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

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

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

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

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

If ICE comes to your door

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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For Immediate Release: Semaj Crosby Case Update from Freedom First International

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As many of you already know Semaj Crosby’s murder has not resulted in arrests, although police say the investigation is still open. Tragically, We at Freedom First International have worked on the ground both locally and nationally as we have prayed for resolve and justice. For purposes of transparency we now want to present certain key facts to the public: 
 
For the record-Freedom First International worked with local groups to help strengthen their narrative and advocacy while doing positive work again, to bring to justice those responsible for taking Semaj Crosby’s life.
 
As a result of on the ground advocacy work, Freedom First International was able to use certain proxy to forge the release of the Will County Coroners report on the ground as we directly pushed to bring “Justice to Semaj” –The cause of death for Semaj Crosby,had been released which was ruled “Asphyxia,” and her death has now been declared a homicide by the Will County Coroner’s office.
 
We were later asked to work with the father of Semaj and we at Freedom First International then helped to develop some remembrance of an “Estate” for Semaj all in the name of balancing justice as well as restoration-those things we did comply. At that point we form Semaj Crosby Coalition for Justice-we believed our effort would help fuel the fight again, to bring justice to Semaj in no uncertain terms.
 
Freedom First International along with committed community members on the ground, decided to work aggressively to focus pressure on those responsible for the death of Semaj as well as keep the community informed, which we did successfully for a period of several weeks though On the ground actions   
 
Which leads us to present-at this time we have to say that we have watched over the course of the past year and reviewed on the ground efforts and allowed the Will County Sheriff to do their job as an investigatory unit, above and beyond certain missteps they (Sheriff) made which we believe has resulted in prolonging this case.  

Present Issues

Certain Community members also caused confusion by bring innuendo which has lead to a flurry of misinformation as well as public confusion. (More facts to be released at a later date)
 
Advocacy groups on the ground raised money for funeral purposes and advocacy for Semaj and after we conducted research it shows that those funds we either mismanaged, misused or moreover fraudulently taken. We would point to members of the Justice for Semaj Action Team which we noted-had collected various funds from the public and openly distrusted those funds without ledger in addition to using those funds personally- which begin in April 2017 to date. Also we must note the current Will County indictment by the Team Leader of the Justice for Semaj Action Team for a similar but unrelated crime. Upon discovery of those facts we have decided to refer an official investigation by the appropriate State Law Enforcement Office for follow up.
 
Which leads us to present-at this time we have to say that we have watched over the course of the past year and reviewed the ground effort and allowed the Will County Sheriff to do their job as an investigatory unit, above and beyond certain missteps which we believe have resulted in long-term prolongation of this case.
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STEPS FOR CLOSURE

We maintain that we stand behind any and all efforts for justice when orderly and organized.  “justice” up to and including ensuring suspects in this case be interviewed by local investigators. 
 
But at this point our direction is to take appropriate actions that are within our scope of  authority to bring closure to this case and prosecute those people who hurt Semaj Crosby.  
  • As an organization we will now call for an independent investigation of not only DCFS but the Will County Sheriff’s response or lack thereof in the case of Semaj and we strongly believe that local agencies have failed in their responsibility to protect children more specifically Semaj Crosby. 
  • We maintain that we stand behind any and all efforts for justice when orderly and organized.  “justice” up to and including ensuring suspects in this case be interviewed by local investigators. 
  •  With that in mind we now will ask for no more 60 days for Will County Officials to react. We will ask for 60 days this date to convene a grand jury for review this case. 
  • After 60 days we are prepared to bring this case in remedy using national and international partners to further expose any and all road blocks that prevented Semaj from receiving justice. 
We firmly believe that any group of citizens – empowered by law to conduct legal proceedings and investigate potential criminal conduct when presented with facts will move for prosecution specifically in Semaj. 
 
Again, at this point our direction is to take appropriate actions that are within our scope of  authority to bring closure to this case and prosecute those people who hurt Baby Semaj Crosby.  
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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/

Email comments or concerns to freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

(For National Distribution-Sent April 30, 2019) 5:00 p.m. Central

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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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 April 12, 2019) 7:25 a.m. Central

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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 S.C.L.C Founder vision and applied it in building his organization. 

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Greer started the Freedom First International as an initiative that searches for ideas that help bring social change by connecting thousands of people from all around the world believing that church leadership should play a major part in the lives of all, and church leaders should play a more significant role in communities around the world. First Freedom International was also influenced by an existing social theory that emphasizes of practice (or, more technically, “Praxis”) over doctrine in the church which included Servant Christian base communities (SCBCs).

Liberation Theology is the guiding principle of Freedom First, as it strives to be a bottom-up movement in practice, with Biblical interpretation and practice designed by lay practitioners themselves, rather than by the hierarchy.

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Gregg L Greer, President Founder (History)

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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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