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Gregg L.Greer Notes from the Struggle Editorial: What is the Value of a Black Life

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Today, not more then one hour ago, I should on the front-lines for a very important, Protest. That protest concerned a young man who was unfortunately beaten to death on the South Side of Chicago in a small Arab Liqueur store while trying to steal a two dollar bottle of beer. Yes, the fact that he was stealing was wrong but the question of the hour was did he deserve to loose his life for that worthless item.
 
In truth, time again and over again-we see the lives of young black men, children and women have been stamped out due to a flurry of serious underlying causes, but when the life has been taken by police officers other means that directly puts the system at fault it would seem that the value and worth of that life is substantially diminished. 
 
During, this protest the liqueur store owner who heard prior that we were going to be protesting, decided to place a DJ outside of the store playing loud gospel music (to drown out our protest and speaking). Even a catholic priest known in the community stood on the side lines for the liqueur store in case the local media showed up. Also, it is now believed that some of our brothers took concessions from the store owners to stand down to soften the protest approach.
 
Where I’m from-when advocating against an enemy of the people there can be no negotiation,no handshakes, and no side deals will be made.   
 
The moral of this story is I have to say-I am sorry to say, many of us who live in the black community are often subject to unbalanced scales of justice-when it comes black life, the scales are double lopsided, and we stand in constant jeopardy of those who want top extinguish our lives. That leaves me to ask an interesting question:
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How Much Is a Black Life Worth?
According to a recent article by The Root- Using these numbers, a black life is worth about $3,364,875 million, or—on average—each taxpayer shells out $50.06 to extinguish a black life, meaning that a black life is worth less than:

  • Kendall Jenner’s Pepsi commercial (it cost the company about $5 million).
  • Ben Simmons’—who played in zero games in the NBA this season—2016 NBA salary ($5.093 million).
  • A weekend trip for Donald Trump to Mar-a-Lago ($3.6 million).
What these stats say to the many is that our system fails to show similar concerns over the lives of those in the black community and for the conditions that we deal with daily. I know for a fact that some of you would rest content with the superficial kind of social analysis that deals merely with being an instant consignee to the system and does not grapple with elimination of the underlying causes, that effects your people daily. Master says, move and you move-master says, jump and you all in body and soul.
 
It is unfortunate that the demonstration that took place went wrong, it is more unfortunate that our city is one of the most segregated in the nation. A city where weaker minded black’s get it on with the white “neocon” racist power structure and they leave those of us who are progressive minded in the community with no alternative, but to be crippled and hurt in most cases, yet we fight on to give a lifeline to our people.
 
In our tragic history-Black bodies were brought to this country as a commodity, and the only thing that has changed to-date is the volume and projection of the auctioneer’s voice. In truth they still wear a robes. They still sell you off at the highest bid, and have no use for you once your life blood has been taken.  
 
But “New Black Thought” say’s it is now time to leave the liberal plantation and secure a role in our historical struggle for emancipation and the redemption.
Yes indeed you are witnessing the making of a modern day revolutionary, who is unashamed, unbrought, and unrelenting. So I ask you gain, “What is the value of a black life.” (glg)
Bishop Gregg L. Greer, PEACE AND LOVE!
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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. Greer is the Founder of Black America World News His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, and  CNN.  Greer writes commentary on Apolitical America, Huffington Post,  and others-or listen to his radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from Are interested in interviews from him and others of the brightest minds today, you can email  oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com

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

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

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

Press Conference at City Hall tomorrow

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

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

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

 

Recent initiatives to address

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

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

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

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

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 (Andrea Zopp photo Attribution: Chicago Suntimes)

Today November 20, 2017 at 8:30 am

Chicago City Hall 

121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602

Suite 201a 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                        Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

 

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

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

Recent initiatives to address

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

Key

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

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

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

 

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For immediate Release: Suspects in the Semaj Crosby Case want to tell their story 

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For immediate Release: A Game Changer to be announced in the Semaj Crosby Case.

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           Today November 7, 2017 at 6:30 pm

                                                        New Generation Harvest Church

7300 S Ashland Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60636

In the wake of the tragic death of 17 month old Semaj Crosby earlier this year- three of the four suspects in the case will be on hand in Chicago at (New Generation Harvest Church) and want to make their story public for the first time. The ladies are claiming their 100% innocence, and hope that telling their story nationally will push the Will County investigation forward as they are hoping for closure and even possible prosecution.  

Bishop Gregg L. Greer and his team at Freedom First International will host the group, and have been openly advocating with the family for months to bring those responsible for killing the child to justice. Please inbox for details

Recent initiatives to address

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

Key

WHAT:  For immediate Release: Suspects in the Semaj Crosby Case want to tell their story 

WHERE:  New Generation Harvest Church 7300 S Ashland Ave Chicago, Illinois 60636 at 6:30 pm 

WHO: Freedom First International, The Guilty in Innocence Project, and Family of Semaj Crosby,The Semaj Crosby Coalition for Justice   

WHY: We want to keep Semaj Crosby’s name in the public with hopes toward resolution.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations who want change nationally in the wake of a tragic loss of life of Semaj Crosby-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. Justice for a murdered child (DCFS REFORM). 

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

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

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

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

For Immediate Release: Media Statement from Family and Advocacy of Semaj Crosby_Regarding concerns about community activist (group)

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For Immediate Release: Media Statement from Family and Advocacy of Semaj Crosby_regarding concerns about community activist (group)

Greetings, over the course of the last few days week beginning this past week- Jedidiah Brown the Leader of the group now known as the Freedom Fighters made a declaration of support then offering their movement and assistance to the family, community, and known advocacy for Semaj Crosby. From the very start of the announcement the group made it their own mission to declare their solidarity with finding “Justice,” for Semaj Crosby a 16 month old homicide victim from Joliet Township, IL. 

Despite the group’s framing of their effort as a movement to spark “national interest,” in Semaj’s already nationally known case- we are very clear that this narrative is completely false and a gross misrepresentation of the known facts as laid out by groups already on the ground including the family, the community members, officials and known advocacy -who have worked diligently and been on the ground since the very moment Semaj disappeared-please note the groups continue to work progressively to support Justice for Semaj Crosby to this very day!-For the record these groups have rallied, protested, and educated the national and international public about Semaj’s case and specifics.

Please Note: The groups by name:  Justice for Semaj Action TeamFreedom First International, community members, and concerned family members including the child’s Father James Crosby have/are working with State Senators and with other officials on the ground-all to help move this case forward and find “Justice for Semaj.”

While we understand the Freedom Fighters desire for Justice, we truly believe that if our fight is to be successful and ultimately if “Justice” is won for Semaj Crosby-the effort must move forward without confusion, without misinformation tactics, and without mowing down the concerned family members, advocacy, and the community with malice. 

 Points that we very much like to highlight: 

  • Freedom Fighters group began raising money through “Cash Apps” and Paypal in Semaj Crosby’s name without Authorization from the family despite the fact that the family now holds the authorization to the estate of Semaj Crosby.   
  • They group are now using Semaj Crosby’s likeness and image again without authorization of Estate of Semaj as Freedom Fighter Brand awareness. An action which is totally unacceptable and must immediately cease. (Picture below)
  • Jedidiah Brown has made multiple false and unproven statements-interjecting himself into the case-even to the extent of calling local officials to solicit information. 
  • We (advocacy) are concerned about statements and negative entanglements that already surround this group and it’s leader from their actions in Rosemont, IL with the Mother Teresa Martin of Kenneka Jenkins and statements of misappropriation of “fundraising efforts” by ​organizers which included Brown.
  • Also-Jedidah Brown personal (public) concerns of fraudulent activity as laid out by his own family members including one “Asia Love” a cousin. (video, supplied below) from earlier this year. This includes Brown’s known public suicide attempt from Lakeshore Drive (article below). 

In Closing at this point-we as the community don’t mind anyone who offers to help and that help is readily welcome it-but we must be clear in the fact that we would hope and pray for the help that is sincere. We would go on to say sincere help is very much needed, respected and more then appreciated form those who have not shown a serious pattern of misdirection, alienation of others, which only adds to the confusion of a very complex case. As far as the Freedom Fighters-At this point we must clearly disregard any offer for help unless authorized by our coalition. 

We must note that at this point we need legislation, “more vigils and prayers.”

Best Regards,

Freedom First International Team

James Crosby Father of Semaj Crosby

Concerned Family Members and Community

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Please send any concerns or questions to Freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

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

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

 

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Press Briefing and Protest Rally

Friday, JULY 14, 2017  at  11 am

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

Introduction

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

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

Opposition

The organizers plan to cover the following primary issues:

(DCFS)

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

(George Sheldon)

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

(Child Abuse Policy Cases)

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

Press Statement

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

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

Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

 

 

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

Key

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

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

Friday, July 14. 2017at 11:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


Contact (s):    

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

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

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

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Press Briefing

Friday, May 19, 2017at noon

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

Introduction

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

Opposition

The organizers plan to cover the following primary issues: 

(City Hall)

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

(Rahm Emanuel)

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

(Chicago Police)

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

Press Statement

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

Recent initiatives to address

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

Key

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

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

               Tuesday, May 19. 2017at 12:00 noon

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser 

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