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The Freedom First International was originally formed in 2009 and is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. Headquartered in Chicago, IL with scheduled offices in  Orlando, Johannesburg, London, New York City, San Francico Bay Area, Uganda, and Washington D.C. The main aim was to advance the cause of civil rights, human rights and Social Justice in America in relation to liberation from unjust economic, political, or social conditions. It has been described as “an interpretation of Christian faith through the poor’s suffering, their struggle and hope, and a critique of society as an example “Christianity through the eyes of the poor” From its inception, this has been the vision of President/Founder Gregg L Greer.

As its title suggests “Freedom First,”, was born out of a rich civil rights tradition because it’s founder Gregg L. Greer wanted to help preserve the legacy of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, or S.C.L.C (video,above) came primarily from the respect for the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In late 2009 while attending at Southern Christian Leadership Conference Meeting at Historical Ebenezer Baptist Church (which in 1960 Dr. King, Jr. became a co-pastor of Ebenezer with his father, “Daddy” King. He remained in that position until his death in 1968) Greer found the vision.

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Greer started the Freedom First International as an initiative that searches for ideas that help bring social change by connecting thousands of people from all around the world believing that church leadership should play a major part in the lives of all, and church leaders should play a more significant role in communities around the world. First Freedom International was also influenced by an existing social theory that emphasizes of practice (or, more technically, “praxis”) over doctrine in the church which included Servant Christian base communities (SCBCs). Liberation Theology is the guiding principle of Freedom First, as it strives to be a bottom-up movement in practice, with Biblical interpretation and practice designed by lay practitioners themselves, rather than by the hierarchy.

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Gregg L Greer, President Founder (History)

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Greer was called to the ministry while in his early teens and became an Associate Pastor (Minister) in the (Cogic) Church of God Christ-denomination in the Hampton Roads Virginia Area. His desire for social uplift came while in undergraduate studies as a university Criminal Justice Major and member of A.C.L.U American Civil Liberties Union as student advocate against the death penalty. Greer’s early work with the ACLU In late 2009, while attending Governors State University in the Chicago Area taught him to be an outspoken critic of Economic Oppression, genocide, and the death penalty. In late 2010, while attending Liberty University, Greer began searching for ideas that help bring social change by connecting thousands of people from all around the world, and generating ideas that gain national attention and give the communities a voice. As a long-term member of the SCLC-Southern Christian leadership Conference -Greer follows the personal example of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the SCLC’s Founder, and the current President of the S.C.L.C Reverend CT Vivian, a close friend of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

To date Greer has participated in many human rights campaigns and initiatives on a national level including being a Lead advocates for the George Stinney Jr case, Stinney who is the Youngest Person Executed in modern US History, A nationwide plan of action against “Stand your Ground” and Community Violence and more. In addition, his advocacy work against racial prejudice and discrimination is growing on a national level. Furthermore, Greer as an avid speaker and Christian Writer routinely offers his insights on a variety of matters to radio, newspaper, magazine, and internet outlets globally.

 

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Freedom First International joins the fight for Kujaun Raye a Chicago Teen who was shot by Chicago Police in the back.

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For Immediate Release: Chicago Activist and Civil Rights Leadership will stand and rally after police fatally shot 19 year old African American in the back

Freedom First joins Rally against community racial hate on the Southside of Chicago

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/daily-southtown/news/ct-sta-mount-greenwood-protest-st-1120-20161118-story.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/5829b631e4b0852d9ec21a4f?timestamp=1479139012692

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Jedidiah Brown, Sheena James and the Leadership of Freedom Fighters unfortunate incident.

 

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On Yesterday, we will directly address concerns of Jedidiah Brown on a Facebook “Live” feed with Sheena M. James and the leadership of their group including Lamon Reccord. Unfortunately, the group reacted in a manner that was not only slanderous but can be considered highly illegal. The team decided to read and air out public information that contained private and personal data (some of it flawed) that included Bishop Gregg L.Greer and family members. The statement that was made via live was to “Crush the head.”  Crush the head we would take the statement as a serious expression of an intention to inflict bodily harm or incitement of others to commit harm. 

Multiple statements have been collected by (Bishop Greer, family, and executive team) now this collection of personal threats on Bishop Greer’s life and the lives of family members calling for those associated to commit acts that are intended to harm. The report that was conducted is being examined as to “see” where Mr.Brown and Miss James did acquire such information-it is believed that a member of their group provided the information.

The incident last night proves that this group will go through any means to pursue their objective which on the outside has become in resemblance to “ganglike” activity. This group has consistently shown that it will use threats, slander, intimidation, and even potentially hurting others. 

Use of the internet to threaten “the person of another” constitutes a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 875 ( interstate communication of threat to injure) If it is communicated interstate, federal jurisdiction is created.

To constitute “a communication containing a threat” under Section 875(c), a communication must be such that a reasonable person (1) would take the statement as a serious expression of an intention to inflict bodily harm (the mens rea), and (2) would perceive such expression as being communicated to effect some change or achieve some goal through intimidation (the actus reus). A message is a “threat” if a reasonable recipient would tend to believe that the originator of the message was serious about his words and intended to effect the violence or other harm forewarned, regardless of the speaker’s actual motive for issuing the communication. 

Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person with the specific intent that the statement made verbally in writing or by means of an electronic communication device is to be taken as a threat even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out which on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made is so unequivocal unconditional immediate and specific as to convey to the person threatened a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety.

It is not necessary for the victim to actually be placed in fear of imminent serious bodily injury or for the accused to have the capability or the intention to actually carry out the threat. The offense is completed if the accused, by his threat, sought as a desired reaction, to place a person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

Freedom First International Executive Team and President Bishop Gregg L. Greer

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(For National Distribution-Sent October 20, 2017)

 

Media Statement: Freedom First International Honors: Sgt La David Johnson-National Hero

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As an organization-Freedom First International honors-A Fallen National Hero. We honor and salute all the men and women who have served our country, while at the same time building awareness of the life of Sgt. La David Johnson and his awesome commitment. We hope and pray God’s mercy to the needs of those who have fallen in service to our community. Johnson left for his second deployment to Africa on August 28th, 2017 David’s earthly life was given up. Please review the digital obituary except from http://www.fredhunters.com here: 

Ladavid was employed at Wal-Mart in the produce department. He would remove the front wheel of his bike and ride to and from work earning him the title of “Wheelie King”. He remained at Wal-Mart until he made the decision to further his career with the United States Military. He enlisted into the United States Army January 28, 2014 where his leadership abilities continued to shine as he excelled in his career.

Sgt Ladavid Johnson awards include: Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Non commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon, Parachutist Badge, Basic, Air Assault Badge, Combat and Specific Skills Badge Basic Marksmanship Qualification Badge, Driver and Mechanics Badge. Sgt Johnson left for his second deployment to Africa on August 28th, 2017. It would be here that God opened the windows of heaven and sent forth his angels to call his child home. His charismatic personality will always be remembered. 

 

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While we won’t give attention to the current US President Donald Trump and his allegations of insensitivity to the commitment of this young man. We will say that our community is well aware of issues the surround those who continually act outside of our interest. 

David left to cherish his life and legacy; wife: Myeshia Johnson; children: Ah’leeysa Jones, Ladavid Johnson Jr., and La’Shee Johnson; parents: Samara Johnson (Preceded him in death), Richard and Cowanda Johnson, Terrence (Teoka) McGriff; grandparents and a host of other family and friends 

If you like to sign his obituary reference here:

http://www.fredhunters.com/obituary/213255/Sgt-La-David-Johnson/

(Statement from Bishop Gregg L.Greer Founder of Freedom First International)

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So we stand with Johnson Family because final justice means the killings of young black men and women and those oppressed worldwide has to end.” No more lives! We must change or die!

Freedom First International Executive Team and President Gregg L. Greer

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(For National Distribution-Sent October 18, 2017)

Open Letter: Legal Notice-Cease and Desist to Jedidiah Brown and Alicia Nicole

Re: Statement Made by Jedidiah Brown and Alicia Nicole with regards to potential slander libel suit. 

Dear Mr.Jedidiah Brown and Ms.Alicia Nicole:

This correspondence is in connection with the above-referenced matter. The individual known as, Jedidiah Brown and Alicia Nicole and hereby warned and notified to CEASE AND DESIST with regards to personal statements made that may be slanderous by law. We expect total compliance with our request based on these ongoing matters. (Video Evidence will be provided upon notice-as noted concern)

(Item Video A2-Statement (segment) made by Facebook “live” message that “allegedly claims that Bishop Greer is molested a 10 year old child. Jedidiah Brown-made Saturday October 14, 2017 at 20:59 via live video)

(Item Message A2-Messenger (segment) made by Facebook “live” message that “allegedly claims that Bishop Greer is molested a 10 year old child. Alicia Nicole circulated -made Saturday October 14, 2017 at 20:59)

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Legal Definition:  malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying. traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim. 

If we and our (legal counsel) are forced to commence a civil lawsuit against you herein as a result up to and including public sanction-that will include rewarding all legal fees. While I certainly hope this is not necessary, but we are prepared to pursue whatever legal avenues are necessary.

Lastly, use this letter as a final and formal notice that all rights, claims and associations to Bishop Gregg L. Greer, Freedom First International, and it’s executive team are completely and officially revoked, and you are put on this notice-This will be the first and Final notice. (Please refer any of these legal matter to the Freedom First Legal Team at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com)

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer-President of Freedom First International

CC:

Alicia Nicole

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Open Letter: Legal Notice-Cease and Desist to Jedidiah Brown

Re: Statement Made by Jedidiah Brown with regards to potential slander libel suit. 

Dear Mr.Jedidiah Brown:

This correspondence is in connection with the above-referenced matter. The individual known as, Jedidiah Brown is hereby warned and notified to CEASE AND DESIST with regards to personal statements made that may be slanderous by law. We expect total compliance with our request based on these ongoing matters. (See item #A1-as noted concern)

(Item A1-Statement made by text message that “allegedly claims of a Threat against Jedidiah Brown-made Wednesday 11, 2017 at 20:59)

Legal Definition:  malign, traduce, asperse, vilify, calumniate, defame, slander mean to injure by speaking ill of. malign suggests specific and often subtle misrepresentation but may not always imply deliberate lying. traduce stresses the resulting ignominy and distress to the victim. 

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If we and our (legal counsel) are forced to commence a civil lawsuit against you herein as a result up to and including public sanction-that will include rewarding all legal fees. While I certainly hope this is not necessary, but we are prepared to pursue whatever legal avenues are necessary.

Lastly, use this letter as a final and formal notice that all rights, claims and associations to Semaj Crosby, James Crosby, and Semaj Crosby and her Estate by you are completely and officially revoked, and you are put on this notice-This will be the first and Final notice. (Please refer any of these legal matter to the Freedom First Legal Team at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com)

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer-President of Freedom First International

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Freedom First International Media Statement to advocacy, media, community. RE: Semaj Crosby

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Today,  we have entered into a new stage of our Advocacy with the fight “Justice for Baby Semaj Crosby.” The Semaj Crosby Coalition for Justice (on facebook) has now been formed-soon, we expect to began having actions and public education events on the ground.

The message from the concerned Family of baby Semaj:

For the Crosby’s- It is physically and emotionally draining to be called upon to prove that systems exist-that are working against us. For many, family, advocacy, and community- just struggling to keep this child’s name clear as we fight for “justice” is a task within it’s self. So we now say enough is enough. Now we must ask everyone to break clear of  innuendo as we want Justice and to move forward as much as any “grieving” family can who losses a loved one. 

Freedom First International has laid out the following bullet points:

  1. The Father of Semaj Crosby is fighting for Justice for his daughter! James Crosby now has support of family, and community who also want to see justice to move on with their lives. 
  2. No one should be speaking officially for the family except those authorized by the family-in an effort to stay clear of confusion with a very complex and very difficult situation.  
  3. Many People in the community who want to help can do so by simply supporting by joining groups who are progressive. 
  4. God Mother (Parents) is not an authorized representative of the Crosby Family or Estate of Semaj Crosby. We would ask out of respect for Baby Semaj Crosby-that no Media, Social Justice Organizations, and Community members give a forum to God Mother or any unauthorized representative of the Estate of Semaj Crosby. (This request is also being made for obvious legal reasons)

Can anyone fully explain why they would think that they are at an unfair disadvantage when in reality it’s not about them-the public must know the truth. Imagine watching a countess flurry of homemade “You Tude” video’s where a young seemingly “misguided” woman with an “alleged” but rather dubious and checkered history-claims to be representing the family, and also the Estate of Semaj Crosby. Many in the community believe-This verbal contest has constructed for “personal gain.” Unfortunately, We are forced day by day to engage with the idea that there are none (but you) actually advocating for Semaj-when the truth is the family loved this baby in “life” that love continues in the “afterlife.” The community has been truly mislead and some are now smearing the family. If that were not enough- it is also widely believed that this person has compromised much of the investigation of the death of Baby Semaj-a fact which local authorities fully agree.

It is incredibly painful to have to advocate for this child and address those who wish to continue on a downward path of confusion. None of the Confusion is needed or warranted.

Going forward our Prayer is that in the short turn Semaj Crosby will have her “Justice.” We hope that the light and love that she gave will help brighten dark paths for other children and those who are in need. This must and will be legacy of Semaj Crosby!

Best, Regards-Caring Community, Family and Advocacy for Semaj Crosby! 

 

SCCJ Please address all questions comments or concerns to the media team at Freedom First INternational at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com or freedomfirstintenational.net

 

 

 

Open Letter: Legal Notice-Cease and Desist to advocacy group known as the “FREEDOM FIGHTERS” and Jedidiah Brown

Re: Usage of Image and Likeness of Image of Semaj Crosby by Group known as the Freedom Fighters 

Dear Mr.Brown and Freedom Fighters:

This correspondence is in connection with the above-referenced matter. The group known as Freedom Fighters, is hereby warned and notified to CEASE AND DESIST using the likeness and image of  Semaj Crosby, as requested by the Estate of Semaj Crosby. All claims images and likeness must be released within 24 hours of this notice-We expect total compliance with our request based on these ongoing matters.

If we (legal counsel) are forced to commence a civil lawsuit against Freedom Fighters herein as a result up to and including public sanction-that will include rewarding all legal fees. While I certainly hope this is not necessary, we are prepared to pursue whatever legal avenues are necessary.

Lastly, use this letter as a final and formal notice that all rights, claims and associations to Semaj Crosby and her Estate by you are completely illegal have been officially revoked, and you are put on this notice-This means that you may not use them in any way or means. (Please refer any of these legal matter to the Freedom First Legal Team at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com)

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer-President of Freedom First International

Cc:

Sheena M. James

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For immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership will rally at Police District 11 to demand Immediate termination of Racist Cop

For immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership will rally at Police District 11 to demand Immediate termination of For immediate Release: Community Activist Leadership will rally at Police District 11 to demand Immediate termination of Racist Copracist Cop

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Today September 22, 2017 at 11:00 am

 Chicago, IL On September 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m-Freedom First International (FFI) is organizing a Protest Rally and Media Briefing, with Violence Interrupters various activist community groups. On group is demanding the instant removal of District 11 Chicago Police Sgt. George Granias who allegedly beat Patassa Johnson while she was in handcuffs, at the 11th District Station. 

Reports later showed that Granias owned several web domains with highly offensive racist tiles such as “NiggerDown.Com.” CBS 2 reported the altercation occurred in the 11th District police station in 2014. Johnson, a medical assistant, was driving home on a Chicago expressway when she was pulled over by a state trooper for allegedly driving drunk.

The activist are intent on bringing attention the fact that with Chicago PD many officers have avoid punishment or even suspensions because the grievance process is slow and complicated, and also because the number of grievances has surged. Add to those issues that the office fails to efficiently track cases — and it can wait for years for the police union to file grievance-related paperwork.  

Bishop Gregg L. Greer of Freedom First International stated, “In Chicago the police accountability system is widely seen as dysfunctional, ” This must change that is why we are now calling attention to this case-because Sgt. Granias has completely violated public trust-and has yet to be terminated, this fact also adds insult to injury.” 

The group believes racist attitudes of police officers become emblematic rather than exceptional.

Notable Facts more: 

* The Freedom First International has written an open letter (below) dated 9/21/17 to Wilber Wright College asking for Granias removal as Professor.


* The Group wrote The Police Commander at Chicago Police District 11, The Mayor’s Office in the same open letter.

                                                                             

                                                                          (View that Letter Here)  

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/09/21/media-statementopen-letter-to-mayor-rahm-emanuel-the-chicago-police-board-of-supervisors-and-the-police-commission-asking-for-the-immediate-and-complete-resignation-of-chicago-police-sgt-george-alex/

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Read more: 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/abusive-chicago-cop-hoarded-racist-websites-for-years

https://newsone.com/3726505/chicago-cop-racist-websites/

Wiber Wright College Rating

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-chicago-police-discipline-grievances-delayed-20170325-story.html

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WHAT:  Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Campaign to End Torture, and community organizers are challenging police officials due to fact that a known and documented Racist police officer has yet to be terminated.

WHO: Freedom First International, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Chicago Campaign to End Torture,and more.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Civil Rights Organizers and Community leaders who want continued and progressive Police Reform 

Where: Chicago Police Station District 11 at (10:30am)  3151 West Harrison St  Chicago, IL 60612 (Front)

AREA of INTEREST: 

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Frederick Washington, at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com for more information. You may contact Bishop Gregg L.Greer at  (224) 678-0347 ext. 1 or  (404) 992-8954 he will be on the ground. 

 

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