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Rev. Jesse Jackson joins Blake family for community celebration ahead of President Trump visit

Jesse Jackson diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
Posted at 8:41 AM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 16:27:45-04

KENOSHA — Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. returned to Kenosha Tuesday morning, ahead of President Donald Trump's visit.

Jackson was in Kenosha to encourage groups to not protest the president's visit but instead engage in "positive community service."

"The president is coming to do a commercial, not to reconcile but to notarize," Jackson said in a statement.

The family of Jacob Blake will host a community gathering near the site where Jacob was shot by a Kenosha police officer at 11 a.m. Jackson will be joining, along with Sen. Lena Taylor and other elected officials.

“We don’t need more pain and division from a president set on advancing his campaign at the expense of our city,” said Justin Blake, uncle of Jacob Blake. “We need justice and relief for our community.”

The president is expected to arrive in Kenosha Tuesday afternoon, where he will tour damaged businesses and participate in a safety roundtable.

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