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For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will be the First to Say “NO” to Trump as President holding EMERGENCY PROTEST! (Trump Towers )

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Hundreds of Activist Leading Social Justice organizations will stand in serious disapproval to a Trump Presidency. Organizations involved are Answer Chicago, Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, Over 800 protesters along with a growing list others will be on location at Trump Towers to express serious and resounding disapproval of a Trump Presidency.

We will conduct an EMERGENCY PROTEST! Because we believe  Donald Trump, a vile racist and sexist, has been declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election. We must resist this outcome!

In fact, we cannot be idle. We must get into the streets immediately. We must unite and stand with immigrants, Muslims, women, LGBTQ people, poor and working people and Black Lives Matter. Only the people can defeat racism, bigotry and hate!

All Out! Come together and descend on the Trump hotel! Bring your signs, banners and voices of protest. Spread the word. Let’s make the emergency protest as big as possible!

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(Over 800 people will be on Hand)

 We went back to look at the unfavorable ratings of the major-party candidates from 1992 through the current election. The bottom line is that Trump was elected with a higher unfavorable rating than any candidate at any time during all of these previous election cycles, and that conclusion takes into account the fact that unfavorable ratings tend to rise in the heat of a general election campaign as the barbs, negative ads and heightened partisanship are take us to our highest disapproval levels-Our Country doesn’t need him and Chicago with all it’s problems doesn’t need Trump. We want to send this message to the world! Media-Don’t Miss This!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent -Voice Disapproval with Trump as President Elect

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

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Election of President Trump

WHERE: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 401 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611

WHEN: 11/9/2016 from  5 PM – 9 PM

WHO:  Answer Chicago , Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference

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

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers in Opposition of Newly Elected President

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser 321 355-0598 or Answer Chicago 773-885-3991

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The Hate that Hate Made!

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

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve said in the recent past- Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and others are not victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way. 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

The pain that black’s have endured for many years-which simply says-we are victims of a certain Moral blindness– Which means every single black person in the eyes of a racist  is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves. Can someone consider apologizing to the Black community for the long hard years of systematic oppression. Maybe the killings of cops would stop.

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

 Peace and Love

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace and Love,

 

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Immediate Release: Press Conference outside of Chicago C.P.D HEADQUARTERS

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Immediate Release: Press Conference outside of Chicago C.P.D HEADQUARTERS 
(D.O.J has failed American Communities)
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On This coming Friday July  8, 2016 at 11:30 am-Violence Interpreters,  Freedom First International, Midwest Coalition for Social Justice along with other community activist (groups) and organizers will conduct a Press Conference outside of the CPD Headquarters Chicago, IL  to make several special announcements for the local (south side) Chicago community to continue to join together and apply community support to address National Police Brutality Murders of Alton Sterling,  ‪Philando Castile‬,  Gun Violence,  and the dismal failure of Chicago Police to stop it’s growing homicide level. We also want to discuss the growing level of frustration between police and the community-that results in problem that we have seen in Dallas, which tragically has resulted in additional loss of lives-this time from police.

The Department of Justice’s failure to help prosecute police who kill innocent civilians aka (Domestic Terrorists) with American blood on their hands in the same manner as those that harm Americans overseas. Labeling as police Domestic Terrorist can play a large role in creating additional resources perhaps from Office of Justice for Victims of Terrorism which may require the D.O.J to create an office to assist U.S. victims of Domestic Terrorists and pressure the D.O.J to prosecute these terrorists

For their effort, they (group) believe that the integrity of the black and poor minority community is being threatened by the violence, bad leadership, and lack of education and that ongoing and progressive solutions must be sought, not political grandstanding.

We would like to discuss the Chicago Homicide Statics which is a twenty year high.

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 309
Shot & Wounded: 1761
Total Shot: 2070
Total Homicides: 344

Participating Organizations:  Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations, BLACK LIVES MATTER, FREEDOM FIRST INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE INTERRUPTERS, S.C.L.C Chicago  and more.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice , ect

National Call to Action

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

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

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Police Brutality  and  

WHERE: Chicago Police Headquarters  -3510 South Michigan Chicago, IL  60653

WHEN: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:30am

WHO: Multiple Local Advocacy and Community Activist Leadership

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

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Breaking News: The assassination of Alton Sterling

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Alton Sterling, aka the local CD man was continuing on his day on Tuesday at just after midnight (12:35 am)  in Baton Rouge, Louisiana then this happens: as a precaution I have to warn you the video is unsettling as well as it tells a tragic story. The video of Sterling’s fatal shooting — by two police officers seen holding him to the ground — has sparked immediate protests and outrage, along with comparisons between Sterling and other black men who were killed on camera by cops, such as Eric Garner, Laquan McDonald and Tamir Rice. 
 
Here are a few details about the developing case taken from various news agencies:
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Sterling, 37, was a father of five children, his sister Mignon Chambers told WAFB.Few details were known early Wednesday about Sterling’s life, and some circumstances of his death remained unclear. An anonymous 911 caller and an officer in the video said Sterling was carrying a gun and threatened someone before he was killed outside the Triple S Food Mart.

However, store owner Abdullah Muflahi told CNN that he never saw Sterling get into a confrontation, Tuesday night or otherwise.

According Journalist Sean King: We’ve seen a lot of police brutality these past few years, but seeing the police first tackle and manhandle Alton Sterling, mount him like a UFC fighter, then pull their guns out and shoot him repeatedly at point-blank range, killing him right there in front of his local convenience store where he was known as the “CD Man,” was equal parts devastating, infuriating, heartbreaking, maddening and overwhelming.

It’s sad that another family has to experience a murder of their loved one, and once again the reaction from police results in murder. Where are the body cameras, why did it take a shooting when Alton was ready tased? Just the same as in my son Tamir’s Rice case-we are still fighting for justice from the Federal Government, this is the ultimate tragedy. Why should we have to fight for human life? Period!

                                                                                             Samaria Rice, Mother of Tamir Rice

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The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old African American boy, occurred on November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback

I have seen the video, and as a Civil Rights Leader-I have concerns, to the extent that I will assist the family in their fight. Freedom and human life must be first. Our lives must begin to matter. Up until this point I’m not sure young black lives have mattered!

More details to come…

Love, and Peace-Pastor Gregg L Greer

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The Journey to Obedience. Faith Commentary

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Have you ever seen The U.S Blue Angels who are the US Navy’s Air expedition team? If you have you have seen the awesome power of McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet 

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US Marine Corps (USMC) Captain (CAPT) Kevin Reece, Marine Aviator for Vertical Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 212 (VMFA-212), pilots his F/A18 Hornet over the South China Sea to Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Iwakuni, Japan.

This powerful unit cost US $29 Million per unit and the Hornet is also used by the air forces of several other nations and, since 1986, by the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels.  The F/A-18 has a top speed of Mach 1.8 (1,034 knots, 1,190 mph or 1,915 km/h at 40,000 ft. or 12,190 m). It can carry a wide variety of bombs and missiles, including air-to-air and air-to-ground, supplemented by the 20 mm M61 Vulcan cannon. It is powered by two General Electric F404 turbofan engines, which give the aircraft a high thrust-to-weight ratio.

The point of this narrative is that with all this technology there is one vital element that is required to be effective. A Pilot who sits behind the controls. This unit would be vulnerable without a human being-also this unit would spiral out of control and crash.

So similarly, you can posse every known gift imaginable but if you don’t allow God to guide you in using those gifts, then they are useless. More seriously you may spiral out of control and crash. As the captain of your ship, the pilot of your air craft is God. (don’t listen to the bumper stickers that say God is my Co-pilot) they are so wrong.

 Imagine if Moses and Aron didn’t go into Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let my people go. Sure they were in fear but they decided to listen and follow the journey that God had prompted for them, yet as a result of their obedience The Nation of Israel benefited, Moses grow to become the leader of a new nation.

 

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God desires the same for you, understand it will not be comfortable but if you familiarize yourself with God and then set sail into the “Airways of life.” You will find a journey that is filled with wonder and amazement. On this journey you’ll leave behind old attitudes, old relationships, old sins, and old ways of thinking. On this journey to obedience you will obtain technical gifts from God that you have never imagined or even realized,

 As a favorite song of mine says-Give me the Sky and I’ll give you heaven. As long as you believe the best is yet to come.

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Dear Governor-My Letter to the Governor Bruce Rauner

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Dear Governor, As an organizer leader in the group that lead the successful effort to stop the “Dusable-Juneteenth Day Celebration that you intended to host. I feel happily unapologetic-because many people are suffering under this current “bold,” leadership that you provide, it hurts those who are not as proficient in the art of gain (directly meaning) that they can’t survive without valuable and much-needed public funds-this is a fact that you know very well.
Truly Governor, we are in a battle to defend those human rights here in Illinois that many are being denied. That is why-I have started to assist in organizing the thousands of union members, human service advocates, academics and other concerned civic citizens to join this conflict. They are the real hero’s of the moment.
As the top executive in our state-I believe you have the ultimate potential to do more to help the minority poor in our communities-As it stands you gravely mis-allocate human energy, life, and potential, for expenditures, in doing so you and your team remove yourselves of what it means to be compassionate.
On a lower level Governor Rauner you have not responded well to hear our concerns, instead choosing to attack schools in minority communities by calling them “crumbling prisons,”
 
Please consider Ms. Caprice Williams from Harmony Village,. She was one of the homeless youth who met with you. As they told you their story and what would happen if homeless youth programs like theirs would close down because of the budget crisis. Afterward The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless told the youth that money was already collected and sitting in Springfield. They were informed  that you could ensure these programs didn’t have to close.
 
“But the next Tuesday, his staff called to say there was nothing they could do. We asked why not, and his staff just said no. I felt betrayed by Gov. Rauner because he told us what we wanted to hear to keep us calm and so he would not look like the bad guy.”
                                                                                                                                                                           
Caprice Williams, Cain’s Chicago Business Editorial March 2016
 
 
Now, we are hearing reports that you have Senator Meeks organizing and directing a team of Pro Rauner Activist  who favor your agenda to counter the efforts of our community organizers-If this is true-it will be a serious waste of time and resources. I would hope that you would spend that time making it known that you care about the poorer communities though direct action-like releasing valuable public funds.
 
While I’m not ready to met after receiving multiple invitations -I can be available for private or public correspondence in hopes that you would find a way to make the lives of the many who need you as the top executive of our state easier.
 
For we the people are the writers of history, and I am certain that the coming days will prove, as always in history, that man will  free itself from the grips of oppression, and the most universal theme known to any man throughout history is Freedom First! with that in mind-I pray history will be kinder to you.
Sincerely
Pastor GL. Greer (President, Freedom First International SCLC) 
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