Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jackson out to Inspire Brunswick Voters Activist Rousing Political Awareness

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jackson out to Inspire Brunswick Voters Activist Rousing Political Awareness

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Byline: Terry Dickson, Times-Union staff writer

The Rev. Jesse Jackson visited Waycross last night and will be in Brunswick today as part of his statewide tour to promote voter registration, workers rights and reapportionment.

Jackson was due at Macedonia Baptist Church in Waycross and at the International Longshoreman Association Local 1423 in Brunswick at 8:30 a.m. today.

Jackson was due to speak at the church after which people in the audience would be asked to register at tables set up at the church, a Macedonia spokeswoman said.

The longshoreman's union heard two weeks ago that Jackson was planning a visit but learned only recently when he would arrive, said Greg Holmes, vice president of the local.

Union members are excited about the visit, he said.

"We're getting things set up for that right now," Holmes said.

In Georgia for a seven-day tour of 25 cities, Jackson said he wants to take up what he called "the unfinished agenda of the New South," especially for those left behind by the state's prosperity and record growth.

"The image being reinforced is Atlanta, Coca Cola and CNN. It's the Braves and the Hawks and all that," he said by cell phone on his way from Jonesboro to Forsyth. "But beyond that, 60 percent of all Georgians earn $25,000 a year or less. Two million have no health insurance, including children who live in poverty without prenatal care or early medical care."

By day's end, Jackson would visit at least three other cities -- Macon, Columbus and Americus -- as part of a multi-state project by his Chicago-based Rainbow PUSH Coalition to promote voter registration and workers rights, among other things.

"You look across the South, and it's a region with the richest soil but with most uninsured people, schools in the greatest need of repair, the greatest voter suppression," Jackson said. …

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