US Congressman, son of Rev. Jesse Jackson, visits Mocha at President Ali’s request


United States Congressman Jonathan Jackson on Tuesday visited Mocha/ Arcadia on the East Bank of Demerara (EBD) at the request of Guyana’s President Dr. Irfaan Ali.

In the community, the Congressman had open, frank discussions with many of the residents. He told them he represents the US Congress and wants to hear directly from them what challenges they are facing.

“I’ve gone around the country, I’ve been offered the opportunity to be here today by President Ali.

Residents gathered at the meeting (Photo: Enrico Woolford)

“I want to thank him for extending that opportunity. President Ali also encouraged me to meet with the opposition and to come into the community and meet with you and talk to you,” Jackson told the residents.

The Congressman, who is the son of prominent US Civil Rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, was invited to Guyana for several days by President Ali. He participated in Guyana’s 58th Independence Anniversary celebrations and has been engaging both the government and opposition.

And as he engaged the residents, he pointed out that here are many parallels between Guyana and Americans- particularly the people of Afro-descent in both countries. Because of that, he says the people of both countries should be deepening ties.

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