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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 New York City, London , 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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The Fight for Semaj Crosby 

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For immediate Release: Community activist and Family Prayer Vigil Sunday For Abducted Baby Royalty Wolf-Renewed Callout For The Childs Return. 

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(Information and awareness-supplied (organized) by the Help Find Royalty Wolf Facebook Page)

Freedom First International will be on Chicago’s south-side today to assist and support a call for infant who was adduced this past week.  Freedom First Int’s team will join in with community members and organizers holding a prayer vigil and continued callout for the return of this missing baby girl this Sunday on May 20, in Evergreen Park, IL Freedom First International and it’s team is asking all media to assist with this effort, and provide coverage of this valuable community call to assist in bringing this baby home. 

Community plans vigil for kidnapped infant and call for her safe return
Sunday, May 20th at 2:00
95th & Kedzie Ave in Chicago, IL
3-month-old Royalty Wolf was kidnapped during a DCFS supervised visit on Monday 5/14 by her birth mother, Mikequera Randolph who has a long history of violent, unstable behavior.  According to the Bring Royalty Home Facebook page.

The foster parents possibly involved with this case may have first hand knowledge of how violent and unstable birth mother can be. We are very worried for this child’s safety and ask the community that they continue to share Royalty’s picture and pray for her safety.

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International states, when a child goes missing it is very important that the callout is organized with as many folks on the ground as possible to heighten chances of a return. 

For the record Freedom First International has lead the organizing efforts to assist with major child welfare cases on a local and national level including Tamir Rice, Semaj Crosby.

 For Those who can’t be there it will be on Facebook Live Here:

https://www.facebook.com/Freedomfirstinternational/

https://www.facebook.com/gregggreer.greer 

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WHAT:  For immediate Release: Community activist and Family Prayer Vigil Sunday For Abducted Baby Royalty Wolf-Renewed callout for the child’s return. 

WHERE:   95th & Kedzie Ave in Chicago, IL 5-20-18 at 2:00pm

WHO: Freedom First International (Team), President Bishop Gregg L. Greer,Various Community Members

WHY: A committed call to ask the community to assist with any information that could help in reducing potentially dangerous abduction of infant child Royalty Wolf and returning the child home safely.

NEWS PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Chicago Community, Civic Organization who have been on the front lines of community safety and awareness for many years. 

AREA OF INTEREST: Public Safety/ Child Welfare

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:

https://patch.com/illinois/southside/s/gfdnr/prayer-vigil-sunday-for-abducted-baby-royalty-wolf

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes, also organizers community members will provide media commentary. 

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Adviser

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

You may contact Our President Bishop Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) as he will be on the ground. 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International and it’s President have lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby Tamir Rice and others (See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent May 20, 2018) 8:00am Central

 

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Media Statement: Open Letter to The Will County Sheriff asking for recusal in the Homicide investigation of Semaj Crosby

For immediate Release Media Statement: Open Letter to The Will County Sheriff asking for recusal in the Homicide investigation of Semaj Crosby(Media Briefing)

 

Dear State Officials,

“We are deeply concerned that after one year to date of the murder-that the death of this child has not yet been resolved. Our concerns are furthered by the fact that those who are responsible have not been prosecuted-adding to the concern is the fact that there is already an apparent wealth of known public information about Semaj Crosby’s death.

“Over the course of the past year-The Will County Sheriff’s Department has had extremely broad discretion over the scope and conduct of this investigation as well as final say over whether to bring federal charges against individuals who may be responsible. 

However limited, The Will County Sheriff Department has worked inside the local community to collect various information on those who are being investigated…We believe-the revelations of the past year regarding this investigation has been a considerable disappointment, as well as a major blow to public confidence and more specifically, the local Will County law enforcement institutions and to the integrity of public security. 

We must now urge-That the allegations must be met with a thorough, complete and impartial examination. Given the fact that the Will County Sheriff Department has missed critical opportunities to push forward with this investigation, we urge that Will County Sheriff’s Department now recuse itself going forward, and hand this investigation over to more qualified investigative hands being the State of Illinois.” Even, the Will County Sheriff’s support of more qualified State investigators would be a welcomed and necessary change.

Lastly, “A thorough ethics investigation is needed into malfeasance, conflict of interest, or any potential violations resulting from The Will County Sheriffs Investigation into the Homicide of Semaj Crosby and any person or groups that had effects of influence and have hampered this investigation.”

For the record my office will proceed with official complaint procedure at the Attorney Generals Office-I would hope to schedule a conference or meeting in the following days, to discuss options.  

Sincerely, Bishop Gregg L.Greer

President of Freedom First International 

 

BCC:

Lisa Madigan 

Patricia A. McConnell 

James W.Glasgow

Sheriff Mike Kelly

 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International and it’s President have lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby Tamir Rice and others (See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 25, 2018) 11:00am Central

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Contacts

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.

For immediate Release:  Alton Sterling’s Life mattered-Many American’s are voicing disapproval of The American Police State- Urge for immediate change of U.S. Police Policy. (Media Briefing)

For immediate Release Alton Sterling’s Life mattered-Many American’s are voicing disapproval of The American Police State- Urge for immediate change of Police policy. (Media Briefing)

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In the case of Alton Sterling our hearts go out to the family:

We are now at a time- In The United States when many people feel that we (community) can’t depend on the United States Government, The Department of Justice and more specifically-in communities around the country people have grown overly weary of community policing. 

To an unaware public  “Killer Cops” in many of these, “well known” national cases stay on the streets without certain and swift prosecution. To an unhappy America public-to top it all-the level of distrust looms for a government that overwhelmingly appears to have grown “openly”  self serving, and will not represent the interest of the public.
Our Message to “The Political World,” “The Justice System” and the “U.S. Courts,”- is now simply that at some point you have to make around to smooth out rough edges.
You must bring urgently needed reform to an American Justice system that for many who live in the minority, poor and oppressed communities is totally broken.    
 
Please Note: We all feel-The people are not being served, period when,-The Jeff Sessions-Department of Justice sends a message-that as long as you wear a 
badge “you are above the law, ” We won’t investigate cops.  
The people are not being served-when- The current U.S. President tells a graduating crowd of police officers, not to be “too nice” to suspected gang members and others under arrest. 

“When you see thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon, you just see them thrown in; rough. I said, ‘please don’t be too nice,”  according to Trump.

“The whole thing is not just about Alton … it’s about justice in all of our American community nationally and internally.” 
We call it final justice because we the people are tired now. After Tamir Rice, after John Crawford, after Eric Garner, we are tired now, and the only alternative must be for change-no other remedy will do!

 

Please Note: So we stand with a determination that sends one message-If you don’t give the people justice, then they will take it upon themselves and give themselves their own justice-if that begins to happen it would be more tragic for America, and with that no one wins. 

JUSTICE FOR ALTON STERLING!

Bishop Gregg L. Greer-President of Freedom First International (Alton Sterling Advocate) 

 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International and it’s President have lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-Including Tamir Rice and the organization has worked and advocate with the Sterling Family and Justice for Alton Sterling (See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Further Reference:

http://www.arklatexhomepage.com/news/local-news/alton-sterling-rally-planned-for-saturday/617398852

 https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2017/10/30/media-statement-freedom-first-international-pushing-louisiana-ag-for-charges-in-alton-sterlings-shooting/

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(For National Distribution-Sent March 27, 2018) 8:00am Central

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Contacts

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 Media or at One World Transatlantic Global Media, email oneworldtransglobal@gmail.com or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.

Media Statement: Freedom First International Pushing Louisiana AG for charges in Alton Sterling’s shooting

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For Immediate Release: Statement on the Department of Justice refusal federal charges in Alton Sterling’s shooting

In the case of Alton Sterling our hearts go out to the family:

We are now at a time when we can’t depend on the US Government more specifically the Department of Justice-In communities around the country. To an unaware public  “Killer Cops” in many of these cases stay on the streets without prosecution. The people are not being served, period. The Jeff Sessions Department of Justice message is as long as you wear a badge “you are above the law”

In Baton Rouge people are shouting  “no justice, no peace,” We must continue to ignite and set off, an international dialog-Our goal is to remove any blockage standing in resistance to the prosecution of those who are responsible for Sterling’s death. “The whole thing is not just about Alton … it’s about justice in all of our community nationally and internally.” I call it final justice because we the people are tired now. After Tamir Rice, after John Crawford, after Eric Garner, we are tired now, and the only alternative must be for change.

So we stand with Sandra Sterling and the Sterling Family because final justice means the killings of young black men and women has to end.” No more!

The police officers involved in the shooting were Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni. Lake had three years of law enforcement experience which included a previous shooting of an African American male. He was subsequently placed on a department-mandated leave; Salamoni had four years of experience. Salamoni and Lake had both been previously investigated and cleared by their department for allegedly having used excessive force. On world human rights day December 10, 2016 (video below)-Freedom First International stood with the family of Alton Sterling and said, we will not stop until justice is met. “Alton We love you and we will stand for Justice.”

So we now ask the Attorney General Of Louisiana Jeff Landry to pursue civil rights violations and appropriate charges on the officers who murdered Alton Sterling. Nothing else will suffice.

(Alton Sterling Quest for Justice Rally-December 10, 2017)

 

 

Further Reference:

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/5/2/1658286/-DOJ-refuses-federal-charges-in-Alton-Sterling-s-shooting-by-Baton-Rouge-police-officers?_=2017-05-02T16:10:12.671-07:00

 

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(For National Distribution-Sent October 30, 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. 

 

Rest-in-peace

 

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.

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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