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For immediate Release: Opening of Soul America International Records A New Major Independent Chicago Record Label 

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For Immediate Release: Opening of Soul America International Records at Major Independent Chicago Record Label 

Press Conference Major Independent Label Opening

Friday-February 16, 2018. 

  35th Street Studios-1658 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609 at 12:00 noon

CHICAGO, IL,  Friday February 16th, 2018: Bishop Gregg L.Greer will announce the opening of Soul America International Records, which is promised to become one of Chicago renowned record labels.  Many know Greer as a seasoned civil rights activist, and Huffington Post Contributing journalist working for several years with civil rights cases such as Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice, and also aggressively working to stop Chicago Violence at Freedom First International an organization he started in 2009.

Label History 

Prior to his more recent civil rights work Greer was an independent music executive, studio owner, and sound engineer-who was once mentored under the staple of “Legendary” Chicago Producer the late Carl Davis. For the record-Davis-In the mid-1960s, he began working for Brunswick Records, where he produced Jackie Wilson’s comeback hit, “Whispers” and the million-seller, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher“, as well as several early hits by The Chi-Lites. In 1960s Mr. Davis recorded then-Cassius Clay singing the Ben E. King hit “Stand By Me” in a New York studio with Sam Cooke coaching Clay on the vocals. He also founded the labels Dakar, home to Tyrone Davis (no relation), and Chi-Sound, whose acts included the Chi-Lites and Manchild, where the R&B singer and producer Kenneth Edmonds (aka Babyface) got his start.

In making the announcement, Greer says “Soul America International Records already has a unique spirit, cultivated by the elite group of creative record producer mavericks that he’s signing up for the label. Greer believes seasoned talent-will help  the rise of the label, they already are bringing eclectic artists they’ve worked with, and let’s not forget Produce Hits. For example one of our first acts is JuJuan Williams-who is associated with R.Kelly’s group Public Announcement, Williams will be among the first acts to be released off the label. Jujuan has written for artist on AristaBMG was well.

“I’m excited and honored about-What God is about to do in Chicago-said, Don Adam who has stepped into the Director of A&R pilot’s seat of this incredible “new record label” Adams said “I couldn’t be more excited to uphold-The legacy of Chicago Soul Music and long-term development of vital artists—a principle that has been the touchstone of my entire career as a Gospel Music Director. I look forward to suiting up as the newest member of the “top Notch” Artist Development squad at The Soul America International Records Group,-Adams also states, “we have the opportunity of a lifetime to shine the Soul America International spotlight forward to another generation of “Soul” music fans worldwide.” 

Soul America’s Hit making production team is called “Soul by Design.” The basic recording will be done at Soul America Studios on Delano Court in South Loop (Chicago), 35th Street Studios, Chicago Recording Company CRC-a location that has hosted Micheal Jackson, R.Kelly and many more recording top acts-As well as a New York Location-TBA.

Film and Documentary Work

Greer wrote and produced an award wining documentary project  Called “The Chicago Way,” which premiered at the Gene Siskel Black Harvest Film Festival in 2017- the first of many documentary and eventually feature films that Greer expects to produce.    

http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/chicago-way-blueprint-bronzeville 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7243364/

Social Responsibility Platform

Greer also wants everyone to know-the Label will have a strong social responsibility platform at the core of its mission. 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 Chicago schoolchildren are gunned down by single shooters with a high-capacity magazine, we suffer from a modern plague. I think the “Music and Movement” combination will help build a stronger anti violence message.

Label Distribution:

At Soul America-Our Distribution Network is already-Our music can be found at into iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and 150+ digital store and national partners. 

Label Areas:  

Top 40 Records,  Documentary and Film Soundtracks, Urban/R&B, Urban/R&B  Quiet, R&B: Soul, Artist Management. Production and Development. Gospel and Inspirational. 

Record Production. 

Next Project-National Auditions to develop a “Destiny Child Type Girl Group.”

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WHAT:   Press Conference-Major Independent Chicago Record Label Opening-carry the “Historical” Tradition of Chicago Soul.

WHERE:  February 16, 2018 12:00 noon at 35th Street Studios 1658 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609  (773) 254-3333

WHO: Soul America International Record Executives, Gregg L.Greer Civil Rights Activist,  

WHY:  Major Independent Label to build a message, to carry Unique tradition of Chicago Soul

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizer who want change in Chicago Violence-Stating major record label. (Entertainment News)

AREA of INTEREST:

Contact (s):  Thomas Washington-Lead Media Adviser, One World Transatlantic Global Media at thomaswashingtonowl@gmail.comsoulamericarecords@gmail.com

You may also reach Soul America International A&R Director Don Adams at 773 431-7732. He will present to host the event.

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“RESURRECTING THE SOUL OF AMERICA” 

(Soul America Records-A Division of One World  Transatlantic Global Media)

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For immediate Release:  For immediate Release: Community activist and Family will meet to voice disapproval of Recent Police Action- Urge for immediate change of CPD Police policy. (Press Briefing) 

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For immediate Release For immediate Release: Community activist and Family will meet to voice disapproval of Recent Police Action- Urge for immediate change of CPD Police policy. (Press Briefing) 

 
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 Chicago City Hall  121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602 Suite 201a 
December 27, 2017 at 10:30 am
Last week-when Chicago police raided the wrong home in South Side Chicago early last Friday morning. They (police) busted through the front door, guns drawn and demanded answers from the people inside. According to reports-the 10th district Police were executing a warrant as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation that led them to the 4th district residence. Officers said during the operation, they inadvertently breached the door of the incorrect residence. Shanae Cross, the homeowner, said she was in the bathroom when the officers broke down her down with guns drawn.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the officers moved through the bungalow, trying to handcuff a 17-year-old boy. 

Press Conference at City Hall tomorrow

The family members lead by Cross are conducting a press conference at City Hall tomorrow to ask for specific demands from the city including addressing a pending civil litigation. Attending the conference will be prominent community activist and also family members of other Chicago Police Brutality Incidents. 
To some observers such mistaken raids are not just that mistakes caused by mounting police frustration with the growing drug problem. Instead-The Cross Family and Community activist want immediate change and all agree that the time is pat due for Chicago to address it’s police brutality issues against folks in poor communities head on.The group also wants to bring light to the fact that almost a year to date-The scathing Justice Department investigation was released which showed-the Chicago Police Department is beset by widespread racial bias, excessive use of force, poor training and feckless oversight of officers accused of misconduct.
The finding issued January 2017 as the Justice Department and the city of Chicago issued “a statement of agreement” to find remedies to improve policing in the nation’s third-largest city and repair a shattered public trust.

“Sadly, our thorough investigation into the Chicago Police Department found that far too many residents of this proud city have not received that kind of policing especially when it comes to poor community’s, and communities of color.                                                                                            Freedom First International 

“CPD deeply regrets the error and the inconvenience caused on Christmas weekend,” Anthony Guglielmi, Chief Communications Officer, said in an email statement.

 

Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Chicago Political Reform and more importantly the urgent need for CPD Reform. 

Key

WHAT:  For immediate Release: Community activist meet to voice disapproval of Recent Police Action- Urge for immediate change of CPD Police policy.

WHERE:  Chicago City Hall- 121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602 Suite 201a December 27, 2017 at 10:30am 

WHO: Cross Family Members, Freedom First International, Black lives Matters Chicago, & Community Activist.

WHY: Investigations into the Chicago Police Department conduct has found that far too many residents of this proud city have not received quality policing but instead just the opposite. 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, also families want change in the wake of high disapproval ratings of Chicago Police Policy and Investigations-This group is looking to effect change on a national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.  

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

http://wgntv.com/2017/12/23/chicago-police-raid-the-wrong-home/

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes, also family and community members will provide media commentary. 

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact Miss Nina Morris at (312) 757-6617 (cell) or by email at ninamorris842@gmail.com as she will be the primary organizer.

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

For immediate Release: Community activist Leaders meet to address disapproval of Mayor Emanuel’s consideration of Zopp for Police Board. (Press Briefing)

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Andrea Zopp

 (Andrea Zopp photo Attribution: Chicago Suntimes)

Today November 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

Chicago City Hall 

121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602

Suite 201a 

 

The Committee on Public Safety plans to meet at city hall Friday to consider Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s desired appointment of Andrea Zopp to the Chicago Police Board.

The police board currently has a vacancy and has been looking to add its ninth member. For the record-members of the police board hand down verdicts in cases of serious police misconduct. Each appointment has a five year term.

The Community Activist will attend the meeting to address public concern that mostly centered around the fact feel if Emmanuel is allowed the appointment with Zopp the board-then that board would be biased due to the fact Zopp as (Deputy Mayor) has an affiliation with Mayor Emanuel that may potentially prove to be biased.    

While the city met the established guidelines of releasing information about the meeting 48 hours prior, members of the public voiced their concerns that the appointment was a rush-job and the city should slow down and consider community input.

At the meeting Friday morning, Alderman Reboyras decided to recess until Monday at 9:00am– likely due to unexpected media presence and the fact that only two other alderman showed up. Emanuel announced his intention to appoint Zopp in a Nov. 8 press release.

“We all can still agree with the fact that a well-known majority of Chicagoans don’t think the city’s cops treat all citizens fairly and believe a cover-up “code of silence” is widespread in the Police Department, helping drive a record-low approval rating for Mayor Rahm Emanuel‘s handling of crime, a Chicago Tribune poll from earlier this year has found. This board must not be copped and co-opted-with someone who may already be biased. “

                                        Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

 

 For Those who can’t be there it will be on Facebook Live Here:

https://www.facebook.com/gregggreer.greer

Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Chicago Political Reform and more importantly the 

Key

WHAT:  For immediate Release: Community activist meet to voice disapproval of Mayor Emanuel’s consideration of Zopp for Police Board.

WHERE:  Chicago City Hall- 121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602 Suite 201a 8:30am

WHO: Freedom First International, President Bishop Gregg L. Greer

WHY: An appointment with Andrea Zopp (Deputy Mayor) the board would potentially be biased due to that Zopp affiliation with City Hall and the Mayor

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations who want change in the wake of high disapproval ratings of Chicago Police Investigations-This group is looking to effect change on a national level.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.  

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

https://chicagojustice.org/2017/11/17/rushed-meeting-to-appoint-andrea-zopp-to-chicago-police-board-pushed-until-monday/

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes, Bishop Greer and other activist members will provide media commentary before and after. 

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

You may contact Our President Bishop Gregg L.Greer at (404) 992-8954 (cell) as he will be on the ground. 

 

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For Immediate Release: Social Justice Organizers-Protest (DCFS) call for immediate attention and investigation by Officials and immediate DCFS overhaul

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For Immediate Release: Social Justice Organizers-Protest Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) call for immediate attention and investigation by Officials and immediate DCFS overhaul 

 

PDCFS

Press Briefing and Protest Rally

Friday, JULY 14, 2017  at  11 am

 DCFS OFFICES-1921 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Introduction

The questions are timely, as DCFS reels from disclosures that it has systematically failed to protect children. For example, a recent Chicago Tribune investigation put the spotlight on three Cook County cases in which children died of beatings or starvation shortly after DCFS closed investigations into mistreatment in their homes, and the tragic case of Semaj Crosby, who was found dead in April in Joliet Township after the agency had closed four neglect investigations.

We (organizers) agree with the recent reports DCFS had creating “a toxic work environment in which it is foreseeable that some investigators did take dangerous shortcuts that can lead to lethal errors.” More importantly, these problems continue to this very day.

Opposition

The organizers plan to cover the following primary issues:

(DCFS)

  • DCFS Investigators were being pressured to close Child abuse cases even when they had failed to perform basic tasks like contacting police or doctors. In order for true reform to occur-the department must look into past issues and advise the public.

(George Sheldon)

  •  Under George Sheldon’s watch Investigators were being pressured to close abuse cases even when they had failed to perform basic tasks like contacting police or doctors.
  • We(group) is also calling for, a detailed ethics probe up to prosecution if Sheldon’s actions lead to contracts with individuals who had ties to Sheldon.

(Child Abuse Policy Cases)

  • Under Illinois law, most records of unfounded child abuse or neglect cases are expunged within a year. That’s a dangerous standard that must change.
  • To save lives we are seeking a monthly public informative that DCFS reports to parental enhance and inform about rights and DCFS policies. We have spoken to numerous parents who have suffered at the hands of DCFS, resulting in the loss of their rights. Must have more public discourse.

Press Statement

This group of national Community organizers has been working diligently to address and combat official corruption, miscarriages of justice and Police Brutality in Chicago.

We must review the past issues specifically from the past two years at DCFS. For example according to a recent article from the Chicago Tribune with stated, “George Sheldon was adroit at tapping federal funds and brought tens of millions of new dollars into Illinois by clearing away bureaucratic tangles. But his tenure was clouded by an ongoing ethics probe into contracts that benefited some of his Florida associates, as well as several high-profile child fatalities that highlighted investigative shortfalls in the troubled agency.” We (organizers) believe- We do understand that the Governor of Illinois recently put a brand new head in charge of the DCFS These more recent issues must be addressed, and the public must be informed!

Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

 

 

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for DCFS overhaul.

Key

WHAT:  Social Justice Organizers-Protest Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) call for immediate attention by Officials and immediate DCFS overhaul 

WHERE:  DCFS OFFICES (outside)-1921 S Indiana Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, July 14. 2017at 11:00 am

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, and others.

WHY:   Social Justice Organizers-Protest Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) call for immediate attention by Officials and immediate DCFS overhaul due to widespread abuses. We must correct past issues.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Department of Children and Family Services Policy. This group is looking to effect change on a state level and bring attention to the epic failure of the Department of Children and Family Services.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Public Policy with Children’s rights both locally and statewide.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident: 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-sheldon-resigns-met-20170531-story.html

http://www.theherald-news.com/2017/06/30/letter-follow-up-questions-with-new-dcfs-director/avev40l/

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-dcfs-hearing-met-20170523-story.html

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

 


Contact (s):    

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

For immediate Release: Social Justice Organizers rally at Chicago City Hall (Mayors Office) on Malcolm X Day to call out Political Corruption and Police Brutality!

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Press Briefing

Friday, May 19, 2017at noon

 Chicago City Hall-121 N LaSalle Dr. Chicago, IL 60602 (second floor, press area)

Introduction

Chicago City Hall, The Windy City has kept its crown as the most corrupt major city in the country over the last 40 years. Since the U.S. Department of Justice began to collect data in 1976, Chicago’s Northern District of Illinois, which includes Chicago, Cook County, and 17 other counties, has had 1,642 convictions, according to Simpson. That compares with 1,316 in LA and 1,260 in the New York district, which includes Manhattan, the Bronx, and six other counties.

Opposition

The organizers plan to cover the following primary issues: 

(City Hall)

  • 29 alderman have been convicted of crimes related to his or her official duties since 1972. Local Politicians act outside of public concerns this is a serious problem.

(Rahm Emanuel)

  • Mayor Emanuel was the topic of several Chicago new reports in 2012, following claims by the Chicago Teachers Union that the mayor had been withholding resources from Chicago Public Schools. 
  • Mayor Emanuel also received flak for his decision to leave Chicago amidst plans of a Chicago-wide teachers’ strike in order to speak at the Democratic National Convention.
  • Rahm Emanuel has said, he didn’t understand the gravity of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death at the hands of a Chicago police officer until just before the city settled with the teen’s family last spring, and that he wasn’t aware other officers may have falsified reports about the shooting until just after the video was released to the public. Most of the public believes Emanuel is responsible for the cover-up and delay of this investigation.

(Chicago Police)

  • The police force wants to usher a signal to the public that CPD regards the use of lethal assault weapons as an acceptable solution to problems so the public as the same right. That’s a dangerous standard!
  • CPD Uses Deadly Force in Violation of the Fourth Amendment and Department ….. point—igniting longstanding concerns about CPD officers’ use of force, and the City’s systems.

Press Statement

This group of national Community organizers have been working diligently to address and combat Political corruption and Police Brutality in Chicago. This day like Malcolm historically advised African-Americans to judiciously exercise their right to vote, but on this symbolic day, we (organizers) will caution that if the local government continues to prevent African Americans and poor community from attaining full rights-Then, they will sanction leadership and call out those leaders who act outside of public interest more aggressively. 

Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Police Reform.

Key

WHAT:  For immediate Release: Social Justice Organizers rally at Chicago City Hall (Mayors Office) on Malcolm X Day to call out Political Corruption and Police Brutality 

WHERE:  Chicago City Hall Room 2nd Floor -121 N LaSalle Dr. Chicago, IL 60602 

               Tuesday, May 19. 2017at 12:00 noon

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Freedom Foundation for Global Justice, and others.  

WHY:   Social Justice Organizers rally at Chicago City Hall (Mayors Office) to call out Political Corruption on Malcolm X Day

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Police Policy. This group is looking to effect change on a national level.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police and Public Policy in locally and nationally.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident: n/a

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

 
Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser 

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

 

Social Justice Organizers “Cry Out” in strong opposition against CHICAGO ALDERMAN’S CALL FOR POLICE ACCESS TO HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS

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Social Justice Organizers “Cry Out” in strong opposition against

CHICAGO ALDERMAN’S CALL FOR POLICE ACCESS TO HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS

Press Briefing 


Monday, May 8. 2017at 12:00 Noon at 

Alderman Edward M. Burke-14th Ward Office: 

2650 W. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60632

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The police force is sworn to protect and defend citizens – in their view, it is, in fact, their duty to risk their lives to rescue children and others (and so they deserve our respect). But unless martial law is declared, where the civilian government admits it has lost control, any death at the hands of a police officer is at best an accident to be thoroughly investigated and at worst, murder to be treated as such. In a democratic society, police are not outside the law, they are citizens sworn to uphold the law, Police are not a military occupying force. As such, their use of weapons of lethal force is a bad statement for the community because it will usher a signal to the public that CPD regards the use of lethal force as an acceptable solution to problems so the public as the same right. That’s a dangerous standard!

For the record, a long gun is generally designed to be fired braced against the shoulder, in contrast to a handgun, but may include mounted firearms while in artillery a long gun would be contrasted with a howitzer.

The New Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said he wants more officers to be trained on how to use rifles and for the weapons to be available on the beat.

“I’m not looking for one in every car. I am looking for officers who are qualified to carry them to have them as another tool to address crime in our city, Graham said. “

“The police department has to begin thinking outside the box and get these officers certified so we can carry these weapons,” Alderman Ed Burke (14th Ward) said.

The questions we must ask ourselves. We could ask-Why would any police need an assault rifle and what communities would these weapons go into? The statement below is from one of the organizers of the Press Conference:

Chicago Police armed with “assault rifles,” horries our Black Communities.  CPD seeks to be judge, jury, and executioner with assault rifles. Given the recent DOJ Report which concluded a ‘Pattern of racial discrimination’ that has resulted in black and brown people being murdered with impunity and as of right now-no local consent decree is in place.’ To suggest that the CPD is on board with this is the height of irresponsibility, as CPD has already failed to respectfully engage the black community.         Eric Russell, President of Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois

Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Police Reform.

Key

WHAT:  For immediate Release: Social Justice Organizers call out against “CHICAGO ALDERMEN CALL FOR POLICE ACCESS TO HIGH-POWERED WEAPONS”

WHERE:  Alderman Edward M. Burke  14th Ward Office: 2650 W. 51st Street Chicago, IL 60632. 5/8/17 @ 12:00 NOON (Outside)

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois, Campaign to End the Death Penalty and others.  

WHY:  Out Cry,” against aldermen who believe more police need training and access to high-powered assault weapons

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Police Policy. This group is looking to effect change on a national level.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/aldermen-call-for-cpd-access-to-high-powered-weapons-after-2-officers-shot/1952269/

https://newsone.com/3710402/chicago-lawmakers-want-police-armed-with-more-powerful-weapons/

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser 

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com

For immediate Release: Press Conference Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and answers in the death of Shawn Brider-Today at 5:30pm

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Today  April 12, 2017 -at 5:30 pm at Chicago Police Station 3rd District 7040 S. Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

 

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A group of civil rights activist and Family members said, Shawn Brider should have never been arrested Sunday night after falling asleep in a parked car with a child inside. At about 4:30 a.m., they were told Brider had died in custody at the 3rd District.

The man was found dead in the lockup area of a Chicago police station Monday morning in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. Police reports said the man was found unresponsive at about 12:15 a.m. in the 3rd District Police Station lockup in the 7400-block of South Cottage Grove Avenue. As the day went on, the department’s spokesman said it appears the man may have had a cardiac arrest. Reports show about 4:30 a.m.,they were told Brider had died in custody at the 3rd District

Activist, strongly feel that Brider never should have been arrested on Sunday night for just merely falling asleep in a parked car even with a small child inside.  Activist and Briders family are questioning why Brider was taken into custody in the first place.
“He was just waiting for his girlfriend to come downstairs and he nodded off because he had been driving. They arrested him for that,” Kewonda Brider said.

“The Black Community in Poor Chicago are systematically being worn down and worn out by the constant microaggressions, When a suspect is arrested for merely sleeping in a car, we would have to ask the question where is the accountability? Did Brider have to be arrested and taken to the district or could he have been ticked?-The evidence is super compelling: The Chicago Police Department is in urgent need of reform. While the problems are clear, the path to solutions is filled with controversy. Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing widespead abuse and issues-that could be rountinely avoidible.”What needs to happen is the time has now come for a frank and insightful discussion of what it will take to achieve true police reform in Chicago.  We will now push harder for the city to reform it’s policing policy. 

Pastor Gregg L.Greer-Freedom First International, SCLC Chicago 

Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has done an autopsy, but the results are pending more test results. Police are conducting a death investigation, and no further information was immediately available.

 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Chicago Police Reform.

Key

WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action requesting the CPD Officials to Stop forced immigrations. 

WHERE:  Chicago Police Station 3rd District 7040 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, IL 60637 on  4/12/17 at 5:30pm


WHO:
 Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters, and others.  

WHY: Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by DOJ federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing wide-spread abuse and issues that could be routinely avoidable.” A change is needed CPD!

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Mayor and Chicago Police Policy. This group is 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in Chicago, IL and nationally.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-found-dead-inside-cpd-lockup-in-grand-crossing/1855234/

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/04/11/media-statement-the-questionable-death-of-shawn-brider-chicago-man-who-died-in-custody/

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Gregg L. Greer, 404 992-8954 gregggreer72@gmail.com