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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 Orlando. 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. King remained in that position until his death in 1968-. Greer found the 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.

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:  Chicago Community Activist will Protest local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer-This Sunday!

For Immediate Release:  Chicago Community Activist will Protest local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer-This Sunday!

 

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Sunday July 8,2018 at 4:00 pm

                                     Wines and Spirits 308 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619

Chicago Community Activist will protest against a local store due to an unfortunate incident where the store security beat a man to death for allegedly trying to steal a bottle of bear. This incident now reported is just one incident in a flurry of incidents where people in Chicago’s black community believe businesses are taking advantage of those in Chicago-who live in poor and oppressed communities, by giving lack of service, mistreatment and everything in between leaving tensions on high.

(Recap according to information given to the Chicago Sun-times) 

A security guard accused of beating a man to death last month over a stolen bottle of liquor at a Park Manor neighborhood store was denied bail Tuesday.
Christopher Emmons, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Herbert Lemon, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Lemon was severely beaten by Emmons June 12 inside the liquor store at 308 E. 75th St. and died two days later, Assistant State’s Attorney Maurice Alayo said Tuesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

The beating happened about 1:20 p.m, according to Chicago Police.  Surveillance video recorded the day before that showed Lemon stealing the bottle and followed him into the store, Alayo said. Once inside, surveillance video recorded Emmons lock the door and put on a pair of gloves. When Lemon walked up to the counter with a bottle of beer, Emmons punched him twice in the face without warning, Alayo said.

 

Emmons pulled Lemon deeper into the store and continued to beat Lemon even after he fell to the ground. He then lifted him to his feet and a second person punched Lemon in the face at least twice, Alayo said.
Chicago Police officers arrived, but Lemon declined to press charges on Emmons, Alayo said. Lemon was later found unresponsive in his house by his girlfriend. He was taken to a hospital and underwent brain surgery, but showed no brain activity after the operation.

He was taken off life support and died June 14.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide from multiple head injuries suffered in an assault.

The activist want people in the community to know that they are clearly entitled to fair and quality service and we as Chicago activist leadership will no longer tolerate any complaints of racism and fears of gentrification that are rising in Chicago. Meanwhile, Arab Americans have gained a foothold in the city by expanding their small business ownership after chain stores left, but they continue to struggle with their own identity, and will be unable to secure on their place in the race construct and power structure-if they don’t handle local patrons respectfully. 

In any case the activist feel that no one deserves to lose their life over a cheap bottle of beer and we all believe the store should be held accountable. 

Reference #1

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/security-guard-charged-with-beating-man-to-death-at-park-manor-liquor-store/

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

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WHAT:   Chicago Community Activist will Protest Local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer! 

WHERE:   Sunday July 8, 2018 at 4:00pm CST.    Wines and Spirits 308 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence interrupters and multiple community activist.

WHY:  Problems and Issues Local merchant who many in the community who worker killed a local 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about activist looking to effect change on a local and national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Reform against_unfair treatment from merchant 

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

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

Contact (s):     

References:

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) or by email at gregggreer72@gmail.com 

Media Director Frederick Washington, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

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For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Chicago Activist will protest peacefully to bring attention to CTA Blue Line Store that many locals have complained on for price gouging and blatantly overcharging

 

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June 29,2018 at 4:00 pm

                                 Forest Park Blue Line Station-711 Desplaines Ave, Forest Park, IL 60130

A well known fact that-The Arab owned shop at The CTA (Blue Line) Forest Park has been ripping poor folks off for years-by overcharging 25% to 40% Tax on items and more. 

This is disturbing especially when cook County Tax is just over 10%. Chicago Activist will protest this Friday at 4:00pm to bring notice to this store and it’s dishonest practices. Watch these stores-they sell old food and overcharge at the same time.

Bishop Gregg L.Greer  President of Freedom First International stated-“In many states, businesses are allowed a small discrepancy in overcharges. State law in North Carolina allows businesses to have a 2 percent error rate among all the items in the store. This year, five stores have been penalized so far. Last November, nine stores, including Dollar General, CVS, Target and Walgreens were fined in the state for price scanning errors. C.T.A has to do a better job in monitoring these small stores. There should be no way that-this should be a problem from a vendor that does business with the city.

Video One shows recent incident (last week) when one store employee when confronted about over charging one employee runs from camera view, the other when asked for a manger said, no manager was available and gave a contact, after some persistence. 

Video Two shows locals who are aware of the store deceptive practices and discuss his experiences and also that fact that he’s aware of the stores overcharging for at least two years.  

Video 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qstHA34yDk0&t=10s

Video 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQbAZMgtuMI&t=4s

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

 

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Recent initiatives to address

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WHAT:   For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Chicago Activist will protest peacefully to bring attention to CTA Blue Line-Convenience Store that many locals have complained about for price gouging and blatantly overcharging.  

WHERE:   Friday June 29, 2018 at 4:00pm CST 

WHO: Freedom First International, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Multiple Community Activist.

WHY:  Problems and Issues Local merchant who many in the community have long term believed are cheating patrons. 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about activist looking to effect change on a local and national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Economic Reform against_unfair Policy from merchant locally  

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

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

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Contact (s):     

References:

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer by email at gregggreer72@gmail.com 

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 for Media, email or 

freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International will host renown British Forensic Specialist Satish Sekar and other national wrongfully convicted advocates to stand in opposition of Governor Rauners death penalty reinstatement plans. 

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International will host renown British Forensic Specialist Satish Sekar and other national wrongfully convicted advocates to stand in opposition of Governor Rauners death penalty reinstatement plans. 

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June 22,2018 at 10:30 am

                           Chicago City Hall 121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602

​*Satish C. Sekar, Jeffery Deskovic, Mark Clements, and Bishop Gregg L.Greer will address the possible Death Penalty reinstatement -In early May Governor Bruce Rauner proposed reinstating the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and people who slay law enforcement officers, injecting the idea into his re-election campaign by rewriting a gun control bill and sending it back to lawmakers. 

Gov. Bruce Rauner seems to be one of the few people in Illinois who misses the death penalty. Our outcry is to begin coalition building in opposition of any proposal urgently and right now. Simply because the Governor is misdirected and there should be no death penalty anywhere much less in Illinois  

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Satish C. Sekar (born September 1963) is a British author and journalist, and a 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. 

Jeffrey Mark Deskovic A New York based advocate was wrongly convicted in 1990 at the age of seventeen of raping, beating, and strangling Angela Correa, a 15-year-old high school classmate at Peekskill High School. On December 7, 1990 a jury convicted Deskovic based on testimony from Peekskill police detective Daniel Stephens that Deskovic had confessed to the crime. Deskovic proclaimed his innocence on numerous occasions after his conviction, but was repeatedly denied a reopening of the case by then district attorney Jeanine Pirro. Since at least 2000 Deskovic also appealed to D.A. Pirro to run DNA testing to help prove his innocence. Pirro declined to run any DNA tests that could help release Deskovic from prison. In 2006, the new district attorney, Janet DiFiore, authorized a DNA test which led to Deskovic’s exoneration. The DNA from the crime scene was matched to that of Steven Cunningham, another prison inmate who was serving a life term for another murder and later confessed to the Correa murder. Deskovic’s conviction was overturned and he was released. Jeffrey Deskovic is now an advocate for reform of the criminal justice system and works to educate the public through his public speaking, published articles, and The Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice. He is a Mercy College alumnus.

Bishop Gregg L.Greer,  Gregg L. Greer  is a Public Speaker, Minister, American Journalist, Author, Economist and Social Activist. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International and a prominent national human rights leader. Also, Greer is a Leader with the United Nations League of Nations Faith Assemblies Consortium. LON’FAC as well as a Global Citizen. To date Greer has worked on some American most notorious miscarriages of justice including Tamir Rice, George Stinney Jr, Semaj Crosby and Alton Sterling.  Greer is the founder of  Freedom First International- a non-governmental organization (NGO) working for alternatives to racial hate and promoting world peace.

Mark Clements was just 16 years old when Chicago police beat him in an interrogation room at Area Three in 1981. As a result of the beating, he signed a false confession to an arson that killed four people. Due to his age, he was not eligible for the death penalty, so instead, he was sentenced to life without parole. Mark Clements –served  28 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit!. 

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

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WHAT:  For immediate Release: Freedom First International will host renown British Forensic Specialist Satish Sekar in Chicago in opposition of death penalty reinstatement

WHERE:    Chicago City Hall 121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602 Friday June 22, 2018 at 10:30am CST 

WHO: Freedom First International, Fitted In Project, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Satish Sekar, Jeffery deskovic, Mark A Clements

WHY:  Problems and Issues with Governor Rauners Pending Death Penalty Proposal 

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public Interest Story about activist looking to effect change on a local and national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Policy in locally and nationally.  

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

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

Contact (s):     

References:

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/satish-sekar

http://www.nodeathpenalty.org/new_abolitionist/october-2009-issue-49/mark-clements-wins-his-freedom

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2018/06/18/for-immediate-release-freedom-first-international-will-host-noted-british-forensic-specialist-satish-sekar-in-chicago-in-opposition-of-death-penalty-reinstatement-and-more/

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

 

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Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) or by email at gregggreer72@gmail.com 

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.

For immediate Release: Freedom First International will host noted British Forensic Specialist Satish Sekar in Chicago in opposition of death penalty reinstatement and more

For immediate Release: Freedom First International will host noted British Forensic Specialist Satish Sekar in Chicago in opposition of death penalty reinstatement and more

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Press Briefing on June 22,2018 at 10:30 am

                                       Chicago City Hall 121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602

Satish C. Sekar and Bishop Gregg L.Greer will address two issues first is the Death Penalty -In early May Governor Bruce Rauner proposed reinstating the death penalty in Illinois for mass killers and people who slay law enforcement officers, injecting the idea into his re-election campaign by rewriting a gun control bill and sending it back to lawmakers. Satish is filming a documentary with One World Transatlantic Global Media and also plans to meet and greet with local human rights groups including Amnesty International.  

Satish C. Sekar (born September 1963) is a British author and journalist, and a 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. 

In 1992, his work helped overturn the convictions of the Cardiff Three and while researching a book about the case, Fitted In: The Cardiff 3 and the Lynette White Inquiry, he uncovered errors in the original evaluation of forensic evidence from the crime scene. The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology said that Sekar’s “extraordinary work on the case of the Cardiff 3 [put] academic criminology to shame.” Sekar is the Founder of the Fitted In Project. 

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

 

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Recent Key Initiatives to address

WHAT:  For immediate Release: Freedom First International will host renown British Forensic Specialist Satish Sekar in Chicago in opposition of death penalty reinstatement-also he plans to meet and greet local civic orgnanizations

WHERE:    Chicago City Hall 121 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60602 Monday June 22, 2018 at 10:30am CST 

WHO: Freedom First International, Fitted In Project, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Satish Sekar

WHY:  Chicago Community Restoration

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -Public interest story about activist looking to effect change on a local and national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Policy in locally and nationally.  

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

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

Further Reference:

https://www.theguardian.com/profile/satish-sekar

https://freedomfirstinternational.net/2018/06/18/for-immediate-release-freedom-first-international-will-host-noted-british-forensic-specialist-satish-sekar-in-chicago-in-opposition-of-death-penalty-reinstatement-and-more/

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) or by email at gregggreer72@gmail.com 

Media Director Frederick Washington, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information. 

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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 June 18, 2018) 8:05 a.m. Central

“In Memoriam” Tamir Rice June 25, 2002 -November 23, 2014

This coming week would have been the 16th birthday of  Tamir Rice. Freedom First international and it’s affiliates honor his life as we worked diligently both on the ground and nationally to help fight for justice. 

The shooting of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy (June 25, 2002 – November 23, 2014), occurred on November 22, 2014, in Cleveland, Ohio. Two police officers, 26-year-old Timothy Loehmann and 46-year-old Frank Garmback, responded after receiving a police dispatch call of a black male that “keeps pulling a gun out of his pants and pointing it at people”. A caller reported that a male was pointing “a pistol” at random people in the Cudell Recreation Center. At the beginning of the call and again in the middle he says of the pistol “it’s probably fake”.  Toward the end of the two-minute call, the caller stated “he is probably a juvenile”.

 However, this information was not relayed to Loehmann or Garmback on the initial dispatch. The officers reported that upon their arrival, they both continuously yelled “show me your hands” through the open patrol car window. Loehmann further claimed that instead of showing his hands, it appeared as if Rice was trying to draw: “I knew it was a gun and I knew it was coming out”. In response, the officer shot twice, hitting Rice once in the torso. He died on the following day.

Freedom First International’s (FFI)- President Gregg L Greer worked with the family to organize a stronger media effort both on ground nationally and internationally. FFI also organized multiple rallies in Cleveland, Oh area and abroad to galvanize the public over the course of two years.

With powerful relations Freedom First International helped organize a legal team who worked separately from our advocacy effort to assist the family with successful civil litigation.  Freedom First International even organized at the United Nations (UN) and hosted an event there to bring international attention to Tamir’s case.

We wish to thank all organizers and everyone in the community who stood on the front lines to fight against this unjustified case of injustice that took a promising young life. Our prayers remain with the family.  

We pray for a world were children are safe from terror and oppression. Until then we will work towards Freedom.  

 

Further Reference

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-stronghold-of-injustice-in-black-america-that-easily_us_5a1766efe4b068a3ca6df731

https://www.theringer.com/2016/7/21/16043464/tamir-rice-cleveland-shooting-samaria-rice-fa8ca0eb4487

https://goblackcentral.com/2015/10/tamir-rice-family-along-with-nationallocal-activist-to-hold-press-conference/

https://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/06/tamir_rices_mother_speaks_out.html

 

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

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

(For National Distribution-Sent June 16, 2018) 12:00 p.m. Central

“In Memoriam” George Stinney Jr. October 21, 1929 -June 16, 1944

 

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Freedom First International, The Guilty in Innocence Project and affiliates-honor the life of George Stinney Jr.

An African-American young boy, George Stinney Jr., who was executed at age 14 in the killing of two young white girls has been exonerated in South Carolina, 70 years after he became the youngest person executed in the U.S. in the 1900s. A judge ruled he was denied due process.

In her ruling, Circuit Judge Carmen Mullen wrote that she found that “fundamental, Constitutional violations of due process exist in the 1944 prosecution of George Stinney, Jr., and hereby vacates the judgment.”

The case was brought by George Frierson of Manning, SC and his group known as-A New Day, and afterward assistance come with testimony from Stinney’s surviving siblings.

Our organization started in 2011 working  behind the scenes and on the ground with public rallies, and well as memorials. Also addition we help galvanize the international media and some legal research to bring further attention to this case-up-to the point of his exoneration. 

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Another role we primarily accepted at the time was supporting George Frierson and his group with the memorial rededication which happened on July 16, 2016.  We like to thank George Frierson, Jennifer Bowers Olin, the Stinney Family and all organizations and advocates who helped overturn Georges conviction.

On December 17, 2014, his conviction was posthumously vacated 70 years after his execution, because the circuit court judge ruled that he had not been given a fair trial; he had no effective defense and his Sixth Amendment rights had been violated. The judgment noted that while Stinney may in fact have committed the crime, the prosecution and trial were fundamentally flawed. Judge Mullen ruled that his confession was likely coerced and thus inadmissible. She also found that the execution of a 14-year-old constituted “cruel and unusual punishment.”

 

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(Stinney Rally at Manning Courthouse on December 10, 2013)

References: 

http://www.theitem.com/stories/stinney-memorial-rededicated,250642

https://oneworld01.com/tag/george-stinney-jr-youngest-person-ever-executed-in-u-s-history-strong/

https://www.causes.com/exonerate-george-stinney-jr

 

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

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

(For National Distribution-Sent June 17, 2018) 

For immediate Release: Freedom First International (others), will Stand in opposition and voice disapproval of ICE’s enforcement practices. Urge for immediate change in Federal Police policy. (Press Briefing & Rally)

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This is a clarion call for faith and civic leadership around Chicago-land to stand in solidarity against the cruel and unusual punishment against all immigrants. This call will include a petition to stop the separation of children from families with this harsh treatment

We have asked all faith leaders interested in joining the call and also those who want to sign the endorsement to contact us.

Our commitment to restorative balance in the community must be heard-clearly. Lastly we agree with the leaders of our city and say clearly protection of those oppressed must happen both directly and indirectly.  Advocates from other organization and stand with us at the Press Conference.

The I.C.E enforcement programs pose a variety of threats to civil liberties: They implicate the Fourth Amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures, the constitutional guarantee of due process, period!

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

Many of ICE’s removal tactics take away even the right to a fair hearing in court, as the government rushes to judgment and tries to ram people through a rubber-stamp system that ignores individual circumstances. These enforcement programs pose a variety of threats to civil liberties:

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International 

Many of ICE’s removal tactics take away even the right to a fair hearing in court, as the government rushes to judgment and tries to ram people through a rubber-stamp system that ignores individual circumstances. These enforcement programs pose a variety of threats to civil liberties:

Recent initiatives to address

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WHAT: For immediate Release: Freedom First International, will Stand in opposition and voice disapproval of ICE’s enforcement practice that impose heavy social costs, tearing American families apart and undermining community trust in law enforcement.

WHERE:    USCIS Local Office – Chicago 101 West Congress Pkwy Chicago, IL 60605. Monday June 11, 2018 at 11:30am CST 

WHO: Freedom First International, Refuse Fascism, Urban Christian Leadership Initiative & others.

WHY:  ICE’s enforcement practices also impose heavy social costs, tearing American families apart and undermining community trust in law enforcement.

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, -This group is looking to effect change on a national level. 

AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.  

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

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

Contact (s):     

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact President, Gregg L.Greer at (312) 833-8231 (cell) or by email at gregggreer72@gmail.com 

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. 

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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

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

(For National Distribution-Sent June 11, 2018) 11:30am Central

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

Royalty Wolf

(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

 

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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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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Attribution:  nola.com

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.