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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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One The Move for W/E April 10, 2017

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Starting today Oneworld will send this segment around the world. Currently This effort has an outreach of 40,000. people (worldwide)-we will advance to 75,000 by Mid 2018. by-If you have an initiative that you want to be broadcasted abroad-please advise via Oneworld01.com, oneworldtoday@gmail.com, or use the Facebook group page messenger to inform two weeks in advance. The post will appear as 30 words or less. You must like our facebook group page and follow us on oneworld01.com

Not all submissions will be accepted-we are looking for civic and community events, forums-no for profit items will be accepted . Friends in India, and Africa included Start today!
It’s a great free way to LET the world know what you’re up to!
 

Featured Organizations for W/E 4-9-17

 
CHICAGO
 
Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life, Loyola University Christian Student Organization, The Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrant and others met at the Broadview Detention Center (Chicago) to address unfair deportations.

Over 250 people came out in Chicago to join an emergency national day of action against Trump’s war on Syria! Organizations involved were Answer Chicago, Refuse Fascism, and others. Protest were also staged in Washinton DC, New York and Los Angeles.

CALIFORNIA
 
Multiple families, supporters, and community members held a rally in Bakersfield on Saturday to protest the increased “police terror” inflicted onto their communities. The rally took place at the Stockdale Hwy and California Ave intersection, a location that local Bakersfield residents have continuously used for demonstrations on social justice for over a decade.

 

If you have an initiative that you want to be broadcasted abroad-please advise via Oneworld01.com, oneworldtoday@gmail.com, or use the Facebook group page at https://www.facebook.com/oneworldtodayintmedia/

 

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For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant activist to rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations

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For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant Activist rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations 

 

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April 7, 2017 at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)

A group of civil rights and immigrant activists will gather on this Friday morning to express fears over the direction President Donald Trump is taking the country with immigrant rights.

They fear families will be torn apart by deportation and blocked from reuniting with relatives seeking to flee war and oppression in other countries after the president signed a pair of executive orders tightening immigration measures.

“We are working to wake up those who refuse to believe that “making America great again”  means spreading a message of racial separatism and hate.  closing off our nation with walls, illegally detaining men, women, and children, stripping cities of federal funding and tearing families apart with deportations,” For the record Freedom First International is part of the group also participated in the massive Trump protest in Chicago that put 16,000. people in Downtown.” Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International.

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At the start of this effort the Family members and Community activist-Leadership will hold a joint Press Conference (briefing) -This Friday/morning April 7, 2017 in Broadview, IL at 7:15 AM, people of faith, civil rights activist and others will join together in a prayer vigil-protest demonstration at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL) to support those who are in the immigration deportation process, the families of those being deported, and to be a public witness to the injustices of our harsh (enhanced) immigration system. The event will be coordinated by members of several organizations who will join leadership on the ground. Stand with us!

 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about The Trumps immigration policy 

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action requesting the Trump Administration to Stop forced immigrations. 

WHERE:  Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)


WHO:
 Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others.  

WHY: Family and activist will address concerns that situation may be growing more volatile due to negative community pushback. 

Many folks nationally believe that the Trump administration’s-policy is both Illegal and unconstitutional. 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Trump Immigration Policy.

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

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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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 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 

 

Who is God’s Candidate

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 Many years ago I ran for a city council seat in Charlotte, NC -The sad fact of the matter was, as a person of faith-I felt conflicted by some of the items that were on the agenda to be voted on. As the election progressed-I was challenged on most days to come away knowing how to make votes count where it counts most: This is in God’s eyes! My guess the vital question of the hour is how should Christians approach elections when there is no nominee to feel good about?—when all the options seem bad, and the best many us can do is choose the least bad of the bunch?

While this is a lesson- I won’t tell you how to vote, I will show you attributes to look for in leaders, making connections between public officeholders and the Bible that may surprise you. It’s biblical truth about the character qualities God blesses in government officials—truth that citizens and their leaders mostly ignore at their own peril. 

God Candidate Quality 1-Have Faith!

 Simply put, the “elect of God” are those whom God has predestined to salvation. They are called the “elect” because that word denotes the concept of choosing. Every four years in the U.S., we “elect” a President—i.e., we choose who will serve in that office. The same goes for God and those who will be saved; God chooses those who will be saved. These are the elect of God.

The second main view is the Augustinian view, which essentially teaches that God not only divinely elects those who have faith in Christ, but God also divinely elects to grant to these individuals who have the faith to believe. In other words, God’s election unto salvation is not based on an individual’s foreknowledge, but it is based on how strong is an individual’s desire for salvation is. The ultimate winner of this election is the free, sovereign grace of Almighty God and in time people will come to understand faith in Christ because most will understand God has elected them.

God Candidate Quality 2-Our Motivation is focused 

The ultimate question that we are presented with- What is our motivation focused on; God or man? In the first view (the prescient view), man has total control; man’s free will is sovereign and becomes the determining factor in earthly matters such as a political election. If we provide a God centered factor, then we understand in the end God can provide the way of making salvation real. Ultimately, this view enhances the biblical understanding of God’s true sovereignty. This view puts the Creator’s provision of salvation at the mercy of the creature; the reality of this view if God wants people in heaven, He has to hope that man will freely choose His way of salvation. In reality, the prescient view of election is no view of election at all, because God is not really choosing—He is only confirming. But, it is man who is the ultimate chooser.

God Candidate Quality 3-Solidarity with Principle

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 “The Ballot or the Bullet -1964 (below), Minister Malcolm X advocates fighting for racial, economic, and social justice on all fronts, and he does not want religion to stand in the way of justice.  He noted that many preachers, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are most known for their work for justice—not their religious vocations.  X contends that Islam is his personal business.  He finds that religious differences can hinder solidarity.  X calls for keeping religion private: it should be between the person and his or her God. 

It is obvious that-The speech champions Black nationalism as the key to Black economic and social progression.

Malcolm X encourages Black people to join churches and organizations that promote Black uplift, and he warns them about Black churches and organizations that promote White nationalism. Churches and organizations employing separatism can be recognized by their espousal of things counterproductive to Black uplift and solidarity. The main point of X’s speech is most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy-this includes the direction of those we elect.

While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand how the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.  

Who is God’s candidate-Bringing it home

If were are to answer the question who are “Urban Christian leaders,” or “God’s elected,” then many agree with the statement, when we say-they must be determined to demonstrate their engagement in the community and how to lead their people in essential ‘hope messages,’ in order to secure the word of truth in the presence of hardship.
At first, that may mean slower faith extension, but at some point the very declaration of the church is promoting a true community in the midst of tribalism, which may be the spiritual indication of God in which renders hope for the dying urban city.

What you and I should want (need) the people at home to think about during this  election season is that when times are tough ,and people are frustrated and angry and hurting and uncertain, the politics of constant conflict may feel like a remedy. This does not necessarily work in the real world. Definitely, what works in the real world is cooperation. Tomorrows Urban Christian Leaders must understand with clarity that what works in the real world is cooperation, business and government, foundations and universities all the same. Our communities lack collaboration, and teamwork-to the level that only ‘true leadership” can bring.

Pastor Gregg L Greer, President of Freedom First International

We have to inspire a New American Citizen in urban communities who believes with no doubt that we can build the “American Dream,” with real opportunities accompanied by fundamental fairness for all and even for poor folks to work their way into it. The first order must be of principle and zeal for anyone God elected, but it has to begin and end by seeking the will of God not man. With that in mind good luck with this election season. In any case we are calling people of faith to stand up and be accountable to yourself, the secular world, and ultimately God! When the faithful stand up-then we all will instantly see the change because we now have amidst us God’s elected working on our behalf.  (glg)

Peace, and Honor!

 

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