Press Conference Thursday in Chicago

To call on all people of conscience who oppose white supremacy to stand up against racist mob threats in Mt Greenwood at the protest on Sunday, Nov 20

November 16, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |


Nov 16, 2016
Immediate Release
Contact: 773-329-5014

WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Thursday, November 17, 11 am
WHERE: outside Trump Tower, 401 N Wabash Ave, Chicago

PURPOSE: To call on all people of conscience who oppose white supremacy to stand up against racist mob threats in Mt Greenwood at the protest on Sunday, Nov 20 at 111th and Kedzie

SPEAKING: Signatories of the Call to Protest on Nov. 20 in Mt. Greenwood who endorse these 2 slogans, “We Oppose White Supremacy.”  “We Will Stand Up to Racist Mob Threats in Mt. Greenwood”

Gregg Greer- Minister, social activist, and editor of "One World" internet journal. Greer is also the Founder of Freedom First International
Ted Jennings- Chicago Theological Seminary, ...
Rev. John Smith MDiv- Beverly Unitarian Church
Dee Williams- Revolution Club

November 5, Joshua Beal, a Black man, was shot and killed by an off-duty cop while driving from his cousin’s funeral. Within hours, hundreds of white residents of Mount Greenwood, where the killing took place, amassed with baseball bats, shouting racist epithets and chanting, “Trump, Trump, Trump!” at the grieving family. Mt. Greenwood is a neighborhood that is almost 90% white and has a history of racism and segregation. It is home to many members of the Chicago Police Department who are required to live within city limits.

The repeated mob threats aimed at Beal’s family and anti-police-murder protesters can be seen as a flashpoint in the national struggle over what Black life will be in this country.  These events also can be seen as a flashpoint in Trump’s rising fascism. There have been many attacks on Muslims, immigrants, LGBTQ people, people speaking foreign languages and many others, all round the country, in the days since Trump’s victory. History has shown that you must go to where the attacks are the ugliest and the sharpest if you want to turn the tide of history.  This requires a united, public manifestation by all those who oppose the vicious enforcement of white supremacy.

Statement by Gregg Greer:
“We call on Chicago Civic Leaders, Faith Leadership, Social Justice Activists, and concerned citizens to follow and accept the 'clarion call' for November 20, 2016, 2:00 pm. More basically, Mt. Greenwood is a problem because long-term racial injustice is there. We all must constantly respond to this type of call for aid. We should never again accept the narrow, provincial 'outside agitator' idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.”

Most Up to Date List of Endorsers of the Protest at Mt Greenwood Nov 20, 2 pm, 111th and Kedzie

Buddy Bell, Chicago
Fr. Bob Bossie, SCJ
Hank Brown, SNCC 1968, Revolution Club Chicago
Rev. Jeddidiah Brown
Rev. Ronna Case, retired
Mark Clements
Rev. Jason Coulter, Ravenswood United Church of Christ*, Community Renewal Society*
Kevin De Beck Ministerial Intern, Unitarian Church of Evanston*
Ja'Mal Green
Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Cousin of Emmett Till
Pastor Gregg L Greer, Freedom First International, SCLC
Tio Hardiman, Violence Interrupters, Inc.
Pat Hill, Director of Chicago Independent Human Rights Council
Ted Jennings, Chicago Theological Seminary*
Rev. Taigen Dan Leighton, Ancient Dragon Zen Gate, Chicago*
Rev. Gregory Seal Livingston
Freddie McGee, Father of Freddie Latice Wilson, murdered by CPD in 2007 & Cousin of Emmett Till
Nancy Michaels
Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, Roosevelt University
Quintus AO Maximus
PHENOM, HipHop Youth Development Specialist
Gloria Pinex, mother of Darius Pinex, murdered by CPD in 2011
Indigo Quashie, Chicago Children’s Choir*
Rabbi Brant Rosen, Tzedek Chicago*
Rev. Matthew Ross, Eureka M.B. Church*
Ted Sirota, Drummer
Marc K Smith
Wanda Taylor, mother of Marcus Landrum, killed by police in 2008
Edward Ward
Tracy Washington, mother of Marcus Washington & cousin of Joshua Beal
Dee Williams, Revolution Club Chicago
World Can't Wait - Chicago
Rev Kim Ziyavo, Dorothy Day Mission*

* organization listed for identification purposes only


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