Rights veteran and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Rev. Jesse Jackson,
Sr. was the guest speaker at the True Vine Ministries services, which are held
in the McClymonds High School Auditorium in West Oakland, as part of an
observance of Black History Month.
Zachary Carey of True Vine acknowledged many community leaders in attendance
including Mayor Libby Schaaf, former Mayor Elihu Harris, Oakland City Council
President Lynette McElhaney, OUSD Chief of Post Secondary Readiness Bernard
McCune, Elaine Brown and Post Publisher Paul Cobb.
Jackson spoke to the “wickedness in high places,” referring to the role of banks
and financial institutions in the financial crisis. He also stressed the
neglect, exclusion and disparities in the hiring practices of technology
companies headquartered in Silicon Valley.
received positive support from Schaaf for a resolution calling for the
Constitutional Right to Vote.
Oakland officials also said they would call for a resolution in favor of
overturning the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision.
Jesse Jackson with Mayor Libby Schaaf during his recent visit to True Vine
Ministries in Oakland.
Schaaf thanked Rev. Jackson for his outstanding work of pressuring technology
firms “to remove barriers at all levels.” She pledged to work with Rev. Jackson
to bring technology jobs for Oakland residents and to work to prevent
said she wants to institutionalize community policing and require “transparency
across the board,” which means that footage taken by police officers must be
made available to the public.