OCCUPY KING DRIVE - A Pastor's view from the ROOF-Part 1 Day 4

Since this is my first blog, let me introduce myself, my name is Pastor Corey Brooks, and I pastor New Beginnings Church of Chicago, located at 6620 S Martin Luther King Dr.

It is amazing what you can see when you rise above adversity; and since I am living in a tent on the top of a roof, I can see and can no longer be quiet!  From the words of Tupac Shakur, "If God wanted me to be quiet, He would have never, showed me what He does."

That is why I am screaming from the rooftop of an abandoned motel for action.  Many people have asked me, 'why am I on the roof?'  Well, there are many reasons, but the 10 most important reasons are dead, buried 6 feet underground - teenagers, with names and families whose funerals I did this past summer!

I am here because I can no longer sit on my apathy and continue to watch our young men and women gunned down, victims of violence and their families being left with grief, heartache and disappointments.

We have an opportunity to change a community by creating jobs and saving the lives of many young children and teens by acquiring and developing this abandoned motel right across the street from my church.  However, we desperately need HELP!

We have 21 days to purchase the motel through Project HOOD™ An initiative for economic revitalization - Helping Others Obtain Destiny­.  In 2009, this motel was shut down by our church and the city of Chicago for being a place known for harboring drug dealers, addicts, drunkards, and prostitution. This was GREAT!  However, shutting down the motel was not enough… we need to offer something better.

I will not come down off this roof until we can acquire this building and take responsibility for our own future.  This is a humanitarian effort that requires caring humans.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

That's why I am on the roof!

Pastor Corey B Brooks...

You can help by visiting: www.projecthood.org

Please come visit me on the rooftop in the tent and follow me on twitter (CoreyBBrooks) and FaceBook (Corey Brooks).


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  • Dear Pastor, I want you to know that since your first day on the roof, I along with other members of Black Wall Street Chicago made a public post on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's public Facebook Page that the Mayor reach out to you personally and offer his personal support as well as new Faith Based funding dollars coming to Chicago in 2012 and he is chairing that Chicago Conference.

    While Mayor Emanuel did not publicly acknowledge on public appeal to him on your behalf I was certainly glad to hear you report on Cliff Kelley's WVON show today that Mayor Emanuel DID in fact call you personally and offered his support, And please know that The Mayor CAN initiate TIF dollars and other city dollars to help you secure that site within your 21 day deadline of not getting you OFF that roof sooner!

    In addition to this new blog offered by my longtime friend Hermene Hartman, that I too have getting regular posts from your assistant Danielle and I have posted therm on all my e-blasts and news blog sites to continue the support for you.

    I and the members of Black Wall Street Chicago will continue to publicly lobby for support for you, and will be working with you when you finally get off that roof.

    Your Brother, Mark S. Allen

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