Urban Christian Leadership
For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant activist to rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations
For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant Activist rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations
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!
Recent initiatives to address
Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about The Trumps immigration policy
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.
Lead Activist-Media Advisers
For immediate Release: Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil) Press Conference and Prayer Vigil
For immediate Release: Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil)
Press Conference and Prayer Vigil
Sunday-March 19, 2017 62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)
Chicago, IL. at 11:00 am
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!
Recent initiatives to address
Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence
WHAT: Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil)Press Conference and Prayer Vigil
WHERE: March 19, 2017 11:00 a.m at 62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)
62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)
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
For Immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership to hold Press Conference/ Are preparing Legal Battle against Mayor Rahm Emanuel for misuse of funds
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 )
***** Media Advisory *****
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!
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
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
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.
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?
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
For Immediate Release: Community Activist Fight to Stop Governor from hosting event at A Historical Black Museum
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
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