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Lessons from the Heart: A Ring Box Christian.

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(Lessons from the Heart: A Ring Box Christian-Part 1 of a 15 part series)

Marriage is an institution that solidifies the symbol of a union between a man and woman, it starts when a person gives an engagement ring which is a precious piece of jewelry-and we might add that it can be passed down through generations — if you take proper care of it.

Of course, most people will never open their ring box and expect something ugly inside, but if there were ever a circumstance where a young man got on one knee and pulled out the ring box to give it to a young lady and she responded by saying, what a “beautiful box, it’s what I’ve always wanted, throw away what’s inside, I’m the happiest women on earth.” Then most people would probably say, this is a comedy skit of some type.

In reality, the ring on the inside is always the main attraction of the moment, the box solely exist to make the ring look good-Mostly you would see features like black or white satin or velvet aligning the box to make the ring stand out and shine.

But if we are to follow the Apostle Paul-who uses jars of Clay to make the same reference in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31- Paul simply declares, that we are ordinary people -in ordinary packages not ornate glass vases. Paul then urges us to not live in a way that draws attention to ourselves-instead we seek to showcase the brilliance and beauty of the spiritual being inside of us. In an age in which we see preachers wear diamond watches, ask for “new” jets planes-to replace the older model that works perfectly fine, arrive in a motorcade of limousines and highlight the reaching influence in their community of the national ministries. 

The Prophets of Biblical age probably wouldn’t have been impressed by the new age “money earning” preachers in our modern time. They (Prophets) by all historical doctrine were humble men of humble beginnings. If we are to be “true,” people of faith, acknowledge that humility is vital to discipleship, which requires that we love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). All that is inside of us. 

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That means the truly “ring box,” outside will never replace the shining diamond on the inside of you, as Paul would suggest-we simply have to understand, the diamond treasure inside of you shines brightest, only when you polish your soul. Inside of you is the brightest, biggest diamond that man has ever seen. So forget about the wonderful outside, work on the diamond inside of you. glg

 

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For Immediate Release: Press Conference-Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality

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Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality
(Press Conference at CPD Headquarters 3510 S. Michigan Chicago)

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Chicago, IL

A Press Conference is scheduled in Chicago on Friday 8-5-16 at CPD Headquarters Station on 3510 South Michigan in Chicago at 8:00 am. Expect announcements. Members of The Midwest Coalition for Social Justice and Peace Freedom First International, including The Violence Interrupters, and Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Chicago and others.

Locally: The group also plans to address opinions concerning the most recent the Police Brutality Case=where community outrage is currently growing after Chicago police shot an 18-year-old man, Paul O’Neal, as he was in a car that drove away from a traffic stop. The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office has determined that O’Neal was shot in the back. Also for local Mention will be the growing community violence statistics. As well as ongoing issues with CPD reform. We also plan to touch base on the local effort to fight against the recently proposed Chicago Blue Lives Matters Ordinance.

Nationally: In Chicago, Atlanta and Texas and a growing list other cities_on Saturday August 6, 2016 staring 12:00 Noon-people in various communities will find a Department of Justice or a police station or other option. To issue a National Day of Action where (organizations) are saying the Justice Department has to admit that it’s experiment in refusal to prosecute the “Bad Cops’” who have killed innocent civilians is leading to a National crisis. The Department of Justice better known as the D.O.J has failed. In the Aftermath-The results equal the death of accountability, of justice, and of deterrence. The result is a wave of crime against civilians in which these murderers continue to harm the public and further inaction from the D.O.J will only increase these crimes.

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Many believe, The U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and the courts cannot continue to ignore the fact that we (community) need policy emphasizing efforts to prosecute bad cops and the refusal is causing a national epidemic. So on August 6, 2016 from 11:00 am until (most locations will do a moment of silence) – coalition members and the public will take matters into our own hands. We move! We Break Every Chain! Police Brutality, Department of Justice, Political and any source of oppression to our people.

Members included are: Freedom First International, The Violence Interrupters, and members of Southern Christian Leadership Conference as well as multiple organizations and groups abroad will be present to stand up and insist on changing the landscape of our civil rights around our country-How it works is simple- On August 6-7, Find a D.O.J Office, meeting place, and a Police Station in your area and stand in solidarity!

Chicago: Break Every Chain Location: TBA-To be announced at Press Conference

Atlanta: Break Every Chain Location: Rev. Lionel Gantt (Atlanta)

U. S. Department of Justice–Atlanta Office –104 Marietta Street — Atlanta, GA Saturday, August 6 at 12 PM – 3 PM in EDT

Rev. Lionel Gantt of the SCLC Stop the Violence and Incarceration campaign will speak on “Justice or Just Us”. For all who wish to speak at the press conference on behalf of your Peace, Justice, etc. group, please Contact Rev. Gantt: https://www.facebook.com/ganttlionelpastor. This is a 100% Peacebuilding and Non-violence public event.

to share this event, please visit:https://www.facebook.com/events/518339691702061/.

Texas: Break Every Chain Location: Reverend Kyev Tatum (Fort Worth)

Knights of Columbus 2625 S. Cooper St. Arlington TX 76015-Justice for Christian Taylor

“From 2009 to 2015, 6 Black Men Killed by Law Enforcement In 6 Years And All 6 Were Unarmed,” says Reverend Kyev Tatum, White House Ally for the My Brother’s Keeper Community Challenge:https://northtexan.unt.edu/content/my-brothers-keeper

Michael Jacobs, Kelvin Goldston, Christian Taylor, Charal Thomas, Jermaine Dardin and Jonathan Paul are the six African American men named in a Federal complaint.

According to Reverend Kyev Tatum, “This is the worst case of gross law enforcement negligence I’ve worked on in over three decades
The ongoing protests in communities around the country have ignited a national conversation about the persistent and widespread pattern of racially discriminatory treatment by police across the United States, including unjustified stops and searches, ill treatment and excessive, and sometimes lethal, use of force.

According to an ongoing petition from Amnesty International:

The U.S. government must do more to ensure policing practices nationwide are brought into line with international human rights standards, including the use of lethal force, and to address systemic racial discrimination. The Department of Justice has failed to collect accurate, comprehensive national data on police use of force, including the numbers of people killed or injured through police shootings or other types of force.
Again-Thus far locations to be announced include Chicago, Atlanta, Texas_Thus far.

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Community Social Justice on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad

Change Perceptions of People of Color and others Due to unfair Community Policing Policies

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Break Every Chain, Blue Lives Matters Ordinance, Police Brutality

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

WHEN: Press Conference Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8:00 am

WHO: Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer-President of the Freedom First International (SCLC), Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman-President of Violence Interrupters, and others.

WHY: “Negative Violence is an issue that needs change.”

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights activist groups standing against the Bad Police Policy, both locally and nationally.

AREA of INTEREST: Civil Rights / Human Rights / City Policy /Criminal Justice Law / Social Justice

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

Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality
(Press Conference at CPD Headquarters 3510 S. Michigan Chicago)

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.  

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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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Immediate Release: Press Conference outside of Chicago C.P.D HEADQUARTERS

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Immediate Release: Press Conference outside of Chicago C.P.D HEADQUARTERS 
(D.O.J has failed American Communities)
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On This coming Friday July  8, 2016 at 11:30 am-Violence Interpreters,  Freedom First International, Midwest Coalition for Social Justice along with other community activist (groups) and organizers will conduct a Press Conference outside of the CPD Headquarters Chicago, IL  to make several special announcements for the local (south side) Chicago community to continue to join together and apply community support to address National Police Brutality Murders of Alton Sterling,  ‪Philando Castile‬,  Gun Violence,  and the dismal failure of Chicago Police to stop it’s growing homicide level. We also want to discuss the growing level of frustration between police and the community-that results in problem that we have seen in Dallas, which tragically has resulted in additional loss of lives-this time from police.

The Department of Justice’s failure to help prosecute police who kill innocent civilians aka (Domestic Terrorists) with American blood on their hands in the same manner as those that harm Americans overseas. Labeling as police Domestic Terrorist can play a large role in creating additional resources perhaps from Office of Justice for Victims of Terrorism which may require the D.O.J to create an office to assist U.S. victims of Domestic Terrorists and pressure the D.O.J to prosecute these terrorists

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, not political grandstanding.

We would like to discuss the Chicago Homicide Statics which is a twenty year high.

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 309
Shot & Wounded: 1761
Total Shot: 2070
Total Homicides: 344

Participating Organizations:  Northwest Indiana Federation of Interfaith Organizations, BLACK LIVES MATTER, FREEDOM FIRST INTERNATIONAL VIOLENCE INTERRUPTERS, S.C.L.C Chicago  and more.

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Case- Demand Justice , ect

National Call to Action

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

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

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Police Brutality  and  

WHERE: Chicago Police Headquarters  -3510 South Michigan Chicago, IL  60653

WHEN: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 11:30am

WHO: Multiple Local Advocacy and Community Activist Leadership

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

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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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Many believe James Meeks is a traitor to his community-A complete Sellout! Hmmm

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James T. Meeks is African American and a former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, who represented the 15th district from 2003 to 2013. He is also an active Baptist minister in Chicago and former chair of the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus.
Many feel James Meeks is a traitor to his community- again, many agree James Meeks is a traitor to his community. First strike against Meeks came when he took a lot of heat for backing Governor Bruce Rauner who was elected in 2015. Meeks went against the interest of the poor, black and minority community to accept a position of influence in this “Elitists” Republican administration. Rauner’s net worth is estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars

Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner then named former State Sen. James Meeks chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education, as the Republican’s new cabinet and staff began in January of 2015.

Understandably Meeks, had been made aware that as a Chicago Democrat, his endorsement of a “Rightwing,” Neocon,” Republican in Rauner caused a stir. Due to the fact that since taking office the Governors agenda has been damaging, selfish, and wholely outside of the interest of the mainstream public.  Gov. Bruce Rauner and his team including Meeks suspended $26 million 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 hell!- for seniors, the poor and inner city citizens.

The last straw was this past week-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 shows he has no to little regard for the struggles of working and lower-income inner city Illinoisans.

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 When you look objectively at the status of Chicago Public Schools many of them are inadequate. Many of them are woeful and some are just tragic. Many of them are basically just crumbling prisons.” Bruce Rauner

In the meantime Rev. James T. Meeks, has been disturbingly non vocal about this issue. In fact far beyond the  disrespectful verbiage of his boss-Our good fellow- Meeks has not said a word in defense of helpless young poor black children as Chicago Public Schools have struggled thoughout community. Not a word!

According a 2013 article from the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance,

Rev. Meeks has made his contempt and disgust of many communities very clear.  He has said publicly that LGBT people are “not natural” that we’re “an evil sickness”, and supports a deadly anti-choice stance. Meeks also believes in the exclusion of Latinos, and Asians as minorities, and that women of all races should not be considered a minority community because they “are not people who have been discriminated against.”

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I along with many believe James Meeks is standing on the wrong side of the fence and on the wrong side of history! We must begin to call out our communities provocateurs. Maybe it’s time someone had a “COME TO JESUS TALK.”  or a “COME BACK HOME TALK, or even A COME TO YOUR SENSES TALK!

PEACE AND LOVE! “G”

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DANGER: Are you a Revolutionary, an Ignorant Fascist or just a plain ole Fool!

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I’ve spent the past year back in Chicago, and the past ten years around the country working toward positive civil rights campaigns. As a leader I’ve directly participated in a few of the major modern historical civil rights campaigns across the country. Examples being Tamir Rice, as Advocacy leader, The George Stinney Jr. Case as an Advocacy Leader. I have fought against Stand Your ground in Florida,  as the leader I’ve  organized multiple Police Brutality campaigns in Chicago and around the nation. I never liken myself to be a revolutionary-because I know the commitment and force needed to take on such a title, but subjectively I possibly could use this title. Hmmm!
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Recent 2016 Black and White Picture of me and other’s protesting the Chicago P.D.
In any case-at this point I believe I am qualified to address the issue of those who subjectively claim that they are revolutionaries because they seem to lead the youth and others that they represent into a downward spiral of false idealism’s, rising tempers, growing arrogance and misplaced self-confidence. This “toxic,” combination becomes so dangerous that they lead some to arrest (jail) or even those who lose their lives, unnecessarily in every instance.
Let’s look at the historical work of at least One “True,” Revolutionary to see what they would say about this subject.
A True Revolutionary: Do not enjoy the Comforts of unjust system that they don’t believe in: 
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Two new books open a window on “Che” Guevara (above) and his quixotic quest to remake the world and on his comrades who, like him, were, as he wrote, “willing to forgo every comfort to fight for another country” and to follow him into the worst abysses, from Zaire to Bolivia. 
  
Unrealistic Wannabe’s: Complain, Complain, and Complain but still live in comfort-Still go to school, still use the churches and courts, and will call the police in a hot “New York” minute. Yet and still they claim to be anti police or a police abolitionist. Hmmmmm!
Any true revolution is considered an event which has a major impact on changing the political, economic or social structure of society – usually in a short space of time. A revolution may be violent or peaceful in order to achieve its aims. The aims of revolutions are usually tied to an ideology, e.g. Communism, liberalism or related to national independence.
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Unrealistic Wannabe’s: If your idea of revolution is to pick up a sign and simply protest on a downtown street about government or an “alleged,” mistreatment but you always stand behind someone else’s movement or action- then please ask yourself is the trend setting movement worthy of your time or anyone else’s for that matter.
Mostly importantly fighting-for human rights is a high level challenge-you should know that most fanatics psychologically are unable to “back down, and admit defeat, ” They may cause you more harm them good. Those who don’t strategize or who have no true method to their cause, should at best consider just calling themselves activist or maybe a cult in truth. Whatever you decide, please really think about, who you are and your reason for participating.
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WE MUST LEARN FROM HISTORY-there is a fine line between revolutionary thinker or Fascists, and a fool!
During the 2nd World War, the Nazis’ used revolutionary and nationalistic propaganda to win over most German Nationals-But soon thereafter anti-Jewish campaigns increased in scale and ferocity. In the invasion and occupation of Poland, German troops shot thousands of Polish Jews, confined many to ghettos where they starved to death and began sending others to death camps in various parts of Poland, where they were either killed immediately or forced into slave labor. In 1941, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Nazi death squads machine-gunned tens of thousands of Jews in the western regions of Soviet Russia. Unfortunately many of the Natural Germans who fell into the evil flow of Nazis Party and promoted German nationalism and anti-Semitism-paid highly for their critical misstep, when Nazis Party felled-even to the extent that Germany has changed forever to date. 
As it is said genuine revolutionaries, whether they fail or succeed, often win the hearts of the world’s romantic and idealistic, especially the young, who admire in them their passionate rejection of an unjust economic and social order which they insist causes so much hopelessness and needless death. Ernesto “Che” Guevara, “probably the most genuine revolutionary leader,” as even Henry Kissinger admitted in his memoirs, inspired such admiration–admiration that can be seen still in the banners and T-shirts worn by a younger generation seeking to protest “globalization.”
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Question: Are you willing to die for it?

In the end that Latin America is still, as Guevara complained, “torn asunder by hunger, poverty, disease, injustice and hatred. In this sense, Guevara’s awesome offering may be found in the lessons of his short life.
For my part I have to say, “unless you are willing to live your life, give your life and everything else to fight for cause-don’t tell me you are a revolutionary, and stop leading the youth and others astray because then you become an enemy: Word to the wise!     
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