Family of Tamir Rice, John Crawford, Andrew Joseph-Prepare for the United Nations Event-Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism
On the occasion of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights invites, with the co-sponsorship of the Unitarian Universalist Association, the United Nations Department of Public Information, UNESCO, the Organisation de la Francophonie (tbc), A Black Lives Matters Initiative, and Amnesty International USA, to host a special event on Confronting the Silence: Perspectives and Dialogue on Structural Racism against People of African Descent Worldwide Tuesday, 3 November 2015 UN Secretariat Conference Building, United Nations Headquarters, NYC-ECOSOC Chamber 1.30 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Guest-Include Mr. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Mr. Harry Belafonte, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador (Above)
Ms. Samira Rice, (Justice for Tamir Rice)- Mother of Tamir Rice who was fatally shot by police as a 12-year-old
Mr. John Crawford, (Justice for John Crawford) Father of John Crawford III who was fatally shot by police as a 22-year-old
Panelists International perspective: Mr. Mutuma Ruteere, Special Rapporteur on Racism, Racial Discrimination.
Xenophobia and Related Intolerance Ms. Mireille Fanon -Mendes France, Chairperson of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.
Ms. Gay McDougall, Member of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Latin America and Caribbean perspective:
Ms. Cheryl Sterling, Ph.D., Director, Black Studies Program, The City College of New York.
Ms. Ramona Hernández, Ph.D., Director, CUNY Dominican Studies Institute & Professor of Sociology, The City College of New York
Mr. Steven W. Hawkins, Executive director of Amnesty International USA
Invited Special Guest:
Deanna Hardy-Joseph and Andrew Joseph- for The Justice for Andrew Joseph Foundation.org
Gwen Carr Mother of Eric Gardner and many more.
The Event is free to the public.
Bruce Knotts, UN Committee for Human Rights
Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International / Tamir Rice Justice Foundation
Jonathan Abady, Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady LLC
and a host of Staff and Coordinators with the United Nations including, Amnesty International USA .
To attend, R.S.V.P. here: http://bit.ly/UN3Nov
THE “OWL” RADIO THAT NEVER SLEEPS
“SOMEDAY WE’LL ALL BE FREE”
Someday We’ll All Be Free” is a 1973 song by Donny Hathaway from the album Extension of a Man. The song was released as the flipside to the single “Love, Love, Love”. Though the song was only released as an uncharted A-side, it is considered an R&B standard, having been covered by many artists over the years.
The lyrics were written by Edward Howard, for and about the mental pain that Donny Hathaway was experiencing at the time. Edward Howard said:
“What was going through my mind at the time was Donny, because Donny was a very troubled person. I hoped that at some point he would be released from all that he was going through. There was nothing I could do but write something that might be encouraging for him.”
Years later, the song began to be interpreted as being written about black rights, primarily due to Spike Lee featuring it at the end of his biographical film Malcolm X. However, as Howard said:
“A lot of black people have taken the song for some sort of anthem. That’s fine. I didn’t write it for that, though. It doesn’t have that significance for me. I take it with a grain of salt. I’m glad it has some significance.”
Donny Hathaway himself particularly loved the song and as Eulalah Hathaway stated:
“He loved that song. Donny literally sat in the studio and cried when he heard the playback of his final mix. It’s pretty special when an artist can create something that wipes them out.”
Although the song did not chart, the B-side of the single, “Love, Love Love” peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the R&B charts
Six years later, Hathaway’s life ended when was found lifeless on the sidewalk below the window of his 15th-floor room in New York’s Essex House hotel. It was reported that he had jumped from his balcony. The glass had been neatly removed from the window and there were no signs of struggle, leading investigators to rule that Hathaway’s death was a suicide. A Brilliant Life that we honor to this day. Donny, yes-It is true, “Someday we’ll all be free.”
This letter should be read and studied by everyone in the United States, only because it demonstrates exactly how much damage the intelligence community was willing to inflect on citizens —and when they (intelligence) latch on to a target, how far will they go to accomplish their mission.
The New York Times recently published a unreacted version of the famous “suicide letter” from the FBI to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The letter, recently discovered by historian and professor Beverly Gage. The anonymous letter was the result of the FBI’s comprehensive surveillance and harassment strategy called Cointelpro, the notorious program between the years 1956 and 1971, they (FBI) wanted to prevent the rise of a black “messiah.” FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover vigorously disrupted the lives of black leaders such as Dr. King and others including the Black Panthers, Malcolm X, and S.C.L.C-Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The strategy included bugging their homes hotel rooms, photographic surveillance, and physical observation of their daily movements by FBI agents.
Portions of the letter had been previously redacted. One of these portions contains a claim that the letter was written by another African-American:
“King, look into your heart. You know you are a complete fraud and a great liability to all us Negroes.” It goes on to say “We will now have to depend on our older leaders like Wilkins, a man of character and thank God we have others like him. But you are done.”
- This line is key, because part of the FBI’s strategy was to try to fracture movements and pit leaders against one another.
The newly unreacted portions shed light on the government’s bizarre plan to harass and discredit Dr. King. One paragraph states:
No person can overcome the facts, now even a fraud like yourself. Lend your sexually psychotic ear to the enclosure. You will find yourself and in all your dirt, filth, evil and moronic talk exposed on the record for all time. . . . Listen to yourself, you filthy, abnormal animal. You are on the record.
- And of course, the letter ends with an ominous threat:
“King, there is only one thing left for you to do. You know what it is. You have just 34 days in which to do it (this exact number has been selected for a specific reason, it has definite practical significance). You are done. There is but one way out for you. You better take it before your filthy, abnormal fraudulent self is bared to the nation.”
There’s a lesson to learn here: history must play a central role in the debate around spying today. As Professor Gage states:
Should intelligence agencies be able to sweep our email, read our texts, track our phone calls, and locate us by GPS? Much of the conversation swirls around the possibility that agencies like the N.S.A. or the F.B.I. will use such information not to serve national security but to carry out personal and political vendettas. King’s experience reminds us that these are far from idle fears, conjured in the fevered minds of civil libertarians. They are based in the facts of history.
Today technology allows us better understanding of these strategies in the digital age are not so much surprising but sill disturbing nonetheless. What if the Facebook chats, porn viewing history, emails, were made public to discredit a leader who threatens the status quo, or used to extort a reluctant target into becoming an FBI informant? These are not far-fetched ideas. They are the reality of what happens when the surveillance state is allowed to grow out of control, and the full King letter, as well as current intelligence community practices illustrate that reality richly. (GLG)
Ebola is a serious, often fatal, disease. The virus is transmitted to people from animals and then spreads among humans through direct contact with an infected person.
The Ebola virus was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo (then known as Zaire) in 1976 and can be found in various African countries. Periodic outbreaks have occurred since Ebola’s discovery, but the current west Africa outbreak that began in Guinea in March 2014 is the largest and deadliest in history.
The outbreak began in the densely populated border region between Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia …
At first Belgian Nuns had unwittingly spread the virus. How did that happen?
In Belgium a lab team discovered Ebola just prior to 1976. The team discovered that mission hospitals regularly gave pregnant women vitamin injections using unsterilized needles. By doing so, they infected many young women in Yambuku with a then unknown virus. Scientist working with the World Health Organization or W.H.O “allegedly” told the nuns about the terrible mistake they had made, but in their own words they said that, ” we were much too careful in their choice of words (meaning they didn’t have a sense of urgency about the breakout).” In Africa the clinics that failed to observe this and other rules of hygiene functioned as catalysts in all additional Ebola outbreaks. They drastically sped up the spread of the virus or made the spread possible in the first place. Even in the current Ebola outbreak in west Africa, hospitals unfortunately played this ignominious role in the beginning. … also contributed to the catastrophe. In addition the people there have always been extremely mobile, so it was much more difficult than usual to track down those who had contact with the infected people. Because the dead in this region are traditionally buried in the towns and villages they were born in, there were highly contagious Ebola corpses travelling back and forth across the borders in pickups and taxis. The result was that the epidemic kept flaring up in different places.
It is thought that fruit bats of the Pteropodidae families were natural Ebola virus hosts with that in mind research showed Ebola was then introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of these infected animals the list also chimpanzees, gorillas, fruit bats, monkeys, forest antelope and porcupines found ill or dead or in the rainforest.
Was Ebola ever used as population curve!
Archival (WHO) World Health Organization documents were explored along with links to American health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Cancer Institute (NCI). These institutions played leading roles in the WHO’s early viral research network. During the 1960s and early 1970s the WHO served as the omnipotent supplier of the world’s pharmaceutical, bacteriological, and viral test reagents. Investigations revealed the NCI, a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), functioned as the WHO’s chief distributor of viruses and viral testing reagents during the late 1960s. By 1968, the WHO had provided technical advisors and supplies of “prototype virus strains” for more than “120 laboratories in 35 different countries.” By 1969, this number increased to “592 virus laboratories.” In this one year, four of the most active centers, including the NCI and CDC, distributed 2,514 strains of viruses, 1888 ampoules of experimental vaccines, and about 100 samples of cell cultures throughout the network. 70,000 virus isolations were reported by 1970. To date there is no known proof that Ebola was spread, for means of population control. What is known is that the WHO did not react with a strong sense of urgency to combat this deadly virus.
Cold War, Biological Weapons and World Health
Ebola is not new. Nor is the possibility of terrorist or supremacy groups using the Ebola virus in an attack. As many may have guessed few to only one documented case of the disease listed for Biological weapons, was when the Japanese cult Aum Shinrikyo attempted to obtain the Ebola virus as part of its biological warfare program. The group sent a medical team to Africa under the pretext of being aid workers with the intent of obtaining samples of the virus. It failed in that mission, but even if it had succeeded, the group would have faced the challenge of getting the sample back to its biological warfare laboratory in Japan. The Ebola virus is relatively fragile. Its lifetime on dry surfaces outside of a host is only a couple of hours, and while some studies have shown that the virus can survive on surfaces for days when still in bodily fluids, this requires ideal conditions that would be difficult to replicate during transport.
During the past decade, at least six internationally known authorities advanced theories that the AIDS virus (HIV) was also developed by biological weapons researchers and either accidentally or intentionally transmitted with the help of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) and the World Health Organization (WHO). A document like that obtained by one investigator, through the Freedom of Information Act, is shown with a DOD appropriations request for $10 million for the development of AIDS-like viruses. “Within the next 5 to 10 years, it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which could differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.”
(In a previous interview with Peter Piot, was a young scientist in Antwerp, was part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976)
I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had recently fallen ill from a mysterious sickness in Yambuku, a remote village in the northern part of the country. He asked us to test the sample for yellow fever.
On that day our team sat together late into the night – we had also had a couple of drinks – discussing the question. We definitely didn’t want to name the new pathogen “Yambuku virus”, because that would have stigmatized the place forever. There was a map hanging on the wall and our American team leader suggested looking for the nearest river and giving the virus its name. It was the Ebola river. So by around three or four in the morning we had found a name. But the map was small and inexact. We only learned later that the nearest river was actually a different one. But Ebola is a nice name, isn’t it?
Yes, and our first thought was: “What the hell is that?” The virus that we had spent so much time searching for was very big, very long and worm-like. It had no similarities with yellow fever. Rather, it looked like the extremely dangerous Marburg virus which, like Ebola, causes a haemorrhagic fever. In the 1960s the virus killed several laboratory workers in Marburg, Germany.
Ebola Questions and Answers
Direct contact means that blood or body fluids from an infected person or body have touched another person’s eyes, nose or mouth or an open wound or abrasion. People can also become infected from contaminated surfaces and materials, including bed sheets and clothing. Body fluids include blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, faeces, sweat, tears, breast milk, urine and semen.
Can you get Ebola from sneezing?
It is possible to spread through coughing or sneezing, but health officials say it’s unlikely. Saliva or mucus from an infected person would have to get into a healthy person’s eyes, nose, mouth or open wound for the disease to spread.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom is a high fever, typically greater than 101.5F (38.6C). Other symptoms can include severe headaches, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain and, in serious cases, internal or external bleeding. Symptoms of the virus appear between two and 21 days after exposure, but typically after eight to 10 days.
The Ebola virus has not previously mutated in this manner, and experts say there is no other virus that has transformed from non-airborne to airborne in human beings.
Is there a cure? What about a vaccine?
No, but the race is on to find both. An experimental Ebola drug, Zmapp, has been used to treat a handful of patients, including two American missionaries. It’s unclear without proper testing what role, if any, the drug played in the patients’ recovery.
A number of experimental drugs, including Zmapp, are being rushed into trials, but even so, experts say it could take months, even years, to produce enough of the drugs to make a difference in the current outbreak.
Human testing recently began on an Ebola vaccine, but it would only help protect people who haven’t yet contracted the virus, not those already infected.
At this time, the difference between life and death in an Ebola-stricken patient can come down to very basic interventions: keeping the person hydrated, maintaining their oxygen and blood pressure, and mitigating the effects of other infections that might further weaken the body’s immune system.
Why are people allowed to travel from infected areas to the US?
The White House is not entertaining the idea of a travel ban on flights coming from west Africa. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director, Tom Frieden, said isolating affected countries would only make the epidemic worse. He said it would constrict the flow of necessary aid to these counties, which would in turn make the outbreak that much more difficult to stop.
West African countries have put certain checks in place to try to prevent infected people from carrying the disease outside the affected region. In Liberia, for example, travelers answer a pre-flight questionnaire that asks about their Ebola exposure history. Before departure at many African airports, passengers are screened for fever. Many international airports around the world have quarantine areas in case a person becomes ill while travelling.
That being said, the approach isn’t foolproof as people don’t begin to show symptoms until days – even weeks – after being exposed. There is also a lot of misinformation circulating through west Africa about the disease, so people may not know if they were exposed, or may fear disclosing exposure because of the stigma attached to the disease.
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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world. The poor live in their sad existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day-change must come! If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in urban communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change possibly overnight.
Book release 10-31-2014
The series is an excerpt from the book the “The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership.” Which is written by Pastor Gregg L. Greer and the sponsor is the Urban Christian leadership Institute. This book is our opening season effort that means to address the serious need for leadership in every community around the world, overall our concern is to address the Urban Christian Leadership quality or lack of;
Philippians 2:3-4 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (NKJV)
Most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy. While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.
Recognize and Resolve the problem!
Let’s be very honest: In many churches around the world the pipeline for “Salvation,” within the church is not the same thing as a pipeline that breeds and multiplies leaders. These are two different things. In truth, you need both-Followers and Leaders! Currently, most churches have only one-thus our communities truly do not have a conduit for leadership. If we are to consider helping one another then we must make a commitment to live our lives in search of Justice, and Truth everyday. May I offer just to make one simple suggestion-Make a Resolution? Commit to change today!
Every year, As I have grown wiser in recognizing the will of God and I won’t partake in New Year’s resolutions anymore, if I can help it. For my direction, I now try to do that which God wills me to do everyday! – Ecclesiastes 5:18, which is to relax and enjoy the life He has given! Remembering this life is but a vapor and things staying cleaned are less than that.
The main question that we must answer is what sort of resolutions with God would you want to make? What would God endorse? To answer those questions quickly – any resolution that sees eye to eye with his (God) word (His will) is the type God wants you to make. In the rest of this I will answer those questions with some down to earth humor and of course Biblical insights.
Hunger for Change
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
If one is a true Christian leader he must seek vision from God within the community and then being given the holy power to execute that vision — I call this “Our biblical marching orders.” That’s the birthright of every Christian…to hear the calling of the “Heavenly,” Father. But, in the way we handle our leadership, suddenly it’s set up whereas only the select and the elite few in our church-who are given this privilege. And let’s be clear: Our ego has a lot to do with this.
Independence in the church and community must be taught, People must take a stand and commit change. understand God doesn’t mind at all if you want to –, walk 20 miles a day, go back to college, learn to play the banjo, read all of 3000 of the T.D Jakes book collection in one night, if you paint your house that pink color you have always loved, stand outside in your underwear while drinking sassafras tea in the rain (I hope not!) or, even dance the night away to the 50’s oldies and so on. In truth our independent thought helps us all in our effort to evangelize the world.
Yet, we must always be mindful that, physical things have worth but godliness or godly living has the only value needed to improve our present life circumstance as well as for our life in eternity. Hello! for some that would be a wow principal concerning godly living! Here are a few items one must consider;
- We do not seek a single virtue of justice or rectitude toward others. The essence of Godly Living, for us (Christians) is state of harmony within your mind heart and soul; that is the seed out of which all single righteous virtues may grow.
- We should not merely a desire to be righteous-ignoring the world at large. As people of Faith, God’s love must be shared with all even (Non Believers).
- If there is a desire for merely for doing righteous things, but not for being righteous-then our effort is devoid!
My Question; Can you take to heart the following words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke just four days before he was gunned down ?? “First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution.
“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths.
We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.
It seems that I can hear the God of history saying:
‘That was not enough!
But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.’
That’s the question we are facing to this day today
I fear some are not hungry for righteousness, but for the only for rewards of righteousness. Worldly goods cannot fill the soul of a man. Intellectual attainment cannot. Goodness will satisfy. There is no condition where we cannot be satisfied in the enjoyment of righteousness. Goodness does not forsake a man.
Being a disciple means being a learner of all the things Jesus was — and we know Jesus did multiply leaders. Scripture outlines truly practical models for church leadership you can learn to put into practice in your own context to begin identifying, training, and releasing kingdom leaders to do God’s work in the world. I’ve done it and I’ve seen other people do it all over the world. It can be done and done with incredible results.
The necessity for Urban Christian Leadership or any good leadership is deeply felt and needed around the world. This need starts with a special condition of the mind, and, an indication of a healthy, spiritual life which all people of faith must learn to receive-Post Haste!
Texas & Florida Governors-Go on Execution Marathon (Including recent execution of a “mentally disabled” man)
–By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
Governor Rick Scott has accelerated the pace of signing death warrants in Florida at one point recently by lining up three executions over the in a matter of weeks, the largest in such a brief period, in more than two decades. “It appears that every 10 days, Gov. Scott is signing a death warrant.” Said Martin McClain, a lawyer who has defended many Florida death row inmates.–
Again, Scott not long ago signed three death warrants in succession, for sentenced murderers Elmer Leon Carroll, William Van Poyck and Marshall Lee Gore. All three have been on death row for greater than 20 years, A historical record.
In TEXAS- Governor Rick Perry on Wednesday April 9, 2013-executed Ramiro Hernández Llanas, a Mexican national with a mental disability, with research conducted by Amnesty International. Ramiro Hernandez Llanas had a final hope for mercy a reprieve from the state governor because the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency.
There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since Judicial Killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have happened during Governor Perry’s time in office.
In the Hernandez Llanas case, the state had relied upon racial stereotyping and the views of discredited “expertise” to secure his death sentence – now carried out shortly after 6pm, local time, on 9 April.
“This case cried out for Governor Perry to use his power of reprieve. He must have recognized that the state has relied upon shoddy ‘expert’ testimony to get Ramiro Hernández Llanas to the death chamber,” said Rob Freer, Amnesty International’s researcher on the USA.
At the 2000 trial, the prosecution turned to the testimony of a discredited psychiatrist, Dr. James Grigson, to rebut the opinions of mental health experts retained by the defense. Grigson, who had never examined the defendant, declared that Ramiro Hernández Llanas would likely commit future acts of criminal violence because he was a sociopath who lacked a conscience. James Grigson persuading the jury that the defendant will be a “future danger” to society, even in prison, reprimanded and although Grigson was expelled from the American Psychiatric Association because of his resort to such unscientific testimony in capital trials,” said Rob Freer.
Being supportive of Hernández Llanas-The Mexican government filed a brief in the US Supreme Court in January condemning the “defamatory stereotyping of the functional abilities of persons raised in Mr. Hernandez’s low socio-economic, Mexican culture.”
Given that which came next – was psychiatric testimony tainted by racial stereotyping – this case stood out starkly as one more Texas injustice that turned into continuity in the lethal injection chamber.
“Here it is again, Texas carried out a death sentence against someone whose mental disability called the constitutionality of his execution into serious question. Governor Perry did not act as a matter of urgency.”
Last week the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights issued “precautionary measures,” calling on the USA not to go ahead with the execution so that the Commission could have time to consider a petition before it. Today, the Commission stressed that for the USA to allow the execution to go ahead in these circumstances would “seriously contravenes its international legal obligations.”
Ramiro Hernandez Llanas was sentenced to death in February 2000 for the murder of his employer, Glen Lich, who was bludgeoned to death at his ranch in Kerr County on 14 October 1997.
Hernández Llanas only knew severe poverty in Mexico, as a child with his family living in a cardboard shack next to a scavenge dump. In tests conducted over the past decade, Ramiro Hernandez Llanas has been evaluated as having an IQ in the 50s or 60s. He suffered from severe adaptive functioning deficits across a range of skill areas including linguistic, academic, conceptual, social, work and domestic.
There have been 15 executions in the USA this year, five of them in Texas. Since judicial killing resumed in the USA in 1977 under revised capital statutes, there have been 1,374 executions nationwide. Texas accounts for 513 of these executions; 274 of them have occurred during Governor Perry’s time in office. (glg)
Can the state, which represents the whole of society and has the duty of protecting society, fulfill that duty by lowering itself to the level of the murderer, and treating him as he treated others? The forfeiture of life is too absolute, too irreversible, for one human being to inflict it on another, even when backed by legal process. And I believe that future generations, throughout the world, will come to agree.
Kofi Annan, Ghanaian diplomat and Secretary General of the United Nations 1997 -2007.
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder/Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On April 8, 2014 Civil Rights Leaders and Organizations in Florida and California will unite in effort to “Restore the Balance of Justice” to Communities.
By Gregg L. Greer, One World, Editor
Multiple Civil Rights, Faith based organizations and Social Justice coalitions are coming together in a “Multi National” cooperative on April 8, 2014 to begin the work in Restoring the Balance of Justice,” to communities across the country.
On Tuesday April 8, 2014 at 9:30 am hundreds are expected at both the State Capitol’s of Florida and The California State Capitol as “sister rallies” to “take a stand,” and to question, also combat the senseless and growing community violence and as they are also in opposition of national level laws-that are negatively affecting communities. Their concern is centered but against issues ranging on everything from Immigration Violence to Police Brutality and everything in between.
In both state’s Florida and California coalitions agree and see that the growing need for “Urban Leadership,” has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden and the negative effects are widespread in communities across the country for citizens who have to live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. The coalitions also believe that they could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps if they had “more” solid leadership to represent and advocate, them, also they urge that the “state of wellness,” may change, both nationally and worldwide.
In Florida on April 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m On the Anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen, by a Hispanic neighborhood watch captain has prompted a global effort to combat Florida’s controversial law.
Stand Your Ground.
The theme is “BREAK THE GRIP of Shame,” because in Florida The number of questionable cases is increasing, mostly defense attorneys are using “Stand Your Ground” or sometimes referred as (S.Y.G) in ways state legislators never envisioned. It (S.Y.G) has been invoked in dozens of cases with minor or no injuries. For example, It has also been used by a self-described “vampire” in Pinellas County, a Miami man arrested with a single marijuana cigarette, a Fort Myers homeowner who shot a bear and a West Palm Beach jogger who beat a “Jack Russell” Terrier to death.
People often go free under “Stand Your Ground” in cases that seem to make a mockery of what lawmakers intended. One man killed two unarmed people and walked out of jail. Another shot a man as he lay on the ground. Others went free after shooting their victims in the back. In nearly a third of the cases, the Times analyzed, defendants initiated the fight, shot an unarmed person or pursued their victim — and still went free.
Human Rights Leaders from around the State of Florida have been invited to participate in a multinational protest rally against, Stand Your Ground, and Police brutality starting in Florida with calls to hundreds of students from FAMU, Florida State University, Tallahassee Community College and joined members of the Latino, Arabic, and labor protection communities to answer the call to protest at the Florida Capitol in Tallahassee on April 8, 2014 this effort will be joined by similar efforts from around this country.
In a recent interview Reverend Reginald Gundy Florida State President from the Southern
Christian Leadership Conference went on to call Florida possibly the last “Birmingham” of the South,” he continued, saying that it may be time to put “boots on the ground,” which might mean going after the economic system in the state, though he did not specify how that might happen.
The march is also had a strong emphasis on Community Violence against women, and immigrants. Example due to the rising amount of hate crimes against undocumented immigrants in Florida directed against Hispanics, Arab, and Muslims for the fourth consecutive year is particularly noteworthy and worrisome because the number of hate crimes committed against other racial, ethnic, and religious groups has over the same period shown either no increase or a decrease.
According to Gregg L. Greer the Florida Rally lead organizer, “The toxic environment in Florida and abroad, in which hateful rhetoric targets immigrants and women-while the number of hate crimes against Hispanics and others perceived to be immigrants steadily increases, This has caused an of heightened sense of fear in communities around the country.”
“We want to build a layer of protection, around immigrants, because we know that many are a target, and also they do not readily call for “police services because of their immigrant status.” Women are usually targeted due to domestic violence issues,: All must be combated, because they prevent us from being effective in communities across the country.
Starting April 8, 2014 9:30am State Capital at (WALLER PARK) 500 Duval Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-Across from the Supreme Court
Florida must “Break the Grip of Shame.” !!!
For more information on the Break the Grip of Shame Rally! Freedom First International, and the effort to stop “Stand Your Ground” email@example.com or call (855) 612-7771 and leave a message.
For Florida All event information and can be found on https://www.facebook.com/events/712321675457991/
In California on April 8, 2014 at 10:00 am p.s.t Families United March on State Capital Sacramento
The State Capitol in Sacramento, California for the United Families of California at the fifth annual Victims’ Rights March is a call to action for victims and their supporters to come together as they do every year on the steps of the California State Capitol to have their voices heard by their elected officials. This event is not considered a memorial, but rather a rally in which we encourage victims to visit their legislator’s offices and let them know how you feel about public safety issues. The California Coalitions and one of the leading organizers is the Oscar Grant Foundation, and their Executive Director: Cephus ‘Uncle Bobby’ Johnson and will be joined by over 21 families of victims murdered by Police and most of the “Police Brutality” murders are in question and have current investigations. for more information you may visit the following links https://www.facebook.com/events/155737031274252/
California fights the Police Bill of Rights
Over 21 families, are asking to California Attorney General Kamlia D. Harris, 32nd Attorney General of the State of California to repeal the “Policemen’s Bill of Rights” police policy due to the rising excessive “force” citizen murders. They believe that officials are ignoring the fact that in California “Police brutality” there is a persistent problem.. The coalitions are calling this effect “State sponsored violence.”
One of the focal points of their agenda is in opposition-to those who know of the “Thin Blue Line,” think 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, according to one observer. While many Family foundations are leading the charge (too many to list)
One notable case was the case of Oscar Grant III (above, right) who was fatally shot by BART (Metro Train) police officer Johannes Mehserle in Oakland, California, in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day 2009.Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining Grant, who was lying face down and allegedly resisting arrest. Officer Mehserle stood and, according to his attorney, said: “Get back, I am gonna tase him. Then Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. During his court testimony, Mehserle said that Grant then exclaimed, “You shot me! Grant was unarmed; he was pronounced dead the next morning at Highland Hospital in Oakland. Grant’s Death and the incident are the basis of the 2013 film Fruitvale Station. Fruitvale Station” followed the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant (Michael B. Jordan). The Oscar Grant Foundation has continued to work tirelessly for “just” cause the effort includes this rally. Go to view the following links for more information on the march.
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The Growing need for Urban Leadership In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world who live in their existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day. If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in Urban Communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change.
What you can do to support this cause!
What can we as concern citizens, block club leaders and others do to stop violence? One thought is to be informed, find out what is out there, get involved. In FLORIDA and CALIFORNIA, theses organizations are partnering with other leadership/communicate about Violence Prevention in communities as a first step to educate everyone. (example, above)
Dr. King Later in the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” 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.”
It is time to stop the onslaught. .. That is destroying our children and our communities. It’s time to help each other build communities at which point each of our kids, teens, and adults can seem sheltered and secure from crime,
We all must make the decision to:
•identify and raise consciousness of violence in all its forms;
•challenge the societal norm that violence is a normal part of life;
•help people own both the problem and the solutions, shifting the focus of action from the streets to the home and community;
•influence people to choose specific actions and behaviors that work and are positive, healthy and peaceful;
•encourage individuals to reduce violence; and;
•create a culture of peace, hope and trust by living this way to teach by example
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Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, and Social Activist. Gregg Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals can reached at email@example.com