Month: July 2016

The Fight within-A Faith Commentary

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When I worked in corporate America, I seem to remember many days traveling from area to area on the highways for meetings. I remember many days listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show and the many funny stories that I heard. One story-was about a young man who started, taking karate lessons due to a bully who would take his lunch money everyday. This young man was smaller than the “big stocky bully.” The karate teacher soon told the young man that he would need to pay five dollars per lesson ($5.00). So the young man decided to pay the bully-due to the fact that it would be cheaper-that way.

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Well, I must say-isn’t that like may of us? We believe like this young man did- that it’s easier to pay the bully then to learn how to defeat him. Sadly, for many of us-we continue to allow those of the world and the unfaithful to instill an unjust system of beliefs on us that we know are not for us, rather than to stand up and fight! We would continue to live while suffering, rather then to live while standing up for something we believe in-and that something is us!
 
Many of us may say-what’s the difference-they don’t really care about us! but the question is do you care about yourself, and your love ones?
 
Ok, here’s the major question, How can we win the battle, and defeat those in the world-who oppress us?  Honestly, we can’t defeat these folks. We alone do not have in our possession-neither the strength or fortitude to defeat the wicked. If we want to win in this battle we must become a collective, and connect the dots, wickedness can be conquered-but if we attempt to face it alone we are lost. 
 
For those of us who are oppressed by worldly power-we must discipline ourselves to call on Godly power, and use physical, psychological and ultimately spiritual power. We will win! Lastly-Paul reminds us that we battle not against flesh and blood, but principalities-spiritual wickedness in high places. Only then will we possibly make real the creed, “one nation-under God indivisible-with liberty and justice for all.
PEACE and LOVE,
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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Rally to “Stand Down against “Blue Lives Matters.”

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Rally to “Stand Down against “Blue Lives Matters.”

(Press Conference at City Hall 2nd Floor, July 22, 2016)

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Chicago, IL

This afternoon-Friday July 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon-The Freedom First International (SCLC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Chicago), Violence Interrupters, along with other Community Activist (groups) will conduct Press Conference at City Hall calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together in a effort to stop the blue lives matters ordinance. The group also plans to give Alderman Burkes office a demand letter to request that further plans to produce this “unfavorable”  ordinance immediately stop.

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke wants the justice system to treat attacks against police officers and firefighters like “hate crimes.” Which is routinely an instant felony

Burke proposed his “Blue Lives Matter” ordinance last month. It would give harsher penalties and fines for offenses committed against current or past police officers, firefighters, and emergency first responders.

The coalition of activists say that’s an attack on their First Amendment rights. We also say it’s a distraction from the real problem -specifically when it comes to abusive police officers.

While the City of Chicago is in the midst of reform and a Department of Justice investigation- this is bad for the City’s and CPD’s public image and further degrades public trust. It time to put these issues away because they are anti-community. Shame on Burke and anyone who supports this ordinance-the group intends to send Alderman Burke and members of the City Council a clear message. NO BLUE LIVES MATTER!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Issue with City Policy, ect

Community Social Justice  on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others Due to unfair Community Policing Policies  

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Proposed Blue Lives Matters Ordinance 

WHERE: Chicago City Hall 121 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, IL 60602-2nd Floor

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, 

WHY: “Negative of Gun Violence can change overnight if organized Chicago.” 

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights activist groups standing against the Bad Police Policy, both locally and nationally. Citizens looking for Reform

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights / City Policy /Criminal Justice Law

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor-321 355-0598  or  gregggreer72@gmail.com

For Immediate Release: Community Activist Protest to Pressure Chuck’s Gun Shop

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(Press Conference/Protest Rally-at Chuck’s in Riverdale, IL)

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Chicago, Illinois 

On This Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am-The Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence interrupters, The Brady Campaign of  Illinois  along with other Community Activist (groups) will conduct a Protest Rally outside of Chucks Gun Shop and Riverdale City Hall calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together _”put down the Guns” in a effort to balance Justice for the Community.” This effort is much-needed at a time when Chicago has reached historical numbers with gun violence shootings.
Last Year Chicago Police stated that, on average, police have recovered a crime gun sold at Chuck’s Gun Shop & Pistol Range in Riverdale, Illinois every day for the past 10 years. This Store is widely protected by the NRA. We need to save lives! According to a recent article Chuck’s Gun Store sells over 2000 NRA memberships alone. 

For their effort, they (group) will also announce Bi-Weekly initiatives to challenge the NRA, Chucks, The Illinois Riffle Association and the negative culture of the Chicago Violence, in addition to the ongoing campaign of belief that the integrity of the black and anti violence communities are being threatened by the violence, bad gun policy and that ongoing and progressive solutions must be sought.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice, ect

Community Gun Violence Prevention on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others DUE TO THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GUN VIOLENCE  

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the NRA

WHERE: Chuck’s Gun Shop at 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, Illinois 60827

WHEN: Friday, July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, Brady Campaign and others

WHY: “Negative Effects of Gun Violence can change overnight if organized Chicago.” 

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights groups standing against the NRA, Bad Apple Gun Dealers 

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor-321 355-0598  

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The Hate that Hate Made!

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On Today July 17, 2016, many are aware of the current national news headlines detailing two cops who were killed in Baton Rouge, and multiple cops killed in Dallas, Texas last week.

In the wake of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Mike Brown in Ferguson, Freddy Gray in Baltimore, Eric Garner New York City, Alton Sterling in Louisiana and stolen lives-elsewhere, most of the time black people in city’s across America have known for some time that there is a deep rooted issue in our communities. Many of us are totally aware of the nature of police oppression and violence against the black community in urban cities. This has happened to such an extent that we as (blacks) expect from the police a regular “shake down, ” at least once in our life and for some-we’ve become immune to this treatment.

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So maybe we should just start by saying a black man is three times more likely to be searched at a traffic stop, and seven times more likely to go jail than his white counterpart. Blacks make up nearly 40 percent of arrests for violent crimes, but  over 60 percent of prosecutions. Everyday thousands of blacks have suffered subliminal forms of discrimination to harsh issues both inside and outside the criminal justice system. We don’t need social science research to show how striking are the racial disparities exist at nearly every level for blacks-just go into the hood and ask a black person!  We have suffered from mass incarceration by ungodly arrest rates, to unheard of bail amounts for minimal crimes. One truly doesn’t need to  shift through any vast body of research to find the clearest indicators of racial disparities at different phases of the American Justice

 Another study, by The Sentencing Project, examines vastly disproportionate rates of incarceration for African-American Men. We should be asking ourselves why these disparities exist?

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With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities black  have no choice but to push our way forward from here,  and most will tell you they are long tired of being victims.  

Gregg L.Greer-President, Freedom First International-S.C.L.C Member

I’ve said in the recent past- Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others are not victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They are 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. 

With institutional racism in Job, schools, and communities have no choice but to push our way forward from here.

The Father of hate will forever be lies, the forested lie that hate tells is some races are better than others. Eric A Russell-Founder of Tree of Life Justice League of IL.

Yes it’s tragic that Police officers who responded to Sunday’s shootings killed Long in a gun battle after the other officers were ambushed, police sources told CNN.

It’s sad that two of those who died were Baton Rouge police officers, said Police Chief Carl Dabadie. The gunman also killed a sheriff’s deputy and critically wounded a deputy who is “fighting for his life,” said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux.

Another wounded deputy and police officer have non-life-threatening wounds, law officers said.

 

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It is with this thought in mind-that we embrace the pain-that other communities are feeling, because we know this pain-it’s a way too familiar pain. This pain has slowly given rise to Black Militant groups such as the one pictured above. (Armed Black Militants Prep for War-you tube)

The pain that black’s have endured for many years-which simply says-we are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which 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 ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves. Can someone consider apologizing to the Black community for the long hard years of systematic oppression. Maybe the killings of cops would stop.

 It is my hope and most likely a dream- that the President and others who discuss the tragic circumstances of Dallas, and Baton Rouge will spend equal time discussing the level of frustration in the black community- I will caution all that-the time came yesterday- when the black community grew tired. Please know that we don’t want to blame anyone for senseless loss of life-but please-please tell me who’s to blame for the “Hate that Hate made.”

 Peace and Love

 

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For Immediate Release: Call to Action outside of Cook County Jail(Press Conference for the release of Ja’mal Green)

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(Press Conference for the release of  Ja’mal Green)
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On this coming Tuesday July 12, 2016 at 10:00 am-Violence Interpreters, Freedom First International (SCLC), Green’s family and organizers from the community will conduct a call to action outside of the Cook County Jail  Chicago, IL  to request that Community Activist Ja’mal Green be released..

 Judge Peggy Chiampas is trying to send a message that disobeying police will not be tolerated. The activist call is for the Chicago community join together and apply community support pressure  as Green was subsequently charged with aggravated battery of an officer, aggravated battery in a public place, attempting to disarm an officer, and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Freedom First International (SCLC) President-Minister Gregg L Greer is presently working with Ja’mal Greer and with the family, Mr. Greer has accepted responsibility to advocate for Green, Greer visited Ja’mal Green in jail Sunday -afterward Greer promised the Family that he would work to have Green released and resolved and so that Green, can,  be home with this family and young baby son. ” said Greer

Greer and Green attorneys are calling the  $350,000 bail, “punitive.” and “outrageous,” “That is the kind of bond you would set for a violent crime, not for a protest. They’re trying to send a message that disobeying police will not be tolerated.”

 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice , ect

Call to Action to have Ja’mal Greer Relased

Community Violence Prevention on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss  ChciagoWide PLAN of ACTION

WHERE: Cook County Jail- (Courthouse) 2650 South California Avenue. Chicago , IL 60608. (In Front of the Courthouse) Outside

WHEN: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 10:00am

WHO:  Community Activist Leader Gregg L Greer and others

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

gregggreer72@gmail.com  or 321 355-0598

 

Hey, Rudy Giuliani -It’s time to shut the hell up! Buddy!

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Earlier today when I saw the news story about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani who called Black Lives Matter “inherently racist” and “anti-American” — and even incorrectly claiming that black children have “a 99% chance” of killing each other.I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry, or even laugh to the point of crying.

 

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Appearing on CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Giuliani had little to say about the deadly police shootings that sparked the Black Lives Matter movement and nationwide protests — including the one in Dallas that was ambushed by a cop killer.

Instead, he said it is up to the “blacks” to show respect to police officers.

“If you want to deal with this on the black side, you’ve got to teach your children to be respectful to the police, and you’ve got to teach your children that the real danger to them is not the police,” Giuliani said.

Well I say, The former New York City mayor doesn’t know the first thing about the intersection of race and crime. As a mayor he built his career on scaring white New Yorkers with fears of black criminals, to the point where he can’t help himself. While at the same time. No one denies that black urban communities have experienced violence and more crime than their white counterparts in smaller or more upsale communities. 

But Rudy, you are the last person whom we need to discuss the Chicago violence amongst the black community, because as I recall it was on your watch that Abner Louima,  a Haitian was assaulted, brutalized and forcibly sodomized with a broken-off broom handle by officers of the New York City Police Department after being arrested outside a Brooklyn nightclub in 1997. You did absolutely nothing!

What about the well known Rudy Giuliani’s claim to modern greatness, during his time in office. When recalling September 11, 2001. In the wake of 9/11, Giuliani simultaneously rallied and eulogized the city through the most shocking calamity but simultaneously Giuliani exaggerated and whitewashed his own role in this event, as he would come to do about almost every aspect of his administration.

Oh Please let’s discuss, how Giuliani’s  perceived success goes to the very heart of political mythmaking or even a Living lie-that we call Rudy Giuliani your behavior was considered to have made New York an “ungovernable” city. By the start of the last decade of the twentieth century, the number of murders in New York had surpassed 2,000 a year. Public drinking and drug use, fare beating in the subways, panhandling, graffiti homelessness, perennially filthy streets, rampant pornography and prostitution in the city’s Times Square center. NYC was a dirty city-Thanks, Rudy!

Lastly, we understand Giuliani’s pride for his own self with regards to your crime credentials as a former prosecutor. Why did the rebellious daughter of former law-and-order Mayor Rudolph Giuliani get busted for allegedly stealing makeup from an upscale beauty and skin care shop near her Upper East Side home in August of 2010 sources said she allegedly stole five items, worth about $100.

Finally, Let’s count Giuliani’s  failed Presidential Run-in 2008 or when the media reported that while Mayor of New York, Giuliani had billed to obscure city agencies several tens of thousands of dollars of mayoral security expenses incurred while visiting Judith Nathan, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.

Hey Rudy, I can keep going in on you-but I like to end on a positive note, Let’s just say you are struggling to remain relevant and your timely rants get you immediate publicity. Do yourself a favor! Shut It Up!

PEACE and LOVE, 

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Divided America: Please don’t compare the murder of Alton Sterling and others to the Police shootings in Dallas

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As the headlines rage giving details to the recent Dallas Police shootings:

At least five police officers have been shot dead in the United States at protests over recent police killings of black men.’

Gunfire broke out late on this Thursday during an otherwise peaceful protest over two recent police killings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana . The sound of gunfire sent marchers running and police scrambling for cover.

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The Dallas Police Department said on Twitter : “It has been a devastating night. We are sad to report a fifth officer has died.”

I for one pray that not one more person looses life, because the wicked act is no way an accepted course of action to remedy what many believe is huge governing failure on all parts of our society. This country (USA) has the highest incarceration rate in the world for blacks, and that’s failure.”

Not much time has been given to solving one of this country’s most diabolical challenges—the persistence of homicide in poor African-American communities “that’s a failure”.. The numbers are staggering. From 1980 to 2013, 262,000 black males were killed in America-“that’s a failure.” By contrast, roughly 58,000 Americans died in Vietnam “that’s a failure. For many years the killers of these men were, in the vast majority of cases, other African-American men. 

I must say I disagree with the President this time-because I don’t believe that we should balance our remarks in this time by saying “Blue Lives Matter, or All Lives Matter”-this to me is an insult that supports a strategic cover up on some folks part-to dilute the issue. The issue is that it’s time to speak to the heart of the matter and address the change that is necessary to prevent more lives from being lost.

I was immediately disturbed when watching CNN coverage of the Dallas shootings, Anchor Brian Williams kept comparing the shootout in Dallas to the murders of young Black and Latino male attacks around the country and the world. This has to change, period

Justice can no longer be unbalanced and accepted because we will all lose, and no one wins this time. We all loose through blood sweat, and more tears.

Peace and Love,

 

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