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For immediate Release: Press Conference Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and answers in the death of Shawn Brider-Today at 5:30pm

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Today  April 12, 2017 -at 5:30 pm at Chicago Police Station 3rd District 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

 

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A group of civil rights activist and Family members said, Shawn Brider should have never been arrested Sunday night after falling asleep in a parked car with a child inside. At about 4:30 a.m., they were told Brider had died in custody at the 3rd District.

The man was found dead in the lockup area of a Chicago police station Monday morning in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. Police reports said the man was found unresponsive at about 12:15 a.m. in the 3rd District Police Station lockup in the 7400-block of South Cottage Grove Avenue. As the day went on, the department’s spokesman said it appears the man may have had a cardiac arrest. Reports show about 4:30 a.m.,they were told Brider had died in custody at the 3rd District

Activist, strongly feel that Brider never should have been arrested on Sunday night for just merely falling asleep in a parked car even with a small child inside.  Activist and Briders family are questioning why Brider was taken into custody in the first place.
“He was just waiting for his girlfriend to come downstairs and he nodded off because he had been driving. They arrested him for that,” Kewonda Brider said.

“The Black Community in Poor Chicago are systematically being worn down and worn out by the constant microaggressions, When a suspect is arrested for merely sleeping in a car, we would have to ask the question where is the accountability? Did Brider have to be arrested and taken to the district or could he have been ticked?-The evidence is super compelling: The Chicago Police Department is in urgent need of reform. While the problems are clear, the path to solutions is filled with controversy. Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing widespead abuse and issues-that could be rountinely avoidible.”What needs to happen is the time has now come for a frank and insightful discussion of what it will take to achieve true police reform in Chicago.  We will now push harder for the city to reform it’s policing policy. 

Pastor Gregg L.Greer-Freedom First International, SCLC Chicago 

Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has done an autopsy, but the results are pending more test results. Police are conducting a death investigation, and no further information was immediately available.

 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Chicago Police Reform.

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WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action requesting the CPD Officials to Stop forced immigrations. 

WHERE:  Chicago Police Station 3rd District 7040 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 on  4/12/17 at 5:30pm


WHO:
 Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters, and others.  

WHY: Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by DOJ federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing wide-spread abuse and issues that could be routinely avoidable.” A change is needed CPD!

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Mayor and Chicago Police Policy. This group is 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in Chicago, IL and nationally.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-found-dead-inside-cpd-lockup-in-grand-crossing/1855234/

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/04/11/media-statement-the-questionable-death-of-shawn-brider-chicago-man-who-died-in-custody/

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

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For immediate Release: WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE! Community Activist will make a plea for community awareness and to Stop the violence in Chicago’s Deadliest Neighborhood

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For immediate Release: WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE! Community Activist will make a plea for community awareness and to Stop the violence in Chicago’s Deadliest Neighborhood 

 Tuesday March 28, 2017 (Today) at 4900 Block of Hubbard Chicago, IL Chicago, IL. at 10:00 am (Street Corner)

 

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Community Activist and Community members will come together with a message for Community violence prevention and a request for “peace,” after a 14-year-old boy was murdered Saturday afternoon on March 25, 2017.  The boy was shot just after 3 p.m. in the 4900-block of West Hubbard, police said. The boy was later identified as Laquan Allen Ward, lived about 2 miles away in the West Garfield Park neighborhood.
According to recent reports, Police are searching for the shooter.The boy was on the sidewalk when a vehicle drove by and someone in the vehicle shot at him. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Investigators have not said if the boy was targeted or if this was random. Family members believe he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. For the record-Austin leads Chicago as the “Deadliest Hood” so far in 2017  with 16 homicides 80 wounded for a total of 96 known shootings/killings according to statistics. 

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This group of activist will not only call for a stop the violence community effort, but they intend to talk to locals in a door to door effort to spread awareness of violence prevention.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence  

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action asking for the public to get involved in Violence Prevention in their Neighborhoods. “Where’s the outrage”  asking for the community to work and help resolve this case and to assist in violence prevention.

WHERE:  4900 Block of Hubbard Chicago, IL Chicago, IL. at 10:00 am (Street Corner)

WHO:  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others.  

WHY:  Activist Effort to prevent and combat Chicago Community violence-This effort 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence and gun violence totals.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL.

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

Tio Hardiman, 773 391-9072 Tio_h@yahoo.com

Gregg L, Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

For immediate Release: Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil) Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

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For immediate ReleaseGuns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil)

Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

Sunday-March 19, 2017   62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

 Chicago, IL. at 11:00 am

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When 30,000 Americans die each year due to gun violence, it is time to acknowledge that we are suffering from a modern plague. When schoolchildren are gunned down by single shooters with a high-capacity magazine, we suffer from a modern plague. And, when criminals can buy weapons without having their backgrounds checked, we suffer from a modern plague.

This Vigil will be part of our early effort to “Prevent the critical Issue of Gun Violence” for 2017 in areas in Chicago where this plague is taking young lives in abundance. (This corner is where a three year old is in critical condition after being shot in the head in an apparent accident.) The goal is to stop unnecessary loss of life!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence

Key

WHAT:  Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil)Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

WHERE:  March 192017 11:00 a.m at 62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

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62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

WHO:  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others. (Please note this group has been on the frontlines of Chicago Violence for the past three years and more).

WHY: The issue of gun violence — more specifically, Chicago’s gun violence — is by no means a new issue. However, President Trump has singled out the city, even threatening to send in the federal troops, as a part of his “law and order” campaign. The current discourse coming from the White House focuses on more police, more prison and increased criminalization of Black and Latino communities as a solution. Unfortunately, this narrative of retribution fully incorporates the Fraternal Order of Police viewpoint without considering the concerns of the community.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence totals.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL

Contact (s):     Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser 321 355-0598gregggreer72@gmail.com

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For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist Leadership will Rally at murder scene and family owned bar-calling for the immediate arrest of Rouge Chicago Police Officer

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Rouge Chicago Cop-John Poulos”

 

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CHICAGO, IL-Social Justice activist will speak out and stand together for a Protest Rally on December 6, 2016 at 5:00pm. They are calling attention to- Sgt. John Poulos is being investigated for multiple incidents of “unjustified and excessive use of force.” According to police, the sergeant said he opened fire after 19-year-old Kajuan Raye twice pointed a gun at him during a foot chase two weeks ago-an incident weeks agao in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Soon afterward Poulos shot Raye in the back in cold blood. Police never found a weapon, despite a thorough search of the area. In 2013 Poulos shot and killed Rickey Rozelle in a darkened gangway at 1935 North Lincoln in Chicago. Poulos later relayed that he pulled the trigger because Rozelle threatened to kill him and “turned toward [him] with a shiny, metallic object in or near his hand,” according to records from the Chicago Police Department and IPRA. CPD awared this cop for his actions even promoted him. 
It’s time to get bad cops of the streets for Public safety-We want to send a clear message to the public-that we won’t stop until this “Killer” cop is jailed. Stand with us at the Poulos owned family bar-STEPS from where Rickey Rozelle was murdered. 

QUOTE: We believe only sadistic serial predators, “kill like that”-it would seem to us that the time is over due for change with the way the City of Chicago investigates “bad cops” because overall the results have shown absolute failure. Yes, we are asking Kim Fox to get involved as well as Federal Authorities, we must also question the role of our city leadership-post “Laquan McDonald,” due to the fact that to date we are seeing the unnecessary loss of life-at the hands of police. This time, I and Freedom First International plan to use any and all resources available, Chicago Policing must change now, or may more people will, die. 

Gregg L. Greer President of the Freedom First International, S.C.L.C

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent –Unfair community police policy in poor and black communities.

Key

WHAT: Rally and Press Conference to  Pressure the Arrest of “Rouge Chicago Cop-John Poulos” 

WHERE: GameKeepers Bar and Grill 345 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60614 (owned by Poulos)

WHEN: 12/06/2016 from 5:00pm

WHO:  Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago police violence 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers in Opposition of Police who commit community violence

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy 

Contact (s): Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser 321 355-0598gregggreer72@gmail.com

 

For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will Rally for PEACE- give away coats in opposition of violence for Holiday Season

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CHICAGO, IL-Social Justice organizations and activist will stand together for a Peace rally on December 4, 2016 at 12 noon- The PEACE RALLY/PRAYER VIGIL is scheduled to remember citizens slain by gun/ community violence. The event will be held from 12-1 p.m. on intersection of 79th and exchange, Southside of Chicago . The Main sponsors are The Zakat Foundation and Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters Inc and others.

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In addition multiple “coats will be givenaway,” for those in need-to serve and support the community effort for keeping the city “safe and secure.” The south shore are is considered to be one of the top ten deadliest neighborhoods with 20 homicides and 120 total shootings year to date.

QUOTEAs the year draws to an end, we look to remember those whose lives where lost of our South Shore community and plan for a better future. On Sunday, December 4th, from 12-2 p.m. Zakat Foundation of America in collaboration with Freedom First International other organizations are taking over an intersection in South Shore that has been rife with violence, and reclaiming the space for positive use. We wish to promote community through reflection, thought-provoking entertainment, and good will. 
Ubuntu: We Stand For Peace is about not only our shared losses as a community, but how we can claim shared ownership to minimize the blood-shed in South Shore. 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent –Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about community violence.

Key

WHAT: Peace Vigil to combat growing gun violence on Chicago’s SouthSide “We Stand for Peace.”

WHERE: 79th and Exchange  Intersection, Chicago, Illinois 60611

WHEN: 12/04/2016 from 12 noon- 1:00pm

WHO:  Zakat Foundation of America,Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others

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

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers in Opposition of those who commit community violence

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy 

Contact (s):  

Gregg L, Greer-Media Adviser 321 355-0598, gregggreer72@gmail.com

  Marcus Knight-Lead Organizer-708 233-0555 Marcus@zaket.org

For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will stand and rally after police fatally shot 19 year old African American in the back

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For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will stand and rally after police fatally shot 19 year old African American in the back

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Hundreds of Activist will stand and rally today Nov. 26, 2016-Police fatally shot 19 year old African American Male-Kajuan Raye. In an unfortunate, tragic, and unclear set of circumstances the black teenager was shot in the back and killed by a Chicago police officer in the city’s South Side on the night before Thanksgiving. Kajuan Raye was waiting to take the bus home when he was approached by the officer, who claims he matched the description of a suspect in a ‘battery in progress’ on Wednesday night. Raye began to run away and the officer chased after him, according to authorities.

The sergeant claimed Raye turned and pointed a weapon at him ‘on two separate occasions during the pursuit’, so he fired multiple shots at the suspect. 

Also please note: the circumstances of the shooting are being investigated. Raye was struck and killed. Police have yet to find any weapon despite searching the area overnight, according to CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. 

‘We were not able to locate a weapon as of yet, Johnson said on Thursday. 

Raye’s family is “heartbroken that their son is dead at the hands of a police officer who does not value the sanctity of life of black males,” the statement reads. “As a city we continue to struggle with police who are afraid of and have deep seeded prejudices against black youth. 

Statement From Freedom First International

“The murder of Kajuan Raye is further indication of a Police Department who appear, is in the wrong, facts show that they-shot a young black male in the back, who posed no treat to the public. After approaching him on a bus stop, while on his way home.”

A growing number of citizens in Chicago’s Black and minority communities feel-This department has many officers will go through any means to cover their tracks, when they have taken human life.” Going forward the only stopping block for this seemingly routine killing to end is a well-informed public, who will rise up-and who will say, we are tired of our children’s lives being taken, no more lies, and justice for the lost lives, has to come swift, fast, and certain.” We call for the immediate arrest of the officers involved!

The question, to our Chicago Mayor and his The Police Chief now is: when will you reframe and get pass the public discourse about the communities deep distrust of the CPD- since the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video, several serious, questionable shootings have occurred? The Black community of Chicagoland-feels vulnerable, we feel unprotected, and is the message now being sent to the CPD-that our protection has to come from us, because you won’t do it.” As it stands our protection seems to end on the borders of the downtown business district. If that’s the case that is tragic! 

Gregg L Greer President of Freedom First International -(Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Chicago)

We call on Chicago Civic Leaders, Faith Leadership, Social Justice Activist, and concerned citizens-to follow and accept the “clarion call for November 26, 2016 2:00 pm (copy-face event invite below). 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.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent -Voice Disapproval with Chicago PD

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

Key

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Chicago Police Department and a show of support for the family defending.

WHERE:  1438 W 63rd St, Chicago, IL 60636-District 7 station

WHEN: 11/26/2016 from (2 PM – until)

WHO:  Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence / Police Violence. 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers in Opposition of Police Violence one community.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy 

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

 

For Immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership to hold Press Conference/ Are preparing Legal Battle against Mayor Rahm Emanuel for misuse of funds

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership to hold Press Conference/ Are preparing Legal Battle against Mayor Rahm Emanuel for misuse of public funds and his position. 

(Press Conference-at City Hall-2rd Floor  )

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A press conference to Chicago lay out the case against Mayor Rahm Emanuel usage city funds to pay off nonprofits, faith leaders, community activist, and social justice workers “as if those funds were his special personal slush fund.” In the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting fallout- Rahm Emanuel’s effort was coordinated to quiet any opposition that directly resulted with Emanuel trying to turn around all negativity and harm done to his looming political image in the wake of the McDonald shooting and also growing public disapproval ratings—In addition to growing citizen mistrust in the Chicago police stands out amongst other major problems that Rahm tried to quell-which ignited his misuse of public funds.

The activist investigating the issue, seriously question if the local community is aware of the selfish and disturbing use of diverted City of Chicago funds by the Chicago Mayor. The funds in question under normal circumstances should have been used for awarding independent non-profits and civic organizations primarily to better the city through scholarships and city programs.  

Many who understand that the established culture at Chicago City Hall- under Emanuel has long been able to avoid real accountability — and also we should mention Emanuel’s avoidance of sworn depositions — because City Hall bureaucrats, like those in the Chicago Police Department, continue to operate under the unwritten policies protection of policies, practices and legal standards aimed to shield the Mayor from potential harm.

For our effort-more specifically-they we want to send a clear message, that simple says, “we still haven’t forgotten, and we are prepared for a legal show down.” Leading Social Justice organizations involved are Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, Tree of Life Justice League of IL along with a growing list others. Join us!

Additional Reference: 

http://m.dailykos.com/story/2016/10/21/1585511/-Chicago-Mayor-Rahm-Emanuel-used-city-funds-to-payoff-activist-after-the-Laquan-McDonald-fallout

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent – Demand Justice, Request Mayor to resign and also the Chicago community to get involved.

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

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

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Mayor and broadcast official misconduct 

WHERE: City Hall (2nd Floor) • 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois 60602

WHEN: Monday, OCTOBER 24, 2016 at 10:00 a.m

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, Freedom First International

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago Official Corruption 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers fighting against official corruption 

AREA of INTEREST: City Hall Reform

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