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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

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Letter to Attorney Generals-Legal Complex-in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, and Missouri. The Fight is now!

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One World Letter to Attorney Generals-and the Legal Complex-in New York, California, Texas, Florida, Illinois. The Fight is now!

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

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This letter has been sent out as a “Call to Action,” for all anyone wants to read but it is directed at the Attorney Generals, and Legal Aid VP’s, because many agree that social injustices exist but have argued that the battle against social injustice should be fought solely in the courts, not in the streets. In this point I along with my supporters have maintained the belief that all communities and states were interrelated, and the fight is now! In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Letter:

Friends, my letter to your desk, has a twofold purpose, A time such as this challenges us all to find our humanity and demonstrate in concrete terms that the power of community can overcome the power of hostility.

I want to convey this letter not just as an expression of solidarity but a plea for unity following multiple unjustifiable and unfortunate events around the county. While this list is long,  I still want to list a few of the growing examples, that I have monitored both close and afar-they include The Death of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed teenager killed by police in the Bronx-Currently the family is calling for the federal government to push the case forward. Jr., Kenneth Harding Jr. who was murdered by San Francisco police at the age of 19 for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare while the family (mother) still awaits information for an investigation of the police. What about-Eric Garner, Staten Island, New York, a 43-year-old asthmatic father of six, was confronted by New York City police officers for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes. When he resisted being cuffed, an officer appeared to put him in a chokehold—a tactic banned by the department since 1993. A video of the arrest, first obtained by the New York Daily News, shows Garner gasping, “I can’t breathe!” while officers relentlessly smother him: From New York City and LA to Ohio and Ferguson, MO, we are experiencing a flurry of young men who all died under disputed circumstances with Police Arrest.

All the incidents and hundreds more have opened our eyes to the ever-growing fragility of inter-relations across the country and reminds us, yet again, of the urgent need for citizens of all walks of  life to commit ourselves more proactively to live in mutual trust and respect.

What has been subject to attack is not only of importance to our communities but also the moral foundation of respect for difference and diversity, which encourages and ensures the equality for people of all walks of life.

Please recognize the damage that such acts are inflicting on our communities on the sentiments of many across the country who want to let you know that they feel, “alone,” with a sense of fear and loss. Contention is widespread, we must acknowledge the very act of targeting as being hugely detrimental to peaceful relations between communities, and we condemn the motives behind it. We hope and pray for justice and peace to prevail at this time.

Today calls us to be both a sensitive and perceptive in recognition of the global failure connected with nature of violence, and a form a newly reaffirmation of our commitment to grow in our understanding neighboring, collaboration, and cooperation to offer to protection the flourishing of all life.

Clearly,

  1. You must open the lines of communication with civic leaders who will carry a unified message back to communities.
  2. Seek cases where evidence is disputed and review higher standard. Citizen  Review Boards will work with you
  3. Training Leadership both Internally and externally on prevention, protection.
  4. Seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior, when municipalities are failing, and public outcry is high!
  5. To ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

 In a spirit of such understanding we wish and hope that each incident, despite the traumatic and tragic dimensions, may be transformed into an opportunity to offer the world a glimpse of the best of your morality as you discern the way forward. To this end we offer you our support and solidarity. I hope to have a conversation with you in the near future this letter defends the strategy of  organized resistance to racism, I must argue that people do have a moral responsibility to break unjust laws.

I leave you with a word of caution, “If the community can’t find justice, Then I can assure you they will find Justice.” My hope is that I can dialog with you before, that time comes.

 With best regards,

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Freedom First International
Southern Christian Leadership Conference Member

 

 

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The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

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One World The Lessons of Ferguson and Beyond-Several Ways to Combat Violence, Prevent, and maintain a community that fosters Accountability not Punishment!

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

In Ferguson, Missouri the town that was rocked with protests over police On Saturday, August 9, 2014, when an unarmed 18-year-old male, Michael Brown, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer many in the community around the country where not surprised to hear of multiple stories of police abuse that had taken place. While the Justice Department has launched a broad investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Mike Brown, many African-American residents still feel that the situation is hopeless and are still very frustrated.  In order to effect change we (residents) must strive to repair the harm caused by crime to individual victims and communities, the focus must be two-sided, that means prevention of Police Brutality as well as prevention of a culture that chronic criminal offenders are punished on all sides is much needed.

 

In an a recent interview with CBS "Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change
In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change

In an a recent interview with CBS “Sunday Morning Marquis Govan a resident that is 11 years old, argued for change,” Govan shared his vision for Ferguson, saying he thinks one way to improve things is for the town to hire more African-American police officers. But Govan told CBS’ Jane Pauley there’s a reason you don’t see many minorities on the police force.

 Look, let me tell you why: From the beginning we’ve felt abused by these people. Why would you go up to serve among the abusers? It doesn’t make any sense,” Govan said.

 

While, many would dismiss the point of view of an 11 year old, Marquis Govan does make an effective augment. To fight police abuse effectively, communities must have realistic expectations. You must not expect too much of any one remedy because no single remedy will cure the problem. A “mix” of reforms is required. And even after citizen action has won reforms, your community must keep the pressure on through monitoring and oversight to ensure that the reforms are actually implemented.

Nonetheless, even one person, or a small group of persistent people, can make a big difference. Sometimes outmoded and abusive police practices prevail largely because no one has ever questioned them.

 

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CONTROL-Starts with You!

Most people (residents) don’t get it! -The community is the nexus of community justice; therefore, each individual community must began to understand that community is the preferred source of problem solving and citizens work to prevent victimization, provide conflict resolution and maintain peace. The community, including individual victims and offenders, must become the ultimate partner of the justice system for every residents safety and well-being. Here are some basic suggestions;

(The goals listed are suggestions that will ultimately provide a safe environment for all if your community or it’s officials are in any way in opposition to any goal that will promote betterment. Fight for it! Period!)

CONTROLLING THE POLICE — COMMUNITY GOALS

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Control of Police Shootings

Oversight of Police Policy

Equal Employment Opportunity for Police Force. and City Offices

Certification and Licensing of Police Officers

Accreditation of Your Police Department

 

ORGANIZING STRATEGIES— For Communities

Build Coalitions

Monitor the Police (Keep a Database)co

Use Open Records Laws

Educate the Public

Use the Political Process to Win Reforms (bad Judges, and Prosecutors must go!)

Lobby For State Legislation

 

 

Restorative and Community Justice Forums

Everyone makes mistakes-but “Restorative Justice,” is an approach to justice that doesn’t focus on the needs of the victims and the offenders, it also involves the community, instead of satisfying abstract legal principles or punishing the offender. The emphasis is on meeting the needs of and strengthening the community-Not Punishment which is the basis of the Criminal Justice System!

Community justice is a strategic method of crime reduction and prevention, which builds or enhances partnerships within communities. Community justice policies confront crime and delinquency through proactive, problem-solving practices aimed at prevention, control, reduction and reparation of the harm crime has caused.

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 Positive effects of a comprehensive community justice strategy:

Includes both adult and juvenile offenders;

Focuses on creating safer communities rather than on doing things to or for offenders;

Pursues the goal of public safety within a scope of preventing victimization;

Places a high priority on the rights and needs of victims and the community;

Seeks harmonious working relations among all justice components and practices, citizens, community and social service organizations, educational systems, and faith communities;

Focuses on problems causing as well as caused by crime; and

Promotes correctional programming that is based on sound research and measurable for effectiveness.

 

 Why we need Restorative/Community Justice

Restorative justice is a practice centered on the idea that justice can be about healing instead of simply “punishment.” It emphasizes repairing harms rather than punishing crimes, giving victims and offenders the opportunity to engage in dialogue around the harm itself, assessing the impact on the victim and outlining the steps necessary to ensure offender accountability and meet the victim’s needs.

Victims take an active role in the process, while offenders are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions, “to repair the harm they’ve done—by apologizing, returning stolen money, or community service”. Restorative justice involves both victim and offender and focuses on their personal needs. In addition, it provides help for the offender in order to avoid future offences. It is based on a theory of justice that considers crime and wrongdoing to be an offence against an individual or community.

 

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Recognize and Resolve the problem!

These efforts help to create and maintain a vital, healthy, safe and just community where crime and delinquency cannot flourish is key. Crime is confronted by addressing social disorder, criminal activities and behavior, and by holding offenders accountable for the harm they cause to victims and the community. Working to prevent crime and its harmful effects; doing justice by addressing problems rather than merely complaining, processing cases; and promoting community protection through proactive, problem-solving work practices plus interventions go along way into changing criminal behavior behavior. In short, no one deserves to lose their life for something that could have been avoided, and some cases-stories of justice may be push the limits above and beyond right and wrong. Then you must fight for your rights!

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A Letter to the Grand Wizard of the KKK-Concerning Statements of Mike Brown’s Killing

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Thomas Robb, also known as Thom Robb, is the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
Thomas Robb, also known as Thom Robb, is the national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

On August 24, 2014 Thomas Robb KKK or Klu Klux Klan National Director posted a disgusting story called, Goodbye Mike Brown – Hello White Genocide  concerning The Mike Brown Shooting on the KKK website. The page began by stating, ” Mike Brown’s parents blame institutional racism for the death of their son, perhaps they should point the finger back at themselves.” This move has caused a major stink, amongst civil rights advocates and amounts to big problems for Robb.  (First, a history and  some additional background on Thomas Robb)

Thomas Robb is an Arkansas-based “alleged”  (as he fashions himself as a Christian Identity Pastor) in addition to being the head of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, which he took over in the 1980s after the departure of David Duke-who was his mentor-Robb took over leadership of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

In His Own Words:

“When the Negro was under the natural discipline of white authority, white people were safe from the abuse and violence of the Negro, but the Negro was also safe from himself.”
 – Editorial in The Torch, April 1990
 Rather than the traditional title of “Imperial Wizard,” Robb opted for the less-charged “National Director.” Robb took up Duke’s strategy of using the Internet to reach a wider audience, giving the false appearance of an explosion in Klan growth. Robb also attempted to start a family oriented Klan camp, aimed at creating a “kinder, gentler” image for the  Klan. 

According to data from Southern Poverty Law Center In the aftermath of President Obama’s election in 2008, Robb characterized what he saw as a “race war … between our people, who I see as the rightful owners and leaders of this great country, and their people, the blacks.”

According to the Thomas Robb Ministries website, “We believe that the Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, and kindred people are The people of the Bible – God’s separated and anointed Israel.” The statement goes on to declare, “Our people must … resist the call of Satan, which the Bible says will come disguised as light and love … brotherly – interracial love.”

    

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More About the Article

According to recent article written in the Huffington Post by  Eternity E. Martis Huffington Post Lifestyle writer, blogger, mixed-race feminist,  “What happened to Michael Brown at the hands of a white police officer is a deep-seated fear of a never-ending nightmare for the entire Black community, especially for Black men. Due to an unfortunate stain on our history, Black men are so often rendered inferior in all totality, demonized by the myth of the brute, Black rapist, or the uneducated thug deserving of death. And while these Black men whether they are North American or from across the globe hold the tremendous burden of being feared and spurned by society, so do the women who love them.”

Rachel Pendergraft KKK Leader, and Daughter of Robb Thomas-who actually wrote the article-stated, “I’m sick and tired of hearing about the crime in majority black areas.  Maybe if they would stop harassing hard-working cops who try to keep their neighborhoods safe instead of playing the race card all the time, they wouldn’t  find themselves victims of black on black crime.  Even black cops know what problem is, if they are honest enough to admit it.  All anyone wants is for them to act – well, civilized.  Is that too much to ask?  But then again, its racist to ask them to live up to a certain standard – so we’re told.” (Rachel Pendergraft / Knights Party)

original image from the KKK article
original image from the KKK article

In a recent interview Mark Pitcavage, the director of investigative research for the Anti-Defamation League, calls this extremism.  He characterizes the  Klan as “group of hard-core whites.”  According to Mark in a recent interview from CNN-The current Klan is not one cohesive group, and is considered one of the traditional white supremacist groups, which emerged in the civil rights era.

According to Pitcavage “The situation that existed in the 1950s and ’60s simply does not exist. The white supremacists are no longer in charge. They are now fighting for the very survival of the white race, and they have to fight to protect,” said Pitcavage. “This is a fundamental difference of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1950s and today in the 21st century.”

Thomas Robb's self described KKK 1st Family
Thomas Robb’s self described KKK 1st Family

Black Life Matters!

After reading the KKK article, I realized that I heard of Thomas Robb, from my past when dealing with a Klan issue in South Carolina. In any event-I felt it was my duty to write Robb Thomas, as a Man, as a Christian Man and A Strong African-American Man.

 In America-Any of our 18-year old children should not have to fear fighting back because they fear getting shot or killed. These are not Black children, these are our children and know, the issue is the same even if it’s happening amongst white, Asian, or Black Kids-innocent human life was lost-period!  The sad part is that many African-Americans now believe their children stand a greater chance of death, because of the unfortunate situation with Brown and others. I must say, I’m inclined to agree. I must add-Black Life Matters!  and All Life Matters!

 

 My Editorial Letter to Grand Wizard Robb Thomas

 

National Director of The Knights, Pastor Thomas Robb

PO Box 2222, Harrison, AR 72601

870-427-3414

 

Mr. Thomas Robb

After reading about your allowing a character assassination of Mike Brown based on a recent article Stop White Genocide-I’m Outraged! Where is the outrage? Because of the high level of ignorance you have displayed concerning the death of an innocent young black man.

For many years you (KKK) have worked in darkness, ruthlessly, and shamefully. You have killed and attacked my people unsuspected (when their backs were turned) and wrongly, and with a sustained satanic evil at every level. In convert (not openly)- you have built jails, prisons, courtrooms and police departments. Have you no Shame! The world will never believe in you simply because for years you have operated with such a mundane, unsophisticated, unintelligent level.

Maybe in the 1920’s, 1930’s. Your Klan like violence was successfully used to control our social behavior, but still with little success. Black churches and schools were burned, teachers and children were attacked, and my people who refused to show proper deference were beaten and killed. But know this, “Black America has fought their attackers, rebuilt their churches and schools, and shot back during attacks on their communities.” While these attacks surely terrorized some, you have failed to destroy the Spiritual, cultural, and Social independence that Blacks, Latino’s, and minorities are gaining every day in our modern times.

As a Christian Pastor my people do not believe any of this hype, (never will). This Racist Propaganda written so as to try to incite young Black males, I warn you; you will only evoke us into more positive action. Every time we hear of your rallies, or see your racist literature-it does nothing but let us know that you still haven’t gotten there, also you have yet to learn the lessons afforded to you by history. Your vision of an Aryan White Nation is a mere “fantasy,” that never existed, never will! Many of your Aryan Brotherhood don’t believe in your cause that is exactly why they hide behind those sheets. They are not going to tell you this, because “openness,” is not their style.

Really what matters in the end is not what we do in good times but instead what we do when we fall short.  In this case, putting a group of people into a box based on cultural upbringing or race box is disgraceful and then putting a “Ku Klux Klan” label on is more disgraceful.  Do the right thing, Mr. Robb, apologize and take back your statement.  Most of us are good, decent, hard-working God-loving people who love our families and, regardless of how we live, we want a good life not just for us, but for everybody and we want to live in a country where our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms remain intact, without having to turn a street corner and then have our children slaughtered like livestock solely because of the color of his/her skin.

The venomous hatred that has been fueling the riots in Ferguson and the character assassination of Wilson is just a moment in time, “If you think you have problems with minorities now, just wait until we are the majority.”  Well, that day is fast approaching and when it happens yes, it will happen fast-“there will be no hills for you to run and hide.”  Already, your racist children are the minority in America and your even in sister white nations.  You can disagree, but the next couple decades will see an unprecedented demographic shift that will make the Ferguson riots seem like a “Sunday,” walk in the park. This warning, will only come once-My compassion is only because I know the serious misjudgment (error) you make that will only bring you pain. For my part-I will debate and educate with you and your people anywhere of choice in America anytime! Black Life Matters! Abandon, this issue, I pray you hear me. Black Life Matters!  

Sincerely,

Reverend Gregg L Greer

Freedom/First-Southern Christian Leadership Conference

 

 The KKK article raises an important question: In a time when we already have compounded confusion  =everyday on mainline Cable news we have bad news 24/7 if we so choose, but what’s the psychological impact of all this exposure to tragedy ? Well, as for the KKK, many feel strongly that they’re still horrible racists with a history entrenched in bigotry and hate, so I say, “To hell with ’em.”  Obviously. (See the full KKK article at this Link) http://kkk.bz/?p=4967

 

 

 

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: one1worldtoday@gmail.com. Your Thoughts and comments are welcome.

The Assassination and “Cover Up” of Ramarley Graham by New York Officials

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World,

Many would agree, the latest group of civil rights cases at this moment in time seem connected historically to some of the most shameful crimes of the civil rights movement—the murder of four young girls in a Birmingham church bombing, the KKK mob slaying of three civil rights workers in Mississippi during Freedom Summer, the gunning down of Civil Rights Leader Medgar Evers in the presence of his small children, and the torture and killing of 14-year-old Emmett Till—all helped galvanize public opinion in support of the civil rights movement by making it unlikely to ignore the ruthlessness and virulence of the southern racist.

A graphic portrayal of the background of the Ku Klux Klan, its historical association within law enforcement, and the current comparison by many to New York law enforcement lends reason why hate crimes committed by Police cannot be ignored.

Amongst these very atrocities that have graphically exposed the moral destitution of the criminal justice system. The systematic assassination of Ramarley Graham was/has remained broadly unpunished. Many believe the failing is an effect of racism, fear, apathy, and lack of political will. Yes, the normal routine is Tepid investigations and superficial trials take place, and some light prison punishments are given out, but a number of the perpetrators to date have continue to enjoy impunity. Numerous of these killers finished out their days as unrepentant racists. The example of  trends mentioned is classic, and consistent of the Ramarley Graham case. 

But in two especially brutal and high-profile murder cases in New York Ramarley Graham and that in California Kenneth Harding Jr.—justice has yet to be fully served.

 

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Ramarley-Graham prior to Death.

On Feb. 2, 2012- police from a special narcotics unit chased Graham, 18, from White Plains Road and East 228th Street to his home at 749 E. 229th St. in Wakefield because cops investigating a drug deal believed Graham had a gun in his waistband.Graham was leaving a bodega near his home in the Boro’s Wakefield section when Officers pursued Graham into his home and rather than moving with caution and calling for backup Officer Richard Haste fatally shot the teen in the bathroom but only a small bag of marijuana that investigators hypothesized Ramarley had been attempting to flush down the toilet.

The raid on the family’s home was traumatic; Ramarley’s little brother Chinnor, now 7, was in the house, along with his grandmother, Patricia Hartley, who was taken directly to the NYPD’s 47th Precinct Station House and interrogated for seven hours. Officer Haste later indicated he thought Graham was adjusting a gun in his waistband — but no weapons were found on Graham’s body.

Constance Malcom at a Protest!
Constance Malcom at a Protest!

Outside of Corner Social on Lenox Avenue and 126th Street, a woman said: “It is sad. They kill you in your own house,” after hearing Franclot Graham speak.

 

It is sad. They kill you in your own house," after hearing Franclot Graham speak.
It is sad. They kill you in your own house,” after hearing Franclot Graham speak.

 

A grand jury  later voted to indict NYPD Officer Richard Haste on manslaughter charges in the February 2012 shooting death of unarmed Bronx teen Ramarley Graham, at which point Haste did turn himself in.

Security footage evidence from the February incident shows 18-year-old Ramarley Graham entering his grandmother’s home and police were following him shortly thereafter. Cops said they had witnessed Graham participate in a drug deal and thought he had a gun. They illegally entered the home without a search warrant.

Still In the presence of overwhelming evidence against Hatse which included CCTV (video)- Judge Steven L. Barrett threw out the indictment against Haste, calling the language used by the District Attorney to present the case to the grand jury “misleading.”

 

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 With no great pleasure, I am obliged in this case to dismiss the charges,” Judge Barrett told the court, adding that his ruling did not establish that Haste had acted with justification and that the DA had the right to reconvene a grand jury. Said Judge Steven L. BarrettOn August 7,2013, a reconvened grand jury decided not to re-indict Officer

 

 

Ramarley Graham's Mother Constance Malcolm and Father Frank Graham (shocked) after decision not to indict Haste
Ramarley  Graham’s Mother Constance Malcolm and Father Frank Graham (shocked) after decision not to indict Haste

We are surprised and shocked by the Grand Jury’s finding of no criminal liability in the death of Ramarley Graham. We are saddened for the family of the deceased young man and still believe that the court’s dismissal of the original indictment was overly cautious,” One Observer Johnson said,

Meanwhile Officer Hatse was greeted with loud cheers from awaiting fellow cops upon his case dismissal of the charges. For her unarmed son’s killer Constance Malcolm, as the bitter tears run out of in her eyes “That’s how they work,” the heartbroken mom said in a statement shortly after the Wednesday when Officer Richard Haste was sprung in the Feb. 2, 2012 shooting of Ramarley Graham. “You see it every day.” said Malcolm.

Ramarley Graham’s Mother Constance Malcolm also used two later rallies to express her grief and anger, often speaking in raw emotional and racial tones. “Modern day lynching has to stop,” said Malcolm, who along with her husband wore a T-shirt with a picture of her son and the phrase: “Where is my justice?”

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The decision set off angry protests as about 100 people marched from Johnson’s offices on E. 161 St. in the Bronx to the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street

Unfortunately, Ramarley’s killing is only one of thousands of similar murders on the current forefront, and the case was is an important turning point in the New American Civil Rights struggle.

According to Reverend Gregg L Greer of The Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, “Despite the passing of years—in which evidence grew cold, witnesses have lied, or no longer were capable of reliable testimony—a number of these festering crimes have been resurrected with renewed vigor and prosecuted with impressive results. Regardless, It took 30 years, but the murderer of Medgar Evers was finally brought to justice.” “A full four decades passed before the courts were able to convict all living perpetrators of the Birmingham bombing. We must not stop until Justice is served on Ramarley Graham, and Kenneth Harding and any young life lost due to this senseless violence.” “They need to know our fight, continues and is ongoing, and you will not have “Peace,” until justice is  fully served,  also Haste is a living lie that must be prosecuted.” says Greer.

 

APRIL 12, 2014 would be Ramarley’s 21st Birthday

(I AM RAMARLEY GRAHAM)

Today April 21, 2014 would have been Ramarley's 21st Birthday
Today April 21, 2014 would have been Ramarley’s 21st Birthday Justice must be served!

 

According the Southern Poverty Law Center, about 22 murder cases have been reopened in the South since 1989, resulting in 25 arrests and 16 convictions. This case can be overturned. Justice can still prevail. 

 

Ramarleys' Call Foundation is up and running! Let's support them!
Ramarleys’ Call Foundation is up and running! Let’s support them!

What You Can do!

Whatever we do, we must keep God in the forefront. Let us be Christian in all of our actions. But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian face, faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

What You Can do!

The Ramarley’s Call Foundation is up and running-like most foundations they need you to stay informed (Facebook), they need your help (Volunteer), and they need you to support (Donate).

(More information from Ramarley’s Call Foundation)

https://www.facebook.com/RamarleysCall

#RiseUp4Ramarley – 3 ways you can help

1. Sign & share the petition to tell DOJ to investigate http://bit.ly/OFP4FK

2. *Starting Saturday – Please tell us what you did at 21 & what you wish Ramarley were alive to do, using #21forRamarley & http://bit.ly/OFP4FK

3. Join The April 16th, 12PM at 500 Pearl Street [Federal Courthouse]
https://www.facebook.com/events/264417913731840/

 

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On April 8, 2014 Civil Rights Leaders and Organizations in Florida and California will unite in effort to “Restore the Balance of Justice” to Communities.

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Break the Grip of Shame Rally  Tuesday, April 8, 2014 -- Florida State Capitol (Waller Park)
Break the Grip of Shame Rally
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 — Florida State Capitol (Waller Park)

By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor

Multiple Civil Rights, Faith based organizations and Social Justice coalitions are coming together in a “Multi National” cooperative on April 8, 2014 to begin the work in Restoring the Balance of Justice,” to communities across the country.

On Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand,” and to question, also combat the senseless and growing community violence and as they are also in opposition of national level laws-that are negatively affecting communities. Their concern is centered but against issues ranging on everything from Immigration Violence to Police Brutality and everything in between.

 

On Tuesday April 8, 2014-Hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol's of Florida and The California State Capitol as "sister rallies" to "take a stand,"
On Tuesday April 8, 2014-Hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand.”

 

In both state’s Florida and California coalitions agree and see that the growing need for “Urban Leadership,” has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden and the negative effects are widespread in communities across the country for citizens who have to live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. The coalitions also believe that they could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps if they had “more” solid leadership to represent and advocate, them, also they urge that the “state of wellness,” may change, both nationally and worldwide.

Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014
Break The Grip of Shame Rally-Tuesday April 8, 2014

In Florida on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m On the Anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain has prompted a global effort to combat Florida’s controversial law.
Stand Your Ground.

The theme is “BREAK THE GRIP of Shame,” because in Florida The number of questionable cases is increasing, mostly defense attorneys are using “Stand Your Ground” or sometimes referred as (S.Y.G) in ways state legislators never envisioned. It (S.Y.G) has been invoked in dozens of cases with minor or no injuries. For example, It has also been used by a self-described “vampire” in Pinellas County, a Miami man arrested with a single marijuana cigarette, a Fort Myers homeowner who shot a bear and a West Palm Beach jogger who beat a “Jack Russell” Terrier to death.

People often go free under “Stand Your Ground” in cases that seem to make a mockery of what lawmakers intended. One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back. In nearly a third of the cases, the Times analyzed, defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.

Human Rights Leaders from around the State of Florida have been invited to participate in a multinational protest rally against, Stand Your Ground, and Police brutality starting in Florida with calls to hundreds of students from FAMU, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and joined members of the Latino, Arabic, and labor protection communities to answer the call to protest at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on April 8, 2014 this effort will be joined by similar efforts from around this country.

 

In a recent interview Reverend Reginald Gundy Florida State President from the Southern

Florida "S.C.L.C" is one of the major organizations participating on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally
The Florida “S.C.L.C” is one of the major organizations participating on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally

Christian Leadership Conference went on to call Florida possibly the last “Birmingham” of the South,” he continued, saying that it may be time to put “boots on the ground,” which might mean going after the economic system in the state, though he did not specify how that might happen.

The march is also had a strong emphasis on Community Violence against women, and immigrants. Example due to the rising amount of hate crimes against undocumented immigrants in Florida directed against Hispanics, Arab, and Muslims for the fourth consecutive year is particularly noteworthy and worrisome because the number of hate crimes committed against other racial, ethnic, and religious groups has over the same period shown either no increase or a decrease.

According to Gregg L. Greer the Florida Rally lead organizer, “The toxic environment in Florida and abroad, in which hateful rhetoric targets immigrants and women-while the number of hate crimes against Hispanics and others perceived to be immigrants steadily increases, This has caused an of heightened sense of fear in communities around the country.”

Immigrant rights are high on the agenda
Immigrant rights are high on the agenda

 

“We want to build a layer of protection, around immigrants, because we know that many are a target, and also they do not readily call for “police services because of their immigrant status.” Women are usually targeted due to domestic violence issues,: All must be combated, because they prevent us from being effective in communities across the country.

Starting April 8, 2014 9:30am State Capital at (WALLER PARK) 500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-Across from the Supreme Court

Florida must “Break the Grip of Shame.” !!!

For more information on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally! Freedom First International, and the effort to stop “Stand Your Ground” email-freedom1stsclc.gg@gmail.com or call (855) 612-7771 and leave a message.

For Florida All event information and can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/712321675457991/

 

In California on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am p.s.t Families United March on State Capital Sacramento

Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to review the "Policemen's Bill of Rights" and police policy due to the rising use of excessive force by citizen murders.
Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to review the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” and police policy due to the rising use of excessive force by citizen murders.

The  State Capitol in Sacramento, California  for the United Families of California at the fifth annual Victims’ Rights March is a call to action for victims and their supporters to come together as they do every year on the steps of the California State Capitol to have their voices heard by their elected officials. This event is not considered a memorial, but rather a rally in which we encourage victims to visit their legislator’s offices and let them know how you feel about public safety issues. The California Coalitions and one of the leading organizers is the Oscar Grant Foundation,  and their Executive Director: Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson and will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders are in question and have current investigations.  for more information you may visit the following links https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252/

Oscar Grat Foundation, and joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the "Police Brutality" murders. http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/
Oscar Grant Foundation, will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders.
http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

California fights the Police Bill of Rights

Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to repeal the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” police policy due to the rising excessive “force”  citizen murders. They believe that officials are ignoring the fact that in California “Police brutality” there is a persistent problem.. The coalitions are calling this effect “State sponsored violence.”

One of the focal points of their agenda is in opposition-to those who know of the “Thin Blue Line,” think that this standard is “extremely,” questionable and is a code that compels a bad police or bad group of police to obey their own makeshift set of laws binding only to themselves.” “They are becoming like a “Gang,” states, according to one observer. While many Family foundations are leading the charge (too many to list)

One notable case was the case of Oscar Grant III (above, right) who was fatally shot by BART (Metro Train) police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: “Get back, I am gonna tase him. Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me! Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Grant’s Death and the incident are the basis of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station. Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just”  cause the effort includes this rally. Go to view the following links for more information on the march.

For more information on the California Rally! go to http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com  or https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252 to sign up for the event.

For questions and event information  email the oscargrantfoundation@gmail.com 

 

Fruitvale Station" followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan)
Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just”  cause.

The Growing need for Urban Leadership In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world who live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in Urban Communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change.

What you can do to support this cause!

What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA and CALIFORNIA, theses organizations are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)

Dr. King Later in the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” stated, “law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” 

 

"Letter from a Birmingham Jail  April  16,1963
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail
April 16,1963

It is time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime,

We all must make the decision to:

•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;

•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;

•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;

•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;

•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;

•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example

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The Growth of Violence in Urban Communities- Mobilizing a Serious Response

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Gun's seized in one raid in Chicago
Gun’s seized in one raid in Chicago

Posted on March 24, 2014

By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor

     One(1) World. Just-This Saturday and Sunday at minimum two people were killed and 19 others wounded at the end of the week disorder across Chicago, officials said. The newest occurrence took place around 4:30 a.m. when a 25-year-old husband was murdered during an obvious burglary. It’ what one sociologist describes as the income gap and like it the “crime gap” — are distinct trademarks of variation in urban America, he worries it’s only getting wider

It’s time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime, But taking residents into account, Chicago had a murder rate of 18.7 for every 100,000 people, below Detroit, New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, Newark, Oakland, Cleveland — even Flint, Michigan, and Birmingham, Alabama.

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Chicago-gun-violence-deaths-shootings

At the immediate moment a few organizations call for the importance on school for children, not gangs, and formulation of school programs for children more likely to become an offender or to become victimized. This work is absolutely needed nationally, notwithstanding, children proceed home to their parents. They see their parents more than they are in school, and examining behaviors and essential tools that a child carries out into the world with him or her are carried down by parents; accordingly, more accountability in the home ought to be enforced in order to bring about more meaningful change. It is, of course, indisputable that the help of communities and schools is in need, but parents need to be thoroughly informed about wherever it is their child is going to school, work, play, etc. This is vital to know what people and their children may be facing every day and what conditions are influencing their child when he or she is not at home under their wing Example-Black, white, and Hispanic adolescents living in Urban communities with a high level of violent crime. One research study showed Adolescents (n = 225, 44% male) 11 to 19 years of age living in or around nine housing projects in an urban area were administered an anonymous questionnaire.

July 23, 2012  Lloyd Morgan killed during gunfight. Bronx, NY
July 23, 2012 Lloyd Morgan killed during gunfight. Bronx, NY

For instance, The Wall street Journal reported sadly, on July 23, 2012 that Lloyd Morgan, a little boy, was playing on the playground and was shot in the head during a gunfight on a basketball court on that tragic Sunday night, in the Bronx by two gunmen fired from behind an adjacent basketball court. These stories are becoming more common everyday in communities around the world.

We must examine social and psychological factors associated with the use and non use of violence inside and outside of our communities because it is not just about attacks by strangers-Violence holds victims, families, friends, and community’s hostage. It tears neighborhoods apart or restricts them from coming together. Violence assumes numerous forms. Assaults, rapes, robberies, and homicides are directly violent, but crimes like burglary are often cloaked in violence and cause sometimes-paralyzing fear. We must know everyone in our communities. why because research shows that almost half the rapes in this country, the rapist was acquainted with the victim. In more than half the murders, the murderer and victim knew each other said, Gregg L Greer, Senior Editor at One(1)world.

Chicago has been plagued with violence,
Chicago has been plagued with violence,

Protect and Train the Youth early to stop exposure to violence.

Mothers and fathers have to defend their children from both victimization and being victimizers, we must consider measures towards building a safe area for their children, know what their children know and who are friends with, as well as make sure to be alongside their child if they feel that their child could risk being a part of a dangerous situation. The mother suffered no injuries. This mother was present at the time of her son’s fatal playground session, and, though there is no evidence to show that she was not paying as best attention to her son as she could, this example shows that even being present and aware of surroundings is not enough when it comes to protecting a child in some dangerous parts of town. Sometimes, even more precautions ought to be taken.

When The “murder capital” headline was given to Chicago last fall after the FBI released its 2012 crime statistics and Chicago had more homicides than any other U.S. city with 503 — even more than New York, which has three times the population.

RESULTS. Self-reported use of violence was compared with exposure to violence and personal victimization, hopelessness, despair, family conflict, unwarranted corporal punishment, purpose in life, self-assessment of the probability of being alive at age 25, and age and was higher among males.

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April 8, 2014 Rally in Tallahassee, Florida State Capitol (Waller Park) on Community Violence-Prevention

Community Involvement can change the panorama of violence.

A few years ago-The residents of Seattle, Washington, led by their mayor, have started a citywide crusade against violence. One key component is Partners Against Youth Violence an alliance of more than two dozen agencies and organizations seeking “to prevent youth gun violence by educating the community, specifically young people and their parents, about the importance of youth gun possession and associated gun violence.” Partners include major local hospital — crisis clinics, school administrators, several civic and professional groups, the prosecutor’s office, the city council, the state medical association, and the police department’s crime prevention — youth, D.A.R.E., and school safety units.

It’s easy to say you’re against violence. But actively working to make peace in your community is a little more difficult. It means you understand what violence is. And you know it when you see it.

What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA, Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)

Make the decision to:

•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;

•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;

•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;

•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;

•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;

•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example

Remembering Dr. King's nonviolence approach
Remembering Dr. King’s nonviolence approach

It been longer than 30 years since Dr. King, who spoke so eloquently in support of nonviolence, was himself a victim of homicide. In the years since, many hundreds of interventions have been developed and implemented in isolation from one another. The time has come to realize that successful violence prevention involves multiple interventions and multiple partners. It is time for those from all fields of study interested in violence prevention to come together and do the hard work of thinking through a comprehensive solution. GlG##

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