Civil rights movement
Key Question: What immediate steps can you take to incorporate these changes right now into your life.
(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.
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
For Immediate Release: Press Conference-Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality
For Immediate Release:
Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality
(Press Conference at CPD Headquarters 3510 S. Michigan Chicago)
***** Media Advisory *****
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.
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.
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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.
Recent initiatives to address
◾Recent Issue with City Policy, ect
Paul O’Neil, Growing Chicago Community Violence/Crime Stats
◾Community Social Justice on the Chicago (South-side) and abroad
◾Change Perceptions of People of Color and others Due to unfair Community Policing Policies
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 email@example.com
Break Every Chain-National Day of Action/ Ongoing-effort to combat Chicago Police Brutality
(Press Conference at CPD Headquarters 3510 S. Michigan Chicago)
ON November 3, 2015_The United Nations will host a historical special event called “Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide. ” Present including the Keynote Speaker Harry Belafonte amongst the list of invited special guest by organizers will be the family of Andrew Joseph. While the case of Joseph at this point is not widely known in American Circles the case definitely should be and will be highlighted as one of the most infamous cases of Police brutality that exist.
The Joseph’s moved from New Orleans to Riverview in 2006, “hoping for a better life” after Hurricane Katrina. They are healthcare professionals and both of their children, Andrew and their 10-year-old daughter, were star students, they said. Andrew was an honor student at St. Stephen Catholic School in Riverview and a player on the Brandon Ravens youth football team, his parents said. Andrew had just been accepted to Tampa Catholic High School. His whole name was Andrew Joseph, III he was killed at 14 years old in Tampa, FL on Feb 7, 2014.
Andrew attended a Hillsborough County School Districts event named “Student Day” at the Florida State Fairgrounds the Hillsborough County. That day chaos at the fair came during an apparent underground tradition called “wilding,” which deputies at the time said usually occurs on Student Day, when Hillsborough County students are admitted to the event for free. Law enforcement officials said most of the young people who typically participate in the melee are black and that the behavior has ties in gang membership.
In Andrews case sheriff deputies detained (arrested) him, stripped him, photographed him and loaded him into a sheriff patty wagon, transported him, then abandoned him to a dark road, Later that night, Joseph got a call from the neighbor saying the fair had been shut down and that she couldn’t find Andrew. Tragically the family would learn that the child was abandoned by the police to a dark road facing the I-4 interstate, where he(Andrew) was killed after being stuck by an oncoming SUV.
This section of Interstate-four known to locals as the “Dead Zone.” This short span of asphalt, in Seminole county, at the south end of the interstate bridge across the St. Johns River, has become known for its high number of traffic accidents. Depending on sources, there have been an estimated 1,048 to 1,740 car crashes at this location since the highway was opened in 1963 with a significant number involving fatalities. According to reports in 1995, there were 44 accidents which injured 65 motorists.
Sadly, Andrew Joseph, III a student and resident of Hillsborough County was offered no protection, no safety and no security and the ultimate fault lies on the two sheriff deputies who released Andrew, a move that was no way near what their protocols dictate. Still no actions or reprimands for the deputies who put hands on this child have been reported in the death of child in the custodial care of the sheriff department. In Hillsborough County there has not been a whisper.
According to a recent interview from the Tampa Bay Times- Sheriff’s office spokesman Larry McKinnon said the sheriff’s office doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.“We’ll take all the facts of their lawsuit and review them and then deal with them appropriately in the courts,” McKinnon said.
Chuck Pesano, executive director of the Florida State Fair Authority, also said he could not comment on pending litigation.
“This was a really good kid,” said Barry Cohen, the family’s attorney. “This wasn’t some thug.” After Andrew was killed, authorities and the media painted him to look like a gang member who was committing violence at the fair, Joseph said. He said people assumed Andrew was a “throwaway kid” with irresponsible parents who didn’t care.
The real issue of this case is why was our kid illegally detained, illegally transported and abandoned without notification to anybody?” Andrew Father-Joseph explained. “Those are the real facts of this case that have not even been addressed by anybody involved.”
On the occasion of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invites, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNESCO, the Organisation de la Francophonie (tbc), A Black Lives Matters Initiative, and Amnesty International USA, to host a special event on Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide Tuesday, 3 November 2015 UN Secretariat Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, NYC-ECOSOC Chamber 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
For more information on the Andrew Joseph Story go to the Andrewjosephfoundation.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the United Nations Event use the link below
The article is the first of a four part series that addresses the need for all people of faith to acquire a Christian or faith based Worldview, and then find our place in the New World Order, as the Need for Urban Christian leadership confronts us like never before.
So may things came to mind when, I first thought of writing this group of articles. Currently, I’m preparing for the United Nations event on November, 3, 2015 called Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide, an event which I along with the United Nations Team first organized to support Tamir Rice a young 12-year-old who was shot by Police in an unfortunate and tragic incident out of Cleveland, Ohio. I also want to make note of my seminary work at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. IL-where I’m seeking a Master of Divinity or (MDIV). In addition to my human rights work as the President of Freedom First International. In all of these events my though is how do I international arena.
While organizing a Tamir Rice Press Conference in Cleveland this past week- I met a Young Naval Intelligence Officer, and I discussed my work with high-profile American Civil Rights cases, like the George Stinney Jr. case, Tamir Rice, and the fight against Stand your Ground in Florida and others.
After few minutes into the conversation, we began to discuss, his work as a Naval Military Intelligence Interrogator during the Persian Gulf War, which then lead to our conversation about problems with Radical Islamic Extremist (example, picture right) I asked “if an extremist could be converted to take a humanistic position” my friend then told me a story about a young Al-Qaeda Extremist he met-who had been injured, and placed into a Christian Missionary Hospital in Iraq-the injured young extremist, when taking note of the care givers patience with him, had a life changing moment and addressed the missionaries in charge of his care, he said, “All my life I believed that you Americans always hated us,” “Where the Kuffar [non-Muslims] are not gathering to fight the Muslims. The fighting becomes Fard Kifaya with the minimum requirement of appointing believers to guard borders, and the sending of an army at least once a year to terrorize and destroy the enemies of Allah.”
According to the Naval intelligence Officer, the story about the extremist ended with this life changing awareness as he now go’s around the world and lectures, about tolerance and acceptance toward for all. My exchange with the Naval Intelligence Officer brought me to present another question, “do you believe-our fight against Radical Jihadi Extremism, with political means has been successful, The response was a quick “no” he then went on to say, during his whole time, while deployed and doing intelligence work overseas he only came about one incident, which an extremist was converted, he(officer) then said-one reason we struggle with growing, Extremist-“is because, “they don’t trust politicians”-“we need faith leadership to combat, faith extremism.” In many ways-I felt he was spot on! I further began to reflect on the depth of the statement, due to fact that this was a common belief which I had always shared-The main point is Faith Leadership is needed to assist in world change.
QUESTION: Name one international event that most effected the civil rights movement?
Historical facts will show that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr’s Civil Rights career began by leading a little known boycott on the Alabama transit system when Rosa Parks was convicted after not giving up her seat to a white person. He (King) eventually became leader of the Black Protest Movement. King made his famous speech asking for equality in 1963 and urged peaceful protests. He was assassinated a year later-many believe was largely due to stance against the “War in Vietnam.” Dr.King’s historical speech ” on April 4, 1967 called Beyond Vietnam” in front of 3,000 people at Riverside Church in New York City. In it, he says that there is a common link forming between the civil rights and peace movements. King proposed that the United States stop all bombing of North and South Vietnam; declare a unilateral truce in the hope that it would lead to peace talks; set a date for withdrawal of all troops from Vietnam; and give the National Liberation Front a role in negotiations.
While it is true that with urgency and pressure from Civil Rights leadership including Dr.King- American President Lyndon B. Johnson passed Kennedy’s civil rights bill, which allowed federal government to cut funding to any program that practiced discrimination. Johnson also strived to help the economically disabled by starting a “war on poverty“. As a result he (Johnson) also made it easier for blacks to vote by getting rid of the literacy test
Despite Kings cry for peaceful protests, violent protests broke out in the late 60’s in black ghetto’s which caused many deaths, injuries, and millions of dollars of property damage.
The ultimate transition was when Dr. King began to internationalize the black struggle, by speaking out against a war that we now know was unjust and without known purpose but unfortunately behind that clarity-Dr.King lost his life.
For civil rights activists and humanitarians for years around the world, we have struggled against bigotry, racism, fears, tradition, history, and stagnation to change the world. Civil Rights Movements Around the World American Civil Rights Movement even after the ban of slavery in America,many blacks felt the impact of segregation against them right up to the 60’s, still to this day- many blacks still describe a seemingly an indirect form of racism- as the struggles which economically compared to others are inadequate. The question of reaching out and connecting with those of the black race worldwide to form a common bond, has been a point of conversation for many years, but has never truly materialized. From a faith perspective, and with leadership in place this vision, this may one day materialize.
Question: How can faith leadership play a role and where do we go from here?
As an American Minister, In today’s modern age understood-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in American society and in communities across the world. The poor live in their sad existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day-change must come! If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in urban communities across the country-Then all people could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change possibly overnight.
We must stand in the line of great “faith” leadership around the world who were determined to “Be the Change you wish to see in the world.” a quote from Mahatmas Gandhi. While political and military leaders come and go, religious figures seem to endure throughout the ages, which is why millions of people still venerate their accomplishments hundreds or even thousands of years after they’ve died. Let’s use one last example-Jesus Christ!
What is especially remarkable about this- is that Jesus Christ’s public ministry lasted little more than two years, throughout this period Christ never had more than a few thousand followers during his lifetime, but today with more than a billion followers world-wide, Christianity remains the largest single religion on the Earth. However, it is beyond serious debate the impact this itinerant rabbi from Galilee has had on the planet. Christ left no personal writings, and was even executed for sedition by the Roman authorities, all of which should have made him little more than a footnote in history.
In the end just as Jesus Christ stood in indifference to the Roman Empire-so must we by pointing the way forward to a citizenship that transcends the best political experiences of the world and offers citizenship that will last for eternity. I leave you with this creed. Called the Freedom First International Trilateral Covenant (below) which addresses a precedent for church, and state to cooperate for world change.
In summary-Around the world if all people of faith follow the teachings of great faith leadership, then instantly the results of positive world change would come. That is exactly why, We must engage from an International and Faith Perspective.
Article 1 Trilateral Covenant-God, State, People
1. All people of the Earth have the right to seek God Given self-actualization. They must be given the Freedom and protection to openly express and secure the right to determine their political worldview and freely pursue their economic, spiritual and cultural development, specially when their belief is based on a foundation of acquired long-term peace.
2. The State Parties have protection of the provisions based on the International Charter of the United Nations-note that all parties who present this Covenant, including those having responsibility for the administration of Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories, shall promote the realization of the right of self-determination, and shall respect that right.
3. All people may, for their own ends, freely secure the benefit of natural :”god given” resources without prejudice to any obligations arising from international economic co-operation, not based upon the principle of mutual benefit, and international law, but based on the world moral compass when presented facts of absolute truth, not relativistic policy.
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The two groups briefly discussed heritage and racism while Confederate flag supporters proudly waved their flags, before ending the conversation. No arrest were made by Capitol Police, the rally ended two hours short of it’s original goal-due to low turnout.