Jesse Jackson Freed After Workers Protest Arrest

FREEPORT, Ill. — The Rev. Jesse Jackson says he joined workers at a northern Illinois plant that’s slatedto close because their fight to save their jobs is “the essence of the American struggle.” 

Bishop Tavis L. Grant — the national field director of Rainbow Push Coalition — gets arrested fighting for jobs in Freeport Illinois at the Sensata plant. // Photo Courtesy of Tavis Grant.


Jackson was taken into custody Wednesday with about a dozen other protesters who marched onto the property at Sensata (sen-SAH’-tuh) Technologies. The company is in the process of moving its Freeport manufacturing operations to China, at a cost of 170 jobs from the Illinois plant.

The protesters were cited for violating Freeport’s trespassing ordinance and released. Jackson said the protests will continue next week.

— Associated Press