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Jesse Speaks Out

In remarks delivered at Chicago's New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church on July 6, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. urged African-Americans to focus on taking greater control of their fate. "Praying will not get my relative out of jail. Praying will not get my student debt relieved. Praying will not get me a job,” Jackson said. “We are free, but not equal.” He also lashed out at Republican lawmakers. “They fight to keep your wages low. They fight to cut food stamps," he said. "Can you imagine Jesus fighting against food stamps? The guy with the fish and the bread fighting food stamps?”

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