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Honoring Your Call to Stay Committed To Serve God

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As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:0

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In past reflections, we have considered the fact that if you have a calling, then you also have a caller, or, better yet, a divine Caller. Understand, that the Creator of the universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords has called you to belong to him and to join him in his creative, restorative work in the world.  It is exactly with this thought that anyone who has aspirations to be in service to God must proceed with understanding the desire for Godly truth.

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Does Your Desire of his Truth Penetrate Your Mind and Heart  

Have you allowed the wonder of this truth to penetrate your mind and heart? Do you feel honored by the fact that God wants you and has called you?

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We all must understand that God’s purpose for Christians is that we might bring honor to His holy name as we enjoy our relationship with Him for all eternity. Since the nature of fallen humanity is such that our primary motivation is to honor ourselves and not God, a work of God’s grace is required to change motives, beliefs, and actions.

So Honoring God means humbling ourselves and taking to heart God’s person and purposes. The question that we all must ask is how much God’s will weighs heavily upon our thoughts and lives. Our teaching about God and His purposes and our treatment of the people to whom He sends us will either honor or dishonor God.

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Honoring the God Who Is!

In order to please God, one “must believe that He is” (Heb. 11:6). The existence of the eternal God is asserted throughout the Bible, beginning with Genesis 1:1. Those who refuse to honor God even in the face of the clear evidence for His existence abide under the wrath of God (Rom. 1:18,19).

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God’s attributes can be divided into those that uniquely belong to God and cannot be “communicated” to His creatures and those that can be found in some form in humans. These categories are communicable and incommunicable attributes. To fully honor God, we must be careful to know, acknowledge, and teach the attributes of God that are revealed in Scripture.

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Has God Shown Me My Gifts? (Affirmation)

After sensing a desire for pastoral ministry, we need to ask a more objective question about our gifting. Have I seen evidence, however small, of fruitfulness in serving others through biblical teaching and counsel? And, even more important than my own self-assessment, do others confirm my giftings for pastoral ministry?

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According to Bishop Don Adams of Building God’s Kingdom International Network. “Remember Election is important many people have a calling on their lives but it has to start with truth. An old saying that many people use to this day is “They weren’t sent they just went.” In my opinion-one way that a person will know that you are called is if they from “run from it.” ” Those that are not called “run to it.” Meaning they are too eager to hold a position. 
“We don’t get excited over titles nor do we get excited over positions.”  A calling on your life is like when you take you first steps as a baby-one step at a time.
Regardless of the outcome when you are eager to learn-you are more acceptive to learn how to walk, then your status of learning is beyond what the next person would expect, but even then-we must realize that with any calling one must know that everyone is not called to lead.”    

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Perhaps you have had an experience like this in your life. But, whether you’ve been literally called by someone important to do something important or not, you have been called by the most important being in the Universe—namely, God—to do the most important thing a human being can do—is to participate in God’s creative and redemptive work-This is true.
In Order to help those who have been called we would ask that everyone practice these simple supplications daily.

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13 Questions of Supplication
  • Have I Repented for Past Indiscretion.
  • Am I walking in Unquestioned Obedience to God’s Will.
  • I’m I passionately Seeking After God
  • Do I really Love God
  • Do I have an Intense Love for God’s Word
  • Do I have the passion to win the Lost
  • Do I spend Time in Prayer Daily
  • Do I have a Longing to Please my Heavenly Father
  • Have I separated myself from the World
  • Do I Diligently Study God’s Word
  • Do I attend Church Regularly Did I stay in prayer, or Do I Live the Life
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A Divine Calling is First Birthed Out of Conviction

In closing-A divine calling is first birthed out of conviction. God miraculously does a work—either immediately or progressively—on a person’s heart, and that work propels the person into action. Many refer to Paul’s Damascus road experience as the immediate heart-change of God.

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Certainly, this is where the Holy Spirit entered Paul’s heart. However, the Father had been progressively and relentlessly pursuing Paul long before then. Paul’s heart had always belonged to God; his vision was just a little distorted  Through alignment and anointing, God sets us on track to pursue the vision and purpose he has for each of our lives.

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Our acceptance of that calling means that we say yes to God and fearlessly abandon anything that does not work toward his ends shield-of-faith-clipart-1

 

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This is the Fourth Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: Also coming is a book of the series will be released in August of 2019

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gregg_greer_1379829951_87Bishop Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal and Faith and Leadership Journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO.  Pastor of Faith Journey International Ministries. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post,CNNApolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019Listen to Greers radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com
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Bishop Don Adams is a Senior Pastor-He is also a Contributing Writer to the Faith and Leadership Journal. Bishop Adams is the Founder, & General Overseer at Building God’s Kingdom International Ministries. His is the Founder Pastor of Changing Minds Ministries. Also the Senior Pastor at Loev of Christ Missionary Baptist Church based out of Chicago, IL Bishop Adams uses many resources and tools at

Bishop Don Adamshis beckoning including-Praise and Worship as well as Expository Preaching.

Bishop Adams can be heard on the Radio Show Building Gods Kingdom where he host with Dr. Mustafa Williams.
If you are interested in interviews from him, you can email:  bishopdonadams@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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 

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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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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

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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: 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. 

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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!

Additional Reference: 

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

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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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.”
                                                                                                                                                                           
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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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