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Today We celebrate the Life of a “Great American”-Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.

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Wisdom For Life

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King understood that our greatest strength to establishing powerful relationships is to be honest about our greatest weaknesses. We have all been socially conditioned to worry about what others will think and it’s only when we share our failures, our sincere thoughts, and what we don’t know with them is when we grow as a human being.

When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, we bridge our world then we grow. The truth is that these moments of vulnerability are the very moments that we grow. When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, who are insecure about something, or who have failed because we’ve all been there we grow. Dr. King understood while we all struggle, that it’s not only okay to be vulnerable, it’s crucial.

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrate You!

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NY Police Union is wrong! but turning their backs on New York Mayor is a definite case of “Chickens coming home to Roost.”

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 One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
In New York, The funeral for Police Officer Rafael Ramos was attended by hundreds of police officers outside the Queens, N.Y. church. Saturday during the funeral multiple officers turned their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio as he eulogized the fallen officer who was ambushed last week along with his partner. Police union officials blame de Blasio for comments he made about the police amid protests over the deaths of Brown and Garner.  The police union’s president, Patrick Lynch, and others turned their backs on the mayor in a sign of disrespect.
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When De Blasio’s remarks were being shown on large TV monitors outside the Christ Tabernacle Church. Police union officials accused the mayor of fostering a climate of mistrust that contributed to the killings of Officer Ramos and his partner. Vice President Joe Biden spoke and expressed condolences directly to Ramos’ two sons.

New York Police Commissioner Bratton said Ramos and his partner were assassinated because of who they were. “They were killed for their color,” the commissioner said. “They were blue.”

The question that many may ask is; based on the overall, climate of confusion, are police really the victims? While it is true that these officers died tragically in a sequence of events that was totally uncalled for, and as many know their killer was a mentally disturbed individual, with a reported history of psychological episodes. If we are to ask ourselves the question is, Are Police really the victims? Lets look closer at some facts:

  • The NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices had long raised serious concerns over racial profiling, illegal stops and privacy rights. The Department’s own report on its stop-and-frisk activity confirm what many people in communities of color across the city have long known: The police are/have been stopping hundreds of thousands of law-abiding New Yorkers every year, and the vast majority are black and Latino.
Officers in New York displaying their Racially charged Stop and Frisk Policy
Officers in New York displaying their Racially charged Stop and Frisk Policy
  • An analysis by the NYCLU revealed that innocent New Yorkers have been subjected to police stops and street interrogations more than 4 million times since 2002, and that black and Latino communities continue to be the overwhelming target of these tactics.
  • It was wrong for police unions and their support groups to say that Eric Garner was overweight at 350-400 pounds and battling asthma, many posters on the sites TheeRant and PoliceOne.com said the Staten Island father and husband brought his death last Thursday upon himself. They said his health contributed to his cardiac arrest, and that their interpretation of an eyewitness video of Garner’s altercation with police last Thursday was that he resisted arrest.
  • It is wrong for Police to protest at a funeral, period! Take your protest elsewhere!
  • As far as the Chickens coming to Roost for New York, Mayor de Blasio, who campaigned on a promise to “end the era of stop-and-frisk policing,” moved slowly to do that. He (de Blasio) announced a deal to drop the city’s appeal of a court ruling that found the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk violated the constitutional rights of minorities. Mostly it seems that, the questionable “Stop and Frisk,” police policy is still on the forefront of their agenda, and has not stopped.

In addition-adding to the confusion by fighting against the Mayor, who is the head of their community is a total misuse of their time. More importantly the fact of the matter it shows that our Police who are trained sworn public servants may not care about the hurt families, divided communities and the large number of citizens who have  withdrawn their support and they have expressed disappointment with the perceived mishandling the Police Brutality situation. This erosion of the public trust between Police and the community, will need to be resolved.

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What Do the King Letters from the FBI reveal to us Today?

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

This letter should be read and studied by everyone in the United States, only because it demonstrates exactly how much damage the intelligence community was willing to inflect on citizens —and when they (intelligence) latch on to a target, how far will they go to accomplish their mission.

imagesRZI84PW0The New York Times recently published a unreacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter, recently discovered by historian and professor Beverly Gage. The anonymous letter was the result of the FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro, the notorious program between the years 1956 and 1971, they (FBI) wanted to prevent the rise of a black “messiah.” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover vigorously disrupted the lives of black leaders such as Dr. King and others including the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, and S.C.L.C-Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The strategy included bugging their homes hotel rooms, photographic surveillance, and physical observation of their daily movements by FBI agents.

 

The FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro
The FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro

Portions of the letter had been previously redacted. One of these portions contains a claim that the letter was written by another African-American:

 “King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all us Negroes.” It goes on to say “We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins, a man of character and thank God we have others like him. But you are done.”

  • This line is key, because part of the FBI’s strategy was to try to fracture movements and pit leaders against one another.

The newly unreacted portions shed light on the government’s bizarre plan to harass and discredit Dr. King. One paragraph states:

No person can overcome the facts, now even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. . . . Listen to yourself, you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record.

  • And of course, the letter ends with an ominous threat:

“King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”

There’s a lesson to learn here: history must play a central role in the debate around spying today. As Professor Gage states:

Should intelligence agencies be able to sweep our email, read our texts, track our phone calls, and locate us by GPS? Much of the conversation swirls around the possibility that agencies like the N.S.A. or the F.B.I. will use such information not to serve national security but to carry out personal and political vendettas. King’s experience reminds us that these are far from idle fears, conjured in the fevered minds of civil libertarians. They are based in the facts of history.  

 

the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
The famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

           

Today technology allows us better understanding of these strategies in the digital age are not so much surprising but sill disturbing nonetheless. What if the Facebook chats, porn viewing history, emails, were made public to discredit a leader who threatens the status quo, or used to extort a reluctant target into becoming an FBI informant? These are not far-fetched ideas. They are the reality of what happens when the surveillance state is allowed to grow out of control, and the full King letter, as well as current intelligence community practices illustrate that reality richly. (GLG)

 

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One WorldBy Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

The main purpose of this study is help develop more effective ways to combat and to verify how often people are treated unfairly and profiled when stopped by police officers due to unfair or racially biased circumstances. In this study, the overall goal is to estimate if any disparity exists when people feel profiled due to actual discrimination or how often do these events occur when influenced by other factors.

 

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights

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In 1964, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signed law was 90 days into effect. The historic Civil Rights Act was nationally televised in a ceremony at the White House on July 2, 1964 is when the bill was originally signed.

The act didn’t help just black Americans

Women, religious minorities, Latinos and whites also benefited from the Civil Rights Act, which would later serve as a model for other anti-discrimination measures passed by Congress, including the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.

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President Lyndon B. Johnson signs into law the historic Civil Rights Act

In the landmark 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. The 10 years that followed saw great strides for the African-American civil rights movement, as non-violent demonstrations won thousands of supporters to the cause. Memorable landmarks in the struggle included the Montgomery bus boycott in 1955–sparked by the refusal of Alabama resident Rosa Parks to give up her seat on a city bus to a white woman–and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I have a dream” speech at a rally of hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

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

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

By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

 

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

Letter:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clearly,

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

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

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

 With best regards,

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September 11, 2001-A Day of Remembrance

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On this day 13 years ago many thousands of innocent people lost their lives due to someone’s evil expression of hate. We as a people must remember all those we lost and we must now allow their legacy to motivate our desire for a better world. Organized Love will always win over concentrated hate. Just as true brotherhood will always win over separatism. Peace, Love and tolerance toward another human being is no longer a choice, we must make this our lifestyle.

Abraham Lincoln said, “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection

In communities, around the world this must be a core message.

 

 

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