[Rainbow Coalition speaks out against Reagan]
Original Airdate: 10/1/1984
Item Type: newstape - original footage
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Description : Abstract
Mel King speaks at a press conference held on behalf of the Massachusetts Rainbow Coalition and the Massachusetts Jesse Jackson Committee. Committee members stand behind King as he reads an open letter from Jesse Jackson (African American political leader). Jackson's letter criticizes Ronald Reagan (US President) and urges voters to support Walter Mondale (Democratic candidate for US President) in the upcoming election. Domenic Bozzotto (labor leader) speaks at the press conference. Bozzotto denounces Reagan and says that the labor movement must support Mondale. May Louie (Rainbow Coalition leader) speaks at the press conference. Louie calls on all members of the Rainbow Coalition to support Mondale, even if they are not entirely comfortable with his candidacy. King answers questions from reporters. King talks about efforts by both committees to register new voters. Louie and King talk about the committees' efforts to win over voters in Massachusetts. King says that the Rainbow Coalition can work more successfully with Democratic leaders than with Reagan. King talks about the dissatisfaction of Jackson voters with the Democratic Party. King says that the Democratic Party has ignored Jackson's efforts to push for a more inclusive platform. King says that the Democratic Party needs "serious transformation." King says that the committees are struggling for the minds of the people. He adds that it is "immoral" not to vote against Reagan in the upcoming election. Meg Vaillancourt reports on the news story. Vaillancourt talks about efforts to convince some Republicans to vote Democratic and about efforts to reform the Democratic Party from within.
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African American politicians
African Americans - Politics and government
Electioneering (Political campaigns)
Subject : Personal Names
Subject : Corporate Names (Organization names)
Democratic National Party
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News - Unedited
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