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Satish Sekar Promo

Date: 7/28/2020

For Immediate Release: Promotion of Satish Sekar to the Position of Executive Vice President of {International Relations} at Freedom First International.

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Date: 7/28/2020

For Immediate Release: Promotion of Monica James to the Position of Executive Vice President of {Operations} at Freedom First International.

READ MORE ON THE LINK BELOW:

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2020/07/28/for-immediate-release-promotion-of-monica-james-to-the-position-of-executive-vice-president-of-operations/?fbclid=IwAR1wmTJwbhjWyKp4pt7h1O_KudoR1AJ-5Acv66_aQgmihAK0gV_x97FI1II

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 Freedom First International

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, Illinois with scheduled offices in New York City, London ,and Orlando, Florida. The main aim of Freedom First is 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 historical 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. King remained in that position until his death in 1968. Greer found the S.C.L.C Founder vision and applied it in building his organization. 

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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)

http://www.gregglgreer.com

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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.

 

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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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For Immediate Release: Promotion of Satish Sekar to the Position of  Executive Vice President of International Relations

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For Immediate Release: Promotion of Satish Sekar to the Position of  Executive Vice President of International Relations at Freedom First International

Date: 7/28/2020

Re: Promotion Announcement

Satish C. Sekar  is a British author and journalist and a world renown consultant in forensic evidence. Sekar has specialized since the 1990s in the investigation of miscarriages of justice. His work has been published in newspapers including,  The Guardian, The Independent and Private Eye, and he has also worked for television documentaries including Panorama and Trial And Error.

He has worked on a number of high-profile cases in the UK including the Cardiff Newsagent Three, Gary Mills and Tony Poole (wrongly convicted in 1990 for the murder of Hensley Wiltshire), the M25 Three, and Michelle and Lisa Taylor (wrongly convicted in 1992 for the murder of Alison Shaughnessy). He also worked on the case of the Merthyr Tydfil Two (Donna Clarke and Annette Hewins), presenting scientific findings to South Wales Police regarding the fire that resulted in the police’s expert accepting his conclusions that the petrol bought by Hewins that night was not the petrol used in the fatal fire.

Satish has worked with Freedom First International on social justice causes for over six years including; the Sejama Crosby Case in 2017 as consulting for justice for Tamir Rice in 2014. Satish will help stage international events and causes starting already with the opening of our South Africa Cape Town office in 2021.

Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized to fight for some of the most notorious human rights abuses in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent July 28, 2020 ) 6:05 a.m. EST

For Immediate Release: Promotion of Monica James to the Position of  Executive Vice President of Operations

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For Immediate Release: Promotion of Monica James to the position of  Executive Vice President of Operations

Date: 7/28/2020

Re: Promotion Announcement

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Monica James to the position of Executive Vice President of Operations as Chief Operating Officer (COO).  Monica will be responsible for Civic Engagement and growing Networks nationally.  Monica has worked with Freedom First International in the recent years past and has served in roles most recently overseeing a growing social justice network in over 60 regions globally. 

This promotion recognizes the contributions Monica James has made to promoting Social Justice worldwide and her tenure with the organization and is effective on July 28, 2020.

Please join us in congratulating Monica James as she takes on these new responsibilities.

Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized to fight for some of the most notorious human rights abuses in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

(For National Distribution-Sent July 28, 2020 ) 6:05 a.m. EST

In Memoriam: This Organizational Resolution of Respect For The Life of Tanisha Pughsley

 In memoriam: This Organizational Resolution of Respect For The Life of Tanisha Pughsley is in accordance all civic engagement guidelines and also acknowledged at the funeral service. The notice will be placed on the Freedom First International website for 30 days. Please give respect to all connected during this time of loss including her family our very own Minister Joseph Pughsley.

For Immediate Release:  Members Freedom First International with President Bishop Gregg L. Greer,  Monroe County Green Party, The Indiana Black Caucus an many more to hold a Press Briefing concerning Incident of Racial Hate (White Supremacist) Incident in Bloomington, Indiana (Monroe County)     

Bloomington IN, on Thursday July 9, 2020 at 8:30 am with other national activist including Social Justice Leader Bishop Gregg L. Greer-The President of Freedom First International (newly relocated in Indianapolis) along with members of the Indiana Black Caucus and others- will organize a press briefing to address a flurry of hate crimes at the Monroe County Courthouse-including recent incident where a local resident Vauhxx Booker, who is Black, is a civil rights activist and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission-who was shown five days ago on a now viral video on July 4, 2020 where multiple white residents -(potentially white supremist) pinned him against a tree and shouted racial slurs at him, and that one threatened to “get a noose” at nearby Monroe Lake. 
 
 * On July 5, 202 while hundreds of people gathered in downtown Bloomington to protest an assault on Vauhxx Booker that occurred on July 4. As protesters were crossing the street last night around 9:30, the driver of a red Toyota Camry appeared to get impatient with the crowd and hit the gas to potentially injure protesters.  To date Bloomington police are looking for the driver and the vehicle involved in the hit-and-run.
This Press Conference will be broadcast on over 50 national social media sites.
 
OBJECTIVE:
  • At the Briefing, the organizers main goal is to call for an more aggressive prosecution; those who have potentially committed a racist assault over the July 4 weekend as some organizers believe investigators may be dragging their feet.
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  •  Solicit the public to advise of additional information; social unrest with racial hatred, Police Brutality, call for Restorative Justice Change and more details about this part to be announced. 

  • The objective of this event is also to highlight and combat the negative incident and those who want to attack others in the community. Also to stand in solidarity with those in the United States” who do not want to downplay racial hatred incidents and want officials and others on the ground to ensure the safety of community members while encouraging  pathways to peace. 
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  • This event will be broadcast live to over 60 social media networks and will be viewed by thousands of people including national media outlets.
Individuals, organizations, communities are also invited to participate in ongoing actions in the days ahead. 
 
Also, please note that we have COVID-19 in mind and hope not to generate large crowds but to get the message out with Social Media and a promotional video. 
 
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WHAT:  For Immediate Release:  Members Freedom First International with President Bishop Gregg L. Greer,  Monroe County Green Party, The Indiana Black Caucus and members from many more organizations to hold a Press Briefing concerning Incident of Racial Hate and White Supremacist Activistry in Bloomington, Indiana (Monroe County)     

WHERE:Monroe County CourtHouse Indiana 46204100 W. Kirkwood Avenue Bloomington, IN 47404 * Press Briefing starts at 8:30 am on July 9th, 2020.

 

WHO: Freedom First International, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Black Caucus Indiana,  Monroe County Green Party (members), Professor Dr. Greg Elicessor, Organizer Monica James, Activist Sharon Hines,  International Social Justice Networks, Bloomington Community members and others.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about National community activists addressing a call for Restorative Justice Change 

LIVESTREAM: https://www.facebook.com/Freedomfirstinternationalnetworks, https://www.facebook.com/freedomfirstint, 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Political Reform against_racailly motivated hatred continued fight for justice in urban communities.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:  Yes see links below

Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews:  Yes guest are available for press interviews 

PDF VERSION: (ATTACHED BELOW)

PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL:  (PICTURES OF CONFRONTATION BELOW)

 

NEWS QUOTE: 

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is investigating the assault on Bloomington resident Vauhxx Booker as a possible hate crime, according to Booker’s attorney, Kitty Liell.

“An official investigation has been opened up by the FBI,” Liell said during a news conference at the Monroe County courthouse. “I believe it has been approved by the United States Attorney’s Office and they are investigating this as a hate crime.” 

(note: quote by attorney of Booker who is not affiliated with the brief breing or organizers)

References:

Freedom First International Information 

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Racial Hate Crime Articles & Information  

https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/dnr-investigators-re-interviewing-witnesses-to-alleged-hate-crime-at-lake-monroe.php

https://fox59.com/news/victim-of-alleged-racist-assault-at-lake-monroe-to-hold-press-conference-with-state-senators/

https://bloomingtonian.com/2020/07/05/bloomington-man-threatened-with-noose-during-assault-at-lake-monroe/

Bishop Gregg l.Greer Bio:

https://gregglgreerbiopage.com/

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or call 312 838-6483

Additional Contact information: Randy G. Paul 812-219-6965 helpkidsreadmore@yahoo.com

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Media Advisory

Freedom First International is one of the most aggressive and growing HumanRightsorganizations in America. FFI has led 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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent July 9th, 2020  *4:30 a.m. Eastern

FREEDOM DAY AT THE INDIANAPOLIS STATE CAPITOL

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Indianapolis IN, on Saturday July 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm Samaria Rice Mother of Tamir Rice along with Bishop Gregg L. Greer President of Freedom First International President along with Black Lives Matter, Monica James of The Social Justice Networks International and more organizations: will organize a 4th of July Peace Forum called “FREEDOM DAY” at Monument Circle in Downtown Indianapolis-for a nationally televised event on over 100 national social media sites on a Saturday noon Telecast. Organizers are looking for Cosponsors and anyone who would like to join may contact freedomfirstinternational.net

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For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Social Justice Networks & National Community Activist have joined the Fight for Justice for Jorden Marie Simms asking for Accountability!

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For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Social Justice Networks & National Community Activist have joined the Fight for Justice for Jorden Marie Simms asking for Accountability!

(For National Distribution-Sent February 10, 2020) 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time

DEAR GOVERNOR AND OFFICIALS,

 

Today Freedom First International and it’s global networks of affiliates and partner social justice organizations is now urging the Governor Ducey and officials on the ground in Arizona to investigate the unfortunate death of Jorden Marie Simms and also the serious flurry of inconstancy with reports which involve this tragedy- We are asking for this injury to begin with the Sheriff and his teams based on reports (or lack thereof) concerning Simms untimely Death.

For your information a brief synopsis of the incident is as follows: 

> Jorden Marie Simms a young multiracial female- died in a hospital room after she slipped out of her handcuffs and jumped from a moving sheriff’s vehicle on Thursday December 26, 2019, police say. She accused two officers of sexually assaulting her in the days before she died. Simms was placed in custody by Safford Police Department due to an outstanding warrant for her arrest from Yavapai County. The warrant was related issues including a theft and carried a $25,000 bond. Simms was booked into Graham County Jail.

> The Safford Police Department confirmed in a statement on Monday December 23, 2019 that Simms, 28, had made “an allegation” against arresting officer Jeremiah French and the department had placed French on paid administrative leave. The Graham County Sheriff’s Office also confirmed on Mo that Simms also made an allegation against one of its detention officers.

>   After almost two days of the claim-,on Wednesday December 26, 2019- Simms was being taken to the Mount Graham Regional Medical Center in Safford for an exam when she allegedly removed her handcuffs, belly chains and ankle restraints (with a small bottle of hand soap as lubricant) and jumped out of the moving transport vehicle a Ford Explorer’s rear driver’s side door, according to the Graham County Sheriff’s reports. Simms throw herself from the Chevy Tahoe transport vehicle while it was northbound on 20th Avenue. The Tahoe was described as an older vehicle that can be opened from the inside, unlike other patrol and transport vehicles. Graham County Dispatch notes the incident occurred at 6:44 p.m. along 20th Avenue near the Sunshine Valley Apartments. Simms expired shortly thereafter due to the serious and critical injuries.

For our part as a “Extremely,” concerned but very capable- Human Rights organization with international outreach-we have committed our resources to investigate this claim which we have no doubt has merit but we would hope that the officials on the ground will simply “Do the right thing.”  In the shape and fashion that most closely represents “Justice” for the Family of Miss Simms and her estate. 
For full disclosure our actions in the days ahead will include: 
 
1) Bringing this matter to the attention of the international press. 
 
2) Alerting partner organizations including the ACLU, ReFuse Fascism, and many more to the issues of injustice at Graham County Jail. 
 
3) Also we plan to stage events on the ground to highlight the issue of misjustice. 
 
4) In addition we have started a petition to the community to research, seek and highlight other incidents of injustice at the Graham County Jail (we will highlight those incidents in the days ahead).
 
5) On February 19, 2020-The Freedom First International Team will have a national conference call via Facebook Live to discuss further details and coordinate ground efforts. (Please review the statement from the Freedom First International President, Bishop Gregg L.Greer)
 

“Governor and officials on the ground it is our specific hope that you truly have unconditional considerations of justice for the life and family of Miss Simms in mind and also in action- as there is a basic entitlement to that much not only from the standpoint point of the constitution of the United States but as a potential serious violation “Human Rights Issue.”  From my viewpoint-This story is extremely disturbing-we want an immediate investigation that is transparent, and personally as a criminal justice specialist-I am having a hard time believing that she slipped her wrists, waist and ankle restraints in the back seat of a moving transport while in the presence of trained officers.
 

My organization has a proven track record of fighting against major travesties of injustice with a proven track of resolution toward “justice”, and we have committed to this issue wholeheartedly!- There is no absolutely no reason for Jorden M. Simms to have lost her life. Now,we ask that you folks to the right thing.”

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

 
For our part we have open to further and detailed conversation about this matter please feel to reach out to our team for arrangements. 
CC:
Freedom First International (Executive Committee)
ACLU TEAM ARIZONA 
Guilty in Innocence Project (Jennifer Olin)
SCLC National
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Social Justice Networks Global (Monica James)  
ReFuse Fascism (National Office)
Kenneth Harding Foundation (Denika Chatman)
Justice for Jorden Marie Simms Committee
Human Rights Watch USA 
 
Arizona Governor’s Office
Doug Ducey
Amanda Pitman

Megan Fitzgerald,  

Graham County Sheriff Executive Team
National and International News Media
 
 
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WHAT:   For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Social Justice Networks & National Community Activist have joined the Fight for Justice for Jorden Marie Simms asking for Accountability!

WHERE: Incident involving The Graham County Sheriff’s Department Jail, and Safford, Arizona     

WHO: Freedom First International, Global Social Justice Networks, & Partners

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, and a growing list of multiple community national activist. 

WHY:  An effort to bring justice to a “questionable”  unsolved homicide.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about community activist addressing a serious public safety concern including Police Misconduct based on homicide at Graham County Sheriff Jail. 

AREA Of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_and continued fight for or justice in a communities.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:  Yes Local, see links below

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

References:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/arizona/2019/12/30/arizona-inmate-jorden-simms-accused-safford-police-graham-county-officers-sex-assault-before-died/2773647001/

https://www.abc15.com/news/local-news/investigations/family-of-jorden-simms-woman-who-died-in-graham-co-custody-wants-answers

 

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or use https://freedomfirstinternational.net/contact-us/

You may also Contact Freedom First International President Bishop Gregg L.Greer about the press event at gregggreer72@gmail.com

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International is one of the aggressive and growing Human Rights organizations in America has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice, George Stinney Jr.and others.

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent February 10, 2020) 1:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. Central Standard Time

For Immediate Release: National Green Party Black Caucus 2020 Presidential Debate will be joined by The Family of Legendary Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton, Black Lives Matter, and Civil Rights Leader Bishop Gregg L. Greer

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MUNCIE IN, on Friday September 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm Eve EST. National Community activist and Green Party leadership will meet for their Midwest USGP Black Caucus Presidential Candidate 2020 Debate at Ball State University. In addition to the debate a strong emphasis at the forum will be to speaker presentations to highlight community concerns over issues that effect the African American and communities of color.
 
Speakers for this years lineup will be: National Activist Journalist Bishop Gregg L.Greer. Bishop Greer has lead and fight for some of the major civil rights cases in America including Tamir Rice, George Stinney Jr. (Manning South Carolina) and Multiple Chicago Community Violence and Police Brutality Issues. Bishop Greer is an journalist who has contributed to the Huffington Post, Daily Kos, Black American World News and others. (see Bio attachment-Below)
 

Also speaking will be the Son and Wife of the Late Black Panther Leader Fed Hampton are Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and Akua Njeru (Fred Hampton’s Wife).  Fred Hampton Jr. (born December 29, 1969) is an African-American political activist and the son of Fred Hampton Sr. His father was a Black Panther who was killed by the Chicago police. Hampton’s 19-year-old mother, Deborah Johnson, was nine months pregnant with him when Hampton Sr. was killed in her presence during the police raid of the early morning hours of December 4, 1969. Hampton Sr. was 21 at the time of his death. (See Bio attachment-Below) 

Also, speaking will be Shamanique Hall Guider a well noted Indian community activists from Black Lives Matter who works with college students, concerned clergy and more to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with the movement for black lives across the country

“Our goal is to Liberate our people and to give them access to information that they may not routinely have and also help people in communities understand that we need ongoing effort to help to draw attention to the issues of people of color including African American, Latino and others –The Green Party Presidential Candidates of the 2020 campaign are all paying attention to the the current issues in America who we can change the current narrative.  That’s why this event is being hosted and promoted by the Green Party.,” according to Monica James-The main organizer of this forum.  


Stand with us on September 20, 2019 at 5:30pm for media briefing and the debate begins at 6:00pm 
 

Media You don’t want to miss this urgent public briefing.

 

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WHAT:   For Immediate Release: National Green Party Black Caucus 2020 Presidential Debate will be joined by The Family of Legendary Black Panther Leader Fred Hampton, Black Lives Matter, and Civil Rights Leader Bishop Gregg L. Greer

WHERE:     Ball State University  2000 W. University Ave Muncie, IN (BSU Student Center), Press be on hand for the PrePress Interview at 5:30 PM on 9-20-2019.

WHO: Freedom First International, Indiana Social Justice Network, Chicago Social Justice Network, Black Lives Matter,  Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr and his Mother Aku Njeri, Green Party Presidential Candidates 2020 and a growing list of multiple community activist. 

WHY:  An effort to bring critical issues to the community and informative debate for USGP 2020 Presidential Candidates 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about community activist addressing a serious public safety concerns and a snapshot of issues from all the 2020 Green Party Presidential Party Candidates. 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_and continued fight for or justice in urban communities.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:  Yes see links below

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

References:

Fred Hampton and Akua Nejori Bio:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Hampton_Jr.

 Bishop Gregg l.Greer Bio:

https://gregglgreerbiopage.com/  

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or at  (312) 254-9828 extension 6 

You may also Contact Monica James (Main Organizer) about the press event at 200922008200605mlfj@att.net or call direct at 765 730-4408

Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International is one of the aggressive and growing Human Rights organizations in America has 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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent September 19, 2019) 3:00 a.m. Central

 

Freedom First International (USA)
1136 S. Delano Court West, Suite B2, Chicago, IL 60605
 
 
              “Fiat justitia, et pereat mundus” 
“Let justice be done, though the world perish”

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters and Chicago Activist to draw attention to the backlog of testing at the Illinois Crime Lab that prevents Crimes from begin solved!

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters and Chicago Activist to draw attention to the backlog of testing at the Illinois Crime Lab that prevents Crimes from begin solved!

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Chicago, IL, on Friday afternoon Chicago Community activist leadership will meet to highlight community concerns over the critical backlog of tests on evidence at Illinois State Police labs which has climbed into the thousands of cases and also interfered with the investigation and closure criminal cases while reports show the agency sat on money that could have accelerated results-again, according to established reports. The activist are calling the rally “We won’t stop until the body count stops.”

 
Fact do show that the state has seen a growing backlog of untested samples and has struggled to improve testing turnaround time.

In previous news reports- Auditor General William Holland concluded that state police provided misleading or incorrect numbers to the governor and Legislature, misstating the size of the backlog.
Holland surveyed state’s attorneys and police statewide about the backlog, and 46 percent said delays in getting test results from the state police had meant criminal charges weren’t filed, cases were delayed or charges dropped, or suspects were acquitted.

“We are falling further and further behind in forensics,” said St. Clair State’s Attorney Bob Haida. “In theory, we can have innocent people charged and guilty people go free.”

“We began making adjustments as issues arose during the course of the audit and they have already begun to improve our system,” Monken said during a news conference at state police headquarters.

The number of cases that had not been analyzed within 30 days grew from 3,426 in 2002 to 10,387 in 2007, or 203 percent, the report said. The amount of evidence submitted for analysis grew 10 percent during the period while forensic staffing fell 3 percent.

Of $387 million provided the department for forensic services during those six years, $19.3 million went unspent, according to Holland’s audit, including $7.7 million for potential employees’ salaries and benefits.

Governor Pritzkers involvement

Governor J.B. Pritzker signed an executive order late August creating a “task force on forensic science” to study a fix for Illinois’ sample backlog that has doubled in the last two years, but those actions are slow.

“This is going to be very, very important,” Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan Kelly said at the order’s signing. “The governor rightly wants us to be the premier laboratory system in this country.”

State labs have more than 8,000 unfinished DNA tests, according to June numbers from ISP. More than 2,700 of those cases involve sexual assault or abuse.

Quotes from Bishop Gregg L. Greer and Tio Hardiman-Primary Organizers.

 

According to Bishop Gregg L.Greer-An externally dangerous standard is begin set when officials can’t address the needs of the public-For example-currently the Chicago Police Murder (Homicide)  9.4 % Clearance rate stands against the top ten worst cities in the nation. While part of the problems are logistical in nature (lack of Staffing) there is a very critical public safety issue as well, meaning crimes are not being solved” this issue grossly affects urban communities more often then not. For example we believe there is a possible serial killer taking the lives of women of color, these murders are not being investigated, and that is very tragic!

Everyday, that we have evidence that goes without proper testing, then those who commit these crimes are given the green-light to continue their criminal activity according to Tio Hardiman, President of Violence Interrupters.”

 

Stand with us on August 30, 2019 at 3:30pm for media briefing 

The group plans to move forward with petitioning Governor Pritzkers, as well as sate and city officials including Sheriff Tom Dart and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot during the press conference.


We will have various speakers from all around Chicago. Special Guest Speaker Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Tio Hardiman, Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, and Dr.Matt Harrington and Stacy Love Chicago Girls Missing many more.
Media You don’t want to miss this urgent public briefing.

 

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WHAT:For Immediate Release: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupter and Chicago Activist to draw attention to the backlog of testing at the Illinois Crime Lab that prevents Crimes from being solved!

WHERE: Forensic Science Center at Chicago 1941 W. Roosevelt Rd. Chicago, Illinois 60608 (FRONT DOOR OF LOCATION) 

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters,  Chicago Social Justice Network, Tikkun Chai International, Dr.Matt Harrington,  Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Tio Hardiman, Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef, and a growing list of multiple community activist. 

WHY:

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about community activist addressing a serious public safety concerns.  

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_and continued fight for or justice in urban communities.

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:  Not Yet

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

References:

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Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or at  (312) 254-9828 extension 6 

You may also Contact Freedom First International President Bishop Gregg L.Greer about the press event at gregggreer72@gmail.com or call 312 254-9828 extension 2

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International is one of the aggressive and growing HumanRightsorganizations in America has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others1

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent August 29, 2019) 10:30 a.m. Central

Freedom First International and community activist will join Family Seeking Justice for Young Man Murdered in Bronzeville

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Media Briefing  on July 31, 2019 Stating at 6:30 p.m at 3812 South Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 

 
 
Chicago, IL- Today Freedom First International (Bishop Gregg L.Greer), Violence Interrupters and other community activist will join the Mother and Family of a man who was killed and on Friday May 10, 2019 on a weekend of heightened gun violence across Chicago.
 
Grandberry’s parents and Family will share an account of the panic, confusion and grief they have experienced as they search for answers and ask the community to assist with justice in a effort to pressure those who are guilty to turn themselves in to law enforcement.

For the record-Demondre Shamon Grandberry- was lost to gun violence at 22 years old, and was found with a gunshot wound to his head (in an apartment stairwell). Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. He was pronounced dead at the scene about 6:20 p.m. in the 3800 block of Michigan Avenue. Todate no one has been brought to justice for the murder of Granberry.
  • Plan of Action
  • 6:30PM Gather at Building at 3812 South Michigan Ave Chicago to brief the press.
  • Followed by a Distribution of a $500.00 award flyer. (below) 
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Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

Reference  (Media from the day)

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/5/13/18618850/man-shot-dead-in-bronzeville-apartment-stairwell  

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/5/13/18618809/1-killed-4-wounded-friday-in-gun-violence-across-chicago

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WHAT:   Freedom First International and community activist will join Family Seeking Justice for Young Man Murdered in Bronzeville  

WHERE:   Wednesday July 31, 2019 starting at  6:30pm CST. 

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    Michigan Tower Apartments Building (front of entrance) 3812 South Michigan Ave St, Chicago, Illinois 60603

WHO:  Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters , Chicago Social Justice Network, Family Members of Demondre Granberry.

WHY:  Family and Freedom First International Activist want just for Demondre’s murder.

PHOTO/STORY OPP: Chicago Community and Civic Organizations, Public Interest Story about the Local Family trying to find justice for murdered son. Also dealing with Chicago Community Justice/ Gun Violence problem. 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist urge Public to help with any information that could bring killer to justice.  

National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident: Yes ongoing (see media section above)

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

Contact(s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact Media Director- Washington Bailey III, or email freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or please call Bishop Gregg L.Greer (Direct) 312 833-8231-He will be on the ground at the press conference. 

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others. As Community Reform Specialist Freedom has protected the civil rights, human rights and social justice of the our National community for over ten years.  

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent Wednesday July 31, 2019) 9:30AM- Central / News distributed by Freedom First International 

FREEDOM FIRST INTERNATIONAL P.S.A: ANTI DEPORTATION KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

Multinational  ICE Public Service Announcements

Everyone in the U.S. has certain rights guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution, regardless of your immigration status. You can’t always control whether you will come in contact with immigration or law enforcement. It is important to know and practice these scenarios so that you and your friends, family, and colleagues are prepared for any situation. Understanding what your fundamental rights are and how to use them will help you advocate for yourself and respond appropriately if you encounter the police or immigration enforcement.

In any interaction with law or immigration enforcement, the most important practices to remember are:

  • Stay calm
  • Stay silent (don’t mention where you were born or how you entered the US)
  • Record details and names
  • Do NOT run away
  • Ask to speak to your lawyer before signing any documents or answering any questions
  • If you do speak, do not lie. 

Your home carries with it special protections that public spaces do not. Understanding what those are (and aren’t) can help you navigate stressful encounters with immigration enforcement on your doorstep, and potentially avoid harm.

If ICE comes to your door

If ICE knocks on the front door of your home or apartment and asks to enter, do not open the door. ICE is only allowed to enter if they have a valid judicial search or arrest warrant with your correct name and/or address, signed by a judge.

Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to your front window so you can examine it. ICE will usually have a warrant of deportation or removal, which is signed by an immigration official, not a judge, and does NOT give them permission to enter the home even if you or another occupant’s name is on it, unless you give them permission. If this is the only warrant they provide, you should NOT open the door.

Although opening the door does not mean that you are giving them permission to enter our home, officers may say later that you did.  

If the officer refuses to show you their warrant, tell them that because they have not demonstrated that they have a valid warrant, you are exercising your constitutional right and will not open the door to them.

 In order for a search warrant to be valid, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be signed by a judge – NOT an immigration official
  • Must contain the address of the home to be searched
  • Must describe the area to be searched

You have the same rights in an apartment as you do in a house. ICE cannot force a landlord to open your front door if you refuse because they do not have a valid warrant.

If ICE knocks on the front door of your home or apartment and asks to enter, do not open the door. ICE is only allowed to enter if they have a valid judicial search or arrest warrant with your correct name and/or address, signed by a judge.

Ask the officer to slip the warrant under the door or hold it up to your front window so you can examine it. ICE will usually have a warrant of deportation or removal, which is signed by an immigration official, not a judge, and does NOT give them permission to enter the home even if you or another occupant’s name is on it, unless you give them permission. If this is the only warrant they provide, you should NOT open the door.

Although opening the door does not mean that you are giving them permission to enter our home, officers may say later that you did.  

If the officer refuses to show you their warrant, tell them that because they have not demonstrated that they have a valid warrant, you are exercising your constitutional right and will not open the door to them.

 In order for a search warrant to be valid, it must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be signed by a judge – NOT an immigration official
  • Must contain the address of the home to be searched
  • Must describe the area to be searched

You have the same rights in an apartment as you do in a house. ICE cannot force a landlord to open your front door if you refuse because they do not have a valid warrant.

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact Media Director- Washington Bailey III, or email freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or at  (312) 674-7973 ex 6

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Media Advisory

Chicago Based-Freedom First International has lead and organized some of the most renown civil rights cases in America-including Semaj Crosby, Tamir Rice and others. As Community Reform Specialist Freedom has protected the civil rights, human rights and social justice of the our National community for over ten years.  

(See References Below). For more information: goto https://freedomfirstinternational.net/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-(Sent Wednesday July 11, 2019-5:00 a.m., Friday July 13

9:30 p.m).- Central / News distributed by Freedom First International.