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

 

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

 

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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.

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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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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  October 7, 2018) 11:00 a.m. Central

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:

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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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Media Statement: The Tragic Speech of Donald Trump on 8-22-2017

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   Media Statement: The Tragic  Speech of Donald Trump

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This evening Mr. Trump one again- fully engulfed himself in the “hate” speech that unfortunately continues to separate our national community. According to reports,  President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended his previous responses to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, while omitting that he blamed the clashes on “many sides.” The many sides meant that even the most violent “hate groups and their actions of hate were sanctioned”
 
Tonight- The speech was not only divisive but gives attack to one of the staples of democracy and any resemblance that we currently understand as peaceful citizens. To further, Donald Trumps speech and actions attacks the memory of a young civil rights worker Heather D. Heyer, who died tragically and was killed by hatemongers in Charlotesville, VA
 
As one of the organizers who put 16,000 people in downtown Chicago after the election, and one of the organizations who has been on the forefront to address the cancer of hatred that we now see on rise in our country-we believe that Americans must make a choice for the safety of our union. WITHOUT DOUBT-This president must go! We must urge all political pundits to commit to a strategy for removal!
Those who continue to stand with Mr.Trump are doing a grave injustice to everything that we believe when we say,-Truth, Justice and the American Way. You must now-make a choice-all efforts must be to “drain the swap of this president-the main swamp dog! 

 

Gregg L.Greer

President of Freedom First International

 

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(For National Distribution-Sent August 23, 2017)

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For Immediate Release: Freedom First International Media Statement on the Murder of Philando Castile

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In the case of Philando Castile our hearts go out to the family:

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We are now at a time when we can’t depend on the 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”

 

Once again as 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 Castile death.

 

“The whole thing is not just about Castile … 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.

 

Carefree days we must leave behind; Life’s duties urge us to be stronger, We must face our reality about our existence with a more serious mind. Because they have never been about our Humanity or our existence.

So we stand with Philando Castile and the Castile Family because final justice means the killings of young black men and women and those oppressed worldwide has to end.” No more! We must change or die!

 

Freedom First International Executive Team and President Gregg L. Greer

 

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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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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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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