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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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JP Morgan Chase Takes Stand on Banking Private Prisons

On JP Morgan Chase’s decision to no longer finance private prison giants GEO Group and Core Civic, Advancement Project National Office released the following statement: “Advancement Project National Office would like to thank those who have been relentless in their activism to hold corporate America accountable, explaining the harm these companies are causing individuals, families and generations – particularly immigrants of color and people of color who are disproportionately incarcerated in private prisons. We hope to see a wave of more corporations divesting from companies that are making money off us human bodies. It’s time that the U.S. notice the…

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Close the Workhouse Campaign Holds Rally to Demand Release of Men Trapped in the Workhouse

Following reports of extreme cold and continued inhumane conditions at St. Louis City’s jail, the Workhouse, advocates gather to demand the release of David Dixon and Jeffrey Rozelle

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Close the Workhouse

Kicking off the national movement to end pre-trial detention and end the country’s reliance on incarceration starts on a local, grassroots level.

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Lawsuit Filed to Challenge St. Louis City’s Unconstitutional Cash Bail System

“We are attacking the City of St. Louis’ illegal procedures used to jail more than 1,000 people solely because of their inability to make a cash payment to purchase their freedom.”

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‘The Hate U Give’: Another Resource in the Youth Organizing Toolkit

In this heightened moment of political activity, young people are in need of an outlet to voice their concerns and feel empowered to impact what’s going on around them. The film, “The Hate U Give” makes an important point about what many young people of color experience, what they are witnessing and how to be politically engaged by it.

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Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder of 17-Year-Old Laquan McDonald

Today, a jury found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm in the murder 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Advancement Project’s national office released the following statement:

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Send future youth organizers to see The Hate U Give!

Can you contribute today to help us host screenings of The Hate U Give for future youth organizers?

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6 Things You Need to Know about School Policing

From our new report "We Came to Learn"

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We Came to Learn: A Call to Action for Police-Free Schools

Safety does not exist when Black & Brown young people are forced to interact with a system of policing that views them as a threat and not as students.

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