Rev. Jesse Jackson: "March Your Souls To The Polls On Tuesday"

In a last minute push to garner more votes in the Wisconsin recall election, Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition held a rally in Racine at the Bray Center, 926 Center St., on Sunday to encourage African-American voters to get to the polls on

In a last minute push to garner more votes, Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition held a rally at the Bray Center, 926 Center St., on Sunday.

The Racine NAACP hosted the event. Organizers say the upcoming election on Tuesday is “too close to call,” and Jackson came to town to persuade African-Americans to vote.

A crowd of about 100 people attended the event. Many of them were members of the teachers union, Voces De La Frontera and the surrounding neighborhood. Mahlon Mitchell who is running for Lt. Governor against Rebecca Kleefisch and Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) attended the rally.

Yusuf Buckley, of Sturtevant, said rally was to get people together.

"It's a pep rally to get people off their butts," he said. "It's the kind of thing that's important."

Jackson told the crowd that on Aug. 6, 1965, black people got the right to vote.

“Martyrs died for the right to vote,” Jackson said. “You can march your souls to the polls and vote on Tuesday. We demand to have our right to vote protected, we will vote on Tuesday with our hopes and not our fears.”

In order for the Democrats to win the recall elections for the Governor, Lt. Governor and four State Senate seats, voter turnout needs to be high, Mason said.

“So his (Jackson’s) message was about what’s at stake,” he said. “If we want to win this election, we have to a high voter turnout.”

Jameel Ghuari, director of the Bray Center, said that polls are showing that the election is “a dead heat.”

“African Americans could sway the election if turnout is high,” he said. “Given all early voting indicators, this unprecedented recall election could have record numbers going to the polls.”

According to exit polls, 40,000 less African American voters came out to vote in 2010 compared to the 2008 presidential election. In 2010, Walker won against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by 124,000 and organizers of the event believe this election has an even slimmer margin.

“We will go beyond the gap by descending on the streets of Racine and meeting the voters to ensure they are informed and have their voice heard through their vote,” added Ghuari.

Stormy Weather June 04, 2012 at 05:29 AM
Can someone please translate for me...
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 05:41 AM
Final PPP (Daily Kos) poll shows: Walker - 50% Barrett - 47%
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Here's the breakdown folks: Clinton on Friday: 900 people Schultz on Saturday: 350 people Jackson on Sunday: 100 people Obama: No Show Last Week: the spirit of Ronald Reagan stepped up to the plate for Walker Tea Party Rally on Saturday: 4,000+ people Sunday: Walker is endorsed by none other than CHUCK NORRIS himself!!! The recall effort has clearly run out of steam going into the home stretch! Move Wisconsin FORWARD - Vote WALKER, KLEEFISCH, and WANGGAARD on Tuesday, June 5th!!!
Stormy Weather June 04, 2012 at 05:58 AM
Awww... That's what he said! I was a bit confused, along with coward Cory and his other sidekicks. Did you see the looks on their faces when Jackson is talking? Pretty funny! I think they were thinking the same thing that I was thinking, "What the H.... is he saying"
Stormy Weather June 04, 2012 at 06:03 AM
I have my fingers crossed for Tuesday. I'm feeling pretty good that Walker will stay, but I don't trust the far left. Van Wanggaard will be very close, but hopefully Van will kick Lehman back into the hole that he crawled out of.
Stormy Weather June 04, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Corey was also wishing for a free ride to Illinois! That is after all, his home state!
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 06:08 AM
Only 1 poll watching team from the DOJ has been assigned to the Racine/Kenosha area. 7 teams have been assigned in Milwaukee and 2 teams have been assigned in Madison. It would appear that the Feds don't trust the liberals to play fair either. I too would be disappointed with a Lehman win, but I have a good feeling overall about a clean sweep on Tuesday! The only question is whether or not anyone is going to pull a Kloppenburg!
Stormy Weather June 04, 2012 at 06:16 AM
Keep up the good work Mr. Hoffa! Now off to get some shut eye - It's a busy campaign day tomorrow.
Denise Lockwood June 04, 2012 at 12:20 PM
really Hoffa???
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 03:27 PM
@Denise - I was referencing the Wisconsin Jobs Now! event that occurred during last year's senatorial recalls and the quasi-involvement of Rep. Sandy Pasch in that event. In no way were my posts intending to be racial in nature. Are we to assume that every time from here on in that whenever someone mentions giving away a free sub that it somehow has a so-called reverse discrimination factor to it and flag such comments as being inappropriate?
GearHead June 04, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I see ol' JJ is still alive and well with soaring incoherant rhetoric as usual. This is the best they've got? Smell the desperation in the air? The master of the silly slogan strikes again. Not even close to the masterful performances of those addressing the tea party gathering Saturday. Now THAT was worth going to.
Jim Bob June 04, 2012 at 04:59 PM
How many showed up for Romney? You would think, since the recall race is supposed to set the table for the 2012 presidential election, Romney would making his presence know and support Walker. Then there were the 30 people who showed up for the Americans For Properity tour kick off tour in Hudson last Friday. Perhaps the Democrats are the only ones losing steam. Perhaps both parties know the showing up at rallies is the easy way out. Know it's time to knock on doors and make phone calls. Isn't using the "froward" with "conservative" an oxymoron?
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I wish to apologize to the editors, my fellow Patchers, Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Mason. I honestly had no idea that the phrase "free BBQ and rides to the polls in Milwaukee" contains a racial sentiment. For the record, Hoffa is definitely no racist - never has been, and never will be. My deleted comments were made simply out of jest in reference to the Wisconsin Jobs Now! events that occurred during last year's senatorial recalls with the quasi-involvement of Rep. Sandy Pasch. I am sorry if anyone misinterpreted Hoffa's comments as being racial motivated and were offended by them, as in no way were they ever intended to be taken in such a way. It was meant to be a humorous quip in context to the recalls in general, and was posted in response to the fact that it is difficult to distinguish exactly what Mr. Jackson was saying within the attached video clip. Again, Hoffa is extremely sorry if he offended anyone, and will gladly retract such comments voluntarily.
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 05:35 PM
On a personal note, I find it to be personally insulting, with elements of so-called reverse discrimination, every time it is mentioned in the media that the Voter ID legislation is actually intended to keep people of color, in addition to others, from voting, as CLEARLY that IS NOT the intent of such legislation. The CLEAR intent of such legislation is to keep our elections fair and to preserve the integrity of our elections for ALL PEOPLE of the state. For example, it would have prevented the paid union officials from FL in using a hotel address in Milwaukee to both register and vote in our elections. That is the kind of illegal activity that Voter ID is meant to protect us from. I also find it disturbing how Patch felt compelled to report that there were very few people of color that attended the Tea Party Rally in Mount Pleasant over the weekend, while completely failing to mention anything about the people of color turnout at either the Clinton rally, the Labor rally with Ed Schultz, or even in this piece and about the event with Mr. Jackson. Is Patch attempting to subtly imply that the Tea Party and its supporters are somehow inherently racist?
Stormy Weather June 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
@ hoffa - In no way did I consider your comment racial, and I'm surprised it was deleted. There is always a double standard when it comes to what's appropriate and what is not. Usually, I find the Patch to be pretty fair, but in this case I think they were wrong. Quite honestly, I didn't think you needed to apologize, but you are as usual a gentleman! And you were right about the Patch bringing up "there were very few people of color that attended the Tea Party Rally". To me that was completely unnecessary! The truth is Jesse Jackson is a "Has Been" who is like a leach anytime he thinks it will benefit him. The only thing that Jesse Jackson has done for our country, is to drive a wedge between Americans...
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Thanks Stormy - I appreciate that!
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 09:29 PM
@Hoffa - you make a good point about not giving crowd make-up of the Dem rally so I've added that. Sometimes it's hard to convey the atmosphere at these events so that's what we're trying to with these details.
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 09:51 PM
@Heather A and Denise - Thank you for your understanding. I understand how difficult this charged political climate has made your jobs and will continue to support both of you. I never for one moment believed there was any ill regard towards any group in particular being conveyed by Patch or its writers, as such oversight probably wasn't even realized when writing the story. And in all honesty, in a regular political environment I'm not sure that anyone would have even have noticed or cared enough to comment about it. Likewise, I hope that the Patch editors and writers realize that in no way did I intend for my comments to contain any kind of racially charged sentiments. I would hope that Patch, and its writers, have realized by now that in NO way, shape, or form is Hoffa a racist, or even a hateful kind of guy towards anyone in general or particular, except for the Kennedys of course ;-)
JW June 04, 2012 at 10:17 PM
March your Souls to the Polls... then use your brain to refrain (from recalling)...
James R Hoffa June 04, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Very nice!


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