Month: November 2014

News Release: The National Bar Association Issues Next Steps In The “War on Police Brutality”

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Good Morning, the statement below is a new and breaking headline in reference to our unified response to combating Police Brutality on a National Level. Any correspondence can be addressed to the responsible  parties listed on the document.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                
National Bar Association
November 26, 2014
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The National Bar Association Issues Next Steps In The “War on Police Brutality”  

In Wake of the Michael Brown Verdict, Yesterday’s 12:30 a.m. Call to Action Conference Call Brought Members and Community Advocates Together to Begin Our Journey To Justice

WASHINGTON, DC — In the aftermath of the verdict by the St. Louis County Grand Jury, the National Bar Association is still questioning how Darren Wilson, a Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was not indicted and tried for the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown. Accordingly, this Association is deeply concerned whether under the current legal standard a victim of excessive and/or deadly force by the hands of a police officer in America can receive fair and equal justice.

During yesterday morning’s national, “War On Police Brutality” conference call held at 12:30 a.m., “REAL SOLUTIONS TO AMERICAN’S EPIDEMIC”, were provided by the National Bar Association President, Pamela J. Meanes along with members of the National Bar Association; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Founder of Freedom First International and Committee Member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. Cornel West, Activist and author; Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, Founder of Songs of Solomon and Bernard Butler, Founder, Urban Diary TV.

THE PLAN: JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN

1. Demand the United States Department of Justice Indict Darren Wilson How to Implement: Submit your demand by contacting the US Department of Justice

By Mail U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

By Phone Main Switchboard: (202) 514-2000 Comment Line: (202) 353-1555

By Email Submit demands to: webmaster@usdoj.gov

2. The National Bar Association filed an action seeking to revoke Wilson’s license to be a police officer.  How to Implement: Click here to sign our petition. 
IMMEDIATE JUSTICE 
1. SOCIAL MEDIA BLACKOUT We are asking everyone not to use Twitter or Facebook as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 25 – Tuesday, December 2, 2014
  • From 8:09 pm until 12:39 am for a week. (The month and date of Michael Brown’s death and four hours his body laid in the street)
  • During this time, be sure and post the above image. Click here to download.

2. NATIONAL ECONOMIC BOYCOTT WITH LOCAL IMPACT  As the National Bar Association studies the impact of an economic boycott on police brutality, we wanted to make all aware of several individuals/organizations who have called for an economic boycott:
Pastor Gregg L. GreerFounder of Freedom First International and Committee Member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Dr. Cornel West, Activist and author, Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, Founder of Songs of Solomon and Bernard Butler, Founder, Urban Diary TV.

Five cities that are being targeted include*:

  • Atlanta  Lottery, Macy’s, Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Chicago Lottery, Macy’s Best Buy, Target
  • Houston Lottery, Galleria Mall (Designate Mall as of limits for shopping
  • Los Angles Lottery,(To be determined in consultation)
  • New York Lottery, (Macy’s Target)

LEGISLATIVE CHANGE

1.Demanding the Implementation of New State and Local Laws  How to Implement: Require your councilperson and state legislators to implement the following laws

LOCAL LAW: Mandating Independent Investigations: Visit your City Hall to locate the following:

  • Contact information for all council members.
  • The expiration date of council members terms.
  • Scheduled council meetings and citizens should attend and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.
  • Local attorneys (at least two) are asked to attend each council meeting.
  • Demand higher standards for individuals to Become Police Officers (local & state)

STATE LAW: Mandating Independent Investigations: Check your State Legislature website for the following:

  • State Senate and Congressional representative’s contact information.
  • The expiration date of the legislative member’s term.
  • Legislature sessions.
  • Write letters, attend congressional sessions and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.

STATE AND LOCAL LAW: Mandating Diversity Training

  • Require a standard training program for police officers in every state.

Participate in the National Police Brutality Day On The Hill:

  • Friday, November 28, 2014 and Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Show up on the steps of your state legislative and/or your local municipal building and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.

More information: nbacrimlawsection@gmail.com
2. DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION BEFORE DEMOCRATS LEAVE SENATE 

  • Congress Pass laws related to:
    • Body Video Cameras
    • Use of Force
    • Elevation of Force
    • Permanent Suspension
    • Felony Police Brutality
    • End the “School to Prison Pipeline
  • Contact Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and demand that he allow Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) IMMEDIATELY hold hearings on Police Brutality.
  • Contact Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and demand the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY hold hearings on Police Brutality

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Personal Office: (202) 225-5431
Committee Office: (202) 225-3951
Online: goodlatte.house.gov

The Honorable John Conyers (D-MI)
House Judiciary Committee
2142 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Personal Office: (202) 225-5126
Committee Office: (202) 225-6906
Online: conyers.house.gov

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Chairman (D-VT)

Senate Judiciary Committee
244 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4502
Personal Office: (202) 224-4242
Committee Office: (202) 224-7703
Online: www.leahy.senate.gov

 

NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION LEGAL RESOURCES TEAM

The citizens of Ferguson and this nation are in need of legal representation to those individuals who were arrested for exercising their constitutional rights. If you are a member of the Mound City Bar (MCBA) or Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA), please contact Kendra Howard, President of MCBA at president@moundcitybar.com. All others should contact Attorney Aramis Donell Ayala, Chair of the National Bar Association Pro Bono Committee at aramis.donell@gmail.com.

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 60,000 lawyers, judges, law professors and law students.The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 9 divisions, 12 regions and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world. For more information, visit: www.nationalbar.org

Copyright © 2014 National Bar Association, All rights reserved.
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This Holiday Season we must not forget the homeless population

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
 
I spent the better part of this summer in Florida specifically Orlando, and Gainesville with my friends at Speak Up Florida helping them open their office, in addition to helping them organize their effort to educate and combat serious issues such as HIV, Homelessness in the Orlando community. This past week I was saddened to hear one of the advocates there committed suicide which is the reason why I wanted to write this post.

Poverty

Homelessness and poverty are inextricably linked. Poor people are frequently unable to pay for housing, food, childcare, health care, and education. Difficult choices must be made when limited resources cover only some of these necessities. Often it is housing, which absorbs a high proportion of income that must be dropped. If you are poor, you are essentially an illness, an accident, or a paycheck away from living on the streets.

 

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The CES defines homeless people

10169436_885785151461586_2983674168572247999_nAn estimated 100 million people worldwide are homeless.  In western countries, the large majority of homeless are men (75–80%), with single males particularly overrepresented
 
In 2009, at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Conference of European Statisticians (CES), held in Geneva, the Group of Experts on Population and Housing Censuses defined homelessness as:

In its Recommendations for the Censuses of Population and Housing, the CES identifies homeless people under two broad groups:
(a) Primary homelessness (or rooflessness). This category includes persons living in the streets without a shelter that would fall within the scope of living quarters.
(b) Secondary homelessness. This category may include persons with no place of usual residence who move frequently between various types of accommodations (including dwellings, shelters and institutions for the homeless or other living quarters). This category includes persons living in private dwellings but reporting ‘no usual address’ on their census form.
The CES acknowledges that the above approach does not provide a full definition of the ‘homeless’.

What can you do!

Miguel Adams for Speak Up Florida and I (Gregg Greer) and the team at The Guilty In Innocence Project and Freedom First International are currently building national network to advocate for people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness. Our growing network must (will) include activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
 
Speak Up Florida
 
Speak Up Florida based in Orlando Florida, is a Human Rights advocacy, educational, Non Profit Organization.
Who’s Mission is to End Mass Incarceration, the War on Drugs (Us), and its collateral consequences: The New Jim Crow.
 
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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 reforming the criminal justice system .
 
Freedom First
Freedom First International was originally formed in 2009. The main aim was to advance the cause of civil rights, human rights and Social Justice.
 
 
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Use Your “B.R.A.I.N.S” My Proven Strategy for “Effective” Social Justice Campaigns

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
Use Your Brains for effectiveness.
Use Your Brains for effectiveness.

Build

We should always be ready to explain and understand the use of creativity and timing to “Build” momentum. PR and media will always help move the cause forward, and galvanize hundreds. Highly Promote your mission and mission Statement.

Revolutionize

Understand the economy of the action and how success requires winning decisive engagements quickly. In this section, we must keep in mind successful campaigns require limiting the cost of competition and conflict and maximizing that cost to your opposition. This knowledge will provide your cause with “change”-This is the heart of a “Revolutionary” effort.

 Assessment

Prior to starting a detailed “Assessment” and Planning- explore and checklist the fundamental factors including the opposing leadership and management also the major elements that determine the outcome of your engagement. By thinking, assessing and comparing these points, we can better calculate our chances of victory. Habitual deviation from these calculations will ensure failure via improper action. Stress to your team that your effort is a very grave matter and must not be commenced without due consideration.

Intelligence

“Intelligence.” Focus on the importance of developing good information sources, and what specified types of intelligence sources are needed. Know how to best manage each of them. Always select someone in the leadership to continue a consistent flow of information.

 Note

“Note” the disposition of the Campaign know the importance of defending existing position until the end of the campaign a beyond. Throughout the campaign, we must recognize, note and look for strategic opportunities, and in addition we must not create opportunities for the enemy.

Strategy

“Strategic”  When you (group) attack always define the main source of strength is unity, not size, and discuss all factors that would be needed to succeed in your campaign. In order of importance, these critical factors are Attack, Strategy, Alliances, opposition, and location.

 

 

 

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Notes from “My struggle” Why some Leaders control over the Civil Rights Dialog has been our long term Failure.

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The tangle of leadership, in both the white establishment and the black community, has contributed to the chaos

 

Friends on the eve of our initiative to combat the Ferguson Missouri issue-our coalition has decided that economic boycotts would be the most appropriate immediate response. At best the early numbers look to be just over 1000 including Attorneys, social justice activist, and labor unions. With that on mind, I believe we are on the right path.

However, I must state; I’m seriously concerned about Ferguson, Chicago and other communities around the country. As we (coalition) try to address the issues, I’m puzzled to ask why and how did we get here. I as well as many others believe that if we are to address the issues accordingly, then we must look at the breach in the road and go back to repair it. After putting some thought into the problem in Ferguson, I begin to see one huge issue is our leadership. I agree with the sentiment expressed a recent New York Times article called The Chaos in Ferguson is Fueled by Tangle of Leadership. I didn’t say it, but I believe it’s too true!

An example of  my struggle with the current leadership

I will offer an example of  my struggle with the current leadership. Several Months ago-I along a few others orchestrated a multi-state stand down at the State Capital of Florida versus Stand Your Ground Laws and Police Brutality. Friends in California, Virginia, and Georgia joined us-but another high-profile civil rights organization and it’s leader attempted to dwarf out efforts by requesting that those in the community do not attend. The belief is their concern was about being upstaged!

The tangle of leadership, in both the white establishment and the black community, has not only contributed to the chaos but it has also raised questions about the effectiveness of both sides to bring an end to the standoff. In many ways, the tangle of leadership is dangerous because change must happen, but it stops lasting change on the complicated issues of race, trust and policing.

We must understand, “Poor leaders,” can have a negative impact on the issue and might even damage the issue; that’s the bottom line (end of issue). Poor leadership affects your community and its ability for advocacy, change and lowers most people’s morale, motivation and productivity to inspire for change. Understanding the traits of poor leaders will help us avoid leadership pitfalls and strengthen your leadership abilities.

 Elitism or rather social and class divides us

My point is that throughout history in the African-American community, we are, unfortunately, in a position where elitism or rather social and class divides have been yet another nail in the coffin. In addition, it has affected our moving forward as the black and human race and ignited a fire in our communities abroad.  Some may say that perhaps, I may invoke this slightly exaggerated view about Civil Rights. I must say, I stand by my belief about being unified as a race in order to “move forward” and whatever that is or may look like, but I am quite clear that we have a serious problem. While the time has not yet come, this issue and its provocateurs will  have to be dealt with.

The “us vs. Them” ideals

The “us vs. Them” ideals within our race evolve from those who are sick. I urge some Leaders control over the Civil Rights Dialog has been our long-term failure. Many of us did not request you to be our leader (that was your desire). So if you are in that position or “claim to be,” I ask that you stay in the fight, and fight right! Stop selling our people out! Period!

My proclamation is-I just want to do “God’s Will,” and as long I am pleasing God it is immaterial to me who is displeased. For this I will not bow down, sell out or settle!   All Glory I give to God!

In Love and Peace
Gregg L. Greer
 

National Economic Boycotts begin with the Ferguson Announcement!

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National Economic Boycott vs. Organized Oppressive Tactics

The National Economic Boycott vs. Organized Oppressive Tactics, or Ne’Boot will be used as a campaign for “Peaceful,” political and social protest against the various growing policies of injustice that we are seeing across the country. The campaign will begin when-The Ferguson Federal Grand Jury ruling is announced, and will continue indefinitely.

The Ne'Boot Logo to be placed on facebook pages
The Ne’Boot Logo to be placed on Facebook pages

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“American State Governments have idly allowed, citizens in many communities to be disproportionately affected by oppressive or weak human rights policies. These tactics have taken us backward to a period resembling much like that of the Jim Crow Era by targeting certain communities more harshly than others, and allowing decimating policies against those in communities of color to which have caused many (all) to be socially infected.  The current U.S. Criminal Justice System is need of an overhaul and now functions as a contemporary system of racial or caste control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status and to the point of human life being expendable.” For this reason we must take a stand! said Gregg L Greer (Architect) Lead Organizer

Why is this initiative important to join

  •  This effort is simple, honest  and allows everyone to participate regardless of age, location, or capability.
  • By “growing,” the coalition we can  place more serious focus on future targets with unity and empowerment.
  • We have to organize in a way that protects our communities against any attack. Period!
  • In many ways protesting is dangerous and we must limit participants from suffering Jail, or harm whenever possible.
  • Economic sanctions historically are proven to have a lasting effect toward Peace and Resolution.

The Ne’Boot will function by announcing daily at 12:01 P.M (exact time Michael Brown was shot) various the economic boycott targets around the country will be announced. The boycott targets will include national, and local companies and well as municipal operations. Initial Campaigns have been scheduled for Chicago, Missouri. For those who disagree Economic leverage isn’t the enemy of free expression; it’s a form of free expression guaranteed by the U.S Constitution. Several Coalitions have joined this effort from around the country including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Texas. (Details to be announced) Facebook users are being asked to “Blackout,” their profile picture or use the Ne’Boot picture

Thus far, we cannot and have not resolved any problem through retaliatory violence. “We must now find better ways to carry out change. The economic problems of working-class and unemployed Americans, have suggested that the civil-rights movement and its period of “protest” have changed and we have entered into a new era of “concerns”, in which the community have to ally with the economic and labor movement in mind. Stand with us!

 

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