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MLK Prayer Breakfast Adopts Tone Of Occupy Movement

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Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition's annual Martin Luther King holiday prayer breakfast on Jan. 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. (Credit: CBS)

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition’s annual Martin Luther King holiday prayer breakfast on Jan. 16, 2012 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. (Credit: CBS)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – The annual Martin Luther King observance by the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition took on the tone of the Occupy movement this year.

WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger covered the King breakfast at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers downtown.

At his group’s annual King remembrance, Rainbow/Push founder Rev. Jesse Jackson said Dr. King would sympathize with the goals of the Occupy protestors.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

“Somehow we bail out the top one percent and let the poor fend for themselves. Dr. King would be in protest today, protesting the fact that too few have too much,” Jackson said.

Governor Quinn agreed that the Occupy movement of today is an echo of the Resurrection city that sprung up during Dr. King’s time. The struggle today is for economic justice, Quinn said.

“There’s something wrong in America and Illinois if folks are working 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, and they’re still living in poverty,” the governor said.

Others attending the breakfast included Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and U.S. Representatives Jesse Jackson Jr., Bobby Rush, Danny Davis and Jan Schakowsky.

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