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A Faith Commentary: If God Gave you five minutes to Live by!

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If God gave you five minutes to live by, what would you do in those last moments. Would you try to fulfill any dream that you have always wanted to complete?
Would you spend that time saying goodbye, to your family members? Or would you spend that time traveling finding the worldly exotic pleasures-that made you happy in life? After all was said and done would you wait until the last minute to “get it right with God.” 
 
The Christian Faith dictates, that followers should not wait until the end of their lives to obey, honor, and empower your faith. One reason why we all must react is because no one knows the appointed time the end will come. Much like the corporate manager who puts the junior manager in charge of the office while he is away. As people of faith we must plan for this very important moment at the end of our lives by taking charge of our lives until our leader(God) returns. Tragically, most people don’t prepare for the moment when death catches up to them but God ask us to proceed with eternity in mind.
 
Stories of those who have had a deathbed conversation, show that if you look mostly at elderly people, you will find that they always tend to take the end of days more seriously and are better prepared. In truth none of us know when were going to die, perhaps we’ll live until old age or maybe you’ll die in a tragic car accident tomorrow. (Hope not!)
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If you haven’t done so, make your life right with God Today-Tell him that you are sorry for all sin. Then make every effort to obey him. Regardless of the circumstances. When it’s over all that really matters is what you’ve done.

Key Question: What immediate steps can you take to incorporate these changes right now into your life.

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For Immediate Release: Community Leadership to hold Press Conference outside of the University of Chicago to Call Chicago Violence a Public Health Epidemic (Crisis)

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For those who live in Chicagoland and surrounding communities-official efforts to change the underlying conditions that contribute to violence—in homes, schools, and neighborhoods have largely failed as we now reach and surpass historical levels of homicides.  There is a strong and growing base, grounded in research and experiential evidence (practitioner and community wisdom) that supports this fact. A group of community leaders and activist will hold a press conference tomorrow at the University of Chicago because they believe  that violence is preventable, not inevitable- if the correct tools and resources are in place. More specifically, The community knows what it takes to prevent violence.

Coming off of a violent Memorial Day weekend, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson did strike a similar theme in a speech to the City Club of Chicago, bemoaning the senselessness of all the shootings, the department’s fractured relationship with the community and the broken judicial system that is too much a revolving door for the most dangerous criminals. Johnson also lamented a gang culture that sinks its hooks into youngsters in Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods “almost at birth,” he said.”So by the time they’re 12, their destiny is set,” he told a few hundred civic leaders. “It’s either prison or death.”

Recognizing violence as a crucial prevention issue for health and equity,  an organization comprised of activist, community organizers, and leaders-all who already have made a major commitment to helping city devise comprehensive plans and strategies for reducing and preventing violence are calling for their effort to categorize Violence as a Public health epidemic will catalyze national momentum. They intend to launch their efforts by asking for support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The University of Chicago, and other major public institutions. Leading Social Justice organizations involved are Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, along with a growing list others. In addition the group will announce further efforts to organize around this effort, as well as a online public petition.

 

Additional Reference:

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent – Demand Justice, Request Institutions and Think Tanks 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.

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WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Official Effort to Prevent Community Violence

WHERE: Department of Psychology (outside) • University of Chicago 5848 S. University Avenue • Chicago, IL 60637

WHEN: Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:30am

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman and others

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Right Organizers

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety

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

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What do Blacks and Hispanics have to Loose? May we present- The housing discrimination case against minorities by The Trumps.United States of America v. Fred C. Trump, Donald Trump and Trump Management, Inc.

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NEW YORK  On July in 1972- when a black woman “undercover,” asked to rent an apartment in a Brooklyn complex managed by Donald Trump’s real estate company, she said she was told that nothing was available. A few days afterward a white woman “undercover,” who made the same request was invited to choose between two available apartments. At the time civil rights organizations such as the Urban League began to send testers to Trump properties.

In October 1973, the Justice Department filed a Federal civil rights case that accused the Trump firm, whose complexes contained 14,000 apartments, of violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968. A lawsuit came after a government sting where the U.S. government-sanctioned investigations at properties across Brooklyn and Queens which determined whether Trump Management Inc. discriminated against minorities seeking housing. The case was one of the biggest federal housing discrimination suits to be brought during that time, put a spotlight on the family empire led by its 27-year-old president, Donald Trump, and his father, Fred Trump, the chair. According to the The account which gained notice in a 1979 Village Voice investigation was based on a review of more than 1,000 pages of court records, including hearing transcripts and affidavits that have received little attention in the decades since the case, as well as interviews with people involved in the case. Also details were shared in a recent  a Daily Beast story.  The legal battle which lasted 20-months marked the very first time Trump became a regular presence on national newspaper front pages.

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Working from offices in Washington and New York, Justice Department lawyers decided to file a case: United States of America v. Fred C. Trump, Donald Trump and Trump Management, Inc. Details of the case would show Trump employees had selected and  marked the applications of Blacks and Hispanics with codes, such as “No. 9” and “C” for “colored,” according to federal investigators who gathered the evidence according to interview accounts presented and filed in federal district court. The employees allegedly directed Blacks and Puerto Ricans away from buildings with mostly white tenants, and steered them toward properties that had many minorities. A white woman who went undercover in 1973 named Phyllis Spiro, told investigators how at a Trump property a building superintendent acknowledged to her “that he followed a racially discriminatory rental policy at the direction of his superiors, and that there were only very few ‘colored’ tenants” at the complex, according to court records.

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According to government filings one black woman, for example, was turned away at a heavily white complex but told that she should “try to obtain an apartment at Patio Gardens,” where “a black judge had recently become a tenant,” according to government filings.

At the time the suit was filed, Trump had been thinking about veering away from his father’s ­focus on providing housing for ­lower- and middle-income residents of Brooklyn and Queens, and envisioning his future as a developer of luxury buildings for the rich in Manhattan.

But now the first thing most people were hearing about Trump was that he was being accused of discrimination-Later Trump would say, “The idea of settling drove me crazy,” he wrote in “The Art of the Deal.”

“What we didn’t do was rent to welfare cases, white or black,” Trump wrote in his 1987 autobiography. “I’d rather fight than fold, because as soon as you fold once, you get the reputation of being a folder.” The federal case ended when Trump negotiated a consent degree with the DOJ, requiring him to advertise vacancies in minority papers and list them with the Urban League. The Justice Department said “racially discriminatory conduct by Trump agents has occurred with such frequency that it has created a substantial impediment to the full enjoyment of equal opportunity.” 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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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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Recent Issue with City Policy, ect

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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)

Sat August 6, 2016- Communities around the Country will send one clear message to the DOJ-You haven’t done enough!

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In Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta and countless other cities_Saturday August 6, 2016 at 12:00 Noon until 2:00 pm-people in various communities will find a Department of Justice or a police station  . By issuing this National Day of Action we 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 that we need policy emphasizing the need to prosecute these cops and the refusal is causing an epidemic. So on August 6, 2016 from 11:00 am until ( most locations will do a moment of silence at noon or one) – 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 of Freedom First International, The Violence Interrupters, 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-It’s simple On August 5-6, Find a D.O.J Office, and a Police Station in your area and stand! -and send a message.

 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.

Thus far locations to be announced include Chicago, Atlanta, TexasThus far.

  • A Press Release and Press Conferences are scheduled in Chicago on Wednesday at the Police Headquarters Station on 3510 South Michigan at 12:00 noon. Expect announcements and a petition to be signed in the coming days. Interested Parties can send an email to one of the Organizers Gregg L Greer: at  gregglgreer72@gmail.com
 

Chicago: Break Every Chain Location: We will Join

Takin’ It to the Streets is an urban international festival that leverages artistic expression and community organizing to radically re-imagine the world and our communities as they could be. This year’s ‘Streets festival is a component of the broader MLK Living Memorial Project, an effort to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1966 march into Marquette Park with the construction of Chicago’s first permanent memorial to Dr. King and a series of associated legacy projects. The 1000 Mile March will lead into Marquette Park that morning and will kick off the festival that afternoon.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 6, 2016  |  MARQUETTE PARK  |  6700 S. SACRAMENTO AVE  |  CHICAGO, IL 10:30

Featuring critically acclaimed artists from around the world, family activities, international food, inspirational talks and bazaar

 

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.


Accrdong 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.

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The Fight within-A Faith Commentary

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When I worked in corporate America, I seem to remember many days traveling from area to area on the highways for meetings. I remember many days listening to the Steve Harvey Morning Show and the many funny stories that I heard. One story-was about a young man who started, taking karate lessons due to a bully who would take his lunch money everyday. This young man was smaller than the “big stocky bully.” The karate teacher soon told the young man that he would need to pay five dollars per lesson ($5.00). So the young man decided to pay the bully-due to the fact that it would be cheaper-that way.

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Well, I must say-isn’t that like may of us? We believe like this young man did- that it’s easier to pay the bully then to learn how to defeat him. Sadly, for many of us-we continue to allow those of the world and the unfaithful to instill an unjust system of beliefs on us that we know are not for us, rather than to stand up and fight! We would continue to live while suffering, rather then to live while standing up for something we believe in-and that something is us!
 
Many of us may say-what’s the difference-they don’t really care about us! but the question is do you care about yourself, and your love ones?
 
Ok, here’s the major question, How can we win the battle, and defeat those in the world-who oppress us?  Honestly, we can’t defeat these folks. We alone do not have in our possession-neither the strength or fortitude to defeat the wicked. If we want to win in this battle we must become a collective, and connect the dots, wickedness can be conquered-but if we attempt to face it alone we are lost. 
 
For those of us who are oppressed by worldly power-we must discipline ourselves to call on Godly power, and use physical, psychological and ultimately spiritual power. We will win! Lastly-Paul reminds us that we battle not against flesh and blood, but principalities-spiritual wickedness in high places. Only then will we possibly make real the creed, “one nation-under God indivisible-with liberty and justice for all.
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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Rally to “Stand Down against “Blue Lives Matters.”

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For Immediate Release: Community Activist Rally to “Stand Down against “Blue Lives Matters.”

(Press Conference at City Hall 2nd Floor, July 22, 2016)

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Chicago, IL

This afternoon-Friday July 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon-The Freedom First International (SCLC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (Chicago), Violence Interrupters, along with other Community Activist (groups) will conduct Press Conference at City Hall calling for the local (south side) Chicago community to come together in a effort to stop the blue lives matters ordinance. The group also plans to give Alderman Burkes office a demand letter to request that further plans to produce this “unfavorable”  ordinance immediately stop.

Chicago Alderman Ed Burke wants the justice system to treat attacks against police officers and firefighters like “hate crimes.” Which is routinely an instant felony

Burke proposed his “Blue Lives Matter” ordinance last month. It would give harsher penalties and fines for offenses committed against current or past police officers, firefighters, and emergency first responders.

The coalition of activists say that’s an attack on their First Amendment rights. We also say it’s a distraction from the real problem -specifically when it comes to abusive police officers.

While the City of Chicago is in the midst of reform and a Department of Justice investigation- this is bad for the City’s and CPD’s public image and further degrades public trust. It time to put these issues away because they are anti-community. Shame on Burke and anyone who supports this ordinance-the group intends to send Alderman Burke and members of the City Council a clear message. NO BLUE LIVES MATTER!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent Issue with City Policy, ect

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

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

Key

WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Proposed Blue Lives Matters Ordinance 

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

WHEN: Friday, July 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon

WHO:  Civil Rights Leader Gregg L Greer, Civil Rights Leader Tio Hardiman, 

WHY: “Negative of Gun Violence can change overnight if organized Chicago.” 

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

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

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