Jackson in Action

Photos Copyright 1998, 1999  Eric M. Appleman/Democracy in Action.  All rights reserved.

Jan. 3, 1999. Rev. Jesse Jackson appeared on the stage, in the front row, at the swearing-in ceremony of District of Columbia mayor Anthony Williams.  Jackson served as DC's statehood senator from 1990-96, but then moved to Chicago. 
Dec. 14, 1998. Rev. Jesse Jackson testified before the Federal Communications Commission regarding several multi-billion dollar mergers in the telecommunications industry. 
Dec. 4, 1998. After delivering a major speech at the National Press Club, Rev. Jesse Jackson fields reporters' questions.  Jackson began his speech by saying he had not yet decided whether to enter the race.  Alluding to his recent focus on the Appalachian region, Jackson proposed the Mud Creek test for presidential candidates. "Do you matter to Mud Creek, Kentucky?  Do you have anything to say that is relevant to the people of eastern Kentucky and central West Virginia and Appalachian Ohio...," Jackson asked. 
Oct. 27, 1998.  In the midst of a busy season campaigning for Democratic candidates, Rev. Jesse Jackson spoke at the Investor Responsibility Research Center's conference on Investor Responsibility and Shareholder Value.  
August 23, 1998.  Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks to reporters after an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation."  A week earlier he had counseled President Clinton at the White House prior to the president's grand jury appearance and statement to the nation.  
July 10, 1998. Rev. Jesse Jackson makes a point during his speech to the College Democrats of America national convention in Washington. "Being a Democrat in name without integrity and values is not enough," Jackson said. "We must be more than label deep to be change agents for the better," he declared. Jackson issued a strong defense of affirmative action, stating we must "leave no one behind." "Inclusion is the key to growth; it makes all of us better," he said. In his speech Jackson also made a brief but explicit reference to the 2000 campaign. He said he had not made a dcision about running, but was "determined to change the debate to create a new frame for national discussion."  
June 3, 1998. In a Washington, DC press conference, Rev. Jesse Jackson calls upon the Federal Home Mortgage Loan Company ("Freddie Mac") to end racially discriminatory practices in its work environment and in its lending to minority borrowers and low income communities. 
Sept. 26, 1997. Rev. Jesse Jackson acknowledges applause following his speech at the Democratic National Committee's mid-year meeting in Washington, DC. Jackson said that in addition to its focus on message, members and money, the party should add a fourth "M" for meaning, and a fifth "M" for morality. Jackson defended Vice President Gore as "a man of integrity, a man of honor." Of criticism of Gore he said, "The target is all of us." Comparing politics to football, Jackson said that the ones with the clean uniforms are those who are "on the bench."