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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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