Month: July 2015

Killing of John Crawford III is one of the historic miscarriages of justice that exist in America todate!

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August 5, 2015 will be the one year anniversary of -The Shooting of John Crawford III. which is one of the historic miscarriages of justice that exist in America to date and according to witnesses, and there is no conceivable reason that the officers should have not been indicted.
 
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 On August 5 2014, police shot and killed John Crawford III (July 29, 1992 – August 5, 2014) at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio, near Dayton, Ohio, after receiving a 911 call that falsely indicated he was waving a real firearm at people. It turned out Crawford was carrying a toy gun (from inside the store’s sporting goods section) ,which looked like an assault rifle.  Crawford at 22-years-old was shot to death by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams.
Offier Sean Williams shot John Crawford due to false 911 call
Officer Sean Williams shot John Crawford due to false 911 call
 
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The shooting was captured by the store’s security video camera. Video showed Crawford talking on his cell-phone while holding the BB/pellet air rifle, when he was killed. According to Crawford’s mother, and others who witnessed to the footage the video shows the officers fired immediately without giving any verbal commands and without giving Crawford any time to drop the toy even if he had heard them. The Lying 911 caller Ritchie was questioned, but in a very uncritical, non-aggressive manner. Ronald Tyler Ritchie’s (pictured, below) false information, given during that emergency call – by most estimations – led to the death of not only John Crawford, but also another shopper who died of a heart attack.  After Officer Sean Williams opened fire in the store. 37-year-old  Angela Williams was a homicide. Angela Williams, no relation to Officer Williams, death is officially listed as homicide due to the  circumstances inside of the Beavercreek Walmart on August 5th.According William Harden, the Greene County Coroner’s Office chief investigator: “If she had been walking around normally and just collapsed, that would be a natural death.”
 
Ritchie acknowledged to the detective that nothing he said on the phone was true.
911 caller Ronald Ritchie acknowledged to the detective that nothing he said on the phone was true.

https://youtu.be/71VpZxAOXzk  (Ritchie Actual Interview Footage)

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One World Media (TM) We should note both officers statements were inconsistent. 

Walmart surveillance footage was later released to the public, but not before a grand jury decided not to indict Williams on criminal charges. The video showed that Crawford – who was still on his phone – was shot from the side while apparently moving to run away from the advancing armed officers.  Footage synced by the FBI with a recording of the 911 call indicated that Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.

Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.
Williams shot Crawford about one second after he and Darkow rounded a corner into the pet products aisle, where Crawford had been standing for five minutes.
Police then interrogated Crawford’s girlfriend for more than 90 minutes before telling her Crawford was dead, the Guardian’s Jon Swaine reported: (pictured, below)

Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm when they entered the Walmart in Beavercreek, near Dayton, to buy crackers, marshmallows and chocolate bars on the evening of 5 August.

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Tasha Thomas was reduced to swearing on the lives of her relatives that John Crawford III had not been carrying a firearm

“You lie to me and you might be on your way to jail,” detective Rodney Curd told Thomas, as she wept and repeatedly offered to take a lie-detector test. After more than an hour and a half of questioning and statement-taking, Curd finally told Thomas that Crawford, 22, had died.

 

One World Media (TM) Officers Cleared of criminal charges!

On Sept. 25, 2014 Officer Williams was cleared of criminal charges by a Greene County special grand jury of five men and four women. Neither Darkow nor the 911 caller were considered for charges. Answering one paragraph, Beavercreek attorneys wrote, defendants “have no knowledge of whether all police officers are trained to understand that many 911 callers provide inaccurate or otherwise unsubstantiated information, and are notoriously unreliable eye-witnesses.”

The special grand jury heard from 18 witnesses and then voted against potential charges of murder, reckless homicide and negligent homicide against Williams. At least seven “yes” votes were needed for a charge to be approved. Grand jury votes are not made public.

Following the shooting a grand jury decided not to indict any of the officers involved. The Justice Department is conducting its own investigation. Meanwhile, the officer who shot Crawford remains on desk duty.

Crawford’s mother believes that the surveillance tape shows the police lied in their account of events, and has spoken out against the killing at a “Justice for All” march. The family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Walmart and the Beavercreek police department.

One World Media (TM) Other Factors worth noting

  • Even among die-hard police supporters and apologists, few believed that John Crawford was to blame for being shot. Most pointed the finger at 911-caller Ronald Ritchie, but it was clear that in an open carry state, and in a store that sells both guns and BB-guns, there is nothing illegal, nor even particularly out of the ordinary about handling a replica firearm, taken from the very shelves of the store.
  • Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece has proposed a “John Crawford’s Law”, which would change the way toy guns look to prevent similar tragedies.
  • The family is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, citing the children Crawford left behind. Wal-Mart, the city of Beavercreek and Beavercreek Police Chief Dennis Evers are named in the lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The lawsuit also names the officer who shot Crawford, Sean Williams, and his partner on the scene, David Darkow.

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  • Tasha Thomas, who in a harsh interrogation was falsely accused of helping Crawford smuggle the gun into the store that  August, was killed in a bizarre high-speed car crash in Dayton on New Year’s Day, local media reported. (pictured left)
  • To date lead activist organizations and at least one big-name civil rights heavyweight has said many nice words to support John Crawford Jr, and his family on the ground fighting against Walmart and the Beavercreek Police Department to “Release the Tape,” but none  hardly ever once mobilized on the ground or the ground effort was lacking with the exception of a group of dedicated loyalist.  In the meantime Walmart alines with many of the big name activist pockets financially!  

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One World Media (TM) August 5, 2015 will be John Crawford’s National Day

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To date the Family and advocacy are awaiting charges. Currently-The Justice Department has will launched an investigation into the shooting death of Crawford inside the Ohio Wal-Mart, just hours after a local grand jury voted not to indict the police officer who shot him.

On August 5, 2015 in Beavercreek, Ohio activist will be present at the Walmart location where John was killed by Officer Williams. On that date there will be multiple participating cities nationwide! Use this Link for more information

https://www.facebook.com/Action4JohnCrawford

One World Media (TM) Other News Articles

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/the-life-and-death-of-john-crawford#.nvvJ8VxYL

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/investigations/feds-probe-fatal-police-shooting-black-man-ohio-wal-mart-n210646

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For Immediate Release:Tamir Rice Family along with National/Local Activist organize Town Hall “Come Together Right Now.”

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Tamir Rice Family along with National/Local Activist organize Town Hall “Come Together Right Now.”

07/24/2015
       
CLEVELAND, Ohio-

On Saturday July 25, 2015  at 7:00PM-TheTamir Rice Justice Foundation and our Community Justice partners will conduct a Town Hall Meeting calling for the local community to “come togetherright now,” as they seek to educate the community about the issues of crime, community violence, and criminal justice system reform. Attending this special meeting will be many VIP’sand also local and national Civil Rights Leadership. One important goal for discussion is to address the political nature of Racial and Ethnic Justice. We (coalition) want to consider ourselves the conscience of the community when it comes to focusing on social justice issues effecting the too often voiceless and vulnerable among us. The event will be he ld at the True Light Church 1799E55th Cleveland, OH

Expected Panelist and Luminaries for this conversation:

Oscar Grant (Family)  Cephus Johnson, Beatrice Keeton / Love not Blood Campaign

http://www.lovenotbloodcampaign.com/

* Tamir Rice (Family)-Samaria Rice, Latonya Goldsby,

Generation Progress (Joe Biden Organization) Camiella D. Williams and Ronnie MosleyWashington DChttp://genprogress.org/

Freedom First International/Southern Christian Leadership Conference Member- Rev. Gregg L Greer- www.gregglgreer.com / http://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Dr. Derrick Pledger is founder and CEO of Advanced Concepts in Personal Development, Ltd- http://www.derrickpledger.com/Advanced_Concepts_Derrick_Pledger_Personal_Development.html
 
Pastor Robert Aitken-True Light Church
 
Pastor Jimmie Gates-Zion Hill Baptist Church
 
 and More To be announced!
Our commitment to raising our generation’s voices has never been stronger. As we move forward, our campaigns will be must within three progressive areas: Economic Justice, Human and Civil Rights, and Democracy.

Recent initiatives to address
◾Recent Cases Demand Justice Tamir Rice, Brelo, ect
◾Police Reform and Protection
◾Community Violence
◾Perceptions of People of Color and others of the Legal System
◾Crisis in Communities of Color
◾Restoring Justice and Equity During -The DOJ Investigation

As we continue to organize our effort to bring justice for Tamir-we believe the reality of violence against children is an issue that needs direct national attention. We (family) want to show the world that our effort is to began to paint a detailed picture of the nature, extent and causes of child directed violence what is being done to stop it. – In addition-We demand an end to police killings and institutional racism and declare that “Tamir’s life still matters.”
 
We believe that many people from across the nation will continue stand with us and in our call “Justice for Tamir Rice.” and the City of Cleveland’s refusal to take responsibility, will only continue to spark more outrage in our community. In addition, we agree with the recent U.S. Department of Justice report that found the Cleveland Police Department to have a “pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force,” and has repeatedly violated the civil rights of local residents,  in addition the city has routinely failed to adequately investigate law enforcement for wrongdoing which has added daily to the growing level of discontent. It’s been 8 months-Please note: While I am crushed, and I struggle  daily with the loss of my son, but I will not rest until those men who were responsible for taking my son’s life are prosecuted.” Samira Rice Mother of Tamir.
 
WHAT: Community Town Hall
WHERE: True Light Church 1799 E55th Cleveland, OH
WHEN: July 25,2015 from 7:00pm until 8:30pm
WHO: National/ Local Advocacy and Family of Tamir Rice
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Source: Family Rice Family.

Media Advisor: Gregg L Greer, 321 355-0598

gregggreer72@gmail.com or

 Representative:

Latonya Goldsby, 216-903-8759

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Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
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The Sandra Bland Incident-A total breakdown of law and order”

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The arrest of Sandra Bland may leave many questions and has left the masses confused once again. During the past two years many folks have marched in various cities, following grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City that failed to indict police officers who killed citizens, a frequent sign that can be seen, carried by protesters, is: “Black lives matter. “Yes, in truth the case of Sandra Bland defiantly in spirit -highlights the true nature of the problem on the public streets of urban America. It is very likely that, as often alleged, while laws need to change for everyone-but blacks in urban cities are disproportionately stopped and harassed by police more often than whites or others. This, however, is not the full picture of the harassment and threats that occur on urban sidewalks-it goes much deeper.

But, singular as it may seem, there is no turning back from the fact that laws of our country are on a collision course with change. Our government has to determine all of the problems and flaws within the race oriented system and the criminal justice system problem they are confronted. To put it  more directly, no doubt-the criminal justice system issue is a serious problem in the United States!

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Video: I decided to add a laundry list of possible violations of Bland rights.

After my review of the video I decided to add a laundry list of possible violations of Bland’s  constitutional rights. Ms. Bland was an African-American from the Chicago area who had come to Texas for a job at her alma mater, Prairie View A&M University, was arrested after she was stopped July 10, 2015 for failure to signal a lane change. This list doesn’t necessarily mean that the courts will find the officer coerced, forced or lied in the statement or anything else with his report about the incident. But if the courts rule that he did act out of policy, not only is the statement inadmissible, but so too is any evidence that the police obtain as the result of it. I’m hard pressed to find in most of the video, where the officer had the level of control that his training should have dictated.

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When the officer demanded loudly that Sandra Bland step out of her vehicle, Bland knew her rights and asked “Why am I being apprehended?” to which the officer simply replied, “I am giving you a lawful order” without articulating any reasonable suspicion of a crime. (Neither the stun gun nor the confrontation over the cigarette was mentioned in Trooper Encinia’s incident report according to police statement.) Why!!

 It doesn’t matter whether an interrogation occurs in a jail, at the scene of a crime, on a busy downtown street, or the middle of an open field: If a person is in custody (deprived of his or her freedom of action in any significant way), the police must read the Miranda rights if they want to ask questions and use the answers as evidence at trial.

If someone is not in police custody, however, no Miranda warning is required and anything the person says can be used at trial. Police officers often avoid arresting people—and make it clear to them that they’re free to go—precisely so they don’t have to give the Miranda warning. Then they can arrest the suspect after getting the incriminating statement they wanted all along.

For more detail on these issues, see Miranda: The Meaning of ‘Custodial Interrogation.

Pre-Arrest Questioning

Do you have to respond to police questions if you haven’t been arrested? Generally, no. (You typically don’t have to answer even if you’re under arrest.) A police officer generally cannot arrest a person simply for failure to respond to questions. (There are, however, situations where you might have to provide information like identification.

 Video: I also decided to add a laundry list of possible violations on the video.

The video showed the officer pulling Ms. Bland over and their encounter escalating into a physical altercation in which he threatened her with a stun gun.

  • “I will light you up,” the trooper said, pointing the stun gun at her.

  • The video also confirmed an account from the family’s lawyer that the confrontation between Ms. Bland and the trooper, Brian T. Encinia, escalated after she refused his order to put out a cigarette.

 But this conflicts with Officer Encinia’s seeming  lies of omission in both his report and in his verbal recap to the Texas DPS dispatch.

  •  In fact, in frame 23:24 Officer Encinia claimed that he tried to de-escalate the situation when he encountered an unarmed woman with half of his body mass with a taser in hand.

Video: Minutes 23 through 24 the Officer produces a serious of incorrect statements that I subjectively one could conclude as lies.

Video: 25 though 34.05 video shows credible evidence of technical difficulties suggesting the possibility of editing or some undisclosed technical error combination

 The audio sounds like a continuous stream of discussion between dispatch or phone and Officer Encinia, the video below shows the tow truck driver leaving his car multiple times without going back to the cab of his wrecker. The same vehicles can clearly be seen to pass multiple times. It is unknown at this time if the irregularities signal intentional editing, technical difficulties or a combination of both.  A lot can happen in 2 minutes.

 

 Other Problematic areas with this story.

 Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, speaks with Texas Standard about the footage of the arrest, point-by-point. Here’s a transcript of the conversation, edited for brevity and clarity:

 The trooper asks, “You mind putting out your cigarette please?” And Ms. Bland says, “Well, I’m in my car – why do I have to put out my cigarette?” Does she have to put out her cigarette?

  • No, she doesn’t have to put out her cigarette. And you wonder why the officer is even bothering with that. This is part of his escalation of the whole event that unfolded, unfortunately.

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The next part: “Step out of the car.” Ms. Bland says, “You do not have the right.” He interrupts – “I do have the right, step out of the car or I will remove you.” Does he have the right, first, to order her to step out of the car? And second, to actually physically remove her from the car?

  • He does not have the right to say, get out of the car. He has to express some reason. ‘I need to search your car,’ or, whatever; he needs to give a reason. He can’t just say ‘get out of the car’ for a traffic offense.

 

Ms. Bland says, “I refuse to talk to you other than to identify myself.” Is she right or wrong.

  • She’s right. Unfortunately, officers don’t like it when you know the law. In this case, even if you are right, you are still in danger. And that’s what we see unfolding here.

The trooper says, “I am giving you a lawful order.” Now, is the lawful order to extinguish the cigarette, or to get out of the car, or neither.

  • Certainly, telling her to put out the cigarette was not a lawful order.

  • Just saying ‘Get out of the car,’ in and of itself, without an explanation, is not lawful. And you see him say that throughout the video without ever saying why [or] what’s .

  • It’s clear to me that he’s trying to assert authority that he probably does not have under the law, and he’s escalating the situation because he is upset. [He] doesn’t exercise the training that he needs to be exercising to de-escalate this situation.

“I’m gonna yank you out of here,” is what the trooper says. Can he physically “yank” her out of her vehicle?

  •  He can’t do that either, unless she’s posing a threat to his welfare and safety. What he should have done was just wait for backup, if he couldn’t de-escalate it himself. But you don’t just pull somebody out of the car, and point that taser in her face. What if it had gone off? She’d have permanent brain damage.

She says, “Dont touch me, I’m not under arrest.” Trooper says, “You are under arrest. She says, “Under arrest for what?” He then turns to his shoulder-mounted radio, and asks for another unit. Does he have an obligation as a law enforcement officer to tell her why she is under arrest?

  • Yes. He needs to – it’s not clear to her what’s going on. He needs to tell her, ‘You’re under arrest because …,’ but you can’t really tell her that.

  •  Because you can’t tell from the video that there’s any reason to have her under arrest.

She asserts her right to record this with her cell phone. That’s a right that has been clearly established. Is that true? 

  •   She has a right to do that. But that’s another example where the officer perceives this as a challenge to his authority – and it further escalates the whole scenario.

When he says “get out of the car, or I will light you up,” he is apparently referring to the use of a taser. Is that a legitimate threat? Is that something that’s okay for officers to do in that situation?

No – here’s the situation where he is clearly violating her constitutional rights.

  • This is excessive force on the part of the officer – to take that taser and point it in her face and say, “I’m going to harm you.”

  • Taser is the last recourse to a gun. And if he can’t get her out, he can’t de-escalate it, he’s got to wait for another officer to come and talk through this.

Right now, the trooper has been placed on administrative duty. He’s not on leave, he’s still working for DPS. It’s our understanding that there is a violation of policy here – he should not have allowed it to escalate.

We are talking about a certain level of discretion that the state apparently entrusts with its troopers. Should officers have that much discretion.

He clearly exceeded that….

  • The discretion here is, how do you de-escalate the situation? He could have just given her the ticket and walked away.

  •  Just like that. But he had to go through this confrontation. Of course, there are questions of race that come up here. And the fact that this is an out-of-state car moving through the town – and we know in Texas that’s a pretty typical profiling event.

  • What bothers me a lot is that troopers are supposed to be the best-trained police officers we have in the state. This guy is clearly out of control – clearly shouldn’t be out on the streets dealing with people – [given] this level of escalation that he provokes.

 I noted the time frames with digital Breaks (2 second drift)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBh3wzXd3vg

 8:45 – The altercation starts.

9:15 – Officer asks her to put out the cigarette, she refuses.

9:30 – Officer opens her car doors.

10:05 – Officer tells her she’s under arrest.

10:30 – Officer: “I will light you up.”

10:35 – Sandy gets out of the car.

10:44 – They leave the view of the dashcam.

12:20 – They briefly re-enter the frame.

13:20 – Struggle offscreen.

12:40 – Sandy: “You’re about to break my fucking wrist.”

13:15 – Sandy: “You’re about to break my wrist. Stop!”

14:15 – Officer tells bystander to stop filming

15:00 – Sandy claims her head was knocked into the ground.

15:50 – Sandy not heard after this point.

16:00 – Police officer claims he was kicked.

16:10 – Car is searched

22:15 – Tow truck arrives

31:05 – Officer starts talking about arrest.

32:38 – CAR DISAPPEARS

49:35 – Car is towed

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Stacy “Clueless” Dash wants Trump to be The US President despite comments

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While nearly everyone once affiliated with Trump has begun to distance themselves from the mogul following some very offensive comments about Mexicans. Clueless Actress Stacey Dash really wants Trump in office. For Trump rather than backing down from his comments about illegal immigrants — whom he characterized as rapists and killers, among other things — Trump has amplified his remarks at every opportunity.

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“I believe what [Trump] was trying to say was that we need to close the borders because it’s dangerous. It’s an imminent threat,” she says. Somehow, what came out of Trump’s mouth instead was that Mexican immigrants tend to be rapists and criminals. At the very least, Dash acknowledges that Trump fumbled his words. “I believe what he said, he could have said in a different way. He should have ended it there, he didn’t have to get personal about Mexico, because he then says he has Mexican friends and he loves Mexico. It’s like saying, ‘I have my Black friend,’ you know.”

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Stacey Dash was born in The Bronx, New York. She is an alumna of Paramus High School in Paramus, New Jersey. She is part Bajan, African American and Mexican. Her first cousin is Damon Dash, the former CEO and co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. We should point out that Dash is half-Mexican.

In 2012 Dash wanted Mitt Romney in the oval office, although she had plenty of kind words for Obama (the actress praised POTUS for being “brilliant, understated, ethical [and] a great husband and father”), Dash said she’s concerned about the economy’s “tremendous downturn” and “the [country’s] slow path to recovery,” and that Romney’s “bipartisan success as governor of Massachusetts” (as well as his business acumen) are what this country needs now. We did say clueless Right!

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One World-Press Release-Organizers will conduct a seniors forum to protest the Illinois Governor’s proposed budget cuts

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 Subject:              Organizers will conduct a Friday afternoon forum for Seniors mostly to protest the Governor’s proposed budget cuts
                                 
 Event Name:      (Through the eyes if a senior have you forgotten about us.)
 
Contact:                     Gregg L Greer
 
What:                          Forum for Seniors
 
When:                         Friday July, 10 2015 from 12:00 Noon
 
Where:                        New Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church 8130 Racine Ave Chicago, IL 60620
 
Specifics for
Media:                        200 seniors are expected on location/ Many Seniors are confused about Governor Rauner’s budget cuts.
 

Chicago, IL -{07/9/2015}- Organizers will conduct a Friday afternoon forum for Seniors mostly to protest the governor’s proposed budget, which includes deep cuts for social service agencies. The panel will consist of community leadership, and Faith leadership. This Senior Coalition want to be a resource to provide different situations related to seniors in the Chicago land area. Also included with the days dialog are specialist in the health concerns of aging.

Illinois is only as strong as its families and communities are more than line items in a spread sheet; they are schools and small businesses, students and senior citizens. Many of the guest (panelist) feel that the Governor’s policies will almost zero families and communities out -they are the glue that hold this state together.  Seniors’ issues usually means Medicare and Social Security and how much to spend on them. That needs to change, The pressure of demographics will turn plenty of more mundane things into serious seniors’ issues. They would need better coordination and development of services designed to improve the quality of life of older adults residing in Cook County.

Again, “Our effort is to help communities understand that it in our belief Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner should try to solve the state’s problems by working to find common ground with the communities, or should he take a less confrontational approach with the civic organizations, unions,  and Democrats in trying to solve this state’s many problems,” said Gregg L Greer Organizer


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We Rise above Bullets! Combating Chicago Violence

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7 year old Amari Brown who was gunned down in Chicago on July 4, 2015
             7-year-old Amari Brown who was gunned down in Chicago on July 4, 2015
  
One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Two days ago I stood and prayed with the family of 7-year-old Amari Brown (pictured, above) who was killed by a cowardly act of aggression, that just hours before snuffed out this innocent child’s life.

When any city has eight killings in two days, including the death of a 7-year-old Amari Brown, something is seriously wrong with the system. As a long-term community advocate, and Civil Rights leader who oversees many of America’s most difficult civil rights cases, Including Tamir Rice, and others-I must say regretfully I’ve seen this many times before and I will not stand by and allow children to die!

 

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Pastor Ira Acree, and I Rev. Gregg L Greer giving consoling grief for 7-year-old Amari Browns Family. On July 5, 2015-Outside of the family’s Chicago home.

While Gun violence affects society in many ways, including higher medical costs, reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence and stresses on the criminal justice system. The United States has the highest rate of gun-related injuries among developed countries, as well as the highest rate of gun ownership. Psychologists and other public health scientists are working to develop effective methods to reduce gun violence, but political opposition has created barriers to government support for  research.

 

The System Failed!

I agree with the calls to relieve Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy
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The system failed Amari, the Chicago Police Chief McCarthy said. but like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Tamir Rice all were not victims of their seemingly racist killers alone. They were  victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They where victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way. The victimization extends to calls to relieve Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy of his duties, His tactics haven’t been the miracle cure for the city’s violence at all.

They are victims of a certain Moral blindnessWhich means every single black person in the eyes of a racist  is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves.

We Also Failed!

They are victims of us because we need more love in our communities! We need to love and accept our children unconditionally. Regardless of our child’s age, we have to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. Teach our children, by how you treat them, that they  are valuable and worthy of love. It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with every choice or interest of your child.

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Over the next few weeks Freedom First International in partnership with the Guilty in Innocence Project other community groups-will begin serious conversations and initiatives around Chicago and Northwest Indiana on how to “stop the gun violence in Chicagoland” Please advise via inbox or comments section if you like to join this dialog or facilitate. The initiative is called-We Rise above Bullets! “Put the guns down Chicago.”

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Why are Christians Persecuted in the Church

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
Recently When Dylann Roof (pictured, below) allegedly opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina it was an act of terror of the kind that happens all too often in black houses of worship. Roof has been charged with shooting and killing nine people, including senior pastor of the church and South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
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The article that follows explores the history of persecution of the early church, some of the reasons behind it, and two important questions that we must raise with Christian responses to persecution: the glorification of persecution in the church, and why would anyone what to hurt Christians?

In the first few centuries of Christianity

 
In the first few centuries of Christianity, the church endured regular (though not constant) persecution at the hands of Roman authorities. This experience, is so deeply rooted in legacy of the church that it resulted in the multiple stories of martyrs and apologists, that today we know these stories as The Gospel, which is the foundation that Christians base their core beliefs on-in addition to having other significant historical and theological consequences for the developing our faith.
 

Level, amount and  Persecutions

According to historical record-The total number of Christians martyred in the early church is unknown. Although some early writers speak of “great “modern scholars tend to believe the actual number is not so great as is sometimes imagined. Out of the 54 emperors who ruled between 30 and 311 AD, only about a dozen went out of their way to persecute Christians.

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Early_persecution_of_christian by Nero

It has been calculated that between the first persecution under Nero in 64 to the Edict of Milan in 313, Christians experienced 129 years of persecution and 120 years of toleration and peace.

The Roman persecutions were generally sporadic, localized, and dependent on the political climate and disposition of each emperor. Moreover, imperial decrees against Christians were often directed against church property, the Scriptures, or clergy only. It has been estimated that more Christians have been martyred in the last 50 years than in the church’s first 300 years.

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Why is the Christian Church Persecuted

If we look at history we would see- In order to understand the distrust of Christianity, one can review and understand the Early Roman view of religion. For the Romans, religion was first and foremost a social activity that promoted unity and loyalty to the state – a religious attitude the Romans called pietas, or piety.

Marcus Tullius Cicero  (January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC)
Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC)

Cicero (pictured, right) wrote that “if piety in the Roman sense were to disappear, social unity and justice would perish along with it.”

The truth is at its core, the church is one giant social network. It exists as an intricate, but totally connected community. Even more important, many Christians believe that God is working within this network himself. Devotion to Jesus has been a large part of the African-American experience. The black church has been and continues to be a powerful force in the African-American community.

In the United States, Christians reacted to slavery in a substantially different way. While there was vocal Christian protest against the slave trade and much of the abolitionist movement was spear-headed by Christian people, there were also many Christians who defended slavery. The issue of slavery grew more divisive, and eventually most of the major Protestant denominations divided over the issue. This actually set the stage for the Civil War.

Another major example of Christian Persecution was The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (below) was an act of white supremacist terrorism that occurred at the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, September 15, 1963, when four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a minimum of 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device beneath the front steps of the church.

The family of Carol Robertson, a 14-year-old African American girl killed in a church bombing, attend graveside services for her, Sept. 17, 1963, Birmingham, Ala. Seated left to right: Carol Robertsons sister Dianne and parents, Mr. Alvin Robertson Sr. and Mrs. Alpha Robertson. The others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)
The family of Carol Robertson, a 14-year-old African American girl killed in a church bombing, attend graveside services for her, Sept. 17, 1963, Birmingham, Ala. Seated left to right: Carol Robertsons sister Dianne and parents, Mr. Alvin Robertson Sr. and Mrs. Alpha Robertson. The others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)

Described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” the explosion at the church killed four girls and injured 22 others.

What can we do in an effort of prevention

 With structural racism the global issues are deep rooted worldwide. While the issues seem to become more pronounced everyday making this tragedy about religion instead of race allows many others  to avoid discussions about how their positions vis a vis race and government tend to reenforce rather than dismantle the structural racism still present in our society today. On a more social, practical level, Christians are distrusted by extreme mist organizations in part because of the nature of their worship. 

Emmanuel AME Church Charleston, SC
Emmanuel AME Church
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 In any case, it is sad that such experiences ever occur, because the church is an indispensable part of the believer’s life. Not only does it provide a place to worship, serve and learn about God, but it is also a community where believers can practice love toward their brethren as the Bible requires; “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

 These tools extend fellowship beyond the church walls and stretch it around the world are needed as They help us fulfill Jesus’ command to Peter, which still echoes for us today: “Put out into deep water” (Luke 5:4). GLG

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