- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 8, 2001

The Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition begins its fourth annual convention in Chicago today with Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, Reps. Charles B. Rangel and Maxine Waters, and NAACP President Kweisi Mfume among the scheduled speakers.
Also scheduled to speak at the four-day event are Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and former Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman.
Workshops and panels are planned on such topics as the U.S. prison population and health care and the uninsured.
The conference will draw between 6,000 and 7,000 people to the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel, and Sunday's finale concert at Washington Park, with the Isley Brothers as headliners, is expected to draw another 100,000.
The issues to be discussed during the conference are mostly political, said coalition spokeswoman Keiana Peyton.
"There are still lingering concerns and issues over the election, redistricting and the usual focus on [voter] registration," Miss Peyton said. "There is always a political edge, but the election really brought some of these issues to the forefront."
The 2002 elections — with the terms of 33 senators due to expire — will also be discussed during the various speeches and workshops, Miss Peyton said.
Tomorrow, Mr. Jackson will announce whether he will proceed with a boycott of Toyota Motor Sales USA.
Mr. Jackson said last week that the threatened sanction, in response to reputed poor diversity practices at the Japanese automaker's American sales arm, was imminent.
But a Toyota representative said yesterday that the automaker will share the podium with Mr. Jackson tomorrow to make its own statement.

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