#SuperPowerchange


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Through simple yet brave acts of protest, athletes across the country and of all ages have joined a powerful movement calling for racial justice and an end to police violence. We’ve seen them on national television, in our high school gymnasiums, and underneath the Friday night lights. But these athletes, from youth to college to professional, need our support.

On a near daily basis, they are facing harassment and retaliation for demanding justice. Damontre Moore of the Dallas Cowboys was cut for raising his first at the end of the anthem last week, Kennesaw State has banished kneeling cheerleaders into the stadium tunnels after pressure from a local sheriff, others like the high school volleyball player Kamryn face daily harassment from fellow students and their parents, and Colin Kaepernick is still being blackballed by the NFL. For standing tall in the face of all these threats, harassment and retaliation, these athletes are superheroes.1 2

But they cannot do this all on their own, we need to have the backs of these athletes fighting for justice. For them, we are taking our own action. We are launching a month long campaign dedicated to uplifting these athletes, defending their rights, and centering their calls for racial and criminal justice reform. Help us #SuperPowerChange by sharing your love and support with the athletes who are fighting for us everyday.

#SuperPowerChange by signing the open letter to our sung and unsung sports superheroes!

Right now, we are in a unique moment in history, where sports and athletes at all levels are playing a pivotal role in shaping our culture and consciousness. Their actions are having a real impact. In the last couple of months we have seen a remarkable shift in public awareness of the racial justice issues players are protesting for – now up to 66% of people – as well as a rapid increase in the number of Americans showing support for the protests.3 An increase from 42% last year to 51% last month.4

But make no mistake, there are still many powerful people who want nothing more than to silence the Black athletes demanding justice. NFL owners like Jerry Jones and Bob McNair, the Miami and Cleveland police departments, school administrators, local sheriffs, state representatives, and of course, Trump and Mike Pence have all taken steps to restrict the rights of athletes to protest for Black people and to undermine their message.

Even though there are powerful people fighting against athlete activists and their racial justice message, momentum is on our side.If we keep pushing, and elevating the bravery and messages of athletes at all levels, we can #SuperPowerChange and win racial and criminal justice reforms well beyond the arena of sports.

Help celebrate and uplift these athletes – signing the open letter to our sports superheroes!

This open letter is just the beginning. At Color Of Change, we are committed to supporting athletes at all levels as they push forward this vital conversation. We want to go even further in both supporting and celebrating the power of athletes and activism during the November Month of Action. Throughout the rest of the month we will be launching actions like:

  • #SuperPowerChange Hub– an interactive website that will be the November Month of Action nervecenter. A place where you can see all the latest actions and social media content available.
  • Weekly petitions and calls to action including:
    • Calling on local prosecutors in target areas to take action on bail reform and juvenile life without parole cases.
    • Petitions uplifting “local heroes” and students that are leading protests in their communities and facing repercussions.
  • #WhyIProtest – videos uniquely curated illustrations and social media content that highlight the issues, fights and individuals that inspire people to organize for change.
  • #FightForPower – a national virtual townhall with athletes and policy and decision makers elevating the core issues and fights and opportunity for engagement.

Together we can #SuperPowerChange and make November a powerful Month of Action. Help us kick off this month of action by sending your own statement of support to the athletes, sports journalists and students fighting for us.

#SuperPowerChange by signing the open letter to our sung and unsung sports superheroes!

Until justice is real,

— Rashad and the rest of the Color Of Change team.

References:

1. “Campus anthem battle: It’s cheerleaders vs. a sheriff and a powerful lawmaker,” Yahoo Sports, 25 October 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/9768?t=9&akid=8122%2E1174326%2El7t6Og

2. “Did Cowboys release DE Damontre Moore for raising his fist?,” Cowboys Wire, 24 October 2018http://act.colorofchange.org/go/9812?t=11&akid=8122%2E1174326%2El7t6Og

3. “CBS News – September 28, 2017 Protest Poll,” CBS News, 28 September 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/9813?t=13&akid=8122%2E1174326%2El7t6Og

4. “Poll Says a Majority of Americans Think Leagues Should Not Require Players to Stand During Anthem,” Sports Illustrated, 25 October 2017. https://act.colorofchange.org/go/9814?t=15&akid=8122%2E1174326%2El7t6Og

#SuperPowerChange by signing the open letter to our sung and unsung sports superheroes!

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on this day 11/10 1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Brady Bill, which called for a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases. 


1775 – The U.S. Marines were organized under authority of the Continental Congress. The Marines went out of existence after the end of the Revolutionary War in April of 1783. The Marine Corps were formally re-established on July 11, 1798. This day is observed as the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.

1801 – The U.S. state of Tennessee outlawed the practice of dueling.

1871 – Henry M. Stanley, journalist and explorer, found David Livingstone. Livingston was a missing Scottish missionary in central Africa. Stanley delivered his famous greeting: “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

1879 – Western Union and the National Bell Telephone Company reached a settlement over various telephone patents.

1917 – 41 suffragists were arrested in front of the White House. 

1919 – The American Legion held its first national convention, in Minneapolis, MN.

1928 – Michinomiya Hirohito was enthroned as Emperor of Japan.

1951 – Direct-dial, coast-to-coast telephone service began when Mayor M. Leslie Denning of Englewood, NJ, called his counterpart in Alameda, CA.

1954 – The Iwo Jima Memorial was dedicated in Arlington, VA.

1957 – 102,368 people attended the San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams game. The crowd was the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history.

1969 – “Sesame Street” made its debut on PBS.

1970 – The Great Wall of China opened for tourism.

1975 – The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution that equated Zionism with racism. The resolution was repealed in December of 1991.

1975 – The Edmund Fitzgerald, an ore-hauling ship, and its crew of 29 vanished during a storm in Lake Superior.

1976 – The Utah Supreme Court gave approval for Gary Gilmore to be executed, according to his wishes. The convicted murderer was put to death the following January.

1977 – The Major Indoor Soccer League was officially organized in New York City. (New York).

1982 – Soviet leader Leonid I. Brezhnev died of a heart attack at age 75. He was suceeded by Yuri V. Andropov.

1982 – In Washington, DC, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was opened to visitors.

1984 – The U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

1986 – Camille Sontag and Marcel Coudari, two Frenchmen were released by the captors that held them in Lebanon.

1988 – The U.S. Department of Energy announced that Texas would be the home of the atom-smashing super-collider. The project was cancelled by a vote of the U.S. Congress in Oct. 1993.

1990 – Chandra Shekhar was sworn in as India’s new prime minister.

1991 – Robert Maxwell was buried in Israel, five days after his body was recovered off the Canary Islands.

1993 – John Wayne Bobbitt was acquitted on the charge of marital sexual assault against his wife who sexually mutilated him. Lorena Bobbitt was later acquitted of malicious wounding her husband.

1993 – The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Brady Bill, which called for a five-day waiting period for handgun purchases.

1994 – U.S. officials announced that it planned to stop enforcing the arms embargo against the Bosnian government the following week. The U.N. Security Council was opposed to lifting the ban.

1994 – Iraq recognized Kuwait’s borders in the hope that the action would end trade sanctions.

1995 – Nigeria’s military rulers hanged playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa along with several other anti-government activists.

1995 – In Katmandu, Nepal, searchers rescued 549 hikers after a massive avalanche struck the Himalayan foothills. The disaster left 24 tourists and 32 Nepalese dead.

1996 – Dan Marino (Miami Dolphins) became the first quarterback in NFL history to pass for more than 50,000 yards. (Florida)

1997 – WorldCom Inc. acquired MCI Communication Corporation. It was the largest merger in U.S. history valued at $37 billion. 

1997 – A jury in Virginia convicted Mir Aimal Kasi of the murder of two CIA employees in 1993.

1997 – A judge in Cambridge, MA, reduced Louise Woodward’s murder conviction to manslaughter and sentenced the English au pair to time served. She had served 279 days in the death of 8-month-old Matthew Eappen.

1998 – At the White House, “The Virtual Wall” website (www.thevirtualwall.org) was unveiled. The site allows visitors to experience The Wall through the Internet.

2001 – The World Trade Organization approved China’s membership.

2001 – The musical “Lady Diana – A Smile Charms the World” opened in Germany.

2004 – Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens) was awarded the “Man for Peace” prize in Rome at the opening of a meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates.