Month: September 2014

Eric Holder to resign his position as U.S. Attorney General Today! Breaking News

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. during a meeting with President Obama last month at the White House. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

 Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. will resign his post, the Justice Department said Thursday. Mr. Holder will remain in office until a successor is nominated and confirmed. Mr. Holder, the 82nd attorney general and the first African-American to serve in that position, had previously said he planned to leave office by the end of this year Particularly in President Obama’s second term, Mr. Holder has been the most prominent liberal voice of the administration.

The Justice Department said Mr. Holder finalized his plans to leave in an hourlong conversation with Mr. Obama at the White House over Labor Day weekend.

Please Share any thoughts and comments on the merits of Mr. Holder and his tenure leading the Justice Department.

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The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

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One World The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

In Ferguson, Missouri the town that was rocked with protests over police On Saturday, August 9, 2014, when an unarmed 18-year-old male, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer many in the community around the country where not surprised to hear of multiple stories of police abuse that had taken place. While the Justice Department has launched a broad investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Mike Brown, many African-American residents still feel that the situation is hopeless and are still very frustrated.  In order to effect change we (residents) must strive to repair the harm caused by crime to individual victims and communities, the focus must be two-sided, that means prevention of Police Brutality as well as prevention of a culture that chronic criminal offenders are punished on all sides is much needed.

 

In an a recent interview with CBS "Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change
In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change

In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change,” Govan shared his vision for Ferguson, saying he thinks one way to improve things is for the town to hire more African-American police officers. But Govan told CBS’ Jane Pauley there’s a reason you don’t see many minorities on the police force.

 Look, let me tell you why: From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people. Why would you go up to serve among the abusers? It doesn’t make any sense,” Govan said.

 

While, many would dismiss the point of view of an 11 year old, Marquis Govan does make an effective augment. To fight police abuse effectively, communities must have realistic expectations. You must not expect too much of any one remedy because no single remedy will cure the problem. A “mix” of reforms is required. And even after citizen action has won reforms, your community must keep the pressure on through monitoring and oversight to ensure that the reforms are actually implemented.

Nonetheless, even one person, or a small group of persistent people, can make a big difference. Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them.

 

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CONTROL-Starts with You!

Most people (residents) don’t get it! -The community is the nexus of community justice; therefore, each individual community must began to understand that community is the preferred source of problem solving and citizens work to prevent victimization, provide conflict resolution and maintain peace. The community, including individual victims and offenders, must become the ultimate partner of the justice system for every residents safety and well-being. Here are some basic suggestions;

(The goals listed are suggestions that will ultimately provide a safe environment for all if your community or it’s officials are in any way in opposition to any goal that will promote betterment. Fight for it! Period!)

CONTROLLING THE POLICE — COMMUNITY GOALS

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Control of Police Shootings

Oversight of Police Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity for Police Force. and City Offices

Certification and Licensing of Police Officers

Accreditation of Your Police Department

 

ORGANIZING STRATEGIES— For Communities

Build Coalitions

Monitor the Police (Keep a Database)co

Use Open Records Laws

Educate the Public

Use the Political Process to Win Reforms (bad Judges, and Prosecutors must go!)

Lobby For State Legislation

 

 

Restorative and Community Justice Forums

Everyone makes mistakes-but “Restorative Justice,” is an approach to justice that doesn’t focus on the needs of the victims and the offenders, it also involves the community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. The emphasis is on meeting the needs of and strengthening the community-Not Punishment which is the basis of the Criminal Justice System!

Community justice is a strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, which builds or enhances partnerships within communities. Community justice policies confront crime and delinquency through proactive, problem-solving practices aimed at prevention, control, reduction and reparation of the harm crime has caused.

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 Positive effects of a comprehensive community justice strategy:

Includes both adult and juvenile offenders;

Focuses on creating safer communities rather than on doing things to or for offenders;

Pursues the goal of public safety within a scope of preventing victimization;

Places a high priority on the rights and needs of victims and the community;

Seeks harmonious working relations among all justice components and practices, citizens, community and social service organizations, educational systems, and faith communities;

Focuses on problems causing as well as caused by crime; and

Promotes correctional programming that is based on sound research and measurable for effectiveness.

 

 Why we need Restorative/Community Justice

Restorative justice is a practice centered on the idea that justice can be about healing instead of simply “punishment.” It emphasizes repairing harms rather than punishing crimes, giving victims and offenders the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the harm itself, assessing the impact on the victim and outlining the steps necessary to ensure offender accountability and meet the victim’s needs.

Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, “to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service”. Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community.

 

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Recognize and Resolve the problem!

These efforts help to create and maintain a vital, healthy, safe and just community where crime and delinquency cannot flourish is key. Crime is confronted by addressing social disorder, criminal activities and behavior, and by holding offenders accountable for the harm they cause to victims and the community. Working to prevent crime and its harmful effects; doing justice by addressing problems rather than merely complaining, processing cases; and promoting community protection through proactive, problem-solving work practices plus interventions go along way into changing criminal behavior behavior. In short, no one deserves to lose their life for something that could have been avoided, and some cases-stories of justice may be push the limits above and beyond right and wrong. Then you must fight for your rights!

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Guilty in Innocence Project doesn’t just reveal the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires hope for a better world through public action; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through Investigation and Public Lobby.
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The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership. Part 2

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One World The Necessity for Urban Christian Leadership. Part 2

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world. The poor live in their sad existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day-change must come! If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in urban communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change possibly overnight.

Book release 10-31-2014

The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014
The Need for Urban Christian Leadership. Book release 10-31-2014

 

The series is an excerpt from the book the “The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership.” Which is written by Pastor Gregg L. Greer and the sponsor is the Urban Christian leadership Institute. This book is our opening season effort that means to address the serious need for leadership in every community around the world, overall our concern is to address the Urban Christian Leadership quality or lack of;

Philippians 2:3-4 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (NKJV)

Most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy. While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.  

Recognize and Resolve the problem!

Let’s be very honest: In many churches around the world the pipeline for “Salvation,” within the church is not the same thing as a pipeline that breeds and multiplies leaders. These are two different things. In truth, you need both-Followers and Leaders! Currently, most churches have only one-thus our communities truly do not have a conduit for leadership. If we are to consider helping one another then we must make a commitment to live our lives in search of Justice, and Truth everyday. May I offer just to make one simple suggestion-Make a Resolution? Commit to change today!

Plan of SalvationEvery year, As I have grown wiser in recognizing the will of God and I won’t partake in New Year’s resolutions anymore, if I can help it. For my direction, I now try to do that which God wills me to do everyday! – Ecclesiastes 5:18, which is to relax and enjoy the life He has given! Remembering this life is but a vapor and things staying cleaned are less than that.

The main question that we must answer is what sort of resolutions with God would you want to make? What would God endorse? To answer those questions quickly – any resolution that sees eye to eye with his (God) word (His will) is the type God wants you to make. In the rest of this I will answer those questions with some down to earth humor and of course Biblical insights.

 Hunger for Change

Matthew 5:6

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

If one is a true Christian leader he must seek vision from God within the community and then being given the holy power to execute that vision — I call this “Our biblical marching orders.” That’s the birthright of every Christian…to hear the calling of the “Heavenly,” Father. But, in the way we handle our leadership, suddenly it’s set up whereas only the select and the elite few in our church-who are given this privilege. And let’s be clear: Our ego has a lot to do with this.

Independence in the church and community must be taught, People must take a stand and commit change. understand God doesn’t mind at all if you want to –, walk 20 miles a day, go back to college, learn to play the banjo, read all of 3000 of the T.D Jakes book collection in one night, if you paint your house that pink color you have always loved, stand outside in your underwear while drinking sassafras tea in the rain (I hope not!) or, even dance the night away to the 50’s oldies and so on. In truth our independent thought helps us all in our effort to evangelize the world.

Yet, we must always be mindful that, physical things have worth but godliness or godly living has the only value needed to improve our present life circumstance as well as for our life in eternity. Hello! for some that would be a wow principal concerning godly living! Here are a few items one must consider;

  • We do not seek a single virtue of justice or rectitude toward others. The essence of Godly Living, for us (Christians) is state of harmony within your mind heart and soul; that is the seed out of which all single righteous virtues may grow.
  • We should not merely a desire to be righteous-ignoring the world at large. As people of Faith, God’s love must be shared with all even (Non Believers).
  • If there is a desire for merely for doing righteous things, but not for being righteous-then our effort is devoid!

 

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Speech: March 13, 1968

   Have I Done Enough?” Dr. King’s Legacy Forces everyone one of us to Ask Ourselves!

My Question;  Can you take to heart the following words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  spoke just four days before he was gunned down ?? “First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution.

“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths.

We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.

It seems that I can hear the God of history saying:

 ‘That was not enough!

 But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.’

 That’s the question we are facing to this day today

  In Summary!

I fear some are not hungry for righteousness, but for the only for rewards of righteousness. Worldly goods cannot fill the soul of a man. Intellectual attainment cannot. Goodness will satisfy. There is no condition where we cannot be satisfied in the enjoyment of righteousness. Goodness does not forsake a man.righteousness-defined

Being a disciple means being a learner of all the things Jesus was — and we know Jesus did multiply leaders. Scripture outlines truly practical models for church leadership you can learn to put into practice in your own context to begin identifying, training, and releasing kingdom leaders to do God’s work in the world. I’ve done it and I’ve seen other people do it all over the world. It can be done and done with incredible results.

The necessity for Urban Christian Leadership or any good leadership is deeply felt and needed around the world. This need starts with a special condition of the mind,  and, an indication of a healthy, spiritual life which all people of faith must learn to receive-Post Haste!

Related Articles:

https://oneworld01.com/2014/03/02/the-need-for-urban-christian-leadership/

http://fulleryouthinstitute.org/articles/unlocking-the-keys-to-indigenous-urban-leadership

http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-must-create-a-culture-of-accountability-for-their-pastors-church-leadership-126279/

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Guilty in Innocence Project doesn’t just reveal the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires hope for a better world through public action; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through Investigation and Public Lobby. https://www.facebook.com/groups/guiltyininnocenceproject/
Guilty in Innocence Project doesn’t just reveal the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires hope for a better world through public action; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through Investigation and Public Lobby.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/guiltyininnocenceproject/

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September 11, 2001-A Day of Remembrance

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 (One World) Thought of the Day

 

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On this day 13 years ago many thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to someone’s evil expression of hate. We as a people must remember all those we lost and we must now allow their legacy to motivate our desire for a better world. Organized Love will always win over concentrated hate. Just as true brotherhood will always win over separatism. Peace, Love and tolerance toward another human being is no longer a choice, we must make this our lifestyle.

Abraham Lincoln said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection

In communities, around the world this must be a core message.

 

 

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President Barack Obama will deliver his ISIS Strategy tonight (One World News Flash) 8:45 PM EST

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President Barack Obama will tonight deliver a major speech where he is expected to prepare the American people and the world for a protracted air campaign against Islamic State jihadists in both Syria and Iraq. The legacy-defining address will begin at 9 p.m.ET and is expected to run about 15 minutes. (Tune in at 8:45 p.m ET. for live coverage of the speech,

Mr Obama will speak from the White House during the prime-time evening television hour in an effort to reach a maximum audience as he makes the case for returning to war in the Middle East.

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the President is expected to argue that Syria under ISIS control would be “a safe haven” for terrorists who could one day strike America.

It also remains unclear if or when the Western allies – most likely Britain, Australia and France – would be asked to join in airstrikes against ISIS.

Wednesday’s speech comes exactly one year after Mr. Obama addressed the nation during prime-time when the US was weighing strikes against the Assad regime in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed 1,400 people in a Damascus suburb.

 

(GLG9/10)

 

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor/ Publisher of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com. Your Thoughts and comments are welcome.

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One World (This Week) Stories/Hightlights W/E 9-14-2014

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Henry Kissinger says the United States needs to strike Isis! (USATODAY)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2014/09/08/capital-download-henry-kissinger-isis-obama/15274621/

 

 

 

2012 NYC Doc Festival Closing Night Screening Of "The Central Park Five"
Central Park Five . Awarded a 41 Million Dollar Settlement

Central Park Five Courts bring to an end a decades-long legal battle. 41 Million Dollar Settlement (Huffington Post)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/05/central-park-five_n_5774264.html?utm_hp_ref=black-voices&ir=Black%20Voices

                                                             

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Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin was due to report to federal prison on Monday to begin serving a 10-year Sentence

 

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin To Start 10-Year Sentence (ABCNEWS)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/orleans-mayor-reports-federal-prison-25352697

 

 

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In Chicago (This Week) Low paid worker took part in a “Historical,” 150 cities sit-ins at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger Kings and other chain locations

The Fight for 15! The New Fight against Economic Oppression (ONEWORLD

https://oneworld01.com/2014/09/05/the-fight-for-15-the-new-fight-against-poverty-and-economic-oppression/

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Remembering (911) when Americans came together
Remembering (911) when Americans came together

Remembering (911) when Americans came together (CBS)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/remembering-911-when-americans-came-together/

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The Growing need for Urban Christian Leadership (ONEWORLD)

https://oneworld01.com/2014/03/02/the-need-for-urban-christian-leadership/

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Missing Children and Amber Alerts This Week

1-month-old Delano Wilson is still missing! Police the baby boy was abducted from an alley after his father was allegedly knocked unconscious
1-month-old Delano Wilson is still missing! Police the baby boy was abducted from an alley after his father was allegedly knocked unconscious

The search continues in Indianapolis for Missing Baby Delono Willson

http://www.indystar.com/story/news/2014/08/30/family-community-leaders-pray-missing-indianapolis-baby-still-alive/14874595/

 

This Week in History, Sep 8 – Sep 14

Sep 08, 1974
Ford pardons Nixon
Sep 09, 1893
President’s child born in White House
Sep 10, 1897
First drunk driving arrest
Sep 11, 2001
Attack on America
Sep 12, 1940
Lascaux cave paintings discovered
Sep 13, 1814
Key pens Star-Spangled Banner
Sep 14, 1901
McKinley dies of infection from gunshot wounds

 

 

This Week in memorial, Sep 8 – Sep 14

 

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This week the Pentagon released the name of one soldier killed in Afghanistan: SPC Brian K Arsenault, 28 US Army, Northborough, MA.
 Guilty in Innocence Project doesn’t just reveal the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires hope for a better world through public action; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted people through Investigation and Public Lobby. https://www.facebook.com/groups/guiltyininnocenceproject/

Guilty in Innocence Project doesn’t just reveal the outrage of human rights abuse but inspires hope for a better world through public action; we are dedicated to exonerating wrongfully convicted
https://www.facebook.com/groups/guiltyininnocenceproject/
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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com. Your Thoughts and comments are welcome.    

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The Fight for 15! The New Fight against Poverty and Economic Oppression

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Today, In the Chatham neighborhood of South Chicago, Low paid worker took part in a “Historical,” 150 cities sit-ins at McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger Kings and other chain locations. Their fight began at 7:30 am  with an estimated 400 fast-food workers marched on the South side Chicago an impressive show of support which is also, scheduled to be the first of many multinational campaigns for higher wages. The strategy is to “Fight for $15″ pushes for a $15 hourly wage for fast-food workers and the ability to unionize versus the current federal minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour. The group of protesters contained, college students, labor organizers, and community activist-all who seem to be in support of a wage increase. Dozens of people participating in fast-food protests were arrested in New York, Chicago, Miami and other cities Thursday, according to police and organizers

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Remarks by the President on Raising the Minimum Wage:

imagesCX9PLFLGIn Milwaukee on Monday (Labor Day) President Obama renewed  his call to raise the federal minimum wage and to protect the right to equal pay for women.  “If your member of Congress doesn’t support raising the minimum wage, you’ve got to let them know they’re out of step, and that if they keep putting politics ahead of working Americans, you’ll put them out of office.  Tell them to reconsider.  Tell them it’s time for $10.10.  You can tweet at them — use hashtag #1010Means.  Let them know how raising the minimum wage would help you, or your family, or somebody that you know.  And while you’re at it, tell them to restore unemployment insurance for Americans .”

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Organizer Byron Hobbs, stated “I believe it is important to stand in solidity with this cause because these folks have to have a decent working and living wage.”  

According to the United Students against Sweatshops (USAS) is the nation’s largest youth-led, student labor campaign organization.   “Our generation is constantly reminded that we are the first generation to be financially worse off than our parents. The biggest concern for many university students is not whether they’ll be able to find good jobs, but any jobs after graduating. It’s becoming clear that when conditions deteriorate for the lowest paid workers, the standards drop for all workers,” said one Governors State University Student. Also present was Organizer Charles Austin from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless was present to represent homeless and low paid workers, “This cause is serious because these workers need to survive and the current living wage, now is just not working.” Many of the workers are a step from being homeless and we want to prevent that.”

 

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McDonald’s released the following statements regarding the protest:

“At McDonald’s we respect everyone’s rights to peacefully protest. The topic of minimum wage goes well beyond McDonald’s- it affects our country’s entire workforce. McDonald’s and our independent franchisees support paying our valued employees fair wages aligned with a competitive marketplace. We believe that any minimum wage increase should be implemented over time so that the impact on owners of small and medium-sized businesses – like the ones who own and operate the majority of our restaurants – is manageable.  Additionally, we believe that any increase needs to be considered in a broad context, one that considers, for example, the impact of the Affordable Care Act and its definition of “full time” employment, as well as the treatment, from a tax perspective, of investments made by businesses owners.”

 Burger King released the following statements regarding the protest:

“Burger King Corp. (BKC) respects the rights of all workers; however BKC does not make scheduling, wage or other employment-related decisions for the franchises who independently own and operate almost 100 percent of Burger King Restaurants.”

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From the Organization Action Now-Community Activist Brandon Askew is in agreement with the  wage increase and has participated in several of the Protest marches across the county, in his own words “8.25 percent of us live below the poverty level, we need this to happen now.” Also we must add that McDonald’s is raked in $5 billion in profits last year.” The McDonald’s CEO Shows at income at 8.75 million.

  

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“The bottom line is, America deserves a raise,” “But until we’ve got a Congress that cares about raising working folks’ wages, it’s up to the rest of us to make it happen.” (President Barack Obama)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr recognized the labor’s workers fight for Economic Justice

Many Americans know that the 20th century’s most famous civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr., was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., on April 4, 1968, he was in Memphis to support 1,300 sanitation workers who were in the throes of a bitter, difficult strike. His numerous historical references and Biblical stories firmly established the link between the union members’ battle for equality on the job with the broader, fundamental battle for basic human rights it should be noted that King’s last speech was also a testament to his commitment to the labor movement because Dr. King recognized that labor’s fight for economic justice was a vital component for social change. 

 

 

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

                                           Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com. Your Thoughts and comments are welcome.