The Michigan Rallies

Rally at University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Normal Is Not Enough

Rally at University of Michigan Ann Arbor - Introductions

Intros by Arden Shapiro, Michelle Deatrick, Laila Hayani, Jeff Irwin, Yousef Rabhi, Abdul El-Sayed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Bernie at University of Michigan

Bernie Sanders at University of Michigan Ann Arbor

Rally in Detroit Michigan

Which Side Are You On

Intro featuring Rashida Tlaib

Detroit Rally Intro featuring Rashida Tlaib

Bernie at the Detroit Rally

Bernie at the Detroit Rally

Rally In Grand Rapids Michigan

A Special Day for Bernie Sanders

On this day, March 8, 2020, Jesse Jackson came to Bernie Sanders’ rally in Grand Rapids to announce his support for Bernie’s 2020 campaign for President.

A Special Day for Bernie Sanders In Grand Rapids Michigan with Jesse Jackson

No one believes Bernie Sanders didn’t win the 2020 Michigan Primary

Bernie Endorses Jesse Jackson (1988) Burlington VT

Bernie Endorses Jesse Jackson (1988) Burlington VT

Jesse Jackson 1984 Campaign Announcement Speech

Jesse Jackson 1984 Campaign Announcement Speech

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Jesse Jackson’s 1984 campaign announcement speech.

January 16, 1984. Tendley Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Eight Democrats running for the nomination. This time around, you got a chance, and you got a choice.

You want somebody who marched for you to get the right to vote, you got a choice. Want somebody who challenged corporate America to hire and give you contracts, you got a choice.

It’s choice time!

All this talk about qualifications. “What do blacks know about foreign policy?” It’s an insult. I was three years old, I came into my consciousness. My Daddy was coming home from the war. Foreign policy. If he was so dumb, how did he get over there and get back? If he didn’t know foreign policy, why did they give him a gun? And when they gave it to him he knew which way to shoot.

We know foreign policy. When you buy Honda and Toyota, that’s foreign policy. Russian vodka, that’s foreign policy. Panasonic and Sony, that’s foreign policy. Mercedes Benz, that’s foreign policy, and a matter of fact, we came here on a foreign policy!


I know y’all are in a hurry, I’m going to leave you now.

It’s time for a new course, a new coalition, a new leadership.

Somebody got to rise above race, rise above sex. A new leadership, a choice, a chance.

Don’t cry about what you don’t have, use what you got.

Reagan won the last time not by genius. Reagan won when we were asleep. He won by the margin of despair. He won by the margin, the fracture of our coalition. He won by the margin of racial division. He won by default.

I close with another story. There’s a little shepherd boy named David. Everybody in town was scared of Goliath.

Philadelphia, your time has come. Don’t stop at the Mayor’s office. Go on higher. Because you must never forget that about the time we began to take over the cities, Nixon shifted the power to the suburbs. And now Reagan has shifted it to the states. So you have mayors who have more and more responsibility and less and less power. We got more and more votes and fewer and fewer services. We cannot stop. We got to rise on higher.

Little David, little David, little David. Took off his unnecessary garments. Little David didn’t want to get weighted down with a lot of foolishness. Little David took what God gave him, a slingshot and a God biscuit, a rock.

Our problem today is, David, we need to organize Pennsylvania and win because we are going to stop the rocks that’s been laying around and pick them up.

In 1980, Reagan won Massachusetts by twenty-five-hundred votes. There were over a hundred-thousand students unregistered, over fifty-thousand blacks, over fifty-thousand Hispanics. He won by twenty-five-hundred. Ted Kennedy’s state.

Rocks just laying around.

He won Illinois by three-hundred-thousand votes. Eight-hundred-thousand unregistered blacks, five-hundred-thousand Hispanics.

Rocks just laying around!

He won.

In 1980 three-million high school students unregistered to vote. Now they’re getting ready to draft.

Rocks still laying around!

Eleven-million college students who could have chosen jobs over jails, peace over war, they didn’t vote. Now they’re crying.

Rocks just laying around!

Reagan won eight southern states by one-hundred-eighty-two-thousand votes when there were three-million unregistered blacks in those same eight states.

Rocks just laying around!

He won New York by hundred-sixty-five-thousand votes. Six-hundred-thousand students unregistered, nine-hundred-thousand blacks, six-hundred-thousand Hispanics.

Rocks just laying around!

In 1980, Reagan won Pennsylvania by three-hundred-thousand votes. Four-hundred-thousand students unregistered. More than six-hundred-thousand blacks unregistered!

Reagan won Pennsylvania by the margin of despair, by margin of the fracture of our coalition. Your time has come. Pick up your slingshots Pick up your rocks. Declare our time, a new day has begun.

Red, yellow, black and white, we are all precious in God’s sight! Our time has come.