Jesse Jackson Jr.: A Different Vision


| September 21, 2000


Jesse Jackson Jr.: A Different Vision, John Nichols, The Nation
What a friend we have in Jesse! Beyond that which was handed down from his civil rights and National Rainbow Coalition activist father, Jesse Jackson, Jr., has made a name for himself as a politician fiercely fighting against Republican 'reforms' and Democratic 'compromises.' The 35-year-old Chicago Democrat is considered an absolutist (never missing a single House vote) by his colleagues in Congress. Jackson, who cut his teeth in Illinois' 2nd District in South Side Chicago, has consistently opposed the Clinton Administration's free trade initiatives, is leading the campaign in Congress to open the Presidential debates to Green Party candidate Ralph Nader and, according to friends, 'takes real risks based on his beliefs because he really doesn't want to just go along.' As John Nichols writes for The Nation, Jesse Jr., 'displays a faith in the prospect of revolutionary political transformation that goes well beyond anything the Rev. Jesse Jackson dared propose during two presidential runs and 40 years of civil rights, economic and social-justice activism.' -- Amanda Luker
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