Month: June 2016

The Journey to Obedience. Faith Commentary

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Have you ever seen The U.S Blue Angels who are the US Navy’s Air expedition team? If you have you have seen the awesome power of McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet 

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US Marine Corps (USMC) Captain (CAPT) Kevin Reece, Marine Aviator for Vertical Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212 (VMFA-212), pilots his F/A18 Hornet over the South China Sea to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan.

This powerful unit cost US $29 Million per unit and the Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.  The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft. or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio.

The point of this narrative is that with all this technology there is one vital element that is required to be effective. A Pilot who sits behind the controls. This unit would be vulnerable without a human being-also this unit would spiral out of control and crash.

So similarly, you can posse every known gift imaginable but if you don’t allow God to guide you in using those gifts, then they are useless. More seriously you may spiral out of control and crash. As the captain of your ship, the pilot of your air craft is God. (don’t listen to the bumper stickers that say God is my Co-pilot) they are so wrong.

 Imagine if Moses and Aron didn’t go into Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let my people go. Sure they were in fear but they decided to listen and follow the journey that God had prompted for them, yet as a result of their obedience The Nation of Israel benefited, Moses grow to become the leader of a new nation.

 

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God desires the same for you, understand it will not be comfortable but if you familiarize yourself with God and then set sail into the “Airways of life.” You will find a journey that is filled with wonder and amazement. On this journey you’ll leave behind old attitudes, old relationships, old sins, and old ways of thinking. On this journey to obedience you will obtain technical gifts from God that you have never imagined or even realized,

 As a favorite song of mine says-Give me the Sky and I’ll give you heaven. As long as you believe the best is yet to come.

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Dear Governor-My Letter to the Governor Bruce Rauner

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Dear Governor, As an organizer leader in the group that lead the successful effort to stop the “Dusable-Juneteenth Day Celebration that you intended to host. I feel happily unapologetic-because many people are suffering under this current “bold,” leadership that you provide, it hurts those who are not as proficient in the art of gain (directly meaning) that they can’t survive without valuable and much-needed public funds-this is a fact that you know very well.
Truly Governor, we are in a battle to defend those human rights here in Illinois that many are being denied. That is why-I have started to assist in organizing the thousands of union members, human service advocates, academics and other concerned civic citizens to join this conflict. They are the real hero’s of the moment.
As the top executive in our state-I believe you have the ultimate potential to do more to help the minority poor in our communities-As it stands you gravely mis-allocate human energy, life, and potential, for expenditures, in doing so you and your team remove yourselves of what it means to be compassionate.
On a lower level Governor Rauner you have not responded well to hear our concerns, instead choosing to attack schools in minority communities by calling them “crumbling prisons,”
 
Please consider Ms. Caprice Williams from Harmony Village,. She was one of the homeless youth who met with you. As they told you their story and what would happen if homeless youth programs like theirs would close down because of the budget crisis. Afterward The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless told the youth that money was already collected and sitting in Springfield. They were informed  that you could ensure these programs didn’t have to close.
 
“But the next Tuesday, his staff called to say there was nothing they could do. We asked why not, and his staff just said no. I felt betrayed by Gov. Rauner because he told us what we wanted to hear to keep us calm and so he would not look like the bad guy.”
                                                                                                                                                                           
Caprice Williams, Cain’s Chicago Business Editorial March 2016
 
 
Now, we are hearing reports that you have Senator Meeks organizing and directing a team of Pro Rauner Activist  who favor your agenda to counter the efforts of our community organizers-If this is true-it will be a serious waste of time and resources. I would hope that you would spend that time making it known that you care about the poorer communities though direct action-like releasing valuable public funds.
 
While I’m not ready to met after receiving multiple invitations -I can be available for private or public correspondence in hopes that you would find a way to make the lives of the many who need you as the top executive of our state easier.
 
For we the people are the writers of history, and I am certain that the coming days will prove, as always in history, that man will  free itself from the grips of oppression, and the most universal theme known to any man throughout history is Freedom First! with that in mind-I pray history will be kinder to you.
Sincerely
Pastor GL. Greer (President, Freedom First International SCLC) 
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For immediate release: Peace Rally and Press Conference outside of the Dusable Museum (Emancipate our State from Rauner)

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On This coming Monday June  20, 2016 at 11:00 am-Multiple community activist (groups) and union organizers will conduct a Peace Rally and Press Conference outside of the Dusable Museum at 740 E 56th Pl Chicago, IL  for the local (south side) Chicago community to continue to join together after they (group) along with applied community support-as well as the Governors team decision contributed to a cancellation of Governor Rauner’s scheduled exclusive private event at the Dusable  on Juneteeth. (See Invitation below) on a holiday which marked the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865.

Hundreds of people from over including 20 organizations would have assembled to send a clear message to the Governor that a political narrative was not welcome on Juneteenth   at the Dusable nor anywhere else in our community.

(We have to hold our institutions accountable, their best standards and practices have to be centered around the well being of the people and the development and empowerment of the community. said, other of the organizers)

Kofi Ademola a Chicago Leader from Black Lives Matter 

(The consensus from participating organizations is they still want to do this action. They want to send a “strong message” to Governor Rauner regarding his disrespect to our community and the fact that he continues to hold our state hostage for his political agenda. )

S.E.I.U of Illinois and participating union partners

The activist agree- The last straw was this past week-was when Rauner used extremely demeaning language such as calling Chicago Public Schools a ” crumbling prison” to argue the school district doesn’t deserve an additional $100 million in funding-which shows he has no to little regard for the struggles of working and lower-income inner city Illinoisans.

For their effort, they (group) believe that the integrity of the black and poor minority community is being threatened by the violence, bad leadership, and lack of education and that ongoing and progressive solutions must be sought, not political grandstanding.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice , ect

CPS School System Reform

Community Violence Prevention on the Chicago (Southside)

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others in the political system

WHAT: Press Conference Revoke Governor Rauner

WHERE:  Dusable Museum -740 E 56th Pl Chicago, IL (57th and Morgan Drive Side infront)

WHEN: Monday, June 20, 2016 at 11:00am

WHO: Multiple Local Advocacy and Community Activist Leadership

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor

greggglreer72@gmail.com or 321 355-0598

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Fight to Stop Governor from hosting event at A Historical Black Museum

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On Today  June 16, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Community Activist leadership will hold a press conference to at City Hall (121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602) to discuss their opposition and plans to prevent (Revoke) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and event sponsors (Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council)  from coordinating an event at the Historic Dusable Museum on Juneteenth (See Invitation below).

We (activist) feel it is of bad taste and a serious offense that on Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery, more generally the emancipation of African-America slaves throughout the Confederate South-That the Conservative Right-Wing Governor and his team would coordinate such an effort. They believe-the effort is pure propaganda with no sincere interest from the Governor!

Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Black Lives Matter along with other community activist (groups) will conduct a Protest Rally and Press Conference outside of the Dusable, IL on June 20, 2016 calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to join together and protest in opposition of Governor Rauner. The Governors leads an oppressive organization-that is showing it doesn’t care.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his team suspended billions of dollars in social services and public health grants as part of his push to whittle away at a $1.6 billion shortfall in the current state budget, making life a living hell- for seniors, the poor and inner city citizens.

The activist agree- The last straw was last week-was when Rauner used extremely demeaning language such as calling Chicago Public Schools a ” crumbling prison” to argue the school district doesn’t deserve an additional $100 million in funding-which shows he has no to little regard for the struggles of working and lower-income inner city Illinoisans.

For their effort, they (group) believe that the integrity of the black and poor minority community is being threatened by the violence, bad leadership, and lack of education and that ongoing and progressive solutions must be sought.

The group wants the community to call the DuSable 773.947.0600 and voice concerns about Rauner speaking. Also call the host organization-Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council 105 West Adams Street, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone:(312) 755-8880

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice , ect

CPS System Reform,

Community Violence Prevention on the Chicago (Southside)

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others in the system

WHAT: Protest Rally /Press Conference to Stop Governor Rauner.

WHERE: 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602-Second Floor

WHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 2016 at 9:00am

WHO: Local Advocacy and Community Activist Leadership

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/980426072074505/

Freedom First International (SCLC), Violence Interrupters, Black Lives Matter, Faith and Social Justice Alliance and more.

Pastor Gregg L Greer, President -Freedom First International (Primary Organizer)

Tio Hardiman, President-Violence Interrupters (Primary Organizer)

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor

greggglreer72@gmail.com or 321 355-0598

 

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Many believe James Meeks is a traitor to his community-A complete Sellout! Hmmm

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James T. Meeks is African American and a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, who represented the 15th district from 2003 to 2013. He is also an active Baptist minister in Chicago and former chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
Many feel James Meeks is a traitor to his community- again, many agree James Meeks is a traitor to his community. First strike against Meeks came when he took a lot of heat for backing Governor Bruce Rauner who was elected in 2015. Meeks went against the interest of the poor, black and minority community to accept a position of influence in this “Elitists” Republican administration. Rauner’s net worth is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner then named former State Sen. James Meeks chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, as the Republican’s new cabinet and staff began in January of 2015.

Understandably Meeks, had been made aware that as a Chicago Democrat, his endorsement of a “Rightwing,” Neocon,” Republican in Rauner caused a stir. Due to the fact that since taking office the Governors agenda has been damaging, selfish, and wholely outside of the interest of the mainstream public.  Gov. Bruce Rauner and his team including Meeks suspended $26 million in social services and public health grants as part of his push to whittle away at a $1.6 billion shortfall in the current state budget, making life hell!- for seniors, the poor and inner city citizens.

The last straw was this past week-when Rauner used extremely demeaning language such as calling Chicago Public Schools a ” crumbling prison” to argue the school district doesn’t deserve an additional $100 million in funding shows he has no to little regard for the struggles of working and lower-income inner city Illinoisans.

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 When you look objectively at the status of Chicago Public Schools many of them are inadequate. Many of them are woeful and some are just tragic. Many of them are basically just crumbling prisons.” Bruce Rauner

In the meantime Rev. James T. Meeks, has been disturbingly non vocal about this issue. In fact far beyond the  disrespectful verbiage of his boss-Our good fellow- Meeks has not said a word in defense of helpless young poor black children as Chicago Public Schools have struggled thoughout community. Not a word!

According a 2013 article from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance,

Rev. Meeks has made his contempt and disgust of many communities very clear.  He has said publicly that LGBT people are “not natural” that we’re “an evil sickness”, and supports a deadly anti-choice stance. Meeks also believes in the exclusion of Latinos, and Asians as minorities, and that women of all races should not be considered a minority community because they “are not people who have been discriminated against.”

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James Meeks (left) and Govener Rauner (Right)

 

I along with many believe James Meeks is standing on the wrong side of the fence and on the wrong side of history! We must begin to call out our communities provocateurs. Maybe it’s time someone had a “COME TO JESUS TALK.”  or a “COME BACK HOME TALK, or even A COME TO YOUR SENSES TALK!

PEACE AND LOVE! “G”

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DANGER: Are you a Revolutionary, an Ignorant Fascist or just a plain ole Fool!

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I’ve spent the past year back in Chicago, and the past ten years around the country working toward positive civil rights campaigns. As a leader I’ve directly participated in a few of the major modern historical civil rights campaigns across the country. Examples being Tamir Rice, as Advocacy leader, The George Stinney Jr. Case as an Advocacy Leader. I have fought against Stand Your ground in Florida,  as the leader I’ve  organized multiple Police Brutality campaigns in Chicago and around the nation. I never liken myself to be a revolutionary-because I know the commitment and force needed to take on such a title, but subjectively I possibly could use this title. Hmmm!
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Recent 2016 Black and White Picture of me and other’s protesting the Chicago P.D.
In any case-at this point I believe I am qualified to address the issue of those who subjectively claim that they are revolutionaries because they seem to lead the youth and others that they represent into a downward spiral of false idealism’s, rising tempers, growing arrogance and misplaced self-confidence. This “toxic,” combination becomes so dangerous that they lead some to arrest (jail) or even those who lose their lives, unnecessarily in every instance.
Let’s look at the historical work of at least One “True,” Revolutionary to see what they would say about this subject.
A True Revolutionary: Do not enjoy the Comforts of unjust system that they don’t believe in: 
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Two new books open a window on “Che” Guevara (above) and his quixotic quest to remake the world and on his comrades who, like him, were, as he wrote, “willing to forgo every comfort to fight for another country” and to follow him into the worst abysses, from Zaire to Bolivia. 
  
Unrealistic Wannabe’s: Complain, Complain, and Complain but still live in comfort-Still go to school, still use the churches and courts, and will call the police in a hot “New York” minute. Yet and still they claim to be anti police or a police abolitionist. Hmmmmm!
Any true revolution is considered an event which has a major impact on changing the political, economic or social structure of society – usually in a short space of time. A revolution may be violent or peaceful in order to achieve its aims. The aims of revolutions are usually tied to an ideology, e.g. Communism, liberalism or related to national independence.
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Unrealistic Wannabe’s: If your idea of revolution is to pick up a sign and simply protest on a downtown street about government or an “alleged,” mistreatment but you always stand behind someone else’s movement or action- then please ask yourself is the trend setting movement worthy of your time or anyone else’s for that matter.
Mostly importantly fighting-for human rights is a high level challenge-you should know that most fanatics psychologically are unable to “back down, and admit defeat, ” They may cause you more harm them good. Those who don’t strategize or who have no true method to their cause, should at best consider just calling themselves activist or maybe a cult in truth. Whatever you decide, please really think about, who you are and your reason for participating.
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WE MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY-there is a fine line between revolutionary thinker or Fascists, and a fool!
During the 2nd World War, the Nazis’ used revolutionary and nationalistic propaganda to win over most German Nationals-But soon thereafter anti-Jewish campaigns increased in scale and ferocity. In the invasion and occupation of Poland, German troops shot thousands of Polish Jews, confined many to ghettos where they starved to death and began sending others to death camps in various parts of Poland, where they were either killed immediately or forced into slave labor. In 1941, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Nazi death squads machine-gunned tens of thousands of Jews in the western regions of Soviet Russia. Unfortunately many of the Natural Germans who fell into the evil flow of Nazis Party and promoted German nationalism and anti-Semitism-paid highly for their critical misstep, when Nazis Party felled-even to the extent that Germany has changed forever to date. 
As it is said genuine revolutionaries, whether they fail or succeed, often win the hearts of the world’s romantic and idealistic, especially the young, who admire in them their passionate rejection of an unjust economic and social order which they insist causes so much hopelessness and needless death. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, “probably the most genuine revolutionary leader,” as even Henry Kissinger admitted in his memoirs, inspired such admiration–admiration that can be seen still in the banners and T-shirts worn by a younger generation seeking to protest “globalization.”
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Question: Are you willing to die for it?

In the end that Latin America is still, as Guevara complained, “torn asunder by hunger, poverty, disease, injustice and hatred. In this sense, Guevara’s awesome offering may be found in the lessons of his short life.
For my part I have to say, “unless you are willing to live your life, give your life and everything else to fight for cause-don’t tell me you are a revolutionary, and stop leading the youth and others astray because then you become an enemy: Word to the wise!     
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