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Perhaps this is why Jesse didn’t pursue the Obama-Sinclair story:

A former employee of Jesse Jackson Sr. filed a wrongful termination complaint against Jackson. The openly gay employee claimed Jackson required him to perform “humiliating tasks” like escorting women to Jackson’s various hotel rooms. He also claims Jackson asked him for oral sex.
CBS Chicagoreported:

A former employee of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. at the Rainbow Push Coalition has filed a bombshell wrongful termination and discrimination complaint against the civil rights leader with the City of Chicago’s Commission on Human Rights.

The complaint, filed sometime last year by Tommy R. Bennett, a regular on the Tom Joyner Radio show and member of Barack Obama’s LGBT Leadership Council, includes shocking allegations about Jackson’s behavior toward the openly gay staffer including an allegation that the civil rights leader propositioned him.

Jackson has denied the allegations in a legal response that was filed in July 2010 and resurfaced when the Windy City Times published a story Tuesday.

Bennett, 55, claims Jackson ridiculed him in front of other employees and required him to perform “humiliating tasks” like escorting women to Jackson’s various hotel rooms, cleaning up after alleged trysts and packing his clothing. It also includes an allegation that Jackson asked for oral sex, according to the claim. Jackson flatly denied each claim in his response.


Rainbow Coalition Also Wants Comcast/NBCU To Spend 25% Of Ad Budgets On Minority-Owned Firms

The Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow/PUSH Coalition wants Comcast to set aside 10% of its basic tier for networks “owned and controlled by people of color.”

The organization also wants both Comcast and NBC Universal to spend 25% of their ad and marketing budgets and the same percentage of “vendor dollars” on minority-owned firms.

“We want to make sure that independently owned and controlled minority cable networks don’t find it harder to gain carriage if this deal happens,” said Jackson in written testimony for the July 8 House Communications Subcommittee field hearing in Chicago on the deal. Jackson did not deliver the testimony at the hearing, according to an observer on site.

Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the civil rights community held out great hope that the emerging cable industry would be reflective of communities of color in programming, ownership and staffing,” he said. “Our community hoped to not only own cable networks but cable franchises as well. But this simply hasn’t happened.”

Those are just a couple of a number of conditions Jackson wants the FCC to impose on any approval of the Comcast/NBCU joint venture. Others include on job training, hiring and promotion, recruitment and mentoring.

Jackson said the deal was perhaps the last, best opportunity to address “critical issues” in global communications, which he called the twin national challenges of “creating jobs and helping to connect every American, especially people of color, to vitally needed news, information and broadband internet services.”

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     The tragic death of honor student Derrion Albert on the streets of Chicago this week has brought the teen violence of Chicago, and other places, to the front pages. While the President was voicably involved in the “racism” that occurred toward his friend, Prof. Gates, a few months ago, he has been noticeably quiet on the inner city violence that took this young man’s life.

     Derrion Albert was a bright young man, an honor student, with a promising future. From the cellphone videos of the attack, it appears that Derrion may have been attempting to be a good samaritan as he came upon a brawl. A huge piece of wood was the murder weapon here, and all but one of the suspects have been arrested.

      At Derrion’s funeral yesterday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan were both in attendance. Both men extolled the need to address the violence amomg the nation’s youth.

      The White House has said that the Attorney General and the Secretary of Education will travel to Chicago to meet with school officials to discuss the issues. Surprisingly, the “Safe School” czar, Kevin Jennings, is not a part of the discussions.

      The death of Derrion Albert should be more than a teachable moment. It should bring out true and valuable discussions that could lead to solutions for this senseless situation. How does someone like Charles Payne or Juan Williams grow up in the same type of inner city situation and emerge as successful people? For his family, this should not be photo ops for our politicians, but a move toward addressing the problems that led to their loss.

     When Alaska’s Governor Sarah Palin stood before the Republican National Convention to accept their nomination for Vice President,she gave a speech that was meant to quash ANY thoughts that anyone had about WHO she is.

     In her speech, to answer the questions of her “experience”, Gov. Palin said that her role as the Mayor of a small town in Alaska was “much like that of a community organizer, except that as the Mayor she actually had actual responsibility”.

     This statement obviously ruffled the feathers of Sen. Obama, who was a community leader in Chicago’s South Side, and the sentiment was echoed by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg on “The View”. What was lost in the “translation” was the Gov. Palin was NOT disrepecting the role that community organizers play in our society. The point that I interpretted from her statement was that as the Mayor, and as the Governor, she had to play an executive role as the key decisionmaker on the implementation of policy. A community activist rallies the community for their causes, many beneficial to the community at large, but they are not making everyday management and policy decisions.

     In no way should anyone think that Governor Palin was diminishing the role of community organizers. Remember, her road to the Vice-Presidency began by volunteering with the PTA, thus she too began in a community activist role. And, we didn’t hear the Rev. Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson take offense to Gov. Palin’s remarks, did we?