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Today We Celebrate A Great American. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. King understood that our greatest strength to establishing powerful relationships is to be honest about our greatest weaknesses. We have all been socially conditioned to worry about what others will think and it’s only when we share our failures, our sincere thoughts, and what we don’t know with them is when we grow as a human being.

 

When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, we bridge our world. The truth is that these moments of vulnerability are the very moments that we grow. When we connect deeply with people who have struggled, who are insecure about something, or who have failed because we’ve all been there. Dr. King understood while we all struggle, that it’s not only okay to be vulnerable, it’s crucial.

 

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

We celebrate You!

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Cleveland Police Union Chief Jeff Follmer said, 12 year old’s shooting was justified

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 One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 12-year-old boy wielding what turned out to be a BB gun when he was shot by police outside a Cleveland recreation center, whose name has not been officially released, was shot in the stomach, He was taken to a nearby medical center in serious condition, EMS officials said. Throughout the night his condition deteriorated and he died.

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 The shooting came after a man at the park adjacent to the rec center called police when he saw “a guy with a gun pointing it at people.

The caller twice said the gun was “probably fake” and told dispatchers the person pulling the gun from his waistband was “probably a juvenile,” according to audio released by police officials late that Saturday.

The caller’s doubt was never relayed to the responding officers – one in his first year on the force, and the other with at least a decade of experience, Follmer said.

 

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Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer

How could Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeff Follmer say “The shooting was in anyway justified.”?

In a television interview Jeff Follmer, not only refers to Tamir Rice, the 12 year old boy tragically shot down by cowboy police as a “man,” but put in no uncertain terms that the shooting was 100% justified. He said this as the All In show’s video crew played a side-by-side of Follmer talking and the heartbreaking security cam video of Tamir Rice’s death.

He (Jeff Follmer) go’s on to say, “”If you listen to us you wouldn’t be dead right now.” Remember folks — its easy! Just do everything we tell you exactly when we tell you and you wont be dead. By the way, you have 3 seconds before your life is over. No pressure!

The rookie officer saw the boy at a park bench pick up what looked like a gun and placed it in his waistband, Follmer said.

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The officer ordered the boy to put his hands in the air. Instead, police said, the boy reached for his gun. Deputy Chief Edward Tomba said the boy made no verbal threats to the officer and there was no physical confrontation.

The officer fired twice at the boy, hitting him in the stomach at least once. The department’s Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is investigating the shooting.

This Sadistic Pathetic Cowboy (Follmer) has the audacity to call a dead youth’s murder justified.  This is why, we see harm with the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they are sworn to protect, sowing suspicion where trust is urgently needed. False sentiment and absolute ignorance will continue to have an impact in targeted communities. The results can be catastrophic for all ,This must stop!

In the mean time my organization Freedom First International and the Guilty In Innocence Project have both asked for the immediate removal of Jeff follmer Please join us:

Jeff Follmers Conact Information below:

jefffollmer@cppa.org

1303  West 58th Street
Cleveland, OH 44102

Phone:
216-631-8455

Fax:
216-631-5888

Email:
info@cppa.org

 

 

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Notes from my Struggle: S.C.L.C-Standing in the Shadows of Love

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One World By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the SCLC First President

Friends, I hope this message finds you in Peace and in Love,

I want to indicate the exact reasoning  why I wrote this post-case in point that is over the past ten years I have been heavenly  influenced by the plight of those less fortunate or the poor. My goal was not to seek empathy, but my “Clarion Call,” came through the need to assist others. After the experience of the death of a “loved one,” up until that point I quickly discovered how God humbles men to submit to his will. As the scripture in the book of Prophet James says, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.”  Moving forward-I can honestly say my first direct action campaign was to advocate with The American Civil Liberties Union vs. The Death Penalty. The ACLU is nonpartisan organization whose stated mission is “to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution.  I must argue that the current state of our country has readily shown me that perhaps many people’s view of constitutional rights is purely subjective to say the least.

 

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Over the last five years, I’ve had honor of serving as a general member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and within the past year organizing as a Chapter President in the SCLC State of Florida under the great leadership of Pastor RL Gundy. While, there frequently we would be called to engage in nonviolent direct action programs if deemed necessary. As a man of faith, I felt an urgency to live up to that promise. In early 2012  while on the way to a meeting in Atlanta, Georgina with then S.C.L.C Executive Director Damien Connors, I was contacted by members of a committee to assist members of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Family in an initiative that would counter the removal of then SCLC President Issac Farris. I decided to give strategic and operational support to this effort because I specialize in both areas through training and attrition. Though the campaign was short-lived, very valid points became readily apparent.

Up until that point until the present time I participated as a growing national leader in advocating and organizing many campaigns for human rights, examples include as lead advocate George Stinney Jr. vs. South Carolina, The Florida (National) Battle vs. Stand Your Ground to name a few. All these events have heightened my concern because many of us are doing the work of our First National President Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as an obligation to the legacy. Moreover because we are called by God to do his will. Other great standouts are SCLC Chapter of Jacksonville, Florida (great organization),  SCLC Peoples Coalition (unofficial, but growing), SCLC Roanoke, VA (great organization), SCLC State Chapter of Texas and many more. 

Moreover, I am aware of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. Over the past few years I along with many have concern if and why the National Leadership would sit back idly and not “show in prove,” concern about what happens in Ferguson, Mo., New York, NY., Chicago, IL., In truth Dr. King once told us “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” While this was a bidding concern for many of us, in truth every day It has become readily apparent that we have been absent from the national frontlines.  It is unfortunate that demonstrations are taking place around the country, but it is even more unfortunate that the power structure left the African-American community and others with no alternative. Where are we as an organization in all of this?

In truth at this most important time in our nation, we need you as our voice to stand up! To take a side, to enter into the national concern, to become a voice, to break through dissidence and continue the work as our founders have given their lives to our cause. For the record I must say; I give my life to this cause, and I’ll die for the cause.

Freedom First
our motto “Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus” is a Latin phrase, meaning: “Let there be justice, though the world perish.”

Note: I have started an alternative organization Freedom First International because I didn’t want to worry about the overall impression of taking liberties from our organization here because I have organizational ties there and Freedom First was born out of the rich tradition of the SCLC. Freedom started as a Chapter Affiliate. Our  motto “Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus” is a Latin phrase, meaning: “Let there be justice, though the world perish.” I would never compare the two, but I honor and  preserve the mandate of those who died on the front lines of love for us! So, we work toward the future!

I still believe in our organization, as Dr.King said, “We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

I hope this message finds you in “Peace and Love,” but ultimately my three questions to you;  1) are we standing on the wrong side of history? or 2) with our founders legacy at stake are we standing in the shadows of love? 3) Can we redeem? – I (many) need to know.

Reverend Gregg L Greer -Freedom First President, SCLC member

 

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News Release: The National Bar Association Issues Next Steps In The “War on Police Brutality”

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Good Morning, the statement below is a new and breaking headline in reference to our unified response to combating Police Brutality on a National Level. Any correspondence can be addressed to the responsible  parties listed on the document.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                
National Bar Association
November 26, 2014
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The National Bar Association Issues Next Steps In The “War on Police Brutality”  

In Wake of the Michael Brown Verdict, Yesterday’s 12:30 a.m. Call to Action Conference Call Brought Members and Community Advocates Together to Begin Our Journey To Justice

WASHINGTON, DC — In the aftermath of the verdict by the St. Louis County Grand Jury, the National Bar Association is still questioning how Darren Wilson, a Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was not indicted and tried for the shooting death of 18 year old Michael Brown. Accordingly, this Association is deeply concerned whether under the current legal standard a victim of excessive and/or deadly force by the hands of a police officer in America can receive fair and equal justice.

During yesterday morning’s national, “War On Police Brutality” conference call held at 12:30 a.m., “REAL SOLUTIONS TO AMERICAN’S EPIDEMIC”, were provided by the National Bar Association President, Pamela J. Meanes along with members of the National Bar Association; Pastor Gregg L. Greer, Founder of Freedom First International and Committee Member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference; Dr. Cornel West, Activist and author; Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, Founder of Songs of Solomon and Bernard Butler, Founder, Urban Diary TV.

THE PLAN: JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL BROWN

1. Demand the United States Department of Justice Indict Darren Wilson How to Implement: Submit your demand by contacting the US Department of Justice

By Mail U.S. Department of Justice 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

By Phone Main Switchboard: (202) 514-2000 Comment Line: (202) 353-1555

By Email Submit demands to: webmaster@usdoj.gov

2. The National Bar Association filed an action seeking to revoke Wilson’s license to be a police officer.  How to Implement: Click here to sign our petition. 
IMMEDIATE JUSTICE 
1. SOCIAL MEDIA BLACKOUT We are asking everyone not to use Twitter or Facebook as follows:

  • Tuesday, November 25 – Tuesday, December 2, 2014
  • From 8:09 pm until 12:39 am for a week. (The month and date of Michael Brown’s death and four hours his body laid in the street)
  • During this time, be sure and post the above image. Click here to download.

2. NATIONAL ECONOMIC BOYCOTT WITH LOCAL IMPACT  As the National Bar Association studies the impact of an economic boycott on police brutality, we wanted to make all aware of several individuals/organizations who have called for an economic boycott:
Pastor Gregg L. GreerFounder of Freedom First International and Committee Member of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Dr. Cornel West, Activist and author, Pastor Chantel Renee Wright, Founder of Songs of Solomon and Bernard Butler, Founder, Urban Diary TV.

Five cities that are being targeted include*:

  • Atlanta  Lottery, Macy’s, Target and Bed, Bath and Beyond
  • Chicago Lottery, Macy’s Best Buy, Target
  • Houston Lottery, Galleria Mall (Designate Mall as of limits for shopping
  • Los Angles Lottery,(To be determined in consultation)
  • New York Lottery, (Macy’s Target)

LEGISLATIVE CHANGE

1.Demanding the Implementation of New State and Local Laws  How to Implement: Require your councilperson and state legislators to implement the following laws

LOCAL LAW: Mandating Independent Investigations: Visit your City Hall to locate the following:

  • Contact information for all council members.
  • The expiration date of council members terms.
  • Scheduled council meetings and citizens should attend and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.
  • Local attorneys (at least two) are asked to attend each council meeting.
  • Demand higher standards for individuals to Become Police Officers (local & state)

STATE LAW: Mandating Independent Investigations: Check your State Legislature website for the following:

  • State Senate and Congressional representative’s contact information.
  • The expiration date of the legislative member’s term.
  • Legislature sessions.
  • Write letters, attend congressional sessions and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.

STATE AND LOCAL LAW: Mandating Diversity Training

  • Require a standard training program for police officers in every state.

Participate in the National Police Brutality Day On The Hill:

  • Friday, November 28, 2014 and Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Show up on the steps of your state legislative and/or your local municipal building and demand that the above laws are implemented IMMEDIATELY.

More information: nbacrimlawsection@gmail.com
2. DEMAND CONGRESSIONAL ACTION BEFORE DEMOCRATS LEAVE SENATE 

  • Congress Pass laws related to:
    • Body Video Cameras
    • Use of Force
    • Elevation of Force
    • Permanent Suspension
    • Felony Police Brutality
    • End the “School to Prison Pipeline
  • Contact Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and demand that he allow Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Virginia) IMMEDIATELY hold hearings on Police Brutality.
  • Contact Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), and demand the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee IMMEDIATELY hold hearings on Police Brutality

The Honorable Bob Goodlatte (R-VA)
House Judiciary Committee
2138 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Personal Office: (202) 225-5431
Committee Office: (202) 225-3951
Online: goodlatte.house.gov

The Honorable John Conyers (D-MI)
House Judiciary Committee
2142 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Personal Office: (202) 225-5126
Committee Office: (202) 225-6906
Online: conyers.house.gov

The Honorable Patrick Leahy
Chairman (D-VT)

Senate Judiciary Committee
244 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-4502
Personal Office: (202) 224-4242
Committee Office: (202) 224-7703
Online: www.leahy.senate.gov

 

NATIONAL BAR ASSOCIATION LEGAL RESOURCES TEAM

The citizens of Ferguson and this nation are in need of legal representation to those individuals who were arrested for exercising their constitutional rights. If you are a member of the Mound City Bar (MCBA) or Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA), please contact Kendra Howard, President of MCBA at president@moundcitybar.com. All others should contact Attorney Aramis Donell Ayala, Chair of the National Bar Association Pro Bono Committee at aramis.donell@gmail.com.

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Is the Civil Rights Movement in “Danger,” of becoming obsolete?

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By Greg Greer, Editor at Large, One world Journal

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Historically the civil rights movement has not only defined in American History, by showing the world the shining example of Americans fighting for racial and social justice, but it is also notable that the true pioneers of Civil Rights have now, become legends in our time-their names; Malcolm XDr. Martin Luther King Jr., Bobby Seale, Huey Newton and the list goes on. When one thinks about the iconic nature of these individuals-one must consider many factors including their deeds, struggles, and accomplishments. Right now America stands at a critical juncture in its race relations, and the civil rights issues of the present and past have/are going largely ignored. So when asked the question, why, is the Civil Rights Movement in danger of becoming obsolete the major standout reasons are;

Lack of Civil Rights Historical Knowledge

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There is clear ignorance by most American’s more specifically students of the basic history of the Civil Rights Movement is a growing challenge — in fact, it has worsened, according to a 2011 report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. The report says that states academic standards for public schools are one major cause of the problem. Eight of 12 states were tested based on the current knowledge of Civil Rights. The most earning A, B or C grades for their treatment of Civil Rights History are southern states where there were major protests, boycotts or violence during the movement’s peak years in the 1950s and ’60s. Surprisingly Alabama, Florida and New York students were given mostly A grades.

“Generally speaking, the farther away from the South — and the smaller the African-American community — the less attention paid to the civil rights movement,” the report says. “Across the country, state educational standards virtually ignore our civil rights history,” concludes the report.

While it is a proven fact that in classrooms around the world students are now being taught the history of the movement, but it is only a small backdrop in most history classes. Civil Rights historians believe that class materials and books water the content down to exerts from speeches-Like Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream,” and Malcolm X’s “By any means necessary.”

Growing American multiculturalism

 The census showed that as of July 1, 2011, 50.4 percent of the nation’s population age 1 or under was either Hispanic or a race other than White. “That is a surprising percentage. Twenty years from now (chart below) shows what Time magazine calls “The Browning of America,” which means that the racial makeup of American will be mostly people of color. There’s that historical notion as well.

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statistics show the racial make up of America in 40 years

A Growing Separatist Movement

Past "Tea Party Movement" Planned By GOP Billionaires?
Past “Tea Party Movement” Planned By GOP Billionaires?

There is a growing premise that race is not the salient characteristic and many question if race should remain a guiding principle of civil rights law today. Example, many Gay and Homosexual organizations now consider their fight for civil liberty the “New Civil Rights.” As time goes on the Civil Rights movement must seek a new life and possibly become a structure that closer resembles “Human Rights.”

 Lastly, the separatist potential in our laws and our society, and separatism’s growing threat to our sense of national community. Groups like the Tea party may cause struggle to Civil Rights due to the dangers of separatism in the context of separatist politics, entitlements, education, and speech, exploring the legal and social issues surrounding each of these areas.  Civil Rights law can either bring us together or drive us apart and that the choices we make now will determine the character of our national future.

In addition to the separatist nature of other groups, the Civil Rights advocates must place value in teaching and understanding what it means to be an, “Active,” American Citizen. They must learn how to identify injustice at all times (even internally). They must learn about the role of individuals (people) in their complexities, as well as the importance of structure. Also, they must see that all people can come together collectively to confront oppression. They need to know that as long as race is a barrier to access and opportunity, and as long as poverty is common for people of color, the dream has not been realized. GLG

Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Life Coach 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