For Immediate Release: Activist Protest Against Officer Robert Rialmo and the Chicago F.O.P For FUNDRAISER Billing Rialmo as the Cop who shot Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones

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Freedom First Intentional and members from Several other activist organizations will hold a press briefing and Protest against the Chicago F.O.P for a gun raffle which they believe is  “disgusting” and tasteless in the F.O.P to allow a disgraced officer Rialmo’s to mock a public tragedy.

The announcement says the fundraiser will benefit Rialmo, who shot and killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier as he carried a baseball bat after a domestic disturbance on the West Side in 2015. Rialmo also accidentally killed bystander Bettie Jones, 55. Rialmo is not being paid as he faces firing for the shooting, a Police Department spokesman said.

Basileios Foutris, an attorney for LeGrier’s father, Antonio, voiced outrage at the event’s details. 

The notice for the May 10 evening event at the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police union hall calls for a $20 donation. Ticket holders gain entry into a raffle with advertised prizes of a rifle, a gun and an iPad.  

This event follow growing concern and a flurry of protest from members of the community and activists who are calling for increased accountability from the police union, According to Bishop Gregg L. Greer, President of Freedom First International:

“we are now seeing the Chicago FOP act more like a gang, then a group of professionals that should be servicing the public and protecting the public. Actions like this only serve to widen the division of an already temperamental relationship of Chicago Police and the greater Chicago community,” -they must stop and rethink.”

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WHAT:  For Immediate Release: Activist Protest Against Officer Robert Rialmo and the Chicago F.O.P  Fundraiser billing Rialmo as the Cop who shot Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones

WHERE:   Friday May 10, 2019 starting at 5:30 pm CST.Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Headquarters1412 W. Washington Blvd #3 Chicago, IL 60607 (Front)

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence Interrupters, Chicago Social Justice Network,  Tio Hardiman, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Tyrone Muhammad  and a growing list of multiple community activist.

WHY:  Law Enforcement (CPD) and FOP officials mock public tragedy. 

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://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-chicago-police-union-shooting-robert-rialmo-raffle-guns-20190502-story.html 

https://www.chron.com/news/article/Police-union-to-raffle-guns-to-benefit-officer-13814644.php 

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(For National Distribution-Sent May 9, 2019) 5:00 p.m. Central

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

Outbrief: Demand Justice for the 51 Rally Was Successful. Thank You the All the Groups and Media Organizations Who Attended

For Immediate Release:
Freedom First and Partners- Thank to all the Activist from all Chicago over 10 groups who participated and lead in the action 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), Eric Russell, Chicago Social Justice Network, Tio Hardiman, Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Rabbi Micheal Ben Yosef, Dr.Matt Harrington, Missing Girls,Activist Shlinda Greer Greer and a growing list of multiple community activist.
With the Primary Organizers being Freedom First International, Demand Justice, Tikkun Chai International, Violence Interrupters.
Objectives:
Our actions are ensuring The Chicago Police Department revisit the unsolved killings of more than 50 women across the city since 2001, facing pressure from us as community activists who say the string of slayings suggest a serial murderer is on the loose.
The CPD investigation also 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.” For Our Purposes we have
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Press Articles and Media

Chicago Activist Will Demand Justice For Theresa Bunn and Over 51 Women Murdered Due to a Serial Killer

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

https://www.bet.com/news/national/2019/04/23/chicago-activists-say-serial-killer-has-been-targeting-black-wom.html?fbclid=IwAR0JeaJzY4XfZoXNRT_UgsBJuDBASuOJE3qiT3NyM0i6Fa-unRNsSSO8Yw0

 

 

https://abc7chicago.com/activists-protest-chicago-fbi-headquarters-over-potential-serial-killer/5272599/

https://news.yahoo.com/activists-believe-51-unsolved-chicago-025126815.html

 

Progressive actions

“Say Their Names” on Saturday 5/11 a March with a National Request of Prayers at 5:11pm (CST) Remembering the Victims of Serial Killer and Gun Violence, Let them Not Be Forgotten, #SayTheirNames

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 27, 2019) 7:30 a.m. Central

 

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, Andrea 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 April 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), Dr. Ameena Matthews, Minister Tyrone Muhammad,  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 officials 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 

Are there any progressive actions: National March Event Called on 5/11 at 5:11 pm CST. Walk from your Mall to City Hall. For Prayers for the Victims. They remember the killers but never the victim’s, let’s not us forget the victims!

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

https://www.bet.com/news/national/2019/04/23/chicago-activists-say-serial-killer-has-been-targeting-black-wom.html?fbclid=IwAR0JeaJzY4XfZoXNRT_UgsBJuDBASuOJE3qiT3NyM0i6Fa-unRNsSSO8Yw0

 

 

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(For National Distribution-Sent April 23, 2019) 5:15 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

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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 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/

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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:

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(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

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(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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(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

 

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(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.

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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
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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
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