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Rev. Jesse Jackson Encourages Inmates to Help Get Guns Off of The Streets

During his traditional Christmas day sermon at the Cook County Jail, Civil Rights Pioneer Rev. Jesse Jackson challenged inmates to help get weapons off of the streets.

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No matter what your viewpoints are on Rev. Jesse Jackson and his work, one thing you must admit and respect is his consistency. Rev. Jackson is 71-years-old and has maintained traditions that others would’ve abandoned a long time ago. One of those traditions is giving an annual sermon in the Cook County Jail on Christmas Day.

During his sermon, Rev. Jackson turned to the inmates, urging them to assist with getting guns off of the street. Although he did not present a specific strategy on the role inmates will play in getting guns off of the streets, he said inmates could provide insight. He told them: “You want to turn your jail cell into a classroom. Turn your jail cell into a prayer closet.” Prior to starting his sermon, Rev. Jackson walked around the jail auditorium and shook hands with inmates. In addition to encouraging them to assist with taking guns off of the streets, Rev. Jackson encouraged the inmates to get tested for HIV, to register to vote, and to pray for forgiveness.

After preaching a touching sermon that brought the inmates to their knees and to tears, Rev. Jackson spoke to the press saying: “We’ve all been grieving about the violence in Newtown, Connecticut, the last few days. Most of those here today … have either s**t somebody or been s**t. We’re recruiting them to help us stop the flow of guns … We need their awareness of the dangers of more guns and more drugs.”

Rev. Jackson has been a long supporter of gun control, including a ban on assault weapons.

 

25 Responses to Rev. Jesse Jackson Encourages Inmates to Help Get Guns Off of The Streets

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  2. Dan Reply

    January 14, 2013 at 7:49 am

    Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. Martin Luther King Jr

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  4. Erica Reply

    December 30, 2012 at 8:35 am

    One life is no more valuable than the other, no matter the color. Sometimes it takes a straw to break the camel’s back, but, straws were already there. So maybe Sandy Hook will help make a difference for everyone. God works in mysterious ways.

  5. Jusus Reply

    December 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I got it, he could even have a Motto : NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE UP THE NINE

  6. Jusus Reply

    December 28, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I got it, he could even have a Motto : NOW IS THE TIME TO GIVE UP THE NINE

  7. willie Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    What goes around comes around, which means that the universe (God),who are one in the same has a very unique and deliberate way of exacting revenge and balance, With out exception. With that said, just because they don’t care when our childern die, does’nt mean that we should’nt care if theirs’ die. If we’re just as treacherous, sick, and callus as them, how does that make us any better, and where then do we get the right to criticize their behavior, But if this is what it takes to open their eyes, may his will be done, and those children did’nt die in vain. But remember, all children are innocent, and they don’t make policy.

  8. willie Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    What goes around comes around, which means that the universe (God),who are one in the same has a very unique and deliberate way of exacting revenge and balance, With out exception. With that said, just because they don’t care when our childern die, does’nt mean that we should’nt care if theirs’ die. If we’re just as treacherous, sick, and callus as them, how does that make us any better, and where then do we get the right to criticize their behavior, But if this is what it takes to open their eyes, may his will be done, and those children did’nt die in vain. But remember, all children are innocent, and they don’t make policy.

  9. Edward Smikle Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I wonder who is paying for Jessie Jackson, going to the prison to preach to the captive audience?. Who know his organization may be selling the guns the criminals are using to commit some of the murders.

  10. Edward Smikle Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    I wonder who is paying for Jessie Jackson, going to the prison to preach to the captive audience?. Who know his organization may be selling the guns the criminals are using to commit some of the murders.

  11. james Reply

    December 27, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Not impressed , the black community has been s**t up and mutilated for decades . Now that it has happened in a environment that is not representative of the prevailing sentiment that it happens in “those peoples neighborhood “we want to act . This is shameless and to extent pitiful on how marginalized our children have been for eons . I don’t have the answer, but d**n can we get in front of the issues can’t we press change . I don’t necessariy agree with everything posted on this site but gee whiz give me a break . This stuff happens everyday , I think we are more impressed with reaction instead of action .

    • Ceap Reply

      December 27, 2012 at 10:40 am

      Why is there always somebody out there who doesn’t like the actions being taken in the community but NEVER, has his own solution, and worse, NEVER, EVER has his own actions? I don’t always agree with Rev. Jackson but at least he’s doing SOMETHING!! Quit beating your chops (not just James, but all the rest of you) and start beating the pavement! Get busy! There’s too much work to do. Obama can’t do it all!!

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