Jesse Jackson Tours Silicon Valley

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich left, stands beside Rev. Jesse Jackson prior to speaking at the PUSHTech2020 Summit Wednesday, May 6, 2015, in San Francisco. Jackson and his Rainbow Push organization are holding the summit as part of a year-old campaign to pressure tech companies into hiring and promoting more minorities and women. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Last week, the Reverend Jesse Jackson talked to Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, who had announced the company’s progress in making its workforce more diverse with new hires and other initiatives. Then, without skipping a beat, Jackson asked, “What about the board?”

Krzanich said he didn’t control the board. So Jackson asked when their terms are up.

The crowd laughed.

It was Jackson being both the validator, raising Intel’s profile as a company committed to diversity, and the outsider, asking the uncomfortable questions, writes the San Jose Mercury News.

15 years after his last trip to Silicon Valley to push the tech industry on diversity, Jesse Jackson, 73, is finding this audience more receptive.

Why is this? He has changed. Silicon Valley has changed.

Back then, Jackson met with CEOs such as Steve Jobs. Hewlett-Packard committed to giving his organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, equipment for its new Silicon Valley office.

But then Jackson seized on the metaphor of “the digital divide” to describe the lack of diversity at tech firms. (That seemed a little off, since it had been a term used for describing children who didn’t have access to computers.)

At that time, it was relatively easy for tech leaders to push Jackson away, arguing that Silicon Valley was far from the “good old boys clubs” Jackson had been attacking as part of his Wall Street Project.

The valley saw itself then as a unique, multicultural meritocracy where the only thing that mattered was knowledge and a can-do spirit, not what school you attended, whom you knew or what you looked like.

Joanne Jacobs, a columnist in the Mercury News, wrote in April 1999 that Jackson overlooked what made Silicon Valley unique. “To use an overworked phrase, he doesn’t get it,” she said.

Then the boom turned to bust, and so did Jackson’s efforts to push tech on diversity.

More than a year ago, Jackson returned, writes the San Jose Mercury News.  He began drawing much from the same playbook from 15 years ago — buying up tech company shares, attending shareholder meetings, holding rallies and landing meetings with CEOs.

This time, Jackson seized on a simple idea: Asking the companies to disclose their workforce demographics, something many had resisted doing for years.

He also promised to take “action” if a company didn’t respond to him, evoking the memory of economic boycotts he threatened against Toyota and others.

His arrival back in Silicon Valley coincided with another period of prosperity, but now the tech industry is more confident of its economic, social, cultural and political stature. Meanwhile, as Jackson began his campaign, protesters were disrupting shuttle buses, raising concerns about gentrification and income inequality.

“Companies have moved out of this monochromatic cul-de-sac to a fuller engagement with rising America,” said Van Jones, a former White House environmental adviser, co-founder of #yeswecode and a CNN commentator. “He has been able to make the case that has been really galvanizing. At some point, you have to give the guy credit.”

Lesbian Calls Out Church On Offensive Sign

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Last year, a lesbian posted video of her asking a church in Harlem, New York to stone her.

“…(T)he church made headlines in late February (2014) when religious leaders posted a polarizing sign that read ‘Obama has released the homo demons on the black man. Look out black woman. A white homo may take your man,'” according to The Huffington Post.

Pastor James David Manning, who helms the ATLAH World Missionary Church, later proclaimed on his church sign: “Jesus would stone homos” and “Stoning is still the law.”

Video from May 21st, 2014.


Did Christie Stumble On Vaccine-Gate?


Recently, New Jersey governor Chris Christie made comments about vaccinations while on a trip to England.

“Mary Pat and I have had our children vaccinated and we think that it’s an important part of being sure we protect their health and the public health,” Christie told reporters in England Monday. The likely Republican presidential candidate added: “I also understand that parents need to have some measure of choice in things as well, so that’s the balance that the government has to decide.”

The comments came after a laboratory tour at MedImmune, a biologics company that makes vaccines in Cambridge. Christie is on a three-day tour of Britain designed to promote trade with New Jersey businesses and round out his foreign policy resume ahead of a likely 2016 run for the White House.

While important, it is the view of the website OK, Fine that vaccine-gate is not as important for Christie as the investigations into purposely causing a multi-day traffic jam in the town of a mayor he didn’t like, misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief aid, and improper use of bondholders’ funds by the Port Authority.

According to the Times-Herald News, it was a position he’s taken on vaccines before, but one that drew a new level of attention amid a U.S. measles outbreak and his recent moves toward running for president.

The political significance of Christie’s remarks was amplified by his office a short time later, when it released a statement saying the governor believes “with a disease like measles there is no question kids should be vaccinated.”

Christie’s stumble into the vaccine issue came as a measles outbreak centered in California has sickened more than 100 people in several states and Mexico, putting a new spotlight on parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Some do so for religious or philosophical reasons, while others cite a concern that vaccines can lead to autism and developmental disorders — a link debunked by rigorous medical research.

Denver Police Punch Suspect And Trip His Pregnant Girlfriend

According to FOX31 in Denver, a video taken by a witness during an arrest shows a Denver police officer punching a suspect in the face six times and then tripping the man’s pregnant girlfriend.

The witness who took the video claims an officer took the tablet he was using to record the arrest and deleted the video file, not realizing it had already been stored on electronic cloud storage.

The limited-use video obtained by FOX 31 in Denver shows the suspect’s head bouncing off the pavement from the force of the punches.

Police reports state that the police officer, Charles “Chris” Jones IV made the arrest after undercover narcotics police officers say they saw the suspect, David Flores, a suspected drug user, stuff a white sock in his mouth that they thought contained drugs.

Police say Flores refused to respond to requests to show his hands.

While Jones and his partner Christopher Evans were holding and punching Flores, Jones pulls the feet of Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, 25, out from under her,causing her to fall.

Jones said he tripped her because he thought she was going to kick him. He also cited reasons for why he punched Flores.

Fox31 / News200x video.