For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and Answers for the actions of Police who held children at gunpoint. To hold Press Conference on Saturday
Tomorrow April 29, 2017 –at 12:00 pm at Grand Rapids Police HQ
1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
National news from Grand Rapids, Michigan shows a concerned mother is speaking out after an extremely disturbing video that was released showing officers holding a group of unarmed black teens, including her 14-year-old son, at gunpoint on the ground.
The incident happened after Grand Rapids police responded to a report of 100 teenagers fighting, but after searching the area police only found about 20 or 25 youths and no fight, and obviously “no guns,” Grand Rapids Police Public Information Officer Terry Dixon told ABC News today
“Guys, get on the ground. Keep your hands out,” a Grand Rapids police officer tells a group of youths in the video. “Just follow our directions and we’ll be all right, OK?” This March 24 exchange, which was caught on body camera, came after a report of a group of teenagers carrying a gun; however, police later learned these youths weren’t armed.
Shawndryka Moore, whose 14-year-old son was among the teens forced to the ground, told ABC News in an interview that her son was confused and traumatized. “A whole month later it still hurts,” Moore said. “The hurtful part is how badly this could have ended. … my son and others on the ground by people that’s supposed to protect them.”
A police spokesman said the officers’ actions followed protocol and displayed “professionalism … throughout the entire ordeal,” though the spokesman added that “it is unfortunate … the teens had to endure this.”
The questions we must ask ourselves. We could ask-Why would any police take the word of a man and hold a pistol over the body of 13-year-old boys? Why would any witness’ story be changed? The statement below is from one of the organizers of the Press ConferenceIt’s because- 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 victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill “us” if they feel threatened in any way by “us.”.We need more love in our communities! We don’t see the same love and acceptance for our black children unconditionally that you see in other communities even the white areas. Regardless of our child’s age- We demand respect and to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. I would suggest to the Police on the ground that day-”You teach children, by how you treat them, that they are valuable and worthy of love.”At any point, these children could have been a Trayvon Martin or a Tamir Rice! As Police Officials, you have the power to stave off feelings of emptiness that these young men feel day by day but it’s that unfortunate you choose not to! Instead, you penalize the children and for the rest of their lives, they develop a mistrust of Police Officials.Sure, you say that pointing the Gun at them was a protocol and procedure, but I ask did you- talk to your children about racism ― tell them that Tamir Rice was just an innocent child whose death was motivated by racism. Ultimately some of these questions will be answered by investigators. Other questions—the deeper, more disturbing ones that ask about equality and intolerance—must be answered by our communities, and we will not accept any answer as sufficient. We will be the voice that controls the Narrative of our community.
For your part, a public apology is in order and I also ask that you make a proclamation for change. Nothing else will be sufficient.
For my part I’m organizing a “Peaceful Protest Rally to be scheduled at 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at noon this Saturday.”
Recent initiatives to address
Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Police Reform.
WHAT: For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and Answers for the actions of Police who held children at gunpoint. To hold Rally on Saturday
WHERE: Grand Rapids Police HQ 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
WHO: Freedom First International_S.C.L.C, and others.
WHY: Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., are being taken to task over procedures that resulted in guns being pointed at a group of innocent children. The officer’s own body camera recorded the tense confrontation. The boys, aged 12 to 14. The Activist want to draw attention to the fact that national policy of policing has to change.
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:
Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes
Lead Activist-Media Adviser
For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant activist to rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations
For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant Activist rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations
April 7, 2017 at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)
A group of civil rights and immigrant activists will gather on this Friday morning to express fears over the direction President Donald Trump is taking the country with immigrant rights.
They fear families will be torn apart by deportation and blocked from reuniting with relatives seeking to flee war and oppression in other countries after the president signed a pair of executive orders tightening immigration measures.
“We are working to wake up those who refuse to believe that “making America great again” means spreading a message of racial separatism and hate. closing off our nation with walls, illegally detaining men, women, and children, stripping cities of federal funding and tearing families apart with deportations,” For the record Freedom First International is part of the group also participated in the massive Trump protest in Chicago that put 16,000. people in Downtown.” Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International.
For the record:
At the start of this effort the Family members and Community activist-Leadership will hold a joint Press Conference (briefing) -This Friday/morning April 7, 2017 in Broadview, IL at 7:15 AM, people of faith, civil rights activist and others will join together in a prayer vigil-protest demonstration at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL) to support those who are in the immigration deportation process, the families of those being deported, and to be a public witness to the injustices of our harsh (enhanced) immigration system. The event will be coordinated by members of several organizations who will join leadership on the ground. Stand with us!
Recent initiatives to address
Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about The Trumps immigration policy
WHAT: Press Conference and Community Action requesting the Trump Administration to Stop forced immigrations.
WHERE: Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)
WHO: Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others.
WHY: Family and activist will address concerns that situation may be growing more volatile due to negative community pushback.
Many folks nationally believe that the Trump administration’s-policy is both Illegal and unconstitutional.
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Trump Immigration Policy.
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair immigrations in Chicago, IL., and Nationally.
Lead Activist-Media Advisers
Freedom First International, Refusefascism.org and other groups are joining the rising number of Democratic lawmakers have said they plan to boycott President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration at the US Capitol on 20 January.
As well as more than 50 House Democrats are refusing to watch as Mr.Trump is sworn in as the 45th US president amidst a feud between the newly elected president and the civil rights activist and congressman, John Lewis.
Why is there a boycott?
Mr. Lewis, a revered veteran of the 1960s struggle, sparked controversy on Friday when he called Mr. Trump’s victory illegitimate because of Russia’s alleged interference in the election.
The president-elect hit back on Twitter, attacking the Georgia lawmaker as “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results”, which prompted a wave of outrage from people saying if anyone embodied action, it was the 76-year-old.
Dozens of members of Congress have announced they will skip the event.
We are asking everyone who can read this message to do two a few things
Get the message out around the country.The election may be over, but the fight against Trump has just begun. Our Boycott Trump seeks to enable people to take action against Trump by everyday tools, stay at home, don’t go to work.
- On the top of Every hour blast out all/any messages-share pictures that signal that signal a renewed call for protest via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.
- Our “call-to-action” message that urged television viewers to watch anything other than Donald Trump’s inauguration on 20 January 2017 in an attempt to lower the event’s TV ratings (and thus strike a blow to the President-elect’s ego)
This hits Trump and his allies where it hurts them most – and this can be more powerful then the Black Friday boycotts.” Our message to Donald- We the people are the voice of this generation, and we will make America great and the world even better!-But without you!
Go to our facebook event page for more information
As reported by various sources including the Root, and CNN-A person claiming to be a former British intelligence official compiled a dossier that has been circulating for weeks among elected officials, intelligence agents, and journalists, making claims that the Russian government has been “cultivating, supporting and assisting” President-elect Donald Trump for years and gained compromising information about him.
The dossier is a collection of memos reportedly written over a period of months, and includes specific but unverified allegations of contact between Trump aides and Russian operatives. It also contains graphic claims of sexual acts documented by the Russians which are also unverified. CNN reported on Tuesday that a two-page synopsis of the dossier was given to President Obama and President-elect Trump.
BuzzFeed has obtained and published the full document “so that Americans can make up their own minds about allegations about the president-elect that have circulated at the highest levels of the U.S. government.”
Much of what is in the report are things that have already been widely reported and speculated on in the media, including Russia interfering in the election by providing information on Hillary Clinton and the like. The most salacious claims, however, allege that Trump has some kinky ideas on what to do in the bedroom.
According to the report, Donald Trump allegedly rented the Presidential Suite at the Moscow Ritz Carlton Hotel “where he knew President and Mrs. Obama (whom he hated) had stayed on one of their official trips to Russia.” The report goes on to say that Trump “defiled” the room by hiring prostitutes and having them “perform a ‘golden showers’ (urination) show in front of him.”
The room was allegedly full of concealed microphones and concealed cameras in all the main rooms to record anything that happened in them.
The president-elect’s attorney, Michael Cohen, said that the allegations were false.
“It’s so ridiculous on so many levels,” Cohen said. “Clearly the person who created this did so from their imagination or did so hoping that the liberal media would run with this fake story for whatever rationale they have.”
Trump also spoke out against the reports on his own Twitter feed.
The two-page synopsis also included allegations that there was a continuing exchange of information during the campaign between Trump surrogates and intermediaries for the Russian government, according to two national security officials
(Original Source-The Root and the Atlantic)
For Immediate Release: Protest Rally to Stand in opposition against Trump/Pence during Mr.Pence’s Friday visit to Chicago!
For Immediate release Protest Rally to Stand in opposition against Trump/Pence during Mr.Pence’s Visit to Chicago!
( Chicago Club-This Friday December 30, 2016 at 11:00am)
Chicago, IL. Vice President-elect Mike Pence, also known as the Governor who may citizens have said, “he made Indiana worse,” is hosting a Republican fundraising luncheon in Chicago on Friday with the help of Gov. Bruce Rauner and other Illinois Republicans.
The event will be at The Chicago Club at 81 E. Van Buren St. is hosting the $2,700 per ticket event, according to the Sun-Times. And for $10,000 a pop, a couple can attend, have lunch for two, and take a photo with Pence, while $33,400 VIP tickets per couple will also include a round table meeting.
This call to protest is continuation of the outcry against Trump that coincides with the national effort to “Rise Up” and “Resist,” with a determination that we refuse to accept a regime that feeds racial hatred against Latinos, Muslims, African-Americans, women, LGBTQ, and the poor. Trump has promised to endorse torture and profiling tactics in his administration. We also stand in our continued effort to call out police brutality in America, a known tragic problem that continues to plague Chicago! The FOP strongly supports Trump and calls for unbridled “stop-and-frisk” and the abolition of Bush-era limits on racial profiling.
To all that, we stand in opposition will use this event to say “No! In the name of Humanity, We REFUSE To Accept a Fascist America.”
I say loudly, very clearly we should not be deceived by one who stands behind divisiveness when it is evoked in something that should be “quintessentially,” American. This Elect President who would claim to be a president for all of the people, African-Americans, the inner cities.” I say “No” to this President Elect who embraces the most brutal periods in world history as “Greatness.”
I say to thousands, millions, and anyone who will hear my words and receive-Keep protesting, Keep stomping, Keep crying out in the wilderness! with a raised fist-I resist-join me (us). To fight against those fractions whose actions are outside of the public interest.
NOTE: Donald Trump and Mike Pence have clearly articulated a hateful and dangerous agenda as laid out by Refusefascism.org that they plan to pursue after January 20, 2017
For example here is a short list of our growing issues:
Building a wall on the southern border with Mexico
Mass deportations of undocumented migrants;
Instituting a Muslim registry and threatening to stop
all immigration from Muslim-majority countries;
Backing out of the Paris Climate Treaty;
Threatening the press;
Implementing Stop and Frisk nationally;
Re-starting the nuclear arms race.
President Gregg L, Greer, Freedom First International
Recent initiatives to address
◾Recent –◾Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about community violence.
WHAT: Protest Rally to Stand in opposition against Trump/Pence! (Friday December 30, 2016 at 11:00am)
WHERE: The Chicago Club at 81 E. Van Buren St.-Chicago, IL
WHO: “WE Refuse Fascism, Answer Chicago, Freedom First International_Southern Christan Leadership Conference, and others
WHY: Much needed public effort to fight against Trump Pence / Police Violence
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers in Opposition of Trump
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy Reform against_Presidential Elect and the Cabinet
For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will be the First to Say “NO” to Trump as President holding EMERGENCY PROTEST! (Trump Towers )
**** Media Advisory *****
Hundreds of Activist Leading Social Justice organizations will stand in serious disapproval to a Trump Presidency. Organizations involved are Answer Chicago, Chicago Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International, The Chicago SCLC, Over 800 protesters along with a growing list others will be on location at Trump Towers to express serious and resounding disapproval of a Trump Presidency.
We will conduct an EMERGENCY PROTEST! Because we believe Donald Trump, a vile racist and sexist, has been declared the winner of the U.S. presidential election. We must resist this outcome!
In fact, we cannot be idle. We must get into the streets immediately. We must unite and stand with immigrants, Muslims, women, LGBTQ people, poor and working people and Black Lives Matter. Only the people can defeat racism, bigotry and hate!
All Out! Come together and descend on the Trump hotel! Bring your signs, banners and voices of protest. Spread the word. Let’s make the emergency protest as big as possible!
(Over 800 people will be on Hand)
We went back to look at the unfavorable ratings of the major-party candidates from 1992 through the current election. The bottom line is that Trump was elected with a higher unfavorable rating than any candidate at any time during all of these previous election cycles, and that conclusion takes into account the fact that unfavorable ratings tend to rise in the heat of a general election campaign as the barbs, negative ads and heightened partisanship are take us to our highest disapproval levels-Our Country doesn’t need him and Chicago with all it’s problems doesn’t need Trump. We want to send this message to the world! Media-Don’t Miss This!
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Recent initiatives to address
◾Recent -Voice Disapproval with Trump as President Elect
◾Change Perceptions of People of Color and others in the political system.
WHAT: Press Conference to discuss Dissatisfaction with the Election of President Trump
WHERE: Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 401 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611
WHEN: 11/9/2016 from 5 PM – 9 PM
WHO: Answer Chicago , Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference
WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence / police violence
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Right Organizers in Opposition of Newly Elected President
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy
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.
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.
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.
(Tear sheet from U.S. v Fred Trump complaint from October 1973. )
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
Read More: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/inside-the-governments-racial-bias-case-against-donald-trumps-company-and-how-he-fought-it/2016/01/23/fb90163e-bfbe-11e5-bcda-62a36b394160_story.html