(Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. A Pioneer In Community Organizing)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian beliefs. King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957, he helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama. King also helped to organize the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. There, he established his reputation as one of the greatest orators in American history.

On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence. In 1965, he helped to organize the Selma to Montgomery marches, and the following year he and SCLC took the movement north to Chicago to work on segregated housing. In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and speak against the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam.” In 1968, King was planning a national occupation of Washington, D.C., to be called the Poor People’s Campaign, when he was assassinated on April 4 in Memphis, Tennessee. His death was followed by riots in many U.S. cities.

The Poor People’s March started in 1968 by Martin Luther King, Jr. in an effort to gain economic justice for blacks and poor people in the United States. The Poor People’s Campaign was motivated by a desire for economic justice: the idea that all people should have what they need to live. The Poor People’s Campaign was a multiracial effort including African-Americans, whites, Mexican-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Native Americans aimed at alleviating poverty regardless of race.

The Poor People’s Campaign sought to address poverty through income and housing. The campaign would help the poor by dramatizing their needs, uniting all races under the commonality of hardship and presenting a plan to start to a solution. Under the “economic bill of rights,” the Poor People’s Campaign asked for the federal government to prioritize helping the poor with a $30 billion anti-poverty package that included, among other demands, a commitment to full employment, a guaranteed annual income measure and more low-income housing. The Poor People’s Campaign was part of the second phase of the civil rights movement. King said, “We believe the highest patriotism demands the ending of the war and the opening of a bloodless war to final victory over racism and poverty.” The Poor People’s Campaign demanded the rights to education, food, health, housing, communication, and a living wage job. Fifty years later after the Civil Rights Movement 40% of African Americans are still facing the same issues our grandparents fought and die to end voting discrimination, job discrimination, housing discrimination, and police brutality.

In contrast, Help Stop The Genocide In American Ghettos part of the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement coalition which is an online advocacy group called to raise public awareness and mobilize a massive response to the atrocities in our inner cities in America starting in Chicago. It’s was my intention to attract

religious leaders, politicians, and human rights activist to work with me in starting this organization in Chicago it never happen. The role (GRCAM), the Grass Roots Community Activist Movement will play a major role in the black community. It’s a lot of competition out here with all of these multiple movements that are emerging. GRCAM will focus on different issues, in relation to social justice.

The Grass Roots Community Activist Movement mission is to end urban violence, poverty, structural inequality, institutionalized racism, and police brutality within the communities and cities we will serve if given a chance. Our objective is to mobilize people to join our cause and promote social justice across the United States and abroad through my social groups. We’re in the digital age and technology has allows people like me who have traditionally been made invisible to have a voice. For example the Black Lives Matter movement which started with a hashtag, by three black women who identify themselves as lesbian the new face of racial justice activism on social media such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter.

The significance of technology is a useful tool in terms of democratizing the voices who can be a part of any movement. I believe our younger generation will understand their calling is about leveraging the resources. GRCAM is open to people of all walks of life but we will not be promoting the gay agenda there are other groups for that. Our focus is on improve the inner cities starting in Chicago. Our goal is to assist single black mothers, single black fathers, and low income two parent families that want to utilize our programs and services. GRCAM is about breaking down systems of oppression and creating our own independent political party at the local level.

On July 17, 2014, Eric Garner died in Staten Island, New York City, after a New York City Police Department officer put him in what has been described as a chokehold for about 15 to 19 seconds while arresting him. The New York City Medical Examiner’s Office attributed Garner’s death to a combination of a chokehold, compression of his chest, and poor health. NYPD policy prohibits the use of chokeholds, and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, a NYPD police union, said that the officer did not use a chokehold.

NYPD officers approached Garner on suspicion of selling “loosies” cigarettes from packs without tax stamps. After Garner told the police that he was tired of being harassed and that he was not selling cigarettes, the officers went to arrest Garner. When officer Daniel Pantaleo took Garner’s wrist behind his back, Garner swatted his arms away. Pantaleo then put his arm around Garner’s neck and pulled him backwards and down onto the ground. After Pantaleo removed his arm from Garner’s neck, he pushed Garner’s face into the ground while four officers moved to restrain Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” eleven times while lying facedown on the sidewalk. After Garner lost consciousness, officers turned him onto his side to ease his breathing. Garner remained lying on the sidewalk for seven minutes while the officers waited for an ambulance to arrive. The officers and EMTs did not perform CPR on Garner all of this was caught on tape and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The medical examiner concluded that Garner was killed by “compression of neck (choke hold), compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police.” No damage to Garner’s windpipe or neck bones was found. The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide. According to the medical examiner’s definition, a homicide is a death caused by the intentional actions of another person or persons, which is not necessarily an intentional death or a criminal death.

On December 3, 2014, the Richmond County grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo. On that day, the United States Department of Justice announced it would conduct an independent investigation. The event stirred public protests and rallies, with charges of police brutality made by protesters. By December 28, 2014, at least 50 demonstrations had been held nationwide specifically for Garner while hundreds of demonstrations against general police brutality counted Garner as a focal point. On July 13, 2015, an out-of-court settlement was announced in which the City of New York would pay the Garner family $5.9 million.

Now that people have seen so many cases of black people being killed by the police because far too many cases at least people are more likely to believe, listen to, and pay attention to these types of stories. For those of us who profess to be concerned with the liberation of black people, improving their lives should help move us all down the road toward liberation. It is time for progressive African Americans to create our own independent political party which will be inclusive.  Americans are fed up with career politicians. The mainstream media and established black organizations in Chicago is ignoring my message. We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the massacre which is taken place within our inner cities in America.

In 2016, we should do everything we can to in order to overcome the obstacles of getting my message out to the public via my revised book and my future film I call upon all of my group members to organized and let’s move GRCAM from behind a computer by purchasing my revised book and sharing my book information with your family, friends, places of worship, and at your local community center. Become part of the GRCAM family and let’s discuss new strategy to get GRCAM in Chicago.

So many of our youth/young adults never see college, never come to self realization and knowledge of the many gifts they have. There are books never written, poems never recited, music never listened too, and bright talents never discovered due to our indifferent approach to these issues. These are the issues of our times, and we want to contribute to preventing and making an impact in one community, one city, one state at a time. In closing, it seems to me that our churches and our charitable programs are coming up short because there are so many voices just making noise.

This is a travesty of immense portions. The very idea, that our churches doesn’t feel a moral and ethical mandate to work together in order to make an impact in our urban communities is allusive to me. We as black people must learn to work together and get involved to improve our community and help end urban violence, poverty, structural inequality, institutionalized racism, and police brutality. Our forgotten children are dying in the streets, because we’re not doing anything to prevent it the problems. It’s not just the failure of our Government, Law Enforcement,  it starts in the home and that’s our focus.  It’s our responsibility to give the next generations the America we would like for our children to have.

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My Cause (Help Stop The Genocide In American Ghettos) https://www.causes.com/causes/508743-help-stop-the-genocide-in-american-ghettos/members

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