RainbowPUSH conference kicks off in Chicago

June 12, 2010 4:07:35 PM PDT
Civil rights, the economy and education were just some of the topics being discussed at the 39th annual RainbowPUSH conference Saturday.The kickoff took place Saturday afternoon at the organization's headquarters on Chicago's South Side.

Congressman Bobby Rush and Sen. Roland Burris were among those who attended. Rush called on jobless Americans to march on the Senate saying, "If the Senate can't move on a jobs bill, then we to move on the Senate."

Rev. Jesse Jackson talked about other factors making the situation more difficult for people who need jobs.

"This is a state of emergency. When you cut public transportation and folks on welfare can't own a car, can't get to work, it's a state of emergency," Jackson said.

The conference continues through Wednesday with sessions at the Hyatt McCormick Place and RainbowPUSH headquarters.