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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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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

(District 7-Police Station)

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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.

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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 

 

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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!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1594018767573259/

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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

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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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!

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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

For Immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership to hold Press Conference/ Peace Vigil outside of the Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office in Honor of Laquan McDonald

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(Press Conference-at City Hall  )

Activist still believe-To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is simply disturbing and they have absolutely no doubt that this video did rip open the hearts of all Chicagoans.” Many have argued the video alone is enough to determine that Van Dyke “acted inappropriately” when he fatally shot McDonald, though most who view it describe the footage as “graphic and violent” and “difficult to watch.”

For those who live in Chicagoland and surrounding communities-official efforts to change the underlying conditions on the two year anniversary of Laquan’s death have not changed. The violence—in homes, schools, and neighborhoods continues to grow have and official efforts have largely failed as we now reach and surpass historical levels of homicides. A group of community leaders and activist will hold a press conference tomorrow at Chicago City Hall because they still believe the officials all the way up to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel are still responsible for the cover up of the murder of Laquan Mcdonald- More specifically-they want to send a clear message, that simple says, “we still haven’t forgotten.”

 Leading Social Justice organizations involved are Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, Black Lives Matter along with a growing list others.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent – Demand Justice, Request Mayor to resign and community to get involved two years after the shooting.

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

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

Key

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Official Effort to Prevent Community Violence on the Anniversary of LaQuan McDonald 

WHERE: City Hall (5th Floor) • 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, Illinois 60602

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2016 at 10:00 a.m

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

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

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety

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

For Immediate Release: Community Activist Protest to Pressure Chuck’s Gun Shop

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Protest to Pressure Chuck’s Gun Shop

(Press Conference/Protest Rally-at Chuck’s in Riverdale, IL)

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7/19/16 
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On This Wednesday July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am-The Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence interrupters, The Brady Campaign of  Illinois  along with other Community Activist (groups) will conduct a Protest Rally outside of Chucks Gun Shop and Riverdale City Hall calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together _”put down the Guns” in a effort to balance Justice for the Community.” This effort is much-needed at a time when Chicago has reached historical numbers with gun violence shootings.
Last Year Chicago Police stated that, on average, police have recovered a crime gun sold at Chuck’s Gun Shop & Pistol Range in Riverdale, Illinois every day for the past 10 years. This Store is widely protected by the NRA. We need to save lives! According to a recent article Chuck’s Gun Store sells over 2000 NRA memberships alone. 

For their effort, they (group) will also announce Bi-Weekly initiatives to challenge the NRA, Chucks, The Illinois Riffle Association and the negative culture of the Chicago Violence, in addition to the ongoing campaign of belief that the integrity of the black and anti violence communities are being threatened by the violence, bad gun policy and that ongoing and progressive solutions must be sought.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice, ect

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

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others DUE TO THE NEGATIVE EFFECTS OF GUN VIOLENCE  

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the NRA

WHERE: Chuck’s Gun Shop at 14310 S Indiana Ave, Riverdale, Illinois 60827

WHEN: Friday, July 20, 2016 at 11:00 am

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, Brady Campaign and others

WHY: “Negative Effects of Gun Violence can change overnight if organized Chicago.” 

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights groups standing against the NRA, Bad Apple Gun Dealers 

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights

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

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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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