Jesse Jackson Leads Bingo Rights March in Alabama (Video)
Hey, times are tough. You gotta pick up odd jobs every now and then.
The Bingo protesters sang “We Shall Overcome” as they marched to the state capitol.
Jesse Jackson (center) marches up Dexter Ave. toward the capitol. The Rev. Jesse Jackson marched with bingo supporters to the State Capitol steps in Montgomery Alabama Saturday March 6, 2010 to supports their efforts to get bingo establishments legal and open. (The Birmingham News / Joe Songer)
Here’s the video:
The Rev. Jesse Jackson led a march of about 200 people down Dexter Avenue to the Alabama Capitol to rally supporting bingo jobs in the state.
Jackson said the bingo debate ongoing in Alabama is a voting rights issue and a matter of economic justice. Counties voted for bingo, Jackson said, and the vote should be respected.
“We demand jobs and justice and voting rights,” Jackson said on the steps of the Alabama Capitol.
Jackson said before the march that when a person loses a job, it doesn’t just hurt that person’s household.
“It’s like an economic earthquake that affects a lot of people from the grocery store to the cleaners to the car shop,” Jackson said.
Rally leaders evoked Civil Rights era imagery during the march.Marchers sang, “We shall overcome” and the demonstration paused to pray in front of Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, the church once led by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.