Jonathan Jackson late Monday night gave strong support for social justice issues such as abortion rights and reparations during a town hall meeting held at the New Covenant Missionary Baptist Church led by Pastor Stephen J. Thurston .
The questions were answered by Chicago Crusader journalist Erick Johnson and N’DIGO editor Hermene Hartman. Santita Jackson was the moderator.
Johnson asked Jackson about his thoughts on the economy, particularly inflation, his thoughts on the health care disparity in post-pandemic black Chicago and would he support slave reparations.
Regarding inflation and the economy, Jackson said that when workers earn $15 an hour, that means $30,000 a year. Jackson said this problem kept him up late at night on several occasions. “We need to make sure people have adequate food, transportation to work and housing.
“The federal government needs to help people when they can’t help themselves,” Jackson said. “The feds have to step in,” Jackson said, 50% of workers make less than $20 an hour, 55% of workers don’t have enough money to last until the end of the week, and many cannot lay their hands on $2,000 in an emergency.
Referring to the economy and rising gas prices, Jackson said, “These are price gouging. He’s the culprit.
When asked by Johnson whether President Biden wanted to cut student loans by $10,000, Jackson said, “In 2006, President George W. Bush passed a bankruptcy reform bill. He said that under this bill, business people could buy cars and write off other expenses, but not student loans. “They imposed the heavy bill on our students.
“The student loan was $4.8 billion in 2006. Today the student debt market is $1.8 trillion,” Jackson said. He called on Congress to go back and review this law. He called for the elimination of all student debt. He also called for the elimination of interest on student debt.
Jackson said huge student loans have even affected personal relationships because students are reluctant to marry someone who is burdened with these loans. And he said that while students can learn, doors of opportunity should always be open to them without fear of racking up huge student loans.
Referring to Johnson’s question about the state of the economy, Jackson said there are currently 2 million cybersecurity jobs, a shortage of 14,000 airline pilots, a shortage of bus drivers and a shortage of rail operators. He said there were not enough people applying for police jobs.
Given the rise in youth crime, Jackson said, “We need to capture this workforce and bring it back into the fold. We represent 5% of the world’s population but 25% of incarcerated people,” Jackson said. “The remnants of slavery are real. “I want their records expunged so they can ‘become productive citizens.’
On Johnson’s question about the economy, Jackson admitted it was “pretty weird,” but he was clear about rising gas prices. “These are scams that make big profits at the expense of the poor. The profit scam is the real culprit.
Jackson said African Americans are fully invested in this country. People don’t go for this ‘white supremacy’ ideology and that black people are not inferior and white people are not superior.
When you talk about repairs, Jackson said you have to include institutions like black people not having equal access to public transit within 20 minutes. “It’s called regular services, no public transport”, or the lack of transport for the far south side and the west side.
“When seniors don’t have access to Walgreens or CVS within a mile of services,” Jackson said, that’s one example of institutions getting in the way of equal access to services and another. reason for repairs.
“Repairs are absolutely imperative,” he said. “Jackson also wants basic institutions of unequal life opportunity fixed – equal services for all.