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


Forest PArk

June 29,2018 at 4:00 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AREA of INTEREST: Economic Reform against_unfair Policy from merchant locally  

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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. 


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.


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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