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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, 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 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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For Immediate Release: Activist will Protest outside of FBI Chicago Urging Demanding Justice & Investigation to Determine If There’s a Serial Killer Targeting Black Women

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For Immediate Release: Activist from all Chicago over 10 groups will Protest outside of FBI Chicago Urging & Demanding Justice & Investigation to Determine If There’s a Serial Killer Targeting Black Women. Groups involved thus far Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Chicago Social Justice Network, Demand Justice, Tikkun Chai International (Humanitarian Project) Black Lives Matters Lake County, Brotha Rod Da Messenger WE’FA.US, Neighborhood Rebuild, Tio Hardiman, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Rabbi Micheal Ben Yosef, Dr.Matt Harrington, and a growing list of multiple community activist.

The Chicago Police Department is revisiting the unsolved killings of more than 50 women across the city since 2001, facing pressure from community activists who say the string of slayings suggest a serial murderer is on the loose.

The CPD investigation follows a report by the Virginia-based Murder Accountability Project, a nonprofit group that analyzes information about homicides, which argued that the 51 killings —  in which most of the victims died by asphyxiation — bore the “characteristics of a serial murderer.”

Just as Jack The Ripper terrorized London in 1888, killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies in an unusual manner, indicating that the killer had a substantial knowledge of human anatomy. The culprit was never captured—or even identified—and Jack the Ripper remains one of England’s, and the world’s, most infamous.

It is with this tragic thought in mind that activist would ask for a urgent Public Service Announcement notices and convening a task force to take immediate actions to protect members of the community. While we all should understand that this is a very serious matter, urgency can be placed, and also certain steps should be taken to ensure a sense of urgency to assist in attempts curtaining as further murders.  

For our part the activist will work with, CPD, Chief Johnson, and Police officials and any group to protect those members of our community. You still have time to do something about this issue but urge CPD to immediately change the trajectory and began informing the public.

Activist are hoping that this effort stand out amoungst the first initiatives and are urging Lori Lightfoot to act .For the Record we will continue our efforts to draw immediate public attention to this travesty of justice-this is taking our future.

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WHAT:   For Immediate Release: Activist will Protest outside of FBI Chicago Urging Demanding Justice & Investigation to Determine If There’s a Serial Killer Targeting Black Women

WHERE:   Friday February  26, 2019 starting at 3:00 pm CST. FBI Chicago Headquarters, 2111 Roosevelt Road Chicago, IL 60611 (Front)

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Chicago Social Justice Network, Demand Justice, Tikkun Chai International (Humanitarian Project) Black Lives Matters Lake County, Brotha Rod Da Messenger WE’FA.US, Neighborhood Rebuild, Tio Hardiman, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Rabbi Micheal Ben Yosef, Dr.Matt Harrington, and a growing list of multiple community activist.

WHY:  Law Enforcement (CPD) and city officals must react with sense of urgency. 

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_national administration 

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

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

Contact (s):     

References:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/cpd-task-force-to-probe-any-possible-links-between-deaths-of-50-women/  

https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/04/16/chicago-police-fbi-investigate-to-determine-if-theres-a-serial-killer-targeting-black-women/?fbclid=IwAR3pqMCwrrTxqOajQ9yr-5xD2z_1J43OrzIjHBH7iFRfCEEaddCCvKxYOtM

 

Lead Activist-Media Advisers

You may contact  Media Director Washington Bailey, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information or at  (224) 678-0347

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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

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

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent April 23, 2019) 5:15 a.m. Central

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For Immediate Release: Open Letter to Lori Lightfoot Chicago Mayor RE: Systematic Killing Spree of Young Women in Chicago

Dear Lori Lightfoot,

Good Morning Mayor, congratulations on your recent victory please accept this letter as a call for sincere urgency our community simply for justice and preservation of lives. Lori-Last night, I along with my associate Champlain addressed the C.O.P.A Board In reference to the demand for action with regards to a potential serial killer on the loose in “Poorer Urbans Areas” in Chicago with growing facts that both proven and unproven-that shows a trend of more then fifty one bodies of young women of color found with mutilated bodies found in an unusual manner in abandoned building, alleys, or garbage cans. Facts would show that a consistency that the bodies were burnt (as to destroy evidence). 

For the record-I as a member of the Clergy and a Faith Leader have worked restorative justice in a community justice capacity for over 10 years based in Chicago. Our organization Freedom First International is an organization that has engaged in correcting some of the most infamous civil rights cases in America over the past ten years. 

Chicago does have a serious issue- just as Jack the Ripper terrorized London in 1888, killing at least five women and mutilating their bodies in an unusual manner, indicating that the killer had a substantial knowledge of human anatomy. The culprit was never captured—or even identified—and Jack the Ripper remains one of England’s, and the world’s, most infamous.

It is with this tragic thought in mind that we would ask for a urgent Public notices and convening a task force to take immediate actions to protect members of the community. While we all should understand that this is a very serious matter, urgency can be placed, and also certain steps should be taken to ensure direction of action urgency to assist in attempts curtaining further murders.  

For our part we will work with you, your office, Chief Johnson, Police officials and any group to protect those members of our community. You still have time to do something about this issue. Change the trajectory. Make a different history.

We are hoping that this effort stand out amoungst is the first initiatives after your oath of office. Again, we are hoping that this effort stand out amoungst is the first initiatives after your oath of office.

For the Record we will continue our efforts to draw immediate public attention to this travesty of justice-this is taking our future.  

 

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International

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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

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

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent April 12, 2019) 7:25 a.m. Central

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and other Community Activist Groups Urge action about potential serial killer in Chicago’s Urban Areas

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Bishop Gregg L.Greer and Chicago Community Activist Leadership will address the police board meeting (at Chicago Police Board Headquarters) as well as conduct a press conference before the meeting urging Chicago Police Leadership and New Chicago Mayor to address recent explosive reports that Chicago may have a serial killer on the loose.

Freedom First International and groups have grown deeply concerned about a growing list of more than 50 deaths in recent months.  Freedom First International agrees with the findings of the Murder Accountability Project, which shows via computer formula highlights a pattern of killings — 50 females strangled and dumped since 2001 that could suggest signal a serial killer.

“This isn’t something we’re going to sweet under the rug or put up on the shelf for it to disappear,” said CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson. “We still investigate these cases.”  

“There’s simply nothing there right now that suggests that we have serial killers in the City of Chicago,” Johnson said.

Johnson says he’s deeply concerned about these 50 deaths. But the head of the Murder Accountability Project, Thomas Hargrove, says research might show otherwise.

“It’s highly unlikely these 50 women were murdered by 50 separate men,” Hargrove said.

Tonight Freedom First International is asking The Police board including New Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to stand with victims’ families and community members demanding answers and announce a task force to address the potential of Serial Killer in Chicago’s urban areas. 

Freedom First International and coalitions partner groups are urging a review of the murder cases on March 21, saying she hopes it will give some “peace” to surviving family members and “let the world know black lives do matter.”

 
Taken from the Freedom First International Page:

Freedom First Internal, Building God’s Kingdom International along with partner organizations is asking for a task force and Public Safety Announcements to begin in reference to pattern of killings. 

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Reference #1 (Media Articles)

Is There A Serial Killer On The Loose In Chicago? Dozens Of Similar Cases Unsolved

REFERENCE #2 (CHANGE.ORG Petition)

https://www.change.org/p/eddie-johnson-chicago-leadership-and-police-must-investigate-possible-chicago-serial-killer/share_for_starters?just_created=true

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

 

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WHAT:  Freedom First International and other Community Activist groups urge action about potential serial killer in Chicago’s Urban Areas 

WHERE:   Thursday April 11, 2019 starting at  6:30pm CST. Chicago Police Board Meeting

WHO: Freedom First International, Building God’s Kingdom International and multiple community activist.

WHY:  Flurry of Murders in Urban Communities show serial killer potential.  

PHOTO/STORY OPP:  Community and Civic Organizations, Public Interest Story about a local 

AREA of INTEREST: Community Activist  Urgent Public Safety Issue in Chicagoland

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

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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent Thursday April 11, 2019) 9:30a.m. Central

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International-Chicago Community Activist will Protest Gucci this morning

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International-Chicago Community Activist will Protest Gucci this morning
 
 
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Gucci Store 900 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611  at 11:30A
 

Chicago Community Activist Leaders will protest against Gucci -because we believe it’s obvious” that “they (Gucci) doesn’t have a clue” when it comes to “racist, blackface hateful imagery.”

Last week, Gucci stopped selling its $890 balaclava black-knit women’s sweater that could be pulled up over the lower half of the wearer’s face. The sweater included bright red lips as a cut-out for the mouth.

The sweater was being sold in Gucci stores and online before social media users denounced it as resembling blackface. 

The criticism comes as old photos of prominent Virginia politicians in blackface have embroiled the country in debate.

Taken from the Freedom First International Page:

Freedom First Internal, Violence Interrupters, Tikkon Chai International (The Humanitarian Project)  along with partner organizations is now calling for a community ban and a boycott of the designer brand over its wool balaclava jumper, which features an over-sized neck with a red cutout for the mouth. 

 While Gucci has made an apology we believe that apology is not enough for  taken to social media in protest of the Italian fashion house.

 

Reference #1 (Media Article)

https://blackamericaworld.news/2019/02/11/gucci-blackface-and-adidas-sneakers-are-epic-fails-for-black-history-month/

REFERENCE #2 (FACEBOOK EVENT)

https://www.facebook.com/events/626662384435415/

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

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 WHAT:   Chicago Community Activist will Protest Donald Trumps State of the Union! 

WHERE:   Tuesday February  12, 2019 starting at 11:30am CST.

 Gucci Store 900 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 (StoreFront)

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Humanitarian Project and Tio Hardiman, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Rabbi Micheal Ben Yosef multiple community activist.

WHY:  National Retailer with Local connection promoting  “racist, blackface hateful imagery.

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_national administration 

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

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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent Monday February 12, 2019) 6:30a.m. Central

For Immediate Release: Call for All Americans to Block President Donald Trumps State of the Union Show

Freedom First Internal is calling for a viewer ban of President Donald J. Trumps “State of the Union address” on this Tuesday night. In the past President Trump has boasted that the viewership of his State of the Union speech was “the highest number in history” — many times those claims are odds with ratings figures released the day after.

For example, one year to date- Trump thanked supporters “for all the nice compliments and reviews” of his address and said 45.6 million people had watched.

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Thank you for all of the nice compliments and reviews on the State of the Union speech. 45.6 million people watched, the highest number in history. @FoxNews beat every other Network, for the first time ever, with 11.7 million people tuning in. Delivered from the heart!

In reality, the audience was smaller than the 48 million who watched Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress last year and smaller than several speeches delivered by recent predecessors. Barack Obama’s joint session speech in 2009 drew 52 million viewers; George W. Bush’s State of the Union address in 2003 drew 62 million viewers, and Bill Clinton’s joint session speech in 1993 drew 67 million viewers. 

A White House official, who was not authorized to speak for the president and spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Trump intended to say that the cable ratings for his speech were the highest ever. In addition to the broadcast networks, the speech was carried on several cable networks, including Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, as well as the Spanish-language channels Univision and Telemundo.

We understand that the Trump administration uses the viewership of the state of the Union as noted in his tweet that Fox News to suggest favorability with his agenda. 

Mr. Trump’s approval rating has a net negative among the nation’s voters, and more say things in the country is on the wrong track than that they are going in the right direction. 

We highlight Mr. Trumps struggle and lack of clarity with growing racist incidents around the country

More recently, his political rise was built on promulgating the lie that the nation’s first black president was born in Kenya. He then launched his campaign with a speech describing Mexicans as rapists.

The media often falls back on euphemisms when describing Trump’s comments about race: racially loaded, racially charged, racially tinged, racially sensitive. And Trump himself has claimed that he is “the least racist person.” But here’s the truth: Donald Trump is a racist. He talks about and treats people differently based on their race. We at Freedom First International stand with a growing number of Dissatisfied Americans who believe He has done so for years, and he is still doing so.

Lastly, Our organization with other groups is now planning a major protest in Downtown Chicago to offset and also in opposition to the state of the Union.

The time will be Tuesday 1 East Jackson Blvd Chicago, IL at 4:30p. Two years ago our group along with others put just over 16,000 folks in Downtown Chicago to Protest the Trump election.

 

We are firmly convinced that we are on the right side of history and Mr.Trump’s dangerous racist agenda must be stopped.

 

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International

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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent Sunday February 3, 2019) 10:00a.m. Central

Freedom First International Statement on the Indictment of Ed Burke

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“Today’s indictment of long-term Chicago Alderman Ed Burke is an important step in addressing the culture that has allowed Chicago Politicians to consistently behave in an unconstitutional manner. Time to time again our organization showed and proved at Alderman Burkes Office as a community watchdog group always feeling that this official was working outside of the public interest a factor believed by many African Americans in Chicagoland due to his serious obstruction of long-term Chicago Mayor Harold Washington’s agenda. 

While this public official has been indicted for one count, Burke in 2017 tried to extort the owners of a company that operates dozens of fast-food restaurants in the Chicago area and needed help with permits for remodeling a restaurant in Burke’s 14th Ward on the Southwest Side. 

For many locals in Chicago when it comes to our community there must be absolute, swift, fast and certain accountability for the individual officials who engage in the same behavior, and the message must be clear that rampant lawlessness will not go unchecked.”

— Bishop Gregg L. Greer, President of FREEDOM FIRST INTERNATIONAL

 

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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

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

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent January 3, 2019) 8:25 p.m. Central

Open Letter to Cardinal Blase Cupich about Sexual Abuse within Illinois Parishes

 

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Dear Cardinal Blase J. Cupich,
Good Morning Cardinal, please accept this letter as a call for sincere urgency for community  justice and restoration of lives. In reference to the allegations of abuse by Clergy both proven and unproven. I as a member of the Clergy and a Faith Leader have worked in restorative justice in a community justice capacity for over 10 years based in Chicago. My organization Freedom First International an organization that has engaged some of the most infamous civil rights cases in America over the past ten years.  I along with activist leadership from two other organizations including Violence Interrupters lead a media briefing this past week outside of the Archdiocese Chicago Headquarters, and also I agree with members of SNAP a group that has taken a position on ending this abuse. 

It is with this sincere thought in mind that we would ask the church to take immediate actions to protect parishioners and members of the community. While we all should understand that this is a very serious matter, urgency can be placed, and also certain steps should be taken to ensure a sense of urgency to prevent abuses of children.  

Small steps to ensure willingness to help for example- Why would you not write a letter immediately to the faithful to be read at Sunday services throughout our city and the United States, offering assurance and specific steps to clean up the issue? For our part we will work with you and any group to protect those members of your community. 

 A friend wrote, ‘I’ve heard nothing but justification, minimization, obfuscation, etc. from two different parishes in the past couple of weeks. I can no longer continue to attend.’   

While this may or may not be true the facts may suggest that – neither the local or national bishops or priests appear serious about ending the torture and clergy sex abuse of children, minors and vulnerable adults. The silence of so many priests and bishops around the country may speak complicity in one way or another. 

If you are serious, why would you not remove this stumbling block, which prevents bishops from disclosing child sexual abuse allegations and imposes strict secrecy on the investigation and handling of child sex abuse?

I wanted to tell you as a young man now a Pastor (Bishop) myself I grew up and I was a product of Catholic Parochial Education time which I believe shapes a large portion of who I am today.  This current information about the loss and betrayal of the any member of the faith community more-less the Catholic Church is heart breaking. You still have time to do something about this issue. Change the trajectory. Make a different history. It’s still not too late. 

 

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International

 

 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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent January 1, 2019) 7:25 a.m. Central

 

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Chicago Activist conduct Press Rally to bring further attention and punishment to Catholic Priest who Sexually Abused Children

For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Chicago Activist conduct Press Rally to bring Further attention and punishment to Catholic Priest who Sexually Abused Children

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Chicago Community Activist will conduct a press rally to call on the Chicago Officials and Illinois Archdiocese to urge prioritization of punishment and accountability for the dioceses across the state to take steps and in place policies to hold officials, such as Catholic bishops, responsible for covering up abuse of local children.

The activist are meeting in response to a scathing report from Attorney General Lisa Madigan found that the number of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse against children in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged.

The report said accusations have been leveled against 690 priests, while Catholic officials have publicly identified only 185 clergy with credible allegations against them.
Although the report says that “Clergy sexual abuse of minors in Illinois is significantly more extensive than the Illinois Dioceses previously reported,” it does not estimate how many of the allegations against the 690 clergy should have been deemed credible. Some of the allegations go back decades.

The activist are also calling on anyone in the public to come forward with any information but they recognize that the criminal justice system may not be one where they will get relief, but they are seeking a measure of justice, they are seeking closure.

Official Statement
While Cardinal Cupich and the church are very large part of that is the church-we need to see and know that they taking their allegations seriously, investigating them and acknowledging the crimes that took place, and also publicly disclosing the names of the individuals who committed those crimes.”
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WHAT: For Immediate Release: Freedom First International and Chicago Activist-Chicago Community Activist will conduct a press rally to call on the Chicago and Illinois Archdiocese to urge prioritization and accountability for the dioceses across the state to take steps and in place policies to hold officials, such as Catholic bishops, responsible for covering up abuse of local children.

WHERE: Chicago Archdiocese at 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611 on Friday December 28, 2018 at 12:30 pm CST

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

WHY: Problems and Issues Local Priest who many in the community have long term believed have abused children.

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

AREA of INTEREST: Reform against-Church Protection Policy from merchant locally
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, (224) 678-0347 ext 7 for Media, email or
freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.

STATEMENT ON JUSTICE FOR LAQUAN MCDONALD-CONVICTION OF POLICE OFFICER (Media Advisory) FFI

Two days ago the jury decide to convict officer Van dyke for multiple counts including the second degree murder of Laquan McDonald-normally this would close a chapter in a bad situation that took a young life of  17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Officer Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.
 
With the conviction of Officer Jason Va Dyke, we at Freedom First Intentional believe- that with what happened inside the jury deliberation room, the main debate was truly not about whether to acquit or convict, We never doubted that officer Van Dyke was guilty of murder. 
 
In truth jurors were split on whether to find Officer Van Dyke guilty of first-degree murder, or second but even by standard-we at Freedom first International believe that officer Van Dyke is merely a poster boy for a long term generational police force that has long misused and abused a underrepresented populous. We ask these questions: 
 

How long does the black community have to struggle to address the long-term systematic genocide that simply reiterates the known fact that our community has been so powerfully underwritten or even written off by those seeking to maintain the status quo?

Yes, in truth, the deep-rooted class system that has existed for hundreds of years is still very much in play in Chicago and around the country to date. Racial inequality in America has its parallel in a class inequality system, even though by definition, race and class are not the same thing.

The class system, for the record, is a defined system of stratification based on economic position in which people are ranked based on achievements such as education and wealth.

 

The Black community has to understand that the one-sided rhetoric of “law and order,” that Officer Van Dyke comes from was first used by Southern segregationists of the Jim Crow Era, has become more attractive as mainstream Americans have turned to outright racial discrimination, mostly a the urging of a President with more then questionable motives.

In truth jurors were split on whether to find Officer Van Dyke guilty of first-degree murder, or second but even by standard-we at Freedom First International believe that officer Van Dyke is merely a poster boy for a long term generational police force that long misused and abused a underrepresented black Community.

Yes, it is well documented that we at Freedom First International helped organize various protest and court support with William Calloway and others at the core of this fight. We are truly proud of our comrade William and all who stayed the course. We pray for the family of the deceased teen.

But with that in mind we reserve celebration for a time when-the long term challenges of community violence and police abuse,as well as official misconduct that plague black and poor are minimized, this cold winter we have much much more work to do-that work must not stop.

We at Freedom First International will continue to fight because-These racists need to simply own up to their ugly past of slavery and make it right by society, instead of denying, shifting blame, lying, twisting the facts and making black people into these ungodly creatures that they look down on, laugh at and yet, oddly, fear.

We would ask that everyone-Speak up against police inaction. Then, tell your child that he is protected, first by God, and then you. Afterward, we must champion our children’s rights. Then add a training session to the life lesson for your young men and women about the existence of systematic racism and oppression ― be honest with them, tell them the odds are against them, but they can overcome if they have righteous will and fortitude.

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International

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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

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(For National Distribution-Sent  October 7, 2018) 11:00 a.m. Central

Open Letter to Sheriff Bob Gualtieri over the Florida Murder of Markeis McGlockton (Media Advisory)

 

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Good Morning Sheriff,

After careful review of the unfortunate incident from Clearwater- I President Greg L. Greer and my team find it very hard to understand your lack of sensitivity to the issue surrounding the unfortunate death of this 28 year old young Clear water man when Michael Drejka shot Markeis McGlockton outside Circle A Food Store in Clearwater Florida.

In your press conference on July 21, 2018- You actually flouted traditional criminal justice notions to instead encourage vigilantism in this community, giving further credence to the long-held principle that individuals must first attempt escape from a violent situation by using deadly force.

This has been a bedrock of “Surreal Idealism,” with Anglo-American law for two centuries. Used perfectly against oppressed people of color but in many cases not the other way around. 

We would hope that longstanding public officials such as yourself  would go further to prevent and embolden individuals from escalation of confrontation, and that would hopefully prevent future deadly confrontations more specifically whereas refereeing these issues to local authorities to prevent and decrease the likelihood of deadly exchanges. An Argument over parking space leads to fatal shooting in Clearwater is tragic on every level.
Promoting vigilantism is a very severe and negative consequence of the “Stand Your Ground,” laws-as you very well know. But as we warn, behavioral changes may not be limited to those who want the right to “Stand Your Ground.” Particularly given the facts of this case, I must warn you and all public officials that young black boys motivated by fear of adults like George Zimmerman (types) may feel compelled to “Stand Their Ground,” too, in a cycle of shoot first, or be shot. 

“Does this law create a situation where people shoot first and ask questions later?” Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said in a July 28 Press Conference. “You can have that discussion. You can have that debate. I don’t make the law. I enforce the law.” “I’m not saying I agree with it,” you went on to say, “but I don’t get to make that call.”

But in all actuality sir, people such a yourself who are in high level public positions, should and could seize this very moment to create and foster a dialog that gives hope and deters others from in similarly suited situations from taking the law into their own hands. Yes, in truth you don’t make the law but we would expect you to be the best “Representative,” of that law.

In the Days ahead we (Freedom First International) along with several partner multinational organizations will urge the officials on the ground to file charges against “Vigilante” Michael Drejka in this case

In addition-my office will move forward in the days ahead to publicity sensor you, staring with this open letter to be released to multi media around the country. 

 

Sincerely,

Bishop Gregg L.Greer, President of Freedom First International 

 

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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

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Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent June 23, 2018) 7:00 a.m. Central