The Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. delivered a sermon in Prince George’s County on May 28 that addressed President Donald Trump’s recent budget proposal and the rise of hate crimes.
Jackson, founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, an organization fighting for social change, spoke to parishioners and guests at the Community of Hope A.M.E. Church, located inside Iverson Mall, in Temple Hills, Md.
In this Friday, July 26, 2013, file photo, the Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks as he takes part in a panel discussion during the National Urban League’s annual conference, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
“We will survive Trump if we fight with our character and dignity,” Jackson told hundreds of residents who attended the service.
Trump recently released his 2018 budget proposal. According to a PUSH Coalition press release, the proposal would cut $800 billion from Medicaid and cut funds to government assistance programs, devastating millions of Americans.
Trump’s plan to decrease budget costs would result in less money for government assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which would affect 44 million low-income Americans, the press release said.
Earlier in May, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (ACHA), which would skyrocket health insurance costs for millions of low and middle income Americans, including those with pre-existing conditions. The ACHA is currently being assessed in the Senate.
You will “not be able to balance the budget on the backs of poor people,” Jackson told the press after the church service. “Less to the most and the poor is not good moral ground.”
Jackson also spoke about the increase in hate crimes happening in the metropolitan area, including a noose found near the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden on the National Mall on May 26 and the recent homicide of 2nd Lt. Richard Collins, III on May 20. Collins was scheduled to graduate from Bowie State University on May 23.
“There is a lot of hate and fear these days and we should not take out our frustrations on each other. We should stop the killing,” Jackson told the AFRO. “America is one flag under one big tent. We should be safe everywhere. Nobody has the right to kill anybody.”