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Southern Lives Matter_Alabama Rally turns out to be a “DUD” with no attendees!

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The a group of 30 Angry Pro Confederate Flag Supporters/Protestors sparked a controversial debate when the crowd showed up for a rally this past Friday August 28, 2015 at the Alabama Capitol State House in favor of the flag and carrying ‘Southern Lives Matter’ posters to mock the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. . Many were singing “Dixie,” some were taking selfies.  The rally was organized primarily to bring attention to legislators and all regarding the widespread support and approval for keeping the current confederate state flags in light of recent demonstrations calling for removal. 
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Another aim was for attendees to have an opportunity to address the Southern Folks message of Southern Nationalism and secession, as well as several other topics. Initially the rally was well received by the majority of over 300 demonstrators via Facebook and many of them expressed interest in exploring the merits of “Southern Nationalism,” but only 30 attended on the day of the rally. A few young black bystanders decided on an attempt to explain to the delusional men in Confederate uniforms that the war had ended, only to have the protesters tell them “Go back to where you came from.” Then stating to the onlookers  “If you don’t accept history behind flag, find a new country.”
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Standing at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps, where 50 years ago Martin Luther King Jr. led a march for civil rights, Tim Steadman said it wasn’t right to remove the flags.  “Right now, this past week with everything that is going on, I feel very much like the Jews must have felt in the beginning of the Nazi Germany takeover,” he said. “I mean I do feel that way, like there is a concerted effort to wipe people like me out, to wipe out my heritage and to erase the truths of history.”  A statement from the groups facebook page says;
We are spreading the news across America about this tragic and illegal action of hate toward our Southern family. Like our page to get up to date news and announcements about this fight for freedom. Have a news story we should tell? Message us! Tell America and be heard!

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.

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One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson (born August 18, 1911) is an American woman who was a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 march that became known as Bloody Sunday. In 1984, she became founding vice-president of the Schiller Institute. She was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal in 1990.

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In 1964 and 1965 Boynton worked with Martin Luther King, James Bevel, and others of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) to plan demonstrations for civil and voting rights. While Selma had a population that was 50 percent black, only 300 of the town’s African-American residents were registered as voters in 1965, after thousands had been arrested in protests.By March 1966, after passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, some 11,000 were registered to vote.

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To protest continuing segregation and disenfranchisement of blacks, in early 1965 Amelia Boynton helped organize a march to the state capital of Montgomery, initiated by James Bevel, which took place on March 7, 1965. Led by John Lewis, Hosea Williams and Bob Mants, and including Rosa Parks and others among the marchers the event became known as Bloody Sunday when county and state police stopped the march and beat demonstrators after they left the Edmund Pettus Bridge and crossed into the county. Boynton was beaten unconscious; a photograph of her lying on Edmund Pettus Bridge went around the world.[8] Another short march led by Martin Luther King took place two days later; they turned back. With federal protection and thousands of marchers joining them, a third march reached Montgomery on March 24, entering with 25,000 people.

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**Editors Note**

It appears that at 104 years old Dr. Boynton was still appearing at conferences and engagements but unfortunately -few weeks ago, Dr. Amelia Boynton Robinson was hospitalized after suffering a massive stroke.  Presently, she is in stable, but critical condition. I was scheduled to appear with her at the Community Advocates In Action, Inc 4th Annual Youth History Civil Rights and Voter Education Conference for youth organized by Community Advocates in Action. Inc. Instead her Advocate Leon Frazier will appear. Please keep Amelia in your prayers. For more information on the conference contact communityadvocatesinaction@yahoo.com. One World Honors-Amelia Platts Boynton Robinson-A True Hero!

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We Rise above Bullets! Combating Chicago Violence

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Two days ago I stood and prayed with the family of 7-year-old Amari Brown (pictured, above) who was killed by a cowardly act of aggression, that just hours before snuffed out this innocent child’s life.

When any city has eight killings in two days, including the death of a 7-year-old Amari Brown, something is seriously wrong with the system. As a long-term community advocate, and Civil Rights leader who oversees many of America’s most difficult civil rights cases, Including Tamir Rice, and others-I must say regretfully I’ve seen this many times before and I will not stand by and allow children to die!

 

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Pastor Ira Acree, and I Rev. Gregg L Greer giving consoling grief for 7-year-old Amari Browns Family. On July 5, 2015-Outside of the family’s Chicago home.

While Gun violence affects society in many ways, including higher medical costs, reductions in quality of life because of fear of gun violence and stresses on the criminal justice system. The United States has the highest rate of gun-related injuries among developed countries, as well as the highest rate of gun ownership. Psychologists and other public health scientists are working to develop effective methods to reduce gun violence, but political opposition has created barriers to government support for  research.

 

The System Failed!

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The system failed Amari, the Chicago Police Chief McCarthy said. but like Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, and Tamir Rice all were not victims of their seemingly racist killers alone. They were  victims of the lopsided school systems that failed them. They where victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are a victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill if they feel threatened in any way. The victimization extends to calls to relieve Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy of his duties, His tactics haven’t been the miracle cure for the city’s violence at all.

They are victims of a certain Moral blindnessWhich means every single black person in the eyes of a racist  is the sign of a terrible crime from their ugly past, a reminder that their life is a fraud, that they need to simply own up to their past and make it right. Instead of denying, shifting blame, or to lie, twisting the facts and make black people into these creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear. It is a failed attempt to be at “peace,” with themselves.

We Also Failed!

They are victims of us because we need more love in our communities! We need to love and accept our children unconditionally. Regardless of our child’s age, we have to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. Teach our children, by how you treat them, that they  are valuable and worthy of love. It doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with every choice or interest of your child.

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Over the next few weeks Freedom First International in partnership with the Guilty in Innocence Project other community groups-will begin serious conversations and initiatives around Chicago and Northwest Indiana on how to “stop the gun violence in Chicagoland” Please advise via inbox or comments section if you like to join this dialog or facilitate. The initiative is called-We Rise above Bullets! “Put the guns down Chicago.”

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We must give a notice letter to the provocateurs in our society that clearly states the current state of affairs is not acceptable, and we won’t let you or anyone else destroy us and our future without a fight! Join us! Because it has to end today!

We are asking every Man, woman, child, who can to join us in our ongoing fight against Violence in Chicago, and abroad. Join our group today! by clicking this link https://www.facebook.com/weriseFreedomfirst/info?tab=page_info or you may go to http://www.greggglreer.com, http://freedomfirstinternational.net/about/  or email one1worldtoday@gmail.com for more details.

 “Peace and Love.” Reverend Gregg L. Greer

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Why are Christians Persecuted in the Church

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Recently When Dylann Roof (pictured, below) allegedly opened fire at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina it was an act of terror of the kind that happens all too often in black houses of worship. Roof has been charged with shooting and killing nine people, including senior pastor of the church and South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney.
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The article that follows explores the history of persecution of the early church, some of the reasons behind it, and two important questions that we must raise with Christian responses to persecution: the glorification of persecution in the church, and why would anyone what to hurt Christians?

In the first few centuries of Christianity

 
In the first few centuries of Christianity, the church endured regular (though not constant) persecution at the hands of Roman authorities. This experience, is so deeply rooted in legacy of the church that it resulted in the multiple stories of martyrs and apologists, that today we know these stories as The Gospel, which is the foundation that Christians base their core beliefs on-in addition to having other significant historical and theological consequences for the developing our faith.
 

Level, amount and  Persecutions

According to historical record-The total number of Christians martyred in the early church is unknown. Although some early writers speak of “great “modern scholars tend to believe the actual number is not so great as is sometimes imagined. Out of the 54 emperors who ruled between 30 and 311 AD, only about a dozen went out of their way to persecute Christians.

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It has been calculated that between the first persecution under Nero in 64 to the Edict of Milan in 313, Christians experienced 129 years of persecution and 120 years of toleration and peace.

The Roman persecutions were generally sporadic, localized, and dependent on the political climate and disposition of each emperor. Moreover, imperial decrees against Christians were often directed against church property, the Scriptures, or clergy only. It has been estimated that more Christians have been martyred in the last 50 years than in the church’s first 300 years.

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Why is the Christian Church Persecuted

If we look at history we would see- In order to understand the distrust of Christianity, one can review and understand the Early Roman view of religion. For the Romans, religion was first and foremost a social activity that promoted unity and loyalty to the state – a religious attitude the Romans called pietas, or piety.

Marcus Tullius Cicero  (January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC)
Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC)

Cicero (pictured, right) wrote that “if piety in the Roman sense were to disappear, social unity and justice would perish along with it.”

The truth is at its core, the church is one giant social network. It exists as an intricate, but totally connected community. Even more important, many Christians believe that God is working within this network himself. Devotion to Jesus has been a large part of the African-American experience. The black church has been and continues to be a powerful force in the African-American community.

In the United States, Christians reacted to slavery in a substantially different way. While there was vocal Christian protest against the slave trade and much of the abolitionist movement was spear-headed by Christian people, there were also many Christians who defended slavery. The issue of slavery grew more divisive, and eventually most of the major Protestant denominations divided over the issue. This actually set the stage for the Civil War.

Another major example of Christian Persecution was The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (below) was an act of white supremacist terrorism that occurred at the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, September 15, 1963, when four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a minimum of 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device beneath the front steps of the church.

The family of Carol Robertson, a 14-year-old African American girl killed in a church bombing, attend graveside services for her, Sept. 17, 1963, Birmingham, Ala. Seated left to right: Carol Robertsons sister Dianne and parents, Mr. Alvin Robertson Sr. and Mrs. Alpha Robertson. The others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)
The family of Carol Robertson, a 14-year-old African American girl killed in a church bombing, attend graveside services for her, Sept. 17, 1963, Birmingham, Ala. Seated left to right: Carol Robertsons sister Dianne and parents, Mr. Alvin Robertson Sr. and Mrs. Alpha Robertson. The others are unidentified. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)

Described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” the explosion at the church killed four girls and injured 22 others.

What can we do in an effort of prevention

 With structural racism the global issues are deep rooted worldwide. While the issues seem to become more pronounced everyday making this tragedy about religion instead of race allows many others  to avoid discussions about how their positions vis a vis race and government tend to reenforce rather than dismantle the structural racism still present in our society today. On a more social, practical level, Christians are distrusted by extreme mist organizations in part because of the nature of their worship. 

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 In any case, it is sad that such experiences ever occur, because the church is an indispensable part of the believer’s life. Not only does it provide a place to worship, serve and learn about God, but it is also a community where believers can practice love toward their brethren as the Bible requires; “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).

 These tools extend fellowship beyond the church walls and stretch it around the world are needed as They help us fulfill Jesus’ command to Peter, which still echoes for us today: “Put out into deep water” (Luke 5:4). GLG

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Why the State of Ohio cannot say it has not played a part in the Murder of Tamir Rice, John Crawford and others. Part 1

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This week would have been the 13th Birthday of Tamir Rice. As a public awareness, we as the editorial (oneworld01.com) felt it necessary to discuss (in a series), Why the state of Ohio cannot say it has not played a part in the Murder of Tamir Rice, John  Crawford and others. In this series we want help communities understand the complexities of these two high-profile cases and then we hope to bring Change-Stand with Us! As we release an article every week.
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Last Fall when the 69th Governor of Ohio, Republican John Kasich who had been in office since 2011, announced a new police standards board to address the use of deadly force by officers, most believe that it was sparked in part by the death of Tamir Rice. At the time Governor Kasich, said “more action needs to be taken to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.”  According to reports, Kasich then spoke of bridging the “gap” between law enforcement and the black community with this new board. The board aimed to lay out clear and unambiguous guidelines for when it’s acceptable for officers to use deadly force against suspects.
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But within the 2 seconds after Tamir Rice was killed he (Tamir) then became another “Public Police Killing in Ohio. Afterward many locals believed that Governor John Kasich, then used the BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) as a proxy cover-up to give the appearance of outward action. Instead, The BCI acted negatively by blocking outside investigations and stonewalling the press. Judging from the research conducted by surveys of many locals-it was concluded that BCI was largely ineffective, and nothing notable has ever came out of the BCI Board except more public distrust.
Crawford was a 22-year-old African-American man shot to death by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams, while holding a toy BB gun.
Crawford was a 22-year-old African-American man shot to death by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams, while holding a toy BB gun.

Many Ohio locals believe blame should be directed at the BCI because in their words BCI is also largely responsible for the Whitewashing of the murder of John Crawford in a Walmart store in Beavercreek Ohio. In this situation Police were determined to kill a guy with a gun. Crawford was a 22-year-old African-American man shot to death by Beavercreek police officer Sean Williams, while holding a toy BB gun.  Police did not respond to an active shooter situation in either case and in both cases they killed young black men. On the positive side-As the public becomes more aware of both cases we are seeing support from notable people, one example “My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people,” said Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins (picture below).

"My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people," said Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins
My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people,” said Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins

 

In short, Governor Kasich’s action or lack thereof has made balancing the scales to bring justice to booth cases act even more difficult. He apparently has his own very strongly held, views on just how this thing ought to be handled. The Governor’s position as the lead executive of Ohio can be a resource and real instrument for change, if he truly wanted.

If there was a way of communicating with Governor Kasich- one position that he could take that would be sensible is to make Public statements that support reform- this alone would make a difference. There’s no reason why—that I can see—why, circumstances, terms and conditions that any of these simple suggestions couldn’t be worked out.

Governor Kasich needs to be held accountable for his weak Civil Rights Policy

Governor Kasich has also is launching what many feel will most likely be an unsuccessful bid for the US presidency on platforms that opposed the expansion of federal power and appeal to white populist sentiments. During each election cycle, he modified his racial views to suit the times. Despite his support for road construction, education, and industrial development,  Kasich is known for his soft resistance to civil rights, limited economic vision, failure to reform the tax code, and total focus on campaigning, at the expense of running the state. Contact Governor Kasich to tell him-Stand Up for Justice!

Contact Information Governor John Kasich Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117 Phone: (614) 466-3555 Lt.

Governor Mary Taylor Riffe Center, 30th Floor 77 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215-6117

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One other suggestion is that all investigations of local police homicides should be surrendered to an outside independent agency with Federal Government Influence, once done we could see far fewer “justified” tragedies. In any case – We need the Ohio Governor’s Office to propose true legislation itself will protect its citizens and not enable anyone to discriminate against anyone else, with no fear of government intervention or punishment. We need to send a clear message that “no one is above the law.” Simple communication from inside the community may greatly help attention to booth cases.  

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Facebook Page and support information for Tamir Rice.

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Facebook Page and Petition for John  Crawford.

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Press Release: Know Your Rights and Police Brutality Forum come to Chicago on King Birthday

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Chicago, Illinois On 1-17-2015-A One Day Know Your Rights Forum will be held at Governors State University in the Engbretson Hall. On the top of the order of program the expert panel will discuss the “Know Your Rights” and the effects of Police Brutality which is intended to examine this historically and seemingly unsolvable issue, by giving students and attendees a complete understanding of their rights in the legal system, when dealing with the police or the courts. Also on the agenda for discussion will be the effort for organizing civil rights advocates, around the issues  of Chicago, Ferguson, New York and growing community violence. The Coalition’s effort has been joined by Dr. Cornel West who will participate in select cities around the country.
During the conference the group will layout their plan for Solutions to Police Brutality. This years event closely marks the actual Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event will be hosted by The Criminal Justice Student Society at Governors State University.
 
National Bar Association President Attorney Pamela Meanes will give her perspectives on the law, the courts and the relationship between the African-American community, as well as how African-Americans can protect themselves by knowing the law and their Constitutional rights. 
Pamela is the recipient of numerous awards including the Award of Merit from the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis; the Saint Louis University Black Law Student Association’s 2008 Outstanding Attorney Award; the Washington University of St. Louis Black Law Student Association 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Public Service Award.
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Tio Hardiman, Former Illinois Gubernatorial Candidate. Executive Director for CeaseFire Violence Interrupters, INC, has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. In 1999, Mr. Hardiman joined CeaseFire, an award-winning public health model that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings.Tio also created the Violence Interrupters in 2004.In 2008, under Tio’s direction, CeaseFire received additional funding from the State of Illinois to immediately expand from 5 to 15 communities and from 20 to 130 Outreach Workers and Violence Interrupters. Tio regularly gives perspectives to Huffington Post and CNN as a contributor. 
Reverend Gregg L Greer is a prominent member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (The Organization started by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Greer works as the Chicago SCLC Office Vice President in addition to his Freedom First Organization. Gregg L Greer leads a National Civil Rights Coalition of Civil Rights members from several areas including Florida, California, Arizona and New York. 
Lastly While advocating on a national level Greer was an instrumental team member in overturning the execution of the Youngest Person Executed in US History-George Stinney Jr. Which resulted in an exoneration.
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Human Rights Advocate Mark Clements was 16-years-old when he was tortured into confessing to crimes he did not commit by police officers under the command of Jon Burge. He spent 27 years in prison for arson and murder–and was released after the true circumstances surrounding his “confession” came to light.

Clements was instrumental, in the prosecution of John Burge who reportedly tortured more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions  after a jury found former Chicago police lieutenant Burge guilty of federal perjury and obstruction of justice charges for lying about torture. Today Mark is an instrumental leader with the Campaign to End the Death and has advocated on cases across America.

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Also present will be Cynthia Lane the Chicago West Side  Mother who is protesting the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the Lawndale neighborhood this Past Fall. The shooting of McIntosh bares a close resemblance to the Mike Brown Ferguson case and has raised serious concerns in a city where police shootings take place with regularity and often prompt hard questions about whether they were justified.
 
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*The conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. promptly inside of the Engbretson Hall at 1 University Parkway University Park, Il 60484*

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To learn more about this event, please contact gregggreer72@gmail.com

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In the New Year 2015-We Pray for All who have Marched, Stood, and Stand ” for Justice and World Peace!

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“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” (Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.)

  • We all must speak for those who are not strong enough to negotiate peace and urge them to work a little bit harder.
  • We must not stop or listen to the reports of loss and destruction without feeling that we all have a responsibility to do something. Then we must respond to the call for much needed Change!

         

 In 2015 Please continue to work toward truth and Justice. A Change is gonna come!

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