BENTON HARBOR (WWJ) – Calling Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager law the equivalent of a “dictatorship, not a democracy” and “Libya-like,” the Reverend Jesse Jackson visited to Michigan to protest on behalf of distressed communities.

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Jackson spoke out against the controversial new EFM law while in Benton Harbor on Wednesday.

“There should be a major lawsuit filed to protect the right to vote… both the collective bargaining of workers, as well as the right of people to vote,” Jackson said.

“The people vote and elect the mayor. Thee vote and elect the council. And to unilateral removal of those officials –that’s undemocratic,” he said.

“This is clearly a Supreme Court case. We’ve just fought for the right of workers, people to vote in 1965. But in one swell swoop a state’s right can trump a federal right to vote, and that undermines all that we’ve  the last 50 years,” Jackson said.

A state panel appointed former Detroit Auditor General Joseph Harris the Emergency Financial Manager of Benton Harbor on April 1. Officials say Benton Harbor has a growing deficit and needed an infusion of cash from the state last month, just to make payroll.

Speaking live on WWJ Wednesday afternoon, Jackson said what’s happening in Benton Harbor will happen in Detroit — unless someone puts a stop to it.

“You cannot imagine whole cities, empowering emergency managers to dislocate city councils, and school boards and elected officials. What will happen is more wealth and more wars up top and more poverty at the bottom. That’s an economic crisis,” Jackson said.

Jackson is making his way to Detroit for an awareness event planned for Thursday.

Comments (7)
  1. zaks5thave says:

    JJ is an idiot.

  2. TTownTony says:

    First of all, Jackson is not a “Reverend”. He does not have a theology or religion degree, he does not pastor a church and has never been ordained.
    Second, Jackson has no moral authority to speak out on anything.
    Third, instead of jumping in front of cameras, he needs to spend time with his illegitimate daughter and any other children father through his serial adultery.

    1. Grace for Equity says:

      Ok TTown Tony. And who are you to criticize? Instead of casting aspersions why not look at what brought the REVEREND Jessie Jackson, civil rights leader to the small town. If it weren’t for him people like to would still be lynching, raping and exploiting Blacks in America.
      That you chose to ignore the wrongness of stealing a town’s resources is telling. That Black’s continue to have nothiing is part of a bigger problem in this country and it is call “injustice” or outright THEFT. Post that….

  3. REV Wright says:

    “Whitey gosta give da brothers da gubment checks……….or wees be riotin!!!”

    1. Rooster says:

      Aw c’mon !!! Just get off of your high horse. I don’t agree with anything Jesse Jackson says but he has the right to say them. This is America. You have your rights, too, until you start trouncing on his !!!

    2. Grace for Equity says:

      I guess this is supposed to be funny. Was it funny when Whitey had Blacks enslaved and never paid him for his labor? Seems to me Whitey still owe’s the Black man for the years of slavery and exploitation.

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