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Activist Prepares for Hunger Strike to Combat Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings in California

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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

On May 13, 2014 A California Professor James Cosner will go on a hunger strike “to his death,” according to Cosner and Organizers (CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE) as a method of civil disobedience against the State of California in a battle for cause. Cosner’s desire is to bring national attention to the growing stream of violent deaths of many mostly young men (citizens)-the reason given-is the incredibly tragic way many have died (resulting at hands of Police) or better know as “Police Brutality.

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Although he (Cosner) has not fallen victim to directly to Police Brutality, Cosner though his long-term Social Activism has dedicated his life to the rescinding of unethical social and economic aspects of the Criminal Justice policies in California and abroad. Additionally, Cosner has had dealings with law enforcement, which is not unusual and usually “Power for the Course,” as most advocates consider civil disobedience to be a very successful method of fighting Injustice.

 

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March-against-police-brutality-in-Anaheim

In California,  use of deadly force by police shootings continue to disturb communities. The “Hardest,” demographic base hit are low-income communities and communities of color. Many citizens recognize that no force is exceedingly more explosive and leads to tragedy, more than Police Brutality caused deadly force. Activist believe the multiple cases that most go under  Federal Justice Department scrutiny and investigation concerns are records of police wrongdoing addressed over the last several years, also any inquiries to the United States Attorneys and in addition to The Federal Bureau of Investigation. Activist believe the investigations, must include any/all Police Brutality cases handled solely by local police departments.

 

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Cosner’s objection, while timely, is not without merit- to date there are a growing list of examples – one in particular, in Bakersfield California, a 911 caller claimed a, “guy” had been viciously battered to death on one road by eight police officers. The man, who died that evening, was father of four, David Sal Silva, 33. Two eyewitnesses claimed to have recorded videos of the beating on their cell phones, but local police seized the phones.

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Other Major California Cases

 

Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. More info https://www.facebook.com/groups/433149643404154/
Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare

It has been two years since Kenneth Harding Jr. was gunned down in the Bay Area streets by San Francisco Police for allegedly failing to pay a $2.00 transit fare. Police later claimed that Kenneth Harding Jr., 19, allegedly shot himself to death during an exchange of gunfire with police as he ran away from two officers who attempted to arrest him for alleged fare avoidance.

Oscar Grat Foundation, includes other families of victims murdered by "Police Brutality."  http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/
Oscar Grant Foundation, includes other families of victims murdered by “Police Brutality.”
http://www.oscargrantfoundation.com/

 

With the particular example of Oscar Grant, Officer Johannes Mehserle claimed he mixed his service revolver for his taser. However, for what reason? Would the officer taser Grant in the first place? Grant continued to be restrained, also as he was circled by police officers and lying face-down in cuffs on the Oakland rapid transit platform. Many who know of the incident still question, under which? assumption did Mehserle think of the necessity to use any force at all? Officer Mehserle was eventually convicted in criminal court of involuntary manslaughter but completed less than two years in prison.

Rarely do methods of civil defiance draw the same level of public awareness as a hunger strike. This method has been used around world over to galvanize public support, unite a movement, and draw awareness to issues that under other conditions might go overlooked. What is completely reliant is how long the striker can continue to go without his or her most essential instincts, hunger strikes do not require posters or conference halls or television cameras. It is a method of dissent available to practically anyone, anywhere in the world.

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Here is a brief history of more well known-Hunger Strikes. While Cosner has not made himself a comparison to anyone else- Cosner’s Actions are inline in comparison and also in the thoughts and views of many great leaders, examples include;

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1. Mohandas Gandhi
An influence for many non-violent peace demonstrations, Gandhi conducted a twenty-one day fast against British control in February 1943. A Separate fast in 1948 concluded after five days, with Muslims, Sikhs, and Hindus declaring they would work toward Gandhi’s concept of comprehensive national solidarity.

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2. Cesar Chavez
The Latino-American labor movement leader used hunger strikes on various occasions while agitating for farm workers. In 1968, Chavez began a 25-day fast to obtain recognition for the union he helped co-found, the United Farm Workers.

 

 bobby_sands_33. Bobby Sands
An Irish nationalist died 66 days into a hunger strike in 1981, and likewise Nine hunger strikers died after Sands after necessitating that many Irish Republican Army members were made political prisoners by the British during the unrest. The 27-year-old Sands dropped 60 pounds before he died.

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Statement from James Cosner

On May 13th, whether I am one or many, I will not eat as a form of spiritual and political protest until either I return to my ancestors or until the government meets the following demands:

First: Free Leonard Peltier, Move 9/8, Mumia Abu Jamal, Ramsey Muniz, and Rocky Boice immediately!

2nd: Fire immediately and level 1st degree murder charges against the following officers:

Gregory Sur and company for killing Mark Garcia, retry Johannes Mehserly for killing Oscar Grant, John Moody for killing Ernest Duenez, Miguel Masso for killing Allen Blueford, Steve Gilley for killing Michael Nida, Manuel Ramos for killing Kelly Thomas, Richard Hastings, Mikeal Ali, and Mathew Lopez for killing Kenneth Harding, Dan Hurtado, Ray Drabek, and Mike Brannigan for killing Martin Angel Hernandez, John Nesbitt, Gregory Dunn, and Erick Azarvand for killing James Rivera, Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy for killing James Boyed, and ?? for killing Everado Toress.

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As landscape gets denser, more complex, the public outcry from inside California is growing louder, there will be more groups willing to come forward and engage the public, and the ability to undertake collective action. In the political arena, as the protests and demonstrations are increased Cosner and his group of “Freedom Fighters,” can only hope that their coordinated public effort with bring much-needed change.

I am committed to a particular course of action because I believe it to be true, my truth, and if I am wrong then I will take responsibility for being wrong. But, I do not believe that I am wrong.
We do wish for all the Creator’s children to mature, to grow up, to take responsibility, to find integrity, to secure intelligence, and achieve lasting wisdom.

James Cosner, Peace!

For More Information on James Cosner and the CAMPAIGN 4 JUSTICE visit:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463153727251897/admins/?order=default

Related  Articles

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/22/david-silva-cell-phone-video-bakersfield-police-beating_n_3314957.html

http://presstv.com/detail/2013/01/22/284918/activists-in-california-protest-police-brutality/

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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Gregg  L. Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com.

 

Police are Killing Citizens!-What’s the Truth behind the Sudden outbreak! (Privilege and Control Theory)

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By Gregg L.Greer, Editor One World (Journal)

This past month, It was a privilege for me (Gregg L. Greer) to write about Denika Chatman, someone whom I see as a, “hero,”  and currently, she is preparing to take the national stage in a “Historical Run for State Senator District 3 California. I was introduced to Ms. Chatman two years ago due to the tragic circumstance of the death of her son, “Kenneth Harding Jr.” who was killed in July of 2011 by San Francisco Police in a progression of very unfortunate events.
Bobby Henning-shot and killed by a LA sheriff's deputy Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Bobby Henning-shot and killed by a LA sheriff’s Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012
Denika Chatman
Denika Chatman
Also, this week I began conversations with the family of Robert “Bobby” Henning,  another California young man who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles County Sheriff‘s Deputy Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 also a California Mother La Mesha Irizarry her son Idriss Stelley was shot dead with 48 bullets from 9 San Francisco policemen. While, most people in communities think that overall there are many “good,” Police Officers, and feel very safe in communities around the country, also people believe Police overall do a great job in protection of the community, lately, many communities are also expressing some anger and disappointment when hearing of the growing amount of “Police Kill, excessive force incidents across the county. “Standout,” communities with a high incident rate of “Police Kill,” incidents are Florida, and most of the State of California, especially the San Fransisco Bay Area.
Guilty in Innocence Project (Final)
Gregg Greer, chair of the Guilty in Innocent Project, states, “ I Strongly urge and understand that most of the incidents are due to an invisible code of ethics called “The Thin Blue Line.” Proponents of the symbol (code) assert that the Blue Line is meant to show support for police like the-Fraternal Order of Police Bumper Stickers. Greer also states “In opposition-those who know of the “Thin Blue Line,” feel that this standard is “extremely,” questionable and is a code that compels a bad police or bad group of police to obey their own makeshift set of laws binding only to themselves.”  “They are becoming like a “Gang,” states, Greer
Well Known Police Blue Line Slogan Sticker
Well Known Police Blue Line Slogan Sticker
Many people in communities strongly feel that, Police make the difference legal at their own discretion.
Here are the basics;
  • 1. The thin blue line represents the thin line Police Officers walk daily between life and death.
  • 2. The thin blue line represents the police officer role of separating the good from the bad while creating order from chaos.
  • 3.The thin blue line on black is a memorial or a connection or memory between Officers killed in the line of Duty and those who continue with their duties in the present.
Pretty similar to the “Thin Blue Line,” is that states including,  Florida, California, and Virginia have The Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights (LEOBR or LEOBoR) which is meant to protect American law enforcement personnel from unreasonable investigation and persecution caused by extraordinary circumstances in the official performance of their duties, and provides them with special privileges not enjoyed by other Americans accused of crimes. It was first set forth in 1974, following Supreme Court rulings in the cases of Garrity v. New Jersey (1967).
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Police Sprays witnesses during demonstration

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Police Bill of Rights-Florida, California, West Virginia

The Bill of Rights while is a tough standard to break, as Community Coalitions like the California Champaign to stop Police Brutality, and other citizens rights groups start to advocate with public awareness the more, officials are prone to act, within the interest of the public.

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California Police Bill of Rights

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Example, when Sanford, Florida, Police Chief Bill Lee (above), who drew criticism for his department’s actions in the Trayvon Martin case, was fired for his failure to respond. June of 2012. “After much thoughtful discussion and deep consideration for the issues facing the city of Sanford, I have determined the police chief needs to have the trust and respect of the elected officials and the confidence of the entire community,” City Manager Norton Bonaparte said in a news release.
“We need to move forward with a police chief that all the citizens of Sanford can support. I have come to this decision in light of the escalating divisiveness that has taken hold of the city.”
Gregg Greer As, the current Chair of the Guilty in Innocence Project, which is a growing Human Rights Protection Organization-we believe strongly that when we raise awareness and concern about the failings of our criminal justice system, we can put in place “checks and balances that go far toward prevention of community misconduct especially from sworn officers.  Greer states, ”
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“Privilege and Control Theory”

Today to prevent the growing concerns of Police Misconduct, The Guilty in Innocence Project (This Week) has initiated a research project concept, called, “Privilege and Control Theory” which is based on what we believe-that some Police  who have long-term exposure to small incidents of violence daily increase aggressive thoughts, angry feelings, physiological arousal and aggressive behaviors, and decreases helpful behaviors. The basics are;

  • 1. Police habituate or ‘get used to’ all the violence and eventually become physiologically numb to it.
  • 2. “Thin Blue Line,” misrepresents the police officer role of “Effective Community Policing,” and separating the good from the bad while creating order from chaos. Which long-term causes them to take on a Master-Slave like mentality, and once this idealism is permeated some officers are willing to go above the law to the extent of murder.”
  • 3. Officers need an effective systematic violence desensitization tool, “in addition to yearly mental health evelauations” 
  • 4. Also, the internal 800 Police misconduct Alert lines must be well-known thought out communities.
  • 5. When a fatality is involved from a police related “Killing,” The review board  (investigating) should be a Non Department, State or federally certified unit. (Not in most of California)
(Anyone who believes in the “Thin Blue Line or The Police Bill of Rights should read)
Dr. Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail  April  16,1963

“Letter from a Birmingham Jail
April 16,1963
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We should never forget that everything Adolf Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” It was “illegal” to aid and comfort a Jew in Hitler’s Germany. Even so, I am sure that, had I lived in Germany at the time, I would have aided and comforted my Jewish brothers. If today I lived in a Communist country where certain principles dear to the Christian faith are suppressed, I would openly advocate disobeying that country’s antireligious laws.” Dr. King Later in the letter stated, “law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and that when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” 
Dr.Martin Luther King Jr.    
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What you can you do?
You can find a community organization, like The Guilty in Innocence Project,  or the  California Champaign to stop Police Brutality (On FaceBook) and ask questions, and get training. You can reach the GuiltyinInnocenceProject@gmail.com or call 704 712-1972
In short, “Whether or not Policy makers would continue to protect The Police Bill of Rights, or the Thin Blue Line, is mainly a public policy question, not an exclusively legal one. Also, when citizens are reacting in mass numbers to policy with interests contrary to the rights of others or the interests of the whole community, then-this type of injustice should be intolerable to every American, or human being. Lastly, if innocent people are imprisoned or, worse, being put to death for crimes that they did not commit, it is a facet of our society that eventually will inflame our society..”  Love, and Peace.  GLG
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G.GreerGregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at one1worldtoday@gmail.com