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Rainbow PUSH Detroit Crusade For America Event explores

Future of Democracy in Michigan- Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. to Deliver Keynote


(DETROIT) – The Rainbow PUSH Detroit Chapter will host an event entitled, Crusade For America: The Future of Democracy in the Wake of Municipal Financial Crisis, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, 2012, and Friday, March 30, 2012, at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church in Highland Park, Mich. and Wayne County Community

College Downtown Campus. This event explores some of the major issues surrounding the social and economic trajectory of Detroit and other cities across the nation as citizens, elected officials and business interests seek to balance the value of democracy and financial responsibility. The event also will consider the effectiveness of emergency

managers in a larger context of urban divestment. Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. will deliver the keynote address during this event. This address will be given at WCCCD Downtown campus at 2 p.m on Thursday, March 29, 2012.

The full event schedule is available at the end of this release.

“The Rainbow PUSH Detroit Chapter and Michigan affiliates are proud of the fact that Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. stands as a champion for democracy,” said D. Alexander Bullock who is president of the Detroit Chapter and State Coordinator.

“It is critical for us to recapture the momentum of the civil rights movement and fight for freedom and fiscal

responsibility. Here fiscal responsibility doesn’t just mean emergency management, it means urban policy – it means emergency reconstruction.”

In addition to Jackson, Pastor Frederick Haynes, Dr. Delman Coates, and Bill Wylie-Kellerman will participate in the event. The event will consist of three sessions on Thursday and three sessions on Friday. Some KEY HIGHLIGHTS include:  The 9:30a.m. opening session will be a planning meeting to develop a strategy and message for a national youth and parent march in Detroit on August 25, 2012. Amid the many violent murders of young people in Detroit, the failing public education system and the need for hope in the next generation this community in action session will attempt to plot a course of action for animating and empowering youth leadership. Also, on Thursday there will be an 11:30 a.m. session featuring Wells Fargo on financial literacy and foreclosure relief. The main session on Friday, March 30, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. will feature Pastor Delman Coates. He will talk about the connection between civil rights and the fight for marriage equality. Bill Wylie–Kellerman will respond to his talk.

The event is free and open to the public.


Thursday, March 29, 2012

Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church

396 La Belle, Highland Park, MI 48203

9:00 A.M. Registration and Continental Breakfast


PLANNING MEETING. Framing the Issue: D. Alexander Bullock

12:30 P.M. Civil Rights and Civil Unions

Dr. Delman Coates (Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD) Pastor Bill Wylie–

Kellerman (St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Detroit, MI)

6:00 P.M. Town Hall On Education

Financial and Academic Reinvestment Commission and Senator Bert Johnson

Rainbow PUSH MI is an affiliate of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition a multi-racial, multi-issue,

progressive, international membership organization fighting for social change. Our mission is to

protect, defend, and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields, and

to promote peace and justice around the world

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