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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, IL with scheduled offices in  Orlando, Johannesburg, London, New York City, San Francisco, 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)

http://www.gregglgreer.com

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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Kujaun Raye, Facebook Picture

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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Media Statement: Freedom First International on the Department of Justice refusal of federal 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!

Freedom First International Executive Team

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 May 2, 2017)

For Immediate Release: Statement After Grands Rapids Police hold “Group of innocent Youths” at gun point! Protest are scheduled

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  (For Immediate Release-Statement from the Freedom First International President)

The questions we must ask ourselves. We could ask-Why would any police take the word of a man and hold a pistol over the body of 13-year-old boys? Why would any witness’ come forward with a story that was not correct?
 
Why-It’s because- They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill “us” if they feel threatened in any way by “us.”. 
 
We need more love in our communities! We don’t see the same love and acceptance our black children unconditionally that you see in other communities even the white areas. Regardless of our child’s age- We demand respect and to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. I would suggest to the Police on the ground that day-You teach children, by how you treat them, that they are valuable and worthy of love. 
 
At any point, these children could have been a Trayvon Martin or a Tamir Rice? As Police Officials, you have the power to stave off feelings of emptiness that these young men feel day by day but it’s that unfortunate you choose not to! Instead, you penalize the children and for the rest of their lives, they develop a mistrust of Police Officials. 
 
Sure, you say that pointing the Gun at them was a protocol and procedure but I ask did you- talk to your children about racism ― tell them that Tamir Rice was just an innocent child whose death was motivated by racism.
 
Ultimately some of these questions will be answered by investigators. Other questions—the deeper, more disturbing ones that ask about equality and intolerance—must be answered by our communities, and we will not accept any answer as sufficient. We will be the voice that controls the Narrative of our community.
 
For your part, a public apology is in order and I also ask that you make a proclamation for change. Nothing else will be sufficient.
 
For my part I’m organizing a “Peaceful Protest Rally to be scheduled at  1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at noon this Saturday.” 

 
This date has dual significance because it was after a jury acquitted four police officers in 1991 when the videotaped beating of Rodney King, a Black motorist, widespread riots broke out in South Central Los Angeles.
 
Also, this date makes the 100th day that Donald Trump is in Office and under his Department of Justice is very challenged to act in civil court cases against police misconduct,  While U.S. cities have made steady progress in the management of the use of force and racial profiling. It is tragic that the Trump administration’s Department of Justice is turning its back on that progress, depriving Americans of the effective, safe and constitutional policing. 
Pastor Gregg L. Greer-President of Freedom First International

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 26 , 2017)

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http://abcnews.go.com/US/controversial-police-footage-shows-unarmed-youths-detained-gunpoint/story?id=47006615

Media Statement: The Questionable Death of Shawn Brider-Chicago Man who died in Custody

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“The Questionable Death of  Shawn Brider in Chicago is tragic. For this Man to die in Custody in a District 3 Police lockup is another unfortunate clog in the wheels of injustice that adds to a sad and tragic collection of unfortunate incidents-again when traffic stops and normal encounters with citizens turn deadly-we all must question-the effects of what could have been done differently by CPD to avoid loss of life.

Outside of the unnecessary loss of life. There is a larger issue that officials and everyone on the ground must consider that is:

The Black Community in Poor Chicago are systematically being forced down a dark well and worn out by the constant microaggressions, with every incident deepens the divide. When a suspect is arrested for merely sleeping in a car, we would have to ask the question where is the accountability? Did Brider have to be arrested and taken to the district or could he have been ticked?-The evidence is super compelling: The Chicago Police Department is in urgent need of reform. While the problems are clear, the path to solutions is filled with controversy. Even after Chicago Police Department was sanctioned by DOJ federal investigators who found that officers routinely used excessive force against minorities and tolerated “racially discriminatory conduct” by officers we still are seeing wide-spread abuse and issues-that could be routinely avoidable.” A change is needed CPD!

Pastor Gregg L.Greer-Freedom First International, SCLC Chicago 

-If we as American Citizens continue to feel alienated and see that day in and day out- our human life is being taken without even a small ‘trinket,’ of justice-Then we literally give a “green light,” to those who wish to bring gasoline to fan racial flames and say that the “killing of a black man in America-means nothing to the law, because when you kill them’ you will not face charges. We now appeal for Law and Order and Common Sense, with Chicago Police Power. We then say’ That is a loss of life sets a dangerous pattern, and it must end!

We are now involved and will assist the community in this investigation for justice our call is global and we do this for Shawn Brider. We will use #Whathappenedtoshawnbrider

 Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International (SCLC)

 

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 11 , 2016)

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http://abc7chicago.com/news/man-found-dead-inside-cpd-lockup-in-grand-crossing/1855234/

Media Statement: The Danger of Mr.Trumps Nuclear Tweet

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(For Immediate Release-Statement from the Freedom First International President)
Less than 24 hours ago, Mr. Trump-American President Elect, shocked many when he sent a tweet addressing the need for more nuclear weapons? This move was defensible and came hours after Mr.Putin the Russian President addressed a similar need.

In contrast -I along with many others in the nation agree with-Dr Martin Luther King Jr. when argued for the centrality of his anti-militarism advocacy most eloquently on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City quoted:

 A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift” – are a recipe, he said, for certain “spiritual death”

I believe the major issue on hand is that there is no actual justification for the such a public notice, in addition the timing seems suspect. This move has many concerned, and that this is not the process of a rational thinker at all. Even if we needed more nuclear weaponry-is this something to broadcast “willy nilly,” over a tweet? This is wrong on so many levels.

In the light of the foregoing we urge all people of faith to stand with us now to send a clear and resounding message to following:
We Must see the urgency of the moment then say to Mr.Trump and his entire cabinet and supporters, Cease playing with the lives of American citizens-This is certainly a dangerous trend-that must stop.  In the name of all that we value, in the name of humanity!

 Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International, SCLC

Further Reference:

ttp://www.dailykos.com/stories/2016/12/24/1614179/-Media-Statement-The-Danger-of-Mr-Trumps-Tweet?_=2016-12-24T04:14:04.500-08:00

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/585c93b7e4b068764965bbba?timestamp=1482464726204

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(For National Distribution-Sent December 24, 2016)

Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International-if you are interested in interviews from his and others of the brightest minds today, you can email him freedomfirstinternational.net/…at  oneworldtoday@gmail.com His website is www.gregglgreer.com