Jesse Jackson: ‘Keep fighting for Portland’

"Violence must not be allowed to be the brand of Portland"

Jesse Jackson with others at Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland, June 2, 2017 (KOIN)
Jesse Jackson with others at Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland, June 2, 2017 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rev. Jesse Jackson was in Portland to speak with faith leaders and said “violence must not be allowed to be the brand of Portland.”

He shared his thoughts on the MAX attack while he spoke at Augustana Lutheran Church on Friday morning.

“We do not let the undercurrent take us over,” Jackson said. “We must keep fighting back for the Portland that shows the Ducks on TV playing for the national championship, black and white and brown and together. The Portland that shows the Trail Blazers. The Portland that shows Nike. That shows us living together as brothers and sisters, not dying apart as fools.”

“We’re all hurt by what happened last week,” Jackson told KOIN 6 News. “It reminds us that there’s unfinished business.”

Jackson spent the morning with Portland-area faith leaders. He’s also schedule to meet with Mayor Ted Wheeler and attend a banquet before heading back to Chicago later Friday.