For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will stand and rally police fatally shot 25 year old African American Male-Joshua Beal and also in opposition to Racism in Chicago’s Mt.Greenwood community (111th Kedzie )

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(111th Kedzie )

***** Media Advisory *****

Hundreds of Activist Leading Social Justice organizations will stand and rally because on Nov. 5, 2016-Police fatally shot 25 year old African American Male-Joshua Beal, a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. In an unfortunate, tragic, and unclear set of circumstances Beal was in town following a funeral procession of a cousin as pallbearer. Near 111th Street and Troy Avenue -Joshua Beal while still in the procession of cars-stopped in front of a firehouse on 111th Street, and blocked the entrance; a confrontation soon started, according to prosecutors records, that ended in a physical altercation between multiple individuals which included Beal. When Beal, who police said “allegedly,” then displayed a gun-and was shot multiple times by an off duty police who intervened once he saw the fight. 

Also please note: the circumstances of the shooting are currently being investigated. What happens next would seen to many to also be unfortunate. Beal’s grieving family had “Ni**gers Go Home” and “Keep out of Our Town” screamed at them as they waited at a local Burger King for their cars to be released by the police. In the days after, protesters/activist who went to the scene were met by white mobs of hundreds who DNAinfo described as “demonstrators supporting police.”When the activist on the ground wanted to “peacefully” protest Beal’s- Shooting and also to give voice to address what they feel were questionable circumstances-they were met with bats, Racial hatred and large crowds many, “self identifying” as Blue Lives Matters Crowds. The statement below was taken from a Stop Mass Incarceration Network (rev.com)-spokeswoman:

N….gers Go Home!”, “Go Back to Englewood! “ and other vile racist threats were shouted at us from the mob of hundreds of white people surrounding the revcoms and other activists in Mt Greenwood Sunday .Some shouted out that they were friends and family of police. I expect many were off-duty cops. Mt Greenwood is home to many white police and firefighters. The police murder of Jason Beal was a lynching. This crowd was like a lynch mob of old.It made me think of footage I had seen of the racists attacking the Freedom Riders in the 1960’s or Marquette Park here in Chicago. But this was yesterday.. They also shouted “Trump, Trump. Trump” and “CPD, CPD, CPD.” Dee Williams, Revolution Club, Chicago

What must be done

We believe-That this is one occasion where it must-clear that words, prayers, and protest are not enough to stop the “long-term,” tension, and violence between police officers, community members, African Americans and other minorities who interact in this community. All across Chicago today, there must be condemnations, not just as a community but as a city for ending hate. We should never accept acts of hate, intimidation, and violence anywhere anytime against anyone for any reason. Across Chicago, the call for action “Now,” is clear. There are those in the community who stand against racial hate, then they should join as well. We will also question the fire department’s and police departments top brass who live in the community to answer to call against turmoil and violence and leave room for correction where diversity and values are upheld.

What should be the correct response from The Mayor

My concern is for the Mayor of Chicago Rahm Emmanuel to seriously question his leadership- In Mt.Greenwood- what’s really being done Mayor to prevent a looming “race war.” Many believe if the City of Chicago would have dealt with this Harassment, Racial Discrimination, excessive force issue a long time ago, we wouldn’t have an issue today.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1815872795295672/

(Over 200 Activist expected be on Hand)

 We call on Chicago Civic Leaders, Faith Leadership, Social Justice Activist, and concerned citizens-to follow and accept the “clarion call for November 20, 2016 2:00 pm (copy-face event invite below) but more basically, Mt. Greenwood is a problem because of the long-term racial injustice is there. We all must constantly respond to this type of call for aid. We should never again accept narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.

Signatories (list in formation): Put together by the Stop Mass Incarceration (Lead) 

AbdudDharr Abdullah 
Buddy Bell, Chicago
Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Hank Brown, SNCC 1968, Revolution Club Chicago
Rev. Jeddidiah Brown
Ilene Carson
Rev. Ronna Case, retired
Mark Clements
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ*, Community Renewal Society*
Kevin De Beck Ministerial Intern, Unitarian Church of Evanston*
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Ja’Mal Green
Quovadis Green
Pastor Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC
Gerald Hankerson
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Pat Hill, Director of Chicago Independent Human Rights Council
Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary*
Rev Jose S Landaverde, Faith Life & Hope Mission
La’Shawn Yvonne Lattrice, BLM Women of Faith
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago*
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Freddie McGee, Father of Freddie Latice Wilson, murdered by CPD in 2007 & Cousin of Emmett Till
Lauren Abigail Meltzer
Nancy Michaels 
Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University
Quintus AO Maximus
Rael Nidess, M.D., Marshall, TX
Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, Pastor, The Faith Community of Saint Sabina*
PHENOM, HipHop Youth Development Specialist
Gloria Pinex, mother of Darius Pinex, murdered by CPD in 2011
Indigo Quashie, Chicago Children’s Choir*
Carolyn Ruff, BLM Women of Faith
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago*
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Rev John S Smith, MDiv Beverly Unitarian Church*
Marc K Smith
Wanda Taylor, mother of Marcus Landrum, killed by police in 2008
Edward Ward
Tracy Washington, mother of Marcus Washington 
& cousin of Joshua Beal
Dr Cornel West
Dee Williams, Revolution Club Chicago
World Can’t Wait – Chicago
Rev Kim Ziyavo, Dorothy Day Mission*
(* = organization listed for identification purposes only)

Additional Reference: 

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5829b631e4b0852d9ec21a4f?timestamp=1479139012692

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent -Voice Disapproval with Trump as President Elect

Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others in the Criminal Justice system.

Key

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Blatant Racism with Mount Greenwood

WHERE: 111th and Kedzie Intersection, Chicago, Illinois 60611

WHEN: 11/20/2016 from (2 PM – until)

WHO:  Stop-Mass Incarceration Network Chicago (Lead) ,Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence / police violence/ bigotry 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers in Opposition of bigotry in one community

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy 

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

Greer Front Banner 2016

 

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