Whitewashing and erasing of the national anthem movement


The whitewashing and erasing of the national anthem movement began in earnest this week. While we saw many players take emotional stands for racial justice, many teams, owners, and media outlets began to erase Colin Kaepernick and racial justice from this protest movement in favor of vague statements about “unity.”

From Roger Goodell’s weak rebuke of Trump’s comments, to owners Jerry Jones, Dan Snyder, and Shahid Khan using the protests as a photo-op, to Sports Illustrated erasing Kaepernick by leaving him off their athlete activism cover, to teams like the Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints being pressured into standing for the anthem, it’s clear that those in charge want to avoid the much-needed conversation regarding police brutality and racial justice.

With these efforts to erase the core message behind the anthem protests, and the ongoing blackballing of Kaepernick, it’s critical that we reaffirm what these protests are about and not let the league off the hook. They are about ending police brutality and racial justice. And the league has been given a concrete plan by their own players for how to engage and use their considerable resources to make a difference in the fight against police brutality and racial injustice. It’s time for the NFL to move past words and meaningless displays of “unity” and support the Support Players’ Platform for Racial Equality and Criminal Justice Reform.


Until justice is real, 

-- Brandi, Rashad, Arisha, Evan, Jade, Corina, Johnny, Chad, and the rest of the Color Of Change team.

Support of Adrin Broadhead - please come!

this is just a quick reminder about the next 2 events coming 
up in support of Adrin Broadhead - please come!...Susan H.
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Tuesday, 9/26, 4 PM
Rally outside of KPD Police Commission meeting
Adrin's case (and others of interest) are on today's agenda
1 Garraghan Drive, Kingston
https://www.facebook.com/events/1994982920721176

Tuesday, 10/3, 8:15 AM
Stand with Adrin at his next court date
Rally outside of Kingston City Court 
1 Garraghan Drive, Kingston
More background info here (the 9/12 FB event post):
https://www.facebook.com/events/1574326129299466

Sign Petition for Michael Bennett

To: Las Vegas Police Department

Tell Vegas PD: Release the video and names of officers that assaulted NFL player Michael Bennett

Tell Vegas PD: Release the video and names of officers that assaulted NFL player Michael Bennett
Release the names of the officers and footage from the police assault on NFL player Michael Bennett on Saturday, August 26, 2017.
https://campaigns.organizefor.org/petitions/tell-vegas-pd-release-names-of-officers-that-assaulted-nfl-player-michale-bennett?akid=7885.3003081.KVJrk7&rd=1&t=5

A big THANK YOU

Dear DCPAAers [Dutchess County Progressive Action Coalition],

A big THANK YOU to all who helped make our Sept. 3 event a huge success. We hosted a group of about 20 marchers going from NYC to Albany to advocate for criminal justice reform. They arrived on Sunday, September 3, shortly after our service ended, having been driven most of the way from Newburgh due to a cold, driving rain. That evening, many of you came to help set up for dinner and the program afterward, and brought an abundance of food unlike anything we'd ever seen at the Fellowship. There was help setting up and breaking down, cleaning up, and so much more!

Then there was breakfast provided by DCPAA-- what a feast! I have to confess, the marchers couldn't possibly eat it all, and took some with them the next morning, but a fair amount went to homeless shelters and other local people in need, which I know you would approve of. But thank you so much for coming through practically last minute with so much food and help!

I didn't find out until yesterday that the marchers didn't need bedding; they had brought their own. I hope everyone gets back the bedding they brought, and thank you for that as well.

I would love to name everyone who helped but I know I'd forget someone, so thanks to all of you -- you know who you are!

Best,
Pat Lamanna and Nick Garin, co-chairs
Social Justice Committee, UU Fellowship of Poughkeepsie

March and film: Alliance for Families March of Justice

Sun, Sep 3 from 6 - 7:30 pm. Alliance for Families March of Justice Coalition for Women Prisoners and Correctional Association of NY presents a short film: Strength of a Woman followed by discussion. Unitarian Universalist, 67  South Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie.

Here is the address we will meet and leave from on Sunday, 9/3 to march to Poughkeepsie. Please arrive by 9:00 am so you can register or so you can check in if you are already registered.

Beacon Light Tabernacle SDA
1568 NY9D
Wappinger Falls, NY 12590

The March for Justice is an undertaking by the Alliance of Families for Justice–NY (AFJ-NY) to bring attention to human rights abuses in New York State prisons and jails. The March started in New York City on August 26, 2017, is coming through the Mid-Hudson Valley, and will culminate in a press conference and rally in Albany on Sept. 13, 2017, the anniversary of the 1971 Attica uprising and massacre. 

Sun, 9/3, 6:00: 
Strength of a Woman: Film and Discussion about justice for victims of domestic violence who are charged for fighting back. Potluck Community Meal at 4:30, UU Fellowship, 67 S. Randolph Ave, Poughkeepsie

Mon, 9/4, 4:30: Barbecue and Potluck Dinner followed by the Red Thread Ceremony, Valerie Eagle from the TMI Project, and Mindful Movement with Micah Blumenthal. New Paltz Reformed Church, 92 Huguenot St, New Paltz.

Tue, 9/5, 4:30: Potluck Community Meal, New Progressive Baptist Church, 8 Hone Street, Kingston followed by self-care and celebration at The Kirkland, 289 Fair Street, Kingston

Wed 9/6, 6:00: Profiled: Film Screening and Discussion about racial profiling and police brutality followed freedom songs with Reggie Harris and Rabbi Jonathan. Trinity Episcopal Church, 32 Church St, Saugerties.

For more details, visitfacebook.com/LGBTQRacialJustice/