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#TakeAKnee: Supporting the Protests of Professional Athletes

Advancement Project stands by NFL players - and all professional athletes - that continue to advocate for change to our country’s unjust policing practices that disparately impact the lives of Black people.

This ongoing campaign has followed Colin Kaepernick's #TakeAKnee protests, in addition to supporting the renaming of Washington's NFL team.

Resources

Letter to NFL Commissioner Re: Anthem Protest Policy

June 19, 2018

“Compelling players to stand for the national anthem… tells the world that the NFL does not care about racial justice.”

Letter to NFL Commissioner on Response to #TakeAKnee Protests

December 1, 2017

We stand in solidarity with NFL players who #TakeAKnee and join a coalition demanding a meeting with the commissioner to discuss the league’s response to these protests.

Change the Mascot: Letter to Broadcasters

November 20, 2017

Promotion of the R-word has significantly harmed Native Americans, especially Native youth.

News

Colin Kaepernick Puts Money Where His Mouth Is

January 18, 2018

Advancement Project is one of last organizations to receive portion of
$1 million donation from former football player, social justice advocate

Much Like the Unwarranted Suspension of Youth of Color, Jemele Hill’s ESPN Suspension is Another Example Racial Injustice

October 10, 2017

This two-week suspension is an effort to silence an African American who has a national platform, thousands of followers and a message that challenges the status quo. ESPN should be ashamed.

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Webinar on the Power of Sheriffs in Florida – August 10, 2020 at 2pET/11aPT

On Monday, August 10, 2020, at 2p ET/11a PT, join Advancement Project National Office, Dream Defenders and New Florida Majority for a webinar on the power and role of sheriffs in Florida, and how sheriffs impact the school-to-prison pipeline. Learn about organizing efforts to defund policing budgets and address harm throughout Florida, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Receive political education about the history of policing and what communities are doing to build power to build a world without police. Register today!  …

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Advancement Project National Office Supports New Counseling Not Criminalization Bill

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The Power of Prosecutors – Video and Infographic

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Advancement Project National Office Celebrates National Cousin’s Day!

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Players Coalition, National and Local Organizations to Host Virtual Town Hall

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Huge Win in Campaign to Close Notorious St. Louis Jail

St. Louis elected officials unanimously vote to close the medium security institute, known as 'the Workhouse,' after two-year campaign

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We will win with supporters like you, Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation & Jack Dorsey of Twitter’s #startsmall

Since mid-March, Advancement Project National Office’s team has been entrenched in advocacy, communications and litigation—fighting to make sure community members in jail are #FreeAndSafe during COVID-19 and calling for for accountability and demanding cities and counties #DefundThePolice . Our team has been working around the clock, fatigued yet energized by wins across the country,petition signatures and calls to policymakers, and the 110,000 new supporters to our campaign for #FreeAndSafe communities. As we close the month of June, we also want to thank Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation and Jack Dorsey of Twitter’s #startsmall. In response to the urgent need for police accountability, the Clara Lionel…

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Youth Across Country Petition School Boards to Reimagine Safety in National Week of Action

Black and Brown Youth Demand #PoliceFreeSchools with National Week of Action Today, June 22, 2020, marks the beginning of a week-long, nationwide call to support young people and their allies in the fight for police-free schools. This national week of action is being called by the National Campaign for Police-free Schools led by the Alliance for Educational Justice (AEJ) and Advancement Project National Office and supported by the Center for Popular Democracy, the Communities for Just Schools Fund, and the Funder’s Collaborative for Youth Organizing. In the week ahead, communities across the country,…

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Advancement Project National Office Statement on the Rayshard Brooks

WASHINGTON, DC — On Wednesday, June 17, the cop responsible for the killing of Rayshard Brooks was charged by the Fulton County (GA) District Attorney five days after Brooks struggled and ran away from Atlanta Police Department officers. Advancement Project National Office has to following to say: “Advancement Project National Office We are still mourning the loss of Rayshard Brooks who joins George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and countless others who died needlessly at the hands of the police. We know the criminal legal system does not produce justice.  We know arrests, indictments, and even convictions won’t prevent the next Black man…

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