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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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 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.

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):

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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.

For Immediate Release:  Chicago Community Activist will Protest local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer-This Sunday!

For Immediate Release:  Chicago Community Activist will Protest local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer-This Sunday!

 

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Sunday July 8,2018 at 4:00 pm

                                     Wines and Spirits 308 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619

Chicago Community Activist will protest against a local store due to an unfortunate incident where the store security beat a man to death for allegedly trying to steal a bottle of bear. This incident now reported is just one incident in a flurry of incidents where people in Chicago’s black community believe businesses are taking advantage of those in Chicago-who live in poor and oppressed communities, by giving lack of service, mistreatment and everything in between leaving tensions on high.

(Recap according to information given to the Chicago Sun-times) 

A security guard accused of beating a man to death last month over a stolen bottle of liquor at a Park Manor neighborhood store was denied bail Tuesday.
Christopher Emmons, 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 33-year-old Herbert Lemon, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Lemon was severely beaten by Emmons June 12 inside the liquor store at 308 E. 75th St. and died two days later, Assistant State’s Attorney Maurice Alayo said Tuesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

The beating happened about 1:20 p.m, according to Chicago Police.  Surveillance video recorded the day before that showed Lemon stealing the bottle and followed him into the store, Alayo said. Once inside, surveillance video recorded Emmons lock the door and put on a pair of gloves. When Lemon walked up to the counter with a bottle of beer, Emmons punched him twice in the face without warning, Alayo said.

 

Emmons pulled Lemon deeper into the store and continued to beat Lemon even after he fell to the ground. He then lifted him to his feet and a second person punched Lemon in the face at least twice, Alayo said.
Chicago Police officers arrived, but Lemon declined to press charges on Emmons, Alayo said. Lemon was later found unresponsive in his house by his girlfriend. He was taken to a hospital and underwent brain surgery, but showed no brain activity after the operation.

He was taken off life support and died June 14.The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled his death a homicide from multiple head injuries suffered in an assault.

The activist want people in the community to know that they are clearly entitled to fair and quality service and we as Chicago activist leadership will no longer tolerate any complaints of racism and fears of gentrification that are rising in Chicago. Meanwhile, Arab Americans have gained a foothold in the city by expanding their small business ownership after chain stores left, but they continue to struggle with their own identity, and will be unable to secure on their place in the race construct and power structure-if they don’t handle local patrons respectfully. 

In any case the activist feel that no one deserves to lose their life over a cheap bottle of beer and we all believe the store should be held accountable. 

Reference #1

https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/security-guard-charged-with-beating-man-to-death-at-park-manor-liquor-store/

Email Freedom First International at freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com

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WHAT:   Chicago Community Activist will Protest Local store where worker killed a Chicago Man over a bottle of beer! 

WHERE:   Sunday July 8, 2018 at 4:00pm CST.    Wines and Spirits 308 E 75th St Chicago, IL 60619

WHO: Freedom First International, Violence interrupters and multiple community activist.

WHY:  Problems and Issues Local merchant who many in the community who worker killed a local 

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_unfair treatment from merchant 

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, for Media, email or freedomfirstcommo@gmail.com for more information.