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A Statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. on the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee

December 12, 2017



Tuesday, December 12, 2017


A Statement by Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. on the Passing of Mayor Ed Lee


I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.

 Mayor Lee was a fierce advocate for civil rights and worked tirelessly for fairness, equality, justice and opportunity. Mr. Lee presided over a tremendous shift in the city driven by the technology boom that put San Francisco at the center of global innovation. On each of my visits to the Bay Area, Mayor Lee and his team were a consistent presence in supporting our efforts for diversity and inclusion in technology. Mayor Lee helped bring companies and employers back to the city, and his leadership ignited phenomenal economic development and innovative growth.

The entire nation has lost a tremendous force in political, civil and human rights leadership today. We are confident that Acting Mayor London Breed and our friends former Mayor Willie Brown and Supervisor Malia Cohen will help galvanize the city during this time of grief and loss. Our prayers are with Mayor Lee’s family, and our sincere thoughts are with all those who are connected to the city by the Bay.




Rev Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.


Dr. Joseph Bryant, Jr.




Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world. RPC is dedicated to improving the lives of all people by serving as a voice for the voiceless. Its mission is to protect, defend and gain civil rights by leveling the economic and educational playing fields while promoting peace and justice around the world.


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