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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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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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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Fight to Stop Governor from hosting event at A Historical Black Museum

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On Today  June 16, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Community Activist leadership will hold a press conference to at City Hall (121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602) to discuss their opposition and plans to prevent (Revoke) Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner and event sponsors (Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council)  from coordinating an event at the Historic Dusable Museum on Juneteenth (See Invitation below).

We (activist) feel it is of bad taste and a serious offense that on Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, which is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery, more generally the emancipation of African-America slaves throughout the Confederate South-That the Conservative Right-Wing Governor and his team would coordinate such an effort. They believe-the effort is pure propaganda with no sincere interest from the Governor!

Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Black Lives Matter along with other community activist (groups) will conduct a Protest Rally and Press Conference outside of the Dusable, IL on June 20, 2016 calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to join together and protest in opposition of Governor Rauner. The Governors leads an oppressive organization-that is showing it doesn’t care.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and his team suspended billions of dollars in social services and public health grants as part of his push to whittle away at a $1.6 billion shortfall in the current state budget, making life a living hell- for seniors, the poor and inner city citizens.

The activist agree- The last straw was last week-was when Rauner used extremely demeaning language such as calling Chicago Public Schools a ” crumbling prison” to argue the school district doesn’t deserve an additional $100 million in funding-which shows he has no to little regard for the struggles of working and lower-income inner city Illinoisans.

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.

The group wants the community to call the DuSable 773.947.0600 and voice concerns about Rauner speaking. Also call the host organization-Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council 105 West Adams Street, Suite 2300, Chicago, IL 60603
Phone:(312) 755-8880

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice , ect

CPS System Reform,

Community Violence Prevention on the Chicago (Southside)

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others in the system

WHAT: Protest Rally /Press Conference to Stop Governor Rauner.

WHERE: 121 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60602-Second Floor

WHEN: Wednesday, June 16, 2016 at 9:00am

WHO: Local Advocacy and Community Activist Leadership

FACEBOOK EVENT LINK: https://www.facebook.com/events/980426072074505/

Freedom First International (SCLC), Violence Interrupters, Black Lives Matter, Faith and Social Justice Alliance and more.

Pastor Gregg L Greer, President -Freedom First International (Primary Organizer)

Tio Hardiman, President-Violence Interrupters (Primary Organizer)

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

greggglreer72@gmail.com or 321 355-0598

 

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Burning Bush Moments in Life

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Today, as I think about the many changes that my life has taken, I felt the need to share with my faith audience my platform that has helped me time and time again when learning from the moments in life that things seem dark and hopeless. Fear not because God has given you a plan.
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God doesn’t always speak to any of us in the way we wanted or even expected. If we turn to our bible we know Balaam never imagined hearing from God through the mouth of a donkey (Numbers 22:28) or Mary was very disturbed when Gabriel appeared at her doorstep, as she was to learn of the savior that she was to birth (Luke 1:26-28) also Moses didn’t expect to hear a voice coming from the burning bush in the desert.
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Amazed that the Bush was on fire Moses decided to investigate, and although God made the first move-As a man it was left to Moses to engage, and receive the directions that God was reserving for his life.
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I define the moments as “Burning Bush Moments”-so what about you? can you think about any experience that you would consider a “Burning Bush Moment,” Well, here is the good news- God may be trying to speak to you though any situation in life large, small, good, bad or even something we may think is insignificant.
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Please note that there are times when God’s voice speaks though larger events as well. If we can compare these Moments to television -we would describe these moments as “HD or high definition.” A note from my personal struggle is when I ran from the calling to become a Pastor for many years, God saw fit to humble me to submit because the lives of those around me were effected. For example when my brother passed in 1994 after struggling with a long-term sickness.
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In summary God could be trying to speak to you though any means, TV, radio show, friends, family and more. It is up to all of us to tune our senses into what God is trying to tell us, because “Burning Bush Moments” come in life on a regular basis-while they can show up in many forms-one critical thing that I can guarantee you, they may not always make life easier, but they will always make life more meaningful. (glg)
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Peace, and Love
Pastor Greer

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For Immediate Release: Local Activist to hold Press Conference Friday 04/15/16 at the Chicago Police Headquarters

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Local Activist to hold Press Conference Friday 04/14 at the Chicago Police Headquarters

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On This Friday April 15, 2016 at 10:30 am-The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters along with Community Activist will conduct a Press Conference at the Main Chicago Police Station calling for the local community to come together as they seek to blast the Chicago Police Department about recent issues with regard to the fight to receive “Balanced Justice for the Community.”  One important agenda item for discussion is to address their concerns about the “political nature” of the placement of new Police Chief.

The president of the Chicago Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Gregg L. Greer said, “Chicago police have a history of abuse and that to date they continue to show a lack of leadership.” The recently released police accountability task force report on the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has only brought a harsh new light on an old problem. The Group believes department’s own data validates the “widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.”-Also According to Lori Lightfoot-Chair of the Police Accountability Task Force.

Data shows-Between 2008 and 2015, 74 percent of people in Chicago shot or killed by the cops were black. Seventy-six percent of the time police used tasers, they used them on black people.

For their effort, they (group) with also announce multiple initiatives to challenge the negative culture of the Chicago Police Department, including what one of the Organizers  CEO of Violence Interrupters, Tio Hardiman calls a renewed call for the Department of Justice to investigate the Chicago Police Department.

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◾Police Reform
◾Community Violence
◾Perceptions of People of Color and others of the Legal System

WHAT:   Press Conference

WHERE:  Chicago Police Department Headquarters-3510 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60653

WHEN: Friday, April 15, 2016

WHO: Local Advocacy and Community Leadership      

Contact: Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Advisor (SCLC)

greggglreer72@gmail.com or 321 355-0598

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On the Road to the United Nations: The Andrew Joseph Story

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ON November 3, 2015_The United Nations will host a historical special  event called “Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide. ” Present including the Keynote Speaker Harry Belafonte amongst the list of invited special guest by organizers will be the family of Andrew Joseph. While the case of Joseph at this point is not widely known in American Circles the case definitely should be and will be highlighted as one of the most infamous cases of Police brutality that exist.

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The Joseph’s moved from New Orleans to Riverview in 2006, “hoping for a better life” after Hurricane Katrina. They are healthcare professionals and both of their children, Andrew and their 10-year-old daughter, were star students, they said. Andrew was an honor student at St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview and a player on the Brandon Ravens youth football team, his parents said. Andrew had just been accepted to Tampa Catholic High School. His whole name was Andrew Joseph, III he was killed at 14 years old in Tampa, FL on Feb 7, 2014.

Andrew attended a Hillsborough County School Districts event named “Student Day” at the Florida State Fairgrounds the Hillsborough County. That day chaos at the fair came during an apparent underground tradition called “wilding,” which deputies at the time said usually occurs on Student Day, when Hillsborough County students are admitted to the event for free. Law enforcement officials said most of the young people who typically participate in the melee are black and that the behavior has ties in gang membership.

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In Andrews case sheriff deputies detained (arrested) him, stripped him, photographed him and loaded him into a sheriff patty wagon, transported him, then abandoned him to a dark road, Later that night, Joseph got a call from the neighbor saying the fair had been shut down and that she couldn’t find Andrew. Tragically the family would learn that the child was abandoned by the police to a dark road facing the I-4 interstate, where he(Andrew) was killed after being stuck by an oncoming SUV. 

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This  section of Interstate-four known to locals as the “Dead Zone.” This short span of asphalt, in Seminole county, at the south end of the interstate bridge across the St. Johns River, has become known for its high number of traffic accidents. Depending on sources, there have been an estimated 1,048 to 1,740 car crashes at this location since the highway was opened in 1963 with a significant number involving fatalities. According to reports in 1995, there were 44 accidents which injured 65 motorists.

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Sadly, Andrew Joseph, III a student and resident of Hillsborough County was offered no protection, no safety and no security and the ultimate fault lies on the two sheriff deputies who released Andrew, a move that was no way near what their protocols dictate. Still no actions or reprimands for the deputies who put hands on this child have been reported in the death of child in the custodial care of the sheriff department. In Hillsborough County there has not been a whisper.

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According to a recent interview from the Tampa Bay Times- Sheriff’s office spokesman Larry McKinnon said the sheriff’s office doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.“We’ll take all the facts of their lawsuit and review them and then deal with them appropriately in the courts,” McKinnon said.

Chuck Pesano, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority, also said he could not comment on pending litigation.

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“This was a really good kid,” said Barry Cohen, the family’s attorney. “This wasn’t some thug.”  After Andrew was killed, authorities and the media painted him to look like a gang member who was committing violence at the fair, Joseph said. He said people assumed Andrew was a “throwaway kid” with irresponsible parents who didn’t care.

The real issue of this case is why was our kid illegally detained, illegally transported and abandoned without notification to anybody?” Andrew Father-Joseph explained. “Those are the real facts of this case that have not even been addressed by anybody involved.”

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On the occasion of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invites, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNESCO, the Organisation de la Francophonie (tbc), A Black Lives Matters Initiative, and Amnesty International USA, to host a special event on Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide Tuesday, 3 November 2015 UN Secretariat Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, NYC-ECOSOC Chamber 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.

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For more information on the Andrew Joseph Story go to the Andrewjosephfoundation.org or email andrewsoarsmission@yahoo.com

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For more information on the United Nations Event use the link below

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This Labor Day lets honor the American Slaves who died and suffered to build America

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Today we honor, the lost lives and the commitment of the American Slaves  who had to endured- The Middle Passage and other sea routes that took the enslaved Africans away from their homeland. Many had never seen the sea before, let alone been on a ship. They had no knowledge of where they were going or what awaited them there.slaveship

The slaves were packed below the decks of the ship for a usual six to eight weeks. The men, women, and children were usually shackled together in pairs using leg irons, or shackles. Some leg irons, along the way. People were packed so close that they could not get to the toilet buckets, and so lay in their own filth. Seasickness, heat and lack of air all contributed to the terrible smell. These conditions also encouraged disease, particularly fever and the ‘bloody flux’ or gastroenteritis. Many did not survive, and were tossed out to the cold sea, without regard to proper ceremony of life-much less treated like unwanted trash.

Though the Union victory freed the nation’s 4 million slaves, the legacy of slavery continues to influence American history, from the tumultuous years of Reconstruction (1865-77) to the civil rights movement that emerged in the 1960s, up until the movement for Black Lives that exist today. Many understand almost 200 years-after emancipation proclamation, America still has not come to grips with its’ endorsement of the Slave trade.

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When Slavery in America began-the first African slaves were brought to the North American colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619, to aid in the production of such lucrative crops as tobacco. Afterward Slavery was practiced throughout the American colonies in the 17th and 18th centuries, and African-American slaves helped build the economic foundations of the new nation. The invention of the cotton gin in 1793 solidified the central importance of slavery to the South’s economy. By the mid-19th century, America’s westward expansion, along with a growing abolition movement in the North, would provoke a great debate over slavery that would tear the nation apart in the bloody American Civil War (1861-65).
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Children slaves from Congo aboard an Arab slave ship on Indian Ocean passage – taken during the 1800s
 

While slaves in the antebellum South constituted about one-third of the southern population. Most slaves lived on large farms or small plantations; many masters owned less than 50 slaves. The majority of the workload was constituted by Slave labor. The average losses were between 10 and 20%, through sickness, suicide and even murder at the hands of the slave Masters. 10% means over 1,000,000 Africans died on board the ships, 20% represents over 2,000,000 deaths including children. The American slave trade caused 5 million deaths “or more.” … historical researchers say it’s impossible to know the overall death toll caused by slavery in America.

 So as a nation the (USA) has to apologize for slavery, and honor the commitment that African Slaves and their African American descendants have made to build the America’s, and the Caribbean.
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