> (NBC Chicago&#39;s Carol Marin and Don Moseley).</p><p><strong>FLUSH WITH SUCCESS.&nbsp;</strong>The City of Chicago says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18054592-761/malfunctioning-hygienic-toilets-working-again-at-ohare-city-says.html" target="_blank">those supposedly hygienic O&#39;Hare International Airport toilets</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;<em>weren&#39;t</em>&nbsp;hygienic are hygienic now, the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;reports.</p><p><strong>TESTS PROTESTED.&nbsp;</strong>Chicago parents -- inspired by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/01/will-the-standardized-testing-boycott-spread-to-chicago" target="_blank">Seattle teachers&#39; boycott of a standardized test</a>&nbsp;-- are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/06/chicago-parents-and-teachers-unite-against-standardized-testing" target="_blank">demanding Chicago schools cut their reliance on tests</a>&nbsp;and reveal just how much the 22 tests the district administers now cost.</p><p><strong>&#39;WE DON&#39;T MIND YOU KNOWING ABOUT SHIT WE DO ONCE WE DON&#39;T DO IT ANY MORE.&#39; </strong>On &quot;The Daily Show,&quot;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-february-6-2013-ed-whitacre" target="_blank">Jon Stewart mocks President Obama</a> over drone attack policy secrecy.<br />* Journ prof: U.S. news organizations&#39; failure to reveal drone base location in Saudi Arabia was <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/06/newspapers-accused-of-shameful-complicity-for-hiding-existence-of-secret-u-s-drone-base/" target="_blank">&quot;shameful&quot; and &quot;craven.&quot;</a></p><p><strong>&#39;CONGRESS IS FULL OF COWARDS.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>And that, <em>Salon</em>&#39;s John Tierney says, is what&#39;s behind <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/06/congress_not_email_destroyed_the_postal_service/" target="_blank">the U.S. Postal Service&#39;s meltdown</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/netflix-mail_n_2632397.html" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s DVD business could benefit</a> from elimination of Saturday mail.<br />* How to lower your cable TV bill:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothylee/2012/06/06/comcasts-obnoxious-price-discrimnation-strategy/" target="_blank">A phone call every six months</a>.</p><div><strong>&#39;SO MUCH FOR GOOD/TALENTED GUY WITH A GUN BEING ABLE TO STOP MENTALLY ILL GUY WITH A GUN.&#39;</strong> That tweet about the killing of &quot;American Sniper&quot; Chris Kyle triggered <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/things-get-rough-on-twitter-over-gun-debate/" target="_blank">death threats for a <em>Mother Jones</em> co-editor</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>JOB ONE: BOOST U.S. STRATEGIC CARABINER RESERVES.</strong> President Obama&#39;s <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-to-nominate-ceo-of-outdoor-equipment-giant-rei-to-become-interior-secretary/2013/02/06/da9d2dcc-7007-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html" target="_blank">pick to head the Interior Department</a>: REI chief Sally Jewell.<br />* Chicago TV news veteran&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/16051216/white-house-promotion-reminds-avila-of-chicago-roots" target="_blank">promoted to White House beat</a>.</div><p><strong><object align="right" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="292" id="flashObj" width="400"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=2146795786001&amp;linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.space.com%2F19662-earth-like-planets-orbit-nearby-red-dwarf-stars-say-scientists-video.html&amp;playerID=1403109806001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAFR6xVM~,85KKOZyvPf6qwFANvqEzo9EFltY58YnJ&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed align="right" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=2146795786001&amp;linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.space.com%2F19662-earth-like-planets-orbit-nearby-red-dwarf-stars-say-scientists-video.html&amp;playerID=1403109806001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAFR6xVM~,85KKOZyvPf6qwFANvqEzo9EFltY58YnJ&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="292" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object><strong>IF WE RUIN THIS PLANET, REPLACEMENTS MAY BE SURPRISINGLY NEAR.&nbsp;</strong></strong>New findings from the Kepler space telescope suggest <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/earth-like-planets-are-ri_n_2632324.html" target="_blank">billions of Earth-like planets may be as close as 13 light years</a> -- &quot;practically next door,&quot; an astronomer tells <em>The Huffington Post</em>.<br />* Possible &quot;<a href="http://www.livescience.com/26909-comet-ison-nasa-spacecraft-photos.html?cid=dlvr.it" target="_blank">comet of the century</a>&quot; -- to pass the sun in November -- photographed by NASA probe.</p><hr /><p><strong><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em></strong><br /><em>* <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/its-news-quizzin-time-105270" target="_blank">News quiz</a> tomorrow. Don&#39;t be late.<br />* Get this blog by email. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/jail-jjj-105396 Rev. Jesse Jackson asks Obama for help with Chicago gun violence http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jesse-jackson-asks-obama-help-chicago-gun-violence-105314 <p><p>The Rev. Jesse Jackson is calling on President Barack Obama to return to Chicago and approve federal intervention to address the soaring number of deadly shootings.</p><p>At a press conference Saturday, Jackson said Chicago is in the midst of a crisis unlike any other city and that Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the police department can&#39;t handle it on their own.</p><p>He says a visit by Obama to the area where the president once worked as a community organizer would show &quot;ultimate national seriousness.&quot;</p><p>The civil rights leader spoke prior to a march in memory of gun violence victims.</p><p>He supports an assault weapons ban and a federal crackdown on gun and drug trafficking.</p><p>But Jackson says the area also needs an urban reconstruction program that addresses poverty, education and unemployment.</p></p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/rev-jesse-jackson-asks-obama-help-chicago-gun-violence-105314 Rev. Jesse Jackson addresses concern for his son — and community http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/rev-jesse-jackson-addresses-concern-his-son-%E2%80%94-and-community-100768 <p><div class="image-insert-image ">A month after taking a sudden medical leave of absence for exhaustion, the circumstances surrounding Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.&rsquo;s condition remain a mystery. In a statement from the congressman&rsquo;s office last week, staffers explained that the Chicago Democrat&rsquo;s condition was more serious than initially perceived and that Jackson would require inpatient medical treatment &mdash; but for what? And for how long?</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/RS6000_P1010723-scr.JPG" style="float: left; height: 187px; width: 280px;" title="Jesse Jackson in WBEZ studios (WBEZ/Andrew Gill)" /></div>The Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. broadly addressed some of those questions on WBEZ&rsquo;s The Afternoon Shift on Tuesday.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Jackson Sr. said that he spoke with his son a few days ago and Jackson Jr.&rsquo;s voice was strong.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&ldquo;When we met some weeks ago, he felt the need to get medical supervision,&rdquo; Jackson Sr. said. &ldquo;He was very weakened and we got that.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">He&#39;s now under medical supervision. He is regaining his strength and that part will be left to him and the doctors to describe at the appropriate time.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />Jackson Sr. said he hopes people will hear from his son soon. He said he relates to his son&#39;s medical issue as a father and he&#39;s pained and concerned about it.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />Meantime, many of Jackson Jr.&rsquo;s congressional colleagues are speaking out whether he should be more public about his medical issue.<br />Illinois&rsquo; senior senator, Dick Durbin, remarked Monday that his Republican colleague, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, has had regular and thorough updates on his health and answered &ldquo;hundreds of questions&rdquo; for voters after Kirk suffered a stroke earlier this year.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />&ldquo;As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what&rsquo;s going on,&rdquo; Durbin said. &ldquo;If there is some medical necessity for him not to say more at this moment than I will defer to that. But he will have to soon make a report on what he&rsquo;s struggling with.&rdquo;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />Durbin repeated, Rep. Jackson&rsquo;s health is the primary concern. But his constituents, understandably, have concerns of their own.<br />While Jackson&rsquo;s father, longtime civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson, has, for the most part, sidestepped specifics on his son&rsquo;s condition, he has been happy to discuss the challenges facing the middle class and potential solutions for economic recovery.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This weekend the Reverend&rsquo;s Rainbow PUSH Coalition will host the 41st annual conference of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund, titled &ldquo;A More Perfect Union: Closing the Gap and Expanding the Tent,&rdquo; bringing together innovators, thought leaders and activists to exchange ideas and strategies to protect the gains of the civil rights movement.</div><div class="image-insert-image "><br />Rev. Jackson joined the Afternoon Shift to discuss the ways in which poverty, transportation, segregation, unemployment and violence are interconnected.</div></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/rev-jesse-jackson-addresses-concern-his-son-%E2%80%94-and-community-100768 Jackson backs anti-NATO march: ‘Our agenda will be heard’ http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-backs-anti-nato-march-%E2%80%98our-agenda-will-be-heard%E2%80%99-98116 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/JesseJacksonCROPPEDSCALED_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Organizers of a protest march during next month’s NATO summit in Chicago are adding a powerful voice to their ranks. Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., is backing the walk to McCormick Place, a convention center where some 50 heads of state will hold their two-day meeting.</p><p>“Our world has become jilted by war, too much concentrated wealth and too much poverty,” said Jackson, an internationally known civil-rights activist and a two-time candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. “I’m hoping on May 20 there will be a large demonstration. And, if it’s nonviolent and disciplined and focused, our agenda will be heard.”</p><p>In this five-minute interview, I ask Jackson how he could march against NATO after supporting its 1999 bombing campaign against Serbian forces. I also ask whether the protest could damage President Barack Obama’s international standing or his reelection bid. The interview begins with Jackson’s take on the march’s significance.</p></p> Tue, 10 Apr 2012 18:13:15 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/jackson-backs-anti-nato-march-%E2%80%98our-agenda-will-be-heard%E2%80%99-98116 Board votes unanimously to close, restaff schools http://www.wbez.org/story/school-closure-fight-continues-board-ed-96635 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-22/IMG_1873.JPG" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-23/jackson and lewis_lutton.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 473px;" title="Rev. Jesse Jackson (left) attended Wednesday's board meeting with teachers union head Karen Lewis (right). (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)"></p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size: 10px;">Listen to Linda Lutton discussing Wednesday's meeting on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em></span></p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332738958-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-february/2012-02-23/848-120223-seg.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p></div></div><p>Chicago’s school board voted unanimously late Wednesday to close seven schools and completely re-staff 10 others. The vote comes after months of protests from parents, teachers and activists and a spate of final pleas to board members to save the schools.</p><p>People began lining up at CPS headquarters 4 a.m. for a chance to address board members, and the school district stopped allowing the public in at one point, saying board chambers and an overflow room were at capacity.</p><p>Nearly eight hours after the meeting began, board members cast their votes and were immediately boo'd, protesters shouting, "Shame on you!" Votes were not taken on each school individually; instead, board members voted on closing 7 schools, then on dismissing all staff at 10 schools; then on handing 6 of the 10 schools to an outside nonprofit to run.</p><p>Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis called the vote a "travesty," with no board member dissenting on even one school.</p><p>Earlier in the day, Lewis kicked off three hours of public testimony before the board, warning that Chicago is at the "epicenter of the education justice fight in America." She said the nation is watching.</p><p>"Children who need the most resources get the least. Parents who cry out the loudest have their voices drowned. Schools that deserve the most support purposely get little," she told them.</p><p>Lewis said closing schools and turning them over to nonprofits to manage is part of a broader political agenda to destroy public schools. Lewis was joined by the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who blasted inequities in the school system and a lack of resources.</p><p>"This is Little Rock, 1957," Jackson told the board. "This is apartheid."</p><p>A string of speakers criticized CPS for disregarding community concerns and failing to . Several predicted spikes in violence as students make their way to new schools across gang lines. "The Board of Education needs to work and help pay for some of these funerals that the families will have to go through, said Rev. Paul Jakes.</p><p>School district CEO Jean-Claude Brizard characterized the school closings process is the most respectful he's ever seen.</p><p>Brizard also said the district has listened to community concerns. He said he’s charged with carrying the voices of nearly a half million students, and sometimes difficult decisions must be made on their behalf. He said students are suffering, with many in the "academic emergency room."</p><p>Chicago Public Schools says 7,500 students will get a better education next year thanks to the board's vote.</p><p>Two board members spoke after the meeting about their decisions. Board member Mahalia Hines said she considered information from the district, then went to the schools and community herself before voting. "While the decision I made was a tough one—you probably can hear it in my voice—it was an informed one," she said.</p><p>Vice president Jesse Ruiz said he saw the vote as "an opportunity today to do something for those children."</p><p>"There’s been a record of these schools not performing and not serving our students as well as they should for years," said Ruiz. "And that’s unfortunate. It’s also unfortunate there are more schools like them. The worst thing I felt bad about today is that we couldn’t do this for more kids."</p><p>Local school council members at the affected schools have filed a lawsuit to keep the closings from going through. A bill that would place a moratorium on school closings is currently in the Illinios General Assembly. Asked if there might be more sit-ins or "occupied" schools in the future, community organizer Jitu Brown said, "Stay tuned."</p></p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 21:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/school-closure-fight-continues-board-ed-96635 Jackson pushes Obama to focus on construction http://www.wbez.org/story/jackson-pushes-obama-focus-construction-91531 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-05/Jesse Jackson.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As President Obama gears up for a Thursday speech before Congress about his jobs agenda, a civil rights leader in his hometown is urging him to focus on proposing massive investment in construction projects.</p><p>With official unemployment hovering above 9 percent, the president is expected to propose training for the long-term jobless, tax credits for companies that hire new workers and an extension of payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits.</p><p>Rev. Jesse Jackson said those steps won’t be enough. “You put people back to work fixing our infrastructure, our houses and our transportation,” he said. “We work our way out of the hole. We don’t complain our way out. [President Obama] has the key to, in fact, invest in a mammoth way in putting America back to work.”</p><p>In a Monday speech to Detroit union activists, the president did bring up infrastructure. But Republicans, who control the U.S. House, are indicating they will try to block new outlays that would add to the budget deficit.</p></p> Tue, 06 Sep 2011 10:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/jackson-pushes-obama-focus-construction-91531 Not all fun and stump on mayoral campaign trail http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/not-all-fun-and-stump-mayoral-campaign-trail <p><p>Candidates for Chicago mayor are having a busy final campaign weekend, and they're doing more than just shaking hands. On Saturday, they focused much of their attention on the city's South Side. <br /><br />Former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun attended a rally at the headquarters of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH. &nbsp;Jackson has supported Braun's bid for mayor.<br /><br />Braun was introduced by Jackson's son, Jonathon, who ripped mayoral front-runner Rahm Emanuel. <br /><br />&quot;He's not new to Chicago,&quot; Jackson said. &quot;He's new to coming to the South Side, because he's like so many others. He just wants to come here and take something. I want him to stay out of here and go back to where he just came from.&quot;<br /><br />A few blocks away, Emanuel visited his Hyde Park volunteer office. Told of Jackson's remarks, Emanuel defended his record in Congress and as White House chief of staff.<br /><br />&quot;I have worked on a set of issues, whether it was the auto industry, we're here on the South Side, we have the Ford plant, whether it was getting kids healthcare whose parents work full-time and...the kids did not have healthcare, to leading the effort of Democrats of Congress, to refuse a pay raise for Congress until we passed a minimum wage.&quot;<br /><br />Other candidates for mayor, including Gery Chico and Miguel del Valle, also made campaign stops on the city's South Side on Saturday.</p></p> Sun, 20 Feb 2011 03:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/carol-moseley-braun/not-all-fun-and-stump-mayoral-campaign-trail