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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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Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Ending The War Of Hate With Love

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    As I address the Christian community after giving much thought in the process of wondering about man’s end I couldn’t help but feel dismayed by the violence that is seen in the world. This violence is not only one that is physical, it’s also spiritually violent which is includes the tongue. Violence in the world is the result of the fall. This fall has brought in murder, hate, racism, torn marriages, the great divide between political parties, molestation of innocent children and war. We have seen slavery, the holocaust, and so many intricate factors where sin and evil is exposed. When will it all stop, how will it stop and what will it take for it to stop?

First all as Christians in the faith we have a duty to pray to the very God we believe in because it is the fabric how we should tackle the hidden world that lays behind the veil of realm, it is the invisible place hid from the eyes, it is that which we are unable see. What makes people hate so much? Is it because of jealousy or envy? What makes a husband abuse his wife or a wife to control her husband and do devious things to trouble his heart. This great divide in the comes straight from the powers that are unseen. It is not our government that we are fighting against, it is noted “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places, Ephesians 6:12” No Christian is a laymen or woman in this battle, this is not fight, it is more than a war, it is “Armageddon”  not the final war but a war that is bigger than life itself.

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We are to arm ourselves, the scriptures say’s that we are to “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil, Ephesians 6:11. The Devil is slick and cunning and able to deceive those can’t discern between right or wrong. He lords himself over all mankind without a crown as king, he acts as if he is the creator when he is the created. The bodies of human beings are tools in his world to hinder the kingdoms growth. However evil cannot permanently reign, somewhere down the line it will come crumbling down.  Babylon came down, Rome came down, Egypt came down and countless others, even empires and kings.

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   When will it all stop? It will stop in the final analysis when Christ comes, “Behold he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him, Even so Amen’, Revelation 1:7. How will it stop and what will it take for it to stop? It will stop when Christ overthrows the beast and all those who follow him that were deceived were cast into the lake of fire and judged, (Rev 20:10-15). God love’s the people and all those in whom sin has brought trouble to save them through his love by sending his Son into the world so that we may have life eternal. Christ wanted to bring an end to sin that haunted us for millenniums since the fall.  God’s love for humanity is the chief end to evil and sin. His heart warming compassion to the weak in spirit down to the soul he saved or rescued from being into the Lake of fire from it’s endless torment.

God will wipe away all tears from our eyes, death and sorrow and even those who suffered from the extreme pains of hate will have a place of rest with the father forever in Christ.  The only way to end this war with hate is with the love of Christ. shield-of-faith-clipart-1

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Omar Liles is the Associate Editor of the Faith and Leadership Journal. Omar is certified as a Dementia Practitioner with The National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and a graduate of New York Divinity School with a Master of Religion and received a Doctorate of Ministry from  Andersonville Theological Seminary, he is a member of Ecclesia Scholars Society from Trinity College of The Bible  and member Urban League Young of Essex County Young Professionals.A Volunteer Substitute Teacher Assistant at New York Divinity School, member of The King  Movement and Worships at Christ Resurrection Missionary Baptist Church. 

 

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Grief without remedy: The effort to stop the War Zone on Chicago’s South Shore Community

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By Mark Clements (Associate Editor, The Debrief)
Overall, there were 762 murders in Chicago in 2016. It was the deadest year in nearly two decades. For example, in 2016 on Father’s Day weekend 12 murders were committed and Christmas weekend 12 murders out of 27 reported shootings. On New Year’s Eve, residents and activist the city carried 800 wooden crosses down the streets of downtown, as they called for an end to community violence. Time and time again-the (residents and activist) call has been met with over 145 murders since the start of 2017.
 
Chicago Police reports show that many of the homicides in Chicago were gun-related. In 2016, there were 3,550 shooting incidents and 4,331 shooting victims, and five police districts on the south and west sides of the city accounted for nearly two-thirds of the increase in murders, according to the Chicago police department.
On the south side of Chicago-the streets of the South Shore community have changed and it’s changing due to community violence for the past thirty years.  For example, late last month in March, eight people, and a fetus were killed as the result of this same tragic violence. The name Jerry Jacobs was not among the list of people known to community activists as a victim of the tragic gun violence that had taken place across the east side of Chicago. Police authorities believe his death may have been the catalyst for a quadruple homicide the following day.
Reports show Jacobs was shot by gunfire, ran to a hospital blocks away, afterward there was a serious need for Jacobs to be transferred to a trauma center much as 15 minutes away, it cost him his life, some in his family believe.
Jacobs was a murder that surprisingly had no mention by police. The community has been terrified, shocked to the core with grief and concern to end this latest wave of violence, said long time resident Betty Washington. “I have been in this community for over 48 years, and I cannot recall a time that would properly describe March 29th and 30th, it was like a war,” Washington said. Chicago police are yet to properly describe what happen to Jacobs a 37-year-old African American male, who has struggled to get his life in order. He was killed on March 29th at approximately 11:15 PM while walking down the street on 79th and Phillips.
 
The Recent Murder of Jacobs and Others
 Last week during a news conference (picture, below) with Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, it was announced that Maurice Harris (19 years old) was responsible for the deaths of four people at the Nadia restaurant located 75th and Coles. They were identified as: Emmanuel C. Stokes, 28, Edwin Davis, 32, and brothers Dillon Jackson, 20, and Raheem Jackson, 19 each shot to death allegedly by Harris in revenge for the murder of his father Jacobs.
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Tragically,  the double shootings that occurred at 7100 S. Yates, likewise a recent shooting located in South Shore that killed a 27-year-old male and a 23-year-old woman, left members of the Chicago police department processing the murder scene after murder scene. In total four different murder scenes. Left families of the victims shaken, terrorized, and hurting. At each scene police having to deal with traumatized families wounded to the core, offered little to no assistance from the city of Chicago.
During the news conference Brendan Deenihan, commander of Area Central detectives stated that Harris exercised his right to remain silent and that he was being charged with 4 counts of murder based off of identification by 3 witnesses.
 
“This argument appears to be weak and similar to how others were charged with serious offenses during the Jon Burge era of the Chicago police department,” said Val Love the aunt of a Chicago police torture victim that remain incarcerated based off of torture and false identification. When people are charged with offenses we must be certain that the right person is being charged and that the evidence supports that charge, and I am not confident of that in this case at this time, says Love.  For the record from 1972 until 1991 Burge tortured confessions from suspects inside interrogation rooms while using coercive tactics against witnesses to force them to cooperate with fabricated claims to support the police theory in the cases. Burge was fired in 1993 from the Chicago police department for acts of torture.
Relatives and friends of those that have been gun down on the streets of Chicago have been denied trauma treatment and other social services from the city of Chicago for decades. People barely able to walk as they have been traumatized through grief, losing someone to violence. In the most of Chicago’s crime-affected areas on the south side, there is no trauma center that is open, there is no grief counseling made available to them and often the families must accept the pain with all of its psychological associations and not receive one any meaningful form of treatment.
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Efforts to bring attention to the violence:
 
After the shooting of Jacob and others-I met with Chicago Alderman Greg Mitchell along with Pastor Greg Greer, who is President and Founder of Freedom First International. Our concerns involved the lack of response by the Alderman over the South Shore Community where this violence was occurring. At the time of this article (two days after the shootings), The city has offered the wounded family and community no healing and no services. Family and friends of the victims laid across the concrete pavement in anguish as they try to cope with their lost. This is a scene all across Chicago, however not on the same levels as Chicago’s southside.
 
We requested Alderman Mitchell to get more involved with his community and to reach out to the families that have been affected as the result of this massacre. It was our request that the first year alderman make attempts to gain a trauma center for his ward and to establish sound programs for both younger and older residents in his ward.
 
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The meeting went well and we look forward to change in the south shore community and also to establish a dialog between the community with their new alderman.
Also included in the conversation was the fact the relatives and friends of those that have been gun down on the streets of Chicago have routinely been denied trauma treatment and other social services from the city of Chicago for decades. People are barely able to walk as they have been traumatized through grief, losing someone to violence. In the most crime-affected areas on the south side, there is no trauma center that is open, there is no grief counseling made available to them and often the families must accept the pain with all of its psychological associations and not receive one any meaningful form of treatment.
 
Meanwhile, Harris who is held at the Cook County Jail has been informed that he will not be allowed bond and would be unlikely an attendee at his father’s funeral. The south shore community is in need of programs and jobs. It’s a community that has seen entire blocks abandoned with vacant lots. Unemployment, poverty, and ineffective drug treatment centers. When crime affect communities police and the city must step up and accept responsibility.
 
South Shore Chicago residents sit in fear knowing that they are receiving less protection from its police and it has really been visible the past two years. (mc)
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(Gregg L.Greer is the Editor for OneWorld01.com.  
Mark Clements is an Associate Editor-A Chicago police torture survivor, Board Member with the Campaign to End the Death Penalty. A Board member of Illinois Fair Sentencing for Illinois Youth, and is also currently Chairperson over the Campaign to End Torture). Mark can be reached at twitter https://twitter.com/Prisonspeaks
 
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For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant activist to rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations

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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.

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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!

 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change national perceptions of people of color and others about The Trumps immigration policy 

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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.

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

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

 

For immediate Release: Family of High Profile Rape Case (victim) will make a plea to Local Officials for Protection

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Elkins (right)-victim mother. said she’s shocked by people’s actions, especially of those 40 people (Daily Mail)

 

The Family members and Community activist-Leadership will hold a joint  Press Conference calling for City Officials including the Mayor of Chicago, City Police Officials and also the Illinois Governor to give protection and relocation to the family to shield them from a continued cloak of threats and harassment from the local community due to the case being highly provocative and the high level of negative pushback coming from the community.

Violence Interrupters President-Tio Hardiman, Freedom First International and SCLC Chicago President -Pastor Gregg L. Greer, and various family members including Reginald King (the Uncle of rape victim  Deahvion Austin) The family is now in fear for their lives, and we want the officials to react “before more family members are hurt.”

The group is also calling on men in the community to help with protection.

 Deahvion Austin was The15-year-old girl who was gang-raped during a Facebook Live video after she went missing from her home has been reunited with her mother.  

Chicago Police said the teenager was found after five or six men (boys) were suspected of sexually assaulting her.

About 40 people viewed the attack on Facebook while it was happening on Sunday but none of them reported it to police, according to department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The girl’s mother Stacey Elkins, and uncle alerted police to the incident after showing them screen grabs taken from the video.  

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence  

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WHAT:  Press Conference and Community Action asking for further Protection for Rape Victim and Family

WHERE:  1400 South Avers Chicago, IL Chicago, IL. 60623 at 10:00 am (Street Corner)


WHO:
  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others.  

WHY: The issue of Victim blaming occurs when the victim of a crime or any wrongful acts like rape in this case are sometimes held entirely or partially responsible for the harm that befell them. Family and activist will address concerns that situation may be growing more volatile due to negative community pushback.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence totals-(Rape Included).

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

Tio Hardiman, 773 391-9072

Gregg L, Greer, 404 992-8954

 

For immediate Release: Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil) Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

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Sunday-March 19, 2017   62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

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When 30,000 Americans die each year due to gun violence, it is time to acknowledge that we are suffering from a modern plague. When schoolchildren are gunned down by single shooters with a high-capacity magazine, we suffer from a modern plague. And, when criminals can buy weapons without having their backgrounds checked, we suffer from a modern plague.

This Vigil will be part of our early effort to “Prevent the critical Issue of Gun Violence” for 2017 in areas in Chicago where this plague is taking young lives in abundance. (This corner is where a three year old is in critical condition after being shot in the head in an apparent accident.) The goal is to stop unnecessary loss of life!

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent- Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about Chicago Community Violence

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WHAT:  Guns Don’t Die Children Do_Chicago (Prayer Vigil)Press Conference and Prayer Vigil

WHERE:  March 192017 11:00 a.m at 62nd and Aberdeen Chicago, IL (Corner)

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WHO:  Violence Interrupters, Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others. (Please note this group has been on the frontlines of Chicago Violence for the past three years and more).

WHY: The issue of gun violence — more specifically, Chicago’s gun violence — is by no means a new issue. However, President Trump has singled out the city, even threatening to send in the federal troops, as a part of his “law and order” campaign. The current discourse coming from the White House focuses on more police, more prison and increased criminalization of Black and Latino communities as a solution. Unfortunately, this narrative of retribution fully incorporates the Fraternal Order of Police viewpoint without considering the concerns of the community.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change in Chicago in the wake of last years overwhelming and historically high community violence totals.

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_Violence in Chicago, IL

Contact (s):     Gregg L, Greer-Lead Activist-Media Adviser 321 355-0598gregggreer72@gmail.com

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For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will Rally for PEACE- give away coats in opposition of violence for Holiday Season

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CHICAGO, IL-Social Justice organizations and activist will stand together for a Peace rally on December 4, 2016 at 12 noon- The PEACE RALLY/PRAYER VIGIL is scheduled to remember citizens slain by gun/ community violence. The event will be held from 12-1 p.m. on intersection of 79th and exchange, Southside of Chicago . The Main sponsors are The Zakat Foundation and Freedom First International, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters Inc and others.

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In addition multiple “coats will be givenaway,” for those in need-to serve and support the community effort for keeping the city “safe and secure.” The south shore are is considered to be one of the top ten deadliest neighborhoods with 20 homicides and 120 total shootings year to date.

QUOTEAs the year draws to an end, we look to remember those whose lives where lost of our South Shore community and plan for a better future. On Sunday, December 4th, from 12-2 p.m. Zakat Foundation of America in collaboration with Freedom First International other organizations are taking over an intersection in South Shore that has been rife with violence, and reclaiming the space for positive use. We wish to promote community through reflection, thought-provoking entertainment, and good will. 
Ubuntu: We Stand For Peace is about not only our shared losses as a community, but how we can claim shared ownership to minimize the blood-shed in South Shore. 

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Recent initiatives to address

Recent –Change Perceptions of People of Color the poor and others about community violence.

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WHAT: Peace Vigil to combat growing gun violence on Chicago’s SouthSide “We Stand for Peace.”

WHERE: 79th and Exchange  Intersection, Chicago, Illinois 60611

WHEN: 12/04/2016 from 12 noon- 1:00pm

WHO:  Zakat Foundation of America,Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and others

WHY: Much needed public effort to combat Chicago community violence / police violence/ gun violence 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers in Opposition of those who commit community violence

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Political Policy 

Contact (s):  

Gregg L, Greer-Media Adviser 321 355-0598, gregggreer72@gmail.com

  Marcus Knight-Lead Organizer-708 233-0555 Marcus@zaket.org