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Rumor: Lakers partners "quietly protesting" Jeanie Buss - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers have been the subject of well-deserved scrutiny over the course of the last year. As the team continues to look for its direction, owner Jeanie Buss is starting to receive a larger share of the blame than ever before.
It appears as though that criticism is not just coming from the outside. The LA Times’ Bill Plaschke appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and spoke about the pressure from the Lakers’ minority owners and partners on Buss:
“There’s a lot of rumblings from the AEG’s of the world and some of the partners. I think they’re going to wait to see what happens this summer. But obviously, she’s never going to sell, herself. Don’t forget, she took over the team in a coup from her brothers. So the team can be taken over in a coup. I don’t see that happening until at least they see what happens this summer and see what happens next year. People are upset. The real money-movers and shakers and money people, those are the people who are quietly protesting and they’re upset. She has this summer to figure this out and next season. And if they don’t make the playoffs again, I think that becomes a reality.”
It should be noted that Plaschke is not exactly a news breaker and, in ordinary conditions, we would usually not aggregate something he reports on the team. However, this would be a significant development, if true, given all the recent criticism heaped on Buss and her management group of Kurt and Linda Rambis and Rob Pelinka.
The Lakers ownership group consists of the following parties: the Buss Family Trusts, Philip Anschutz (who owns the aforementioned AEG), Edward P. Roski and Patrick Soon-Shiong. Soon-Shiong also owns the LA Times, Plaschke’s employer. The Buss Family owns 66 percent of the team, with each of six children holding an equal share.
It seems as though Jeanie Buss will get one more season to turn the Lakers around before the smoke within the organization turns into an inferno. If the other owners feel as though the team’s brand (and by proxy, their money) is taking a hit, then it would not be difficult to see them staging a coup just as Buss did to her brother Jim.
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5 days ago by rgl7194
Video: The Lakers protesters actually had points, if you paid attention - Silver Screen and Roll
This offseason has been filled with confusion, uncertainty, complete silence from the front office and a botched coach staff, all of which were factors leading Lakers fans to protest.
Everyone knows that fans protested against the Los Angeles Lakers outside of Staples Center last Friday, but how did things get to this point, and why were they so upset? The reasons aren’t that hard to find, actually, so let’s take a quick look back at how we got here.
On April 9, 2019, Magic Johnson stepped down as the president of basketball operations. At that moment, the Lakers had the opportunity to restart a front office that had been criticized all year. They could’ve interviewed someone like David Griffin, who has had plenty of experience in that role and has done well in it. Then, Griffin could take over and choose who he’d see fit as a general manager, as well as a head coach. Instead, the Lakers went a complete different route.
Jeanie decided to keep Rob Pelinka and, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, “if anything, his power will grow.” It certainly did, as the Lakers then started having Pelinka interview multiple candidates like Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams, Juwan Howard, and Jason Kidd. When the Lakers interviewed Kidd, it was reported that Kurt Rambis was involved in the interview.
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6 days ago by rgl7194
Lakers protester - 'Nepotism shouldn't be involved'
LOS ANGELES -- The organizer of a protest over the state of the Los Angeles Lakers says the issues with the team boil down to one thing: decision-making on a front-office level.
Charlie Rivers, a 22-year-old Arizona college student who says he drove from the Phoenix area to take part in the protest he launched this week on social media, said Friday he was happy with the results of his efforts.
"I think I already got it -- media coverage, have the talking heads speak about it, analysts talk about the inept decision-making by the front office, basketball operations needing a change up there," Rivers said. "I don't mean it to be a personal attack on [owner] Jeanie Buss or anything like that. I just don't agree with their decision-making on a front-office level.
"Nepotism shouldn't be involved when it comes to decision-making."
The Lakers had no comment on the protest.
basketball  lakers  business  protest 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Photos: Climate-Change Protests Around the World - The Atlantic
Since the beginning of the year, large numbers of protests against government inaction on issues of climate change have been taking place in cities worldwide. Most of the movement has taken place in Europe, is largely student-led, and was inspired by the Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg, who has been speaking out and demanding action from leaders since last year. On March 15, thousands of environmentally concerned students in 80 countries held a “Fridays for Future” strike, marching through the streets with signs. This past week, parts of London were brought to a standstill by protesters from Extinction Rebellion, who have called on the British government to negotiate with them and to prioritize environmental protection.
gov2.0  politics  climate_change  protest  photography  in_focus  teenager  schools  environment  europe 
21 days ago by rgl7194
Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ | Environment | The Guardian
One day last summer, aged 15, she skipped school, sat down outside the Swedish parliament – and inadvertently kicked off a global movement
Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.
Eight months on, the picture could not be more different. The pigtailed teenager is feted across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. National presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticised by her, face to face. Her skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages. And, most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.
On 15 March, when she returns to the cobblestones (as she has done almost every Friday in rain, sun, ice and snow), it will be as a figurehead for a vast and growing movement. The global climate strike this Friday is gearing up to be one of the biggest environmental protests the world has ever seen. As it approaches, Thunberg is clearly excited.
“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.”
A year ago, this was unimaginable. Back then, Thunberg was a painfully introverted, slightly built nobody, waking at 6am to prepare for school and heading back home at 3pm. “Nothing really was happening in my life,” she recalls. “I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything. I thought I couldn’t make a difference because I was too small.”
climate_change  protest  teenager  schools  europe  thunberg  politics  gov2.0  global 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Greta Thunberg, schoolgirl climate change warrior: ‘Some people can let things go. I can’t’ | Environment | The Guardian
One day last summer, aged 15, she skipped school, sat down outside the Swedish parliament – and inadvertently kicked off a global movement
Greta Thunberg cut a frail and lonely figure when she started a school strike for the climate outside the Swedish parliament building last August. Her parents tried to dissuade her. Classmates declined to join. Passersby expressed pity and bemusement at the sight of the then unknown 15-year-old sitting on the cobblestones with a hand-painted banner.
Eight months on, the picture could not be more different. The pigtailed teenager is feted across the world as a model of determination, inspiration and positive action. National presidents and corporate executives line up to be criticised by her, face to face. Her skolstrejk för klimatet (school strike for climate) banner has been translated into dozens of languages. And, most striking of all, the loner is now anything but alone.
On 15 March, when she returns to the cobblestones (as she has done almost every Friday in rain, sun, ice and snow), it will be as a figurehead for a vast and growing movement. The global climate strike this Friday is gearing up to be one of the biggest environmental protests the world has ever seen. As it approaches, Thunberg is clearly excited.
“It’s amazing,” she says. “It’s more than 71 countries and more than 700 places, and counting. It’s increasing very much now, and that’s very, very fun.”
A year ago, this was unimaginable. Back then, Thunberg was a painfully introverted, slightly built nobody, waking at 6am to prepare for school and heading back home at 3pm. “Nothing really was happening in my life,” she recalls. “I have always been that girl in the back who doesn’t say anything. I thought I couldn’t make a difference because I was too small.”
climate_change  protest  teenager  schools  europe  thunberg  politics  gov2.0  global 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Global Climate Strike: Pictures From Around The World
Hundreds of thousands of school students across the world are today skipping class and taking to the streets to demand politicians take action to tackle climate change.
Today's Global Climate Strike is an offshoot of the #FridaysForFuture movement that has already seen teenagers in a host of countries go on strike.
The movement began with 16-year-old environment activist Greta Thunberg, who in August last year started skipping school on Fridays to protest outside Sweden's parliament.
Scientists agree that human-made climate change is a real and urgent threat, one that's already playing out in the form of rising seas and warming temperatures.
According to Thunberg's latest update, strikes and marches are planned in 105 countries today, including what is expected to be the first large-scale events in the US.
"Tomorrow we schoolstrike for our future. And we will continue to do so for as long as it takes," she wrote on Twitter. "Adults are more than welcome to join us."
This is what the protest looks like around the globe.
climate_change  protest  teenager  schools  europe  thunberg  politics  photography  gov2.0  global 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Turn off the Furnace! NYC Youth Join Global Climate Protest - WhoWhatWhy
Students in New York City skipped class Friday to join the Youth Climate Strike US — part of a worldwide movement of young people demanding legislative action to address climate change. Organizers estimate the strikes drew more than a million students in 125 countries.
The US movement drew inspiration from school strikes in Europe. The strikes began after 16-year-old Greta Thunberg demonstrated in front of the Sweden Parliament every Friday last year.
Alexandria Villasenor, 13, co-founder of Youth Climate Strike US, has demonstrated alone in front of the United Nations headquarters since December.
Villasenor was born and raised in California, where she experienced the impact of extreme drought and wildfires. After learning that climate change was the main factor behind them, she felt impelled to act.
“If your child was trapped in a room that was getting hotter and hotter, risking the life of your child, what would you do?” Villasenor said during the protest in Central Park West. “You turn it off. We are trapped and the time has come for you to turn the furnace off and save us all.”
New York students held protests at several locations. First, they went to City Hall in Brooklyn, and then to Columbus Circle in Manhattan. From there, they marched to the American Museum of Natural History on Central Park West.    
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9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Students stage global protest to speak out on climate change inaction - The Boston Globe
Students in cities worldwide skipped classes Friday to protest their governments’ failure to act against global warming as part of the “Fridays for Future” movement. The event was inspired by youth activist Greta Thunberg, who began holding solitary demonstrations outside the Swedish parliament last year.
climate_change  protest  teenager  schools  thunberg  politics  photography  big_picture  gov2.0  global 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
LeBron James reiterates support for Colin Kaepernick after NFL settlement: "I hope it's a hell of a lot of money" - Lakers Outsiders
On Friday, Colin Kaepernick reached a settlement with the NFL for an undisclosed amount of money. The quarterback was suing the league for collusion, claiming that the owners had blackballed him from ever being on a roster again after his protests of police cruelty towards Black Americans during the playing of the national anthem became a global story.
Kaepernick has been supported by athletes everywhere for taking a stand despite the powers that be. Perhaps no one has been more vocal and influential in his support for the former 49ers QB than LeBron James.
On Saturday, James was asked about Kaepernick’s settlement and what his protests have meant by members of the media at All-Star Weekend. As always, the Lakers star was eloquent in his response...
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Colin Kaepernick Won His Settlement With the NFL - The Atlantic
It doesn’t matter how much he made from the settlement announced on Friday; he bested the league.
Technically, Colin Kaepernick withdrew his collusion case. Technically, the NFL did not admit it conspired to blackball Kaepernick from the league after he began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. But non-technically speaking, the NFL lost. Massively.
The terms of the settlement, announced on Friday, were not disclosed. But it doesn’t matter how much money Kaepernick ultimately receives from the NFL; what matters is that he bested a league that has a long history of pummeling its opposition in court, especially players.
In a way the NFL had no other choice. Last August, arbitrator Stephen Burbank rejected the NFL’s request to have the case dismissed. That meant he believed Kaepernick’s team had compiled enough receipts to present their case. With another hearing reportedly scheduled for next month, did the NFL really want to let Kaepernick’s legal team expose those receipts in court?
Of course not.
Owners and coaches already had given depositions in Kaepernick’s case and the details that emerged from those proceedings did not look good for the NFL.
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february 2019 by rgl7194
Europe Climate Change Protests: Teenage Girls Organize Mass School Walkouts And Protests
Students are going on strike around the world to demand action on climate change, in a movement led almost entirely by teenage girls.
LONDON — A huge student protest movement led almost exclusively by teenage girls and young women is sweeping Europe, and it's on the brink of breaking through in the US.
So far this year, tens of thousands of high school–age students in Belgium, Germany, and Sweden have boycotted class and protested against climate change. The loose movement’s inspiration, a 16-year-old girl who began a solitary picket last year outside the Swedish Parliament in Stockholm, has compared the protests to the March for Our Lives movement organized by the Parkland teens in the wake of a shooting at their school that left 17 dead.
In the latest mass climate strikes, large crowds took to the streets in The Hague on Thursday, in the largest such protest in the Netherlands so far. The teens leading the climate strike across the border in Belgium were in Leuven, the country’s eighth-largest city, where they told BuzzFeed News they had 12,000 people on the streets in one of many actions across the country.
A climate march last weekend in the Belgian capital, Brussels, drew more than 100,000 people, and one of the country’s environment ministers resigned this week after falsely claiming intelligence services had told her the protests were a plot against her.
The protests are injecting a new urgency into the debate around climate change, and calling attention to a lack of action by governments. They are also a sign of the new political power of young women, especially in Europe. Climate strikes have also been organized by students in Australia, and US organizers are planning to participate in an international day of action on March 15.
Jamie Margolin, the 17-year-old founder and executive director of Zero Hour, a group working on the March 15 protest in the US, told BuzzFeed News that climate activism has given young women like her a chance to be heard.
gov2.0  politics  climate_change  protest  europe  teenager  women 
february 2019 by rgl7194
Disturbing new video shows Covington student cracking rape joke at Lincoln memorial | Daily Mail Online
Covington schoolboys caused outcry facing off with Native American protesters 
Further video has emerged of the incident on Friday at Lincoln Memorial 
One student says 'It's not rape if you enjoy it' as those surrounding him laugh
Another video shows the group sitting on a bench shouting at young women  
A member of the Kentucky high school group that taunted a Native American man at the Lincoln Memorial cracked a joke about rape during the stand-off, new footage shows. 
The boys from Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills were at a March for Life event in Washington DC on Friday to protest against abortion, and were widely criticized after footage of them taunting a Native American man went viral. 
But another clip, uploaded to Twitter yesterday by Amee Vanderpool, shows a teenage boy yelling: 'It's not rape if you enjoy it!', as those surrounding him laugh.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Andrew Sullivan: The Abyss of Hate Versus Hate
One of the advantages of taking Saturdays off the web entirely is that I wasn’t aware of L’Affaire Covington until it was almost over. It’s one of those occasions I’m deeply glad I quit blogging 24/7 four years ago and disengaged from Twitter last month. I’m not going to dunk on the multitudes who badly misjudged a moment in time. We’re all fallible. But I did make time to watch the full 100 minutes of YouTube footage that covered the scene in front of the Lincoln Memorial long before, during, and after the smirk that was seen across the world.
What I saw was extraordinary bigotry, threats of violence, hideous misogyny, disgusting racism, foul homophobia, and anti-Catholicism — not by the demonized schoolboys, but by grown men with a bullhorn, a small group of self-styled Black Hebrew Israelites. They’re a fringe sect — but an extremely aggressive one — known for inflammatory bigotry in public. The Southern Poverty Law Center has designated them a hate group: “strongly anti-white and anti-Semitic.” They scream abuse at gays, women, white people, Jews, interracial couples, in the crudest of language. In their public display of bigotry, they’re at the same level as the Westboro Baptist sect: shockingly obscene. They were the instigators of the entire affair.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Covington Catholic students: what America is missing - Vox
What America is missing about the confrontation between a MAGA-hatted teen and a Native American elder.
On Friday, students from Kentucky’s Covington Catholic High School encountered a Native American elder at the March for Life in Washington, DC, and appeared to taunt him.
By Tuesday, video of the incident had gone viral; longer videos, giving more context, had been released; one of the students, Nick Sandmann, had issued a detailed statement telling his side of the story; and multiple members of the media had apologized for jumping to conclusions.
In his statement, Sandmann said that he and his fellow students were simply chanting their school spirit chants, with permission from an adult chaperone, to counter insults being directed at them by a group of protesters. He said that when they had been chanting for some time, another group, including elder Nathan Phillips, approached them.
“I believed that by remaining motionless and calm, I was helping to diffuse the situation,” Sandmann said of his interaction with Phillips. “I said a silent prayer that the situation would not get out of hand.”
“I was not disrespectful to Mr. Phillips,” he added during a Wednesday interview with Today’s Savannah Guthrie.
In the wake of Sandmann’s statement and the release of additional video, some have defended the Covington Catholic students. “Far from engaging in racially motivated harassment, the group of mostly white, MAGA-hat-wearing male teenagers remained relatively calm and restrained,” wrote Robby Soave at Reason.
But the increasingly contentious public conversation around the episode may be missing the point.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
The Media Must Learn From the Covington Catholic Story - The Atlantic
And the damage to their credibility will be lasting.
On Friday, January 18, a group of white teenage boys wearing maga hats mobbed an elderly Native American man on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, chanting “Make America great again,” menacing him, and taunting him in racially motivated ways. It is the kind of thing that happens every day—possibly every hour—in Donald Trump’s America. But this time there was proof: a video. Was it problematic that it offered no evidence that these things had happened? No. What mattered was that it had happened, and that there was video to prove it. The fact of there being a video became stronger than the video itself.
The video shows a man playing a tribal drum standing directly in front of a boy with clear skin and lips reddened from the cold; the boy is wearing a maga hat, and he is smiling at the man in a way that is implacable and inscrutable. The boys around him are cutting up—dancing to the drumbeat, making faces at one another and at various iPhones, and eventually beginning to tire of whatever it is that’s going on. Soon enough, the whole of the video’s meaning seems to come down to the smiling boy and the drumming man. They are locked into something, but what is it?
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january 2019 by rgl7194
White America's Need for White Heroes
The Covington Catholic Students began the week decked out in red hats and having a widely viewed confrontation with a lone, elderly indigenous man, standing between them and a group of black activists following an anti-abortion rally (why they were wearing the hats, why they were still there following the rally, or why they weren’t pulled from the altercation by the adults responsible for them, are all questions we should be asking.)  
Now, they’ve been invited to the White House.
Why are they being invited to the White House?
They’re being invited to the White House because they are white and because they were boosting the President’s brand—and because inviting them to the White House makes them a symbol once more, for a President who wields such symbols like a weapon because he lacks anything else, and because he knows how his supporters devour such things.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
“I Was Absolutely Afraid”: Indigenous Elder on “Mob Mentality” of MAGA Hat-Wearing Students in D.C. | Democracy Now!
On Friday, thousands took part in the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C. The next day, video went viral of an interaction that took place soon after the march ended between an indigenous elder and a group of Catholic high school students from Kentucky who had attended a March for Life protest the same day. In the video, Omaha elder Nathan Phillips is seen peacefully playing his drum and singing while being encircled by the students—some of whom were wearing red “Make America Great Again” hats. The video appears to show the students taunting and mocking Phillips. Some of the students are seen making a tomahawk-chop motion with their arms. One student wearing a red MAGA hat is seen standing directly in front of Phillips while grinning and smirking. The videos sparked widespread outrage, but some commentators walked back their critique of the students after more videos were posted online. We speak to Nathan Phillips about what happened. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and previous director of the Native Youth Alliance.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Covington Catholic: Analyzing video from incident with students
Disclaimer: The videos in this article contain strong and racially-charged language that may offend some viewers.
CINCINNATI – Video of an incident in Washington, D.C., on Friday involving Covington Catholic High School students, Native American marchers and Black Hebrew Israelites has sparked intense debate about how, exactly, the encounter played out.
Accounts of the episode vary widely and the question of each party's intent has been hotly contested. In an effort to establish a timeline, The Enquirer has reviewed video, shot from different angles, and paired it with interviews and other information to help bring clarity to what transpired. 
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january 2019 by rgl7194
White-Washing White Supremacy: Media Rushes to Excuse Covington Catholic Students - Rewire.News
In another incidence of white-washing white supremacy, white journalists are rushing to excuse a clearly racist incident involving white teens from Covington Catholic school in Kentucky, in part by discounting the testimony of a Native elder and former U.S. Marine.
Every single day across America, women seeking abortion and other forms of reproductive health care have to run a gauntlet of intimidation just to enter health clinics. Protesters, self-anointed street “counselors,” and religious fundamentalists bring gory signs and scream, often using high-decibel amplification equipment. They harangue and harass patients and staff, calling them “baby-killers” and promising them damnation. Clinic protesters feel righteous in their actions because they believe they are morally superior to the people seeking care, and they believe they have a right to impose their will on others. These and other tactics of intimidation are an integral part of the misogynistic, patriarchal arsenal of the “pro-life” movement, which every year in January hosts a “March for Life.” And every year, the march organizers bus students in from parochial schools across the country to ensure someone actually shows up. This year, they brought students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky.
The students’ visit to D.C. did not end well.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
How conservative media transformed the Covington Catholic students from pariahs to heroes | US news | The Guardian
Conservatives have realized they can construct a parallel reality and have it accepted
In just four days, teenager Nick Sandmann and his fellow students at Covington Catholic high school have gone from social media pariahs to conservative heroes.
On Tuesday night, Fox News hosts continued to feast on the controversy, which was sparked by a standoff between Covington Catholic high school students and a Native American veteran called Nathan Phillips. Footage show students wearing pro-Trump Maga hats taunting the Omaha tribe elder. The relentlessly repeated talking point — that there was a collective “rush to judgment” on the boys because they were Trump supporters – was used by conservative anchors Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham to attack mainstream media and left leaning social media users.
On Wednesday morning, Sandmann got almost nine minutes of airtime on a national breakfast program to make his case, after his family hired a Republican-linked PR firm.
In making this happen, conservative media have normalized the boys’ aggressive form of political expression, and tried to further discredit both fact-oriented media and high-profile liberals. Media outlets have been effectively gaslighted, and many climbed down from coverage which was based on the most clear and obvious interpretation of the boys chanting, making gestures and making tomahawk chops.
What it tells us is that in 2019, conservatives understand they can construct a parallel reality and have it accepted. They can act in bad faith and prevail, using tried and tested tactics that liberal media continue to fall for. Those are...
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Fuller Picture Emerges of Viral Video of Native American Man and Catholic Students - The New York Times
A fuller and more complicated picture emerged on Sunday of the videotaped encounter between a Native American man and a throng of high school boys wearing “Make America Great Again” gear outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.
Interviews and additional video footage suggest that an explosive convergence of race, religion and ideological beliefs — against a national backdrop of political tension — set the stage for the viral moment. Early video excerpts from the encounter obscured the larger context, inflaming outrage.
Leading up to the encounter on Friday, a rally for Native Americans and other Indigenous people was wrapping up. Dozens of students from Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, who had been in Washington for the anti-abortion March for Life rally, were standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, many of them white and wearing apparel bearing the slogan of President Trump.
There were also black men who identified themselves as Hebrew Israelites, preaching their beliefs and shouting racially combative comments at the Native Americans and the students, according to witnesses and video on social media.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
New Video Shows MAGA Teens Are Just As Awful As Everyone Thought
Two days ago, video was posted online that pretty much everyone who saw immediately recognized for what it was—footage of white teens taunting and harassing a Native American elder named Nathan Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. What was happening was clear and unmistakable, not just resonant but immediately recognizable as iconic. If you wanted to compress the history of relations between the powerful and the powerless in America, or the dynamics of the current moment, into a single image, you couldn’t do much better than to present a white teen in a MAGA hat, surrounded by a screaming horde of his peers, smirking into the face of an old Native American man.
Perhaps—probably—because what had happened was so undeniable, it was immediately denied. Right-wing trolls not only immediately proposed that the visibly aggressive teens, who were draped in the symbols of white nationalism and misogyny, were in fact the aggressed upon, but began a campaign of brutal online harassment against anyone—especially journalists and especially female journalists—who accurately described what they had seen, or reacted to it on the terms it deserved. In all it was an enactment of the culture-war tactics pioneered by Gamergate and used by Donald Trump to ascend to the pinnacle of global power: While random MAGA chuds and Pepes doxxed and threatened people online in an attempt to silence them and intimidate others, respectable types urged caution, proposing that if you were thoughtful enough you would perhaps realize that you hadn’t in fact seen what you had just seen, or that if you had, maybe it wasn’t that bad at all. Straight news reporters like the Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau turned the subtext into text, asking whomst among us hasn’t participated in a racially-charged frenzy of barely-restrained violence that they wish hadn’t been become an instantly iconic representation of what America has been historically and what it is now...
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Julie Irwin Zimmerman: I Failed the Covington Catholic Test - The Atlantic
Next time there’s a viral story, I’ll wait for more facts to emerge.
Like many people who spend too much time on Twitter, I watched with indignation Saturday morning as stories began appearing about a confrontation near the Lincoln Memorial between students from Covington Catholic High School and American Indians from the Indigenous Peoples March. The story felt personal to me; I live a few miles from the high school, and my son attends a nearby all-boys Catholic high school. I texted him right away, ready with a lesson on what the students had done wrong.
“They were menacing a man much older than them,” I told him, “and chanting ‘Build the wall!’ And this smirking kid blocked his path and wouldn’t let him leave.” The short video, the subject of at least two-thirds of my Twitter feed on Saturday, made me cringe, and the smirking kid in particular got to me: His smugness, radiating from under that red maga hat, was everything I wanted my teenagers not to be.
“Where were they chanting about building the wall?” my son asked. His friends had begun weighing in, and their take was decidedly more sympathetic than mine. He wasn’t sure what to think, as he was hearing starkly different accounts from people he trusted. I doubled down, quoting from the profile of Nathan Phillips that The Washington Post had quickly published online, in which he said he’d been trying to defuse a tense situation. I was all-in on the outrage. How could the students parade around in those hats, harassing a man old enough to be their grandfather—a Vietnam veteran, no less?
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january 2019 by rgl7194
The MAGA teen's mother just gave an appalling, racist defense for his actions
Americans all over the country reacted with horror and disgust at the viral video of a racist MAGA-hat wearing teenager harassing a Native American veteran during today’s Indigenous Peoples’ March.
The question on many people’s minds was how a kid so young could so proudly exude such hate, smugly secure in his presumption that there would be no consequences for his actions.
His mother’s response to a Heavy.com reporter quickly made it clear why the kid was so comfortable with racism.
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january 2019 by rgl7194
Trump’s Dad Was So Racist, Woody Guthrie Wrote A Song About It
In 1950, Woody Guthrie signed a lease for an apartment in Brooklyn; his landlord was Fred C. Trump
In 2015, future President Donald Trump issued a seemingly innocuous — but increasingly portentous when put into context — statement: “My legacy has roots in my father’s legacy.” But it might be more than business acumen that has trickled down from the top of the gold-encrusted Trump family tree. Trump’s dad Fred had an unexpected occupant in one of his New York properties in the early 1950s: American singer-songwriter and social justice warrior Woody Guthrie. And guess what? Guthrie was no fan of “Old Man Trump.”
trump  50s  music  protest  racism  KKK 
november 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James Explains Lakers' Wearing "Enough." Shirts: "It's Kind of Scary" - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers eked past the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday to reach a winning record for the first time since 2016. But the biggest story of the night was both teams coming together to voice their concerns over gun control.
Following the Clippers and Bucks before them, the Lakers and Hawks took the court for pre-game warmups wearing T-Shirts with the word “Enough.” on the front and the names of the 12 victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting on the back. A moment of silence was taken prior to tip-off.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
november 2018 by rgl7194
NBA commissioner Adam Silver supports players wearing 'Enough' T-shirts, speaking out
LOS ANGELES -- With NBA commissioner Adam Silver in the stands and supporting the cause, the Los Angeles Lakers and Atlanta Hawks honored the victims of the Thousand Oaks shooting by wearing black T-shirts with the message "Enough" on the front.
The Lakers and Hawks followed what the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks did on Saturday when players from both teams first wore the T-shirts.
"As I've always said, our players aren't just ballplayers, they're citizens," Silver told ESPN after watching the Lakers beat the Hawks 107-106 on Sunday. "They have strong feelings about what's happening in society and they react to them. I think this was something that was a groundswell within the league. It came from the players and it spread by word of mouth from one team to another.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Luke Walton, LeBron James explain importance of wearing ‘Enough’ t-shirts in honor of Thousand Oaks shooting victims - Silver Screen and Roll
The Lakers used their platform to remember the victims of the tragic Thousand Oaks shooting, and to raise awareness on the gun problem they see in the United States.
In honor of the 12 people that lost their lives in the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers wore shirts with the words “ENOUGH” across their chest on Sunday at Staples Center. The back of the shirts had the names of the 12 victims.
Following the game on Sunday, head coach Luke Walton explained why he felt it was important for his team, and the opposing Atlanta Hawks, to wear the shirts in response to the senseless shooting that took place over the weekend.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Lakers Wear 'Enough.' Shirts in Response to Thousand Oaks Shooting - Lakers Outsiders
The Los Angeles Lakers are the latest team to acknowledge the mass shooting that took place in Thousand Oaks on November 7th. Prior to their matchup with the Atlanta Hawks, both teams sported shirts that said “Enough.” on the front while listing the name of the victims on the back.
The two teams join the Clippers and Bucks who started the trend for the league when they first wore the warm-up shirts before their contest on Saturday. However, the Los Angeles Kings were the first team to do something in response to the shooting. Prior to their game against the Minnesota Wild, the Kings held a moment of silence for the victims while holding up signs on the bench that relayed the message of “Enough.”
When news of the tragedy broke, the organization, as well as its players, went to Twitter to offer their condolences to the families and friends of the victims.
basketball  lakers  protest  racism  guns 
november 2018 by rgl7194
Beto O'Rourke's Powerful Response to the NFL Protests - The Atlantic
By answering a question most Democratic politicians have refused to touch, the Texas Democrat has tapped into a powerful movement.
There are few issues Democratic politicians have been more reluctant to address than the NFL-player protests. “It doesn’t get talked about by candidates and office holders, because no one wants to mess up and have that compromise that ability to win an election or stay in office,” Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat running for the Senate in Texas, told me. “It’s also precisely the thing where if you do not talk about it and don’t have these kind of conversations publicly, it’s never going to get better.”
When House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was asked about an NFL policy requiring all players on the field to stand for the national anthem, she backpedaled away faster than Deion Sanders. “I love the national anthem. I love the flag,” Pelosi told the CNN anchor Chris Cuomo at a televised town hall hosted by the network in May. “And I love the First Amendment, and I’ll just leave it at that.”
Dems  gov2.0  politics  state  football  protest 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Marcus Peters discusses trade to Rams, supporting Colin Kaepernick
It was a trade-filled offseason for the Los Angeles Rams, acquiring the likes of Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib and Brandin Cooks all in a short span. The moves have helped them to a 7-0 start with the best record in football, even with Talib on IR due to an ankle injury.
Peters was the first domino to fall as they surprisingly acquired him from the Chiefs after he spent just three years in Kansas City, two of which ended with Pro Bowl selections, including Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2015.
He effectively replaced Trumaine Johnson as the No. 1 corner in L.A. before Talib’s arrival, getting a fresh start after a somewhat rocky tenure with the Chiefs. He’s always been an outspoken player in the NFL and never minces words, which likely played a role in his departure from Kansas City.
In a wide-ranging interview on the Logan Murdock Podcast, Peters discussed his trade from the Chiefs to L.A. and how it all played out.
football  rams  interview  trade  podcast  kaep  protest 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » The Power Of Protest
These people feel inviolate.
You cannot reach them and they don’t want to be reachable. That’s why they live behind gates, fly private and vacation in locations you’ve never heard of. There are a lot of bad actors these days, but now they’re being called out.
Like Purdue Pharma. Individuals run that company, and they’ve got our nation hooked on opiates. They say they’re just trying to salve our pain, but the truth is they spread false information to gain market share and profits, they literally said OxyContin was not addictive, even though no study ever proved that, just a comment from a doctor in a hospital after dealing with patients after treatment.
Someone’s got to pay for our flaws. Especially now that Wall Street has not.
I know, I know, you feel powerless, but never forget, the youth stopped the Vietnam War.
gov2.0  politics  SCOTUS  protest  lefsetz 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Colin Kaepernick Is Nike's $6 Billion Man
Kate Gibson, writing for CBS MoneyWatch:
The heat Nike has taken over its controversial advertising campaign featuring former NFL star Colin Kaepernick seems to have had another effect: burnishing the iconic brand’s appeal to investors.
Nike shares have surged 36 percent on the year, making the company the top performer on the Dow’s index of 30 blue-chip stocks. The run-up includes a nearly 5 percent increase since Nike’s Labor Day announcement that Kaepernick would be featured in its campaign, adding nearly $6 billion to the company’s market value.
The stock continues to hover near an all-time high, which it reached in mid-September only weeks after some Nike customers publicly burned their shoes to express their displeasure at the new ad.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  money  politics  protest  racism  daring_fireball 
october 2018 by rgl7194
No need for President Trump to worry: NFL TV ratings doing just fine
The numbers don’t lie.
Remember that the next time President Donald Trump or one of his minions do.
NFL ratings are not tanking in response to the player protests. In fact, they’ve had little, if any, effect, according to a new USA TODAY analysis of Sunday Night Football viewership last season. Less than a percentage point decline in markets where Trump won big in 2016 – the same as markets where neither he nor Hillary Clinton had a significant advantage.
Even more telling is that in markets where the local team was good – say, Pittsburgh or New Orleans – ratings were higher. In markets where the local team was bad – pointing at you, Phoenix and Indianapolis – ratings were lower.
football  tv  protest  politics  gov2.0  trump  kaep  statistics 
october 2018 by rgl7194
President Trump, NFL protests and ratings: Deep dive into numbers
Did President Trump's attacks on player protests hurt NFL ratings? We looked at the numbers.
Who’s winning, President Trump or the NFL?
We dove into the numbers to see what's really been going on since quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick first took a knee during the national anthem in 2016, and since player protests became a political rallying point for President Trump in 2017.
We examined TV viewership for Sunday Night Football in 37 markets in 2016 and 2017. The data, courtesy of Comscore, shows the percent of TVs in a market that were tuned to the big game. Then, we looked at how people in those places voted in the last Presidential election — plus a bunch of football factors.
There was some evidence of a Trump effect. But it was, at best, weak.
What really stood out was that people stuck with football if there was a "football reason" to watch. The data show that quality football and home team loyalty drove the TV audience far more than political tribalism.
As has been well-documented, NFL viewership on TV was down in most places. A little over half of markets we analyzed saw a year-over-year decline in the share of the TV viewers watching Sunday Night Football.
football  tv  protest  politics  gov2.0  trump  kaep  statistics 
october 2018 by rgl7194
Colin Kaepernick Was Right About Us
Colin Kaepernick was right about us, white America.
He was right to kneel because when he did, he fully exposed us.
He exposed us as we became viscerally disgusted, not by the reckless disregard of black lives, but by the earnest and open declaration of black grief at their premature passing.
He exposed us when we felt it was our right to tell another human being how to express their personal freedoms, during an anthem supposedly devoted to celebrating those personal freedoms.
He exposed us when we treasured flags and songs over flesh and blood; when we repeatedly ignored dissenting facts in order to hold on to our easy and lazy outrage.
football  kaep  politics  protest  racism 
september 2018 by rgl7194
A Miss America Contestant Used Her 10-Second Intro To Call Out The Flint Water Crisis During The Pageant
Emily Sioma told BuzzFeed News she felt it was her personal duty to "leverage [her] privilege to be a voice for people from the state who feel they're forgotten about."
A contestant in the Miss America pageant on Sunday caught everyone sideways when she decided to use her quick introduction to call attention to the Flint water crisis.
24-year-old Emily Sioma, the contestant from Michigan, introduced herself by saying: "From the state with 84% of the US fresh water but none for its residents to drink, I am Miss Michigan Emily Sioma."
Joel Schipper
@JSchipperWDRB
Miss Michigan should automatically win #MissAmerica for starting with this! 😳 #Home #GoGirl
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fashion  women  protest  twitter  politics 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Kaepernick/Nike
No one in America likes to sacrifice. Their idea of risk is creating a new business. Just as long as they stay out of the mainstream, never move back on the game board, present a bland face so as not to get caught in the undertow. You know who you are, the people who are unwilling to go on the record, who send me e-mail with “name withheld.” You’ll only speak your truth anonymously. Online fake identities are rampant. Everybody feels immune.
But they’re not.
If you’ve been scoring at home, you’re aware that Nike was caught up in the #MeToo movement. So one can say this campaign burnishes its image with women. Then again, not all women voted for Hillary, not all women are concerned with the rights of minorities.
Furthermore, some brands are beyond reproach. Switching athletic gear is like telling people not to eat at In-N-Out, it’s not gonna work.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  lefsetz 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Who Photographed that Colin Kaepernick Nike Image?
Nike and Colin Kaepernick broke the Internet this week with an ad campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of “Just Do It.”
Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt pic.twitter.com/SRWkMIDdaO
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 3, 2018
Reaction to the ad campaign was (unsurprisingly) highly polarized, and although Nike’s stock tumbled 3%, most marketing pundits have suggested that the controversy around the campaign is a win for the sneaker manufacturer.
But who took the photo?
Hint: It’s in the eyes.
The image has the classic two Kino Flo lighting pattern employed by Martin Schoeller, and indeed the image is from a 2017 shoot – likely from work that Schoeller did with GQ magazine for their November 2017 Citizen of the Year issue.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  photography  twitter 
september 2018 by rgl7194
I Fought for Our Country. Now NFL Players Are Kneeling for Me. | American Civil Liberties Union
I’m a veteran of the U.S. Army. So it may come as a surprise that the day I read about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, I could not have been prouder. I was proud because after serving my country for seven years, it felt like someone was finally looking out for me.
As someone who served as a sergeant in Afghanistan, only to take a civilian job helping veterans upon returning home, I fully understand patriotism. I work hard to embody it every day. That’s precisely why I think it’s so important to stop mischaracterizing Colin Kaepernick’s movement as unpatriotic. Players are not kneeling to protest the national anthem, as they’ve explained time and time again. They are kneeling to say that the ways in which police officers and the criminal justice system treat African-Americans — people like me and my family — constitute a national crisis.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  military  police 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ad will air during the NFL’s opening game - Vox
The ad is scheduled to air during the NFL’s season opener.
Nike wants the country to listen to what Colin Kaepernick has to say. And on Thursday, the company will do its best to make that happen by taking on the NFL — which Kaepernick is suing for allegedly colluding to keep him unemployed as punishment for protesting police brutality — on the league’s own turf.
During the NFL season opener between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, Nike will air a powerful commercial (as seen above) that celebrates Kaepernick and other athletes while also commemorating the 30th anniversary of its “Just Do It” ad campaign.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  commercials 
september 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James says he 'stands with Nike' in reference to Colin Kaepernick
NEW YORK -- Clutching his young daughter in his arms, LeBron James said on Tuesday that he "stands with Nike," a clear reference to the company's Colin Kaepernick ad campaign.
The basketball superstar -- and new Los Angeles Laker -- made the remarks as he received an award for both his style and his philanthropy, from Harlem's Fashion Row. The fashion collective partnered with Nike for the New York event, both a fashion show and an awards ceremony that focused on diversity in the fashion world.
Closing his remarks, he said he stood "for anybody who believes in change." He added: "I stand with Nike, all day, every day."
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  lebron  basketball  lakers 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Nike Returns to Familiar Strategy With Kaepernick Ad Campaign - The New York Times
Nike has long relied on controversy in marketing an image of edgy youthfulness. The company had Charles Barkley declare that he was not a role model and Tiger Woods remind people that some country clubs would turn him away because of his skin color. It dressed the tennis player Andre Agassi in jean shorts.
This week Nike returned to that tradition, revealing Colin Kaepernick, the polarizing former N.F.L. quarterback, as a face of a major new marketing campaign honoring the 30th anniversary of its iconic “Just Do It” slogan, a move that may prove to be its most controversial yet.
In an era rife with divisive political discourse, most major public companies try to avoid taking stances that could make customers angry, particularly when rabid social media campaigns can cast any decision into a larger social statement. Yet Nike has signed Mr. Kaepernick, perhaps the most divisive American athlete of his generation, to a lucrative new contract and will produce branded apparel with his name and image.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  nytimes 
september 2018 by rgl7194
The Deafening Silence of Colin Kaepernick - The New York Times
The former star is using social media savvy, and a total lack of interviews, to control the narrative of protests in the N.F.L.
A tall, unemployed man took his niece to see Serena and Venus Williams play each other at the United States Open on Friday of last week. The man, a free-agent football player clad in a simple black T-shirt, was briefly shown on the video board at Arthur Ashe Stadium to thunderous applause from the crowd. His response was little more than a smile, enough to light up social media with messages of support.
On Monday, the same player shared on Twitter a new advertisement by Nike featuring a close-up of his face and nine words of type that, while drawing acclaim from many, also drove other people to social media to post photos of themselves destroying their Nike gear.
Such is life for Colin Kaepernick, a hero to some and a pariah to others, who has become one of the most influential athletes in the current sports landscape, all while rarely saying a word.
advertising  football  footwear  kaep  politics  protest  racism  nytimes  social_media 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Colin Kaepernick Has New Deal with Nike
Colin Kaepernick has a new deal with Nike, even without having a job in the NFL.
Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, made the announcement on Twitter, calling the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback an “All American Icon” and crediting attorney Ben Meiselas for getting the deal done. Kaepernick also posted a Nike ad featuring his face and wrote: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. (Hashtag) JustDoIt”
Kudos to @Nike who realized @Kaepernick7 is an All American icon Proud and humbled to have @meiselasb help to get this done https://t.co/fHKyRSNsU2
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) September 3, 2018
football  protest  politics  kaep  footwear  advertising  money  racism  twitter 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Colin Kaepernick's Nike Deal Prompts Flurry of Debate - Bloomberg
(AP) -- An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.
The deal unveiled by Nike and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company's clothes and sneakers — even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.
Others pushed back, saying the backlash against Nike showed the polarizing debate has morphed well beyond whether NFL players should be allowed to demonstrate for social causes while the national anthem plays in stadiums before games.
The league itself weighed in Tuesday afternoon with an executive saying the social issues Kaepernick has raised are valid.
football  protest  politics  kaep  footwear  advertising  money  racism 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Nike Re-Signs Colin Kaepernick to Endorsement Deal
The AP:
Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Nike hasn’t officially announced the contract.
The person said Nike will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards, television commercials and online ads. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity, the person said. The deal puts Kaepernick in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike.
The NFL painted itself into the wrong corner on this issue.
football  protest  politics  kaep  footwear  advertising  money  daring_fireball  racism 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Colin Kaepernick Is Not Going Away - The New York Times
Proving that a team or a league colluded to keep a player off the field has been difficult over the years.
“Smoking gun” documents that show owners acted in a coordinated way are rare. Aggrieved players have a hard time proving teams deliberately passed them over in favor of less talented alternatives because teams hire and fire players for subjective reasons all the time, and are well within their rights to do so.
Then there is the case against the N.F.L. brought by Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who has accused the league’s owners of snubbing him because of his decision to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
football  protest  legal  politics  nytimes  kaep  racism 
september 2018 by rgl7194
Campaign Launched To Get “American Idiot” At No. 1 For Trump’s UK Visit | News | Consequence of Sound
"Let's give him the welcome he deserves"
Green Day’s Grammy-nominated hit “American Idiot” is currently working itself back into the top of the British music charts — 14 years after its initial release. The track’s revival is all part of a campaign protesting President Donald Trump, who is scheduled to visit England for the first time this Friday, July 13th.
British protestors have been furiously downloading and streaming the 2004 single since last week with the hopes that “American Idiot” will be No. 1 just in time for Trump’s touchdown. “Let’s give him the welcome he deserves,” social media accounts for the campaign wrote, adding, “We’re doing this for the amusement as it WILL annoy him.” (And we all know man-child POTUS loves his tantrums.) As of July 6th, the song reportedly had already topped the British charts over on Amazon.
music  alt_rock  uk  trump  politics  gov2.0  protest 
july 2018 by rgl7194
Eddie Vedder’s Wife Wears “Yes We All Care. Y Don’t U?” Jacket | Consequence of Sound
Jill Vedder modeled the jacket during the band's concert in Milan
This week, First Lady Melania Trump caused a stir when she wore a jacket saying, “I Really Don’t Care. Do U?”, while visiting children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. A representative for the first lady initially contended that it was “just a jacket. There was no hidden message.” Her husband said otherwise.
Whatever the case, opponents of Trump and his no-tolerance immigration policy have begun to repurpose the jacket in a form of protest. Last night, during Pearl Jam’s concert in Milan, Italy, Eddie Vedder’s wife, Jill, modeled a jacket saying, “Yes We All Care. Y Don’t U?”.
music  concert  fashion  pj  protest  politics  trump  immigration 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Kaepernick collusion case proving that teams viewed him as a starting quarterback – ProFootballTalk
Remember when quarterback Colin Kaepernick initially went unsigned after becoming a free agent in March 2017? Remember the false and overstated concerns that were being pushed to justify the position that he was unemployed for football reasons? Remember when some said that was all a bunch of crap?
As it turns out, it was.
football  kaep  protest  politics  racism 
june 2018 by rgl7194
Former Rams DE Chris Long rips NFL’s anthem policy: ‘This is not patriotism’ | Rams Wire
The NFL announced a new policy on national anthem protests on Wednesday, prohibiting players and personnel from kneeling or disrespecting the flag. Players are permitted to stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem if they wish, but anyone who does not “stand and show respect for the flag and the anthem” will be subject to discipline from the league.
Statement from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell pic.twitter.com/1Vn7orTo1R
— NFL (@NFL) May 23, 2018
The policy has been met with great criticism from players, and former Rams defensive end Chris Long is among them. He issued the following statement, saying “this is not patriotism.”
pic.twitter.com/xS5Q9ibYrV
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) May 23, 2018
Long has been a vocal and proactive player in the community, highlighted by donating his salary last season to charity and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro after the Super Bowl to support a clean water movement in Africa.
While preparing for his season second the Eagles, Long plans to continue creating change with his platform in the NFL.
football  rams  politics  twitter  protest  chris_long 
may 2018 by rgl7194
Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma González and Alex Wind Is on the 2018 TIME 100 List | Time.com
America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives. And then—even as no developed country endures a homicide rate like ours, a difference explained largely by pervasive accessibility to guns; even as the majority of gun owners support commonsense reforms—the political debate spirals into acrimony and paralysis.
This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account.
The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists or big budgets for attack ads that their opponents do. Most of them can’t even vote yet.
But they have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom.
The power to insist that America can be better.
obama  politics  guns  teenager  high_school  writing  protest 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Barack Obama on the Parkland Students
Barack Obama, writing for Time magazine’s “Most Influential People of 2018” on Parkland, Florida students Cameron Kasky, Jaclyn Corin, David Hogg, Emma González, and Alex Wind:
America’s response to mass shootings has long followed a predictable pattern. We mourn. Offer thoughts and prayers. Speculate about the motives. And then — even as no developed country endures a homicide rate like ours, a difference explained largely by pervasive accessibility to guns; even as the majority of gun owners support commonsense reforms — the political debate spirals into acrimony and paralysis.
This time, something different is happening. This time, our children are calling us to account.
The Parkland, Fla., students don’t have the kind of lobbyists or big budgets for attack ads that their opponents do. Most of them can’t even vote yet.
But they have the power so often inherent in youth: to see the world anew; to reject the old constraints, outdated conventions and cowardice too often dressed up as wisdom.
The power to insist that America can be better.
He has such a distinct writing style — I can hear his voice as I read his words.
obama  politics  guns  teenager  high_school  writing  protest  daring_fireball 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Gun Policy Is Already Changing In The Wake Of Parkland | FiveThirtyEight
After a shooter killed 17 people in a school in Parkland, Florida, last month, the political question dominating public discussion was whether the event would result in any policy changes that were backed by gun control advocates. In the past, outrage spurred by mass shootings has often been met by inaction in Congress and state legislatures.
But this time has been different — and not just in terms of how much pro-gun control activism it has sparked, including last week’s March for Our Lives. Since the Parkland shooting, a slew of gun control measures have been adopted at the local, state and federal level, while the private sector has moved to make guns less available, and some proposals to expand gun rights have been stalled. Although most of these changes are fairly limited in scope and fall far short of gun control advocates’ goals, they represent a shift in momentum from expanding gun rights to constricting them.
Here are the biggest developments.
guns  activism  protest  high_school  teenager  politics  gov2.0  538 
april 2018 by rgl7194
The Impossible Cool. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
“I’m not sorry. I will never be sorry. I would do everything I did again if I had to. Everything.” 
impossible_cool  africa  protest  activism  mandela  photography  quotes  racism  politics  gov2.0 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Generation "No More B.S." - After The Millennials
“What do you call them?”, I am often asked. I still usually refer to the next generation as just post-millennials, Centennials or Generation Z, but I understand why many feel a need to give them a more directed name. In fact, I once attended an unbelievably pricey conference in NYC which was devoted entirely to finding a name for this generation. At this event someone in the audience blurted out “Generation Transparent”. The suggestion stuck with me. Growing up in the Information Age is a mixed blessing for this generation. What used to be shielded behind a veil of privacy has defaulted into the public domain. Our kids live in permanent display. On the one hand, parents and other authority figures are always just a phone tap, friend request or geotag away – always ready to step in to assist in when any decision has to be made. On the other, it’s a terrible time to try to gaslight young people with false narratives about how the world works. Pressuring them to adopting ideas they may find antiquated. Or to resort to thoughts and prayers whenever they feel more systemic actions are needed. In the information age the world can no longer be hidden from those who are stepping up to inherit it.
gen_z  politics  guns  activism  protest  gov2.0 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Jesse Hughes apologizes for criticizing student protestors | Consequence of Sound
Eagles of Death Metal frontman criticized student protestors as "disgusting vile abusers of the dead"
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes has apologized for recent comments in which he criticized the student-led protests against gun violence and their calls for increased gun regulation. “May everyone of these disgusting vile abusers of the dead live as long as possible so they can have the maximum amount of time to endure their shame,” he said in part, “and be Cursed.”
In a video apology posted to Instagram on Saturday, Hughes said he he intended to make a statement “about the hijacking by any side of the aisle of the beautiful agenda of a movement of our nation’s youth,” but it “came off seeming like a mean-spirited and personal attack and slight of the youth themselves.”
gov2.0  guns  lanegan  music  politics  protest  instagram 
april 2018 by rgl7194
Mark Lanegan to Jesse Hughes: “It fucks my heart to see how far off the rails you’ve gone” | Consequence of Sound
The Eagles of Death Metal frontman recently criticized the student activists calling for gun regulation
Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes drew harsh blow back from fans earlier this week when he criticized the teens behind the March for Our Lives movement. “May everyone of these disgusting vile abusers of the dead live as long as possible so they can have the maximum amount of time to endure their shame,” he said in part, “and be Cursed.” Now, one of his close friends and fellow musician, Mark Lanegan, has also voiced his disappointment over Hughes’ remarks.
In a since deleted tweet (via NME), Lanegan addressed Hughes directly. “When I think of the goods times we’ve had in the past, it fucks my heart to see how far off the rails you’ve gone,” Lanegan wrote. “Come back bro.”
gov2.0  guns  lanegan  music  politics  protest  twitter 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Why the March for Our Lives Might Be a March for the Ages - WhoWhatWhy
“Beware, the Voters Are Coming.”
We all know the story. On Valentine’s Day, an expelled 19-year-old returned to his old school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, and, armed with an AR-15 assault rifle, killed three teachers and 14 students.
Many Stoneman students found politicians’ offers of “thoughts and prayers” wholly inadequate, and vowed to lobby and organize to get meaningful gun control laws passed at both the state and federal levels.
Their efforts sparked student walkouts throughout the country, and mobilized hundreds of thousands of students last Saturday in more than 800 marches in Washington, DC and throughout the US and the world.
It is difficult to know whether Saturday’s March for Our Lives will prove to be a “watershed” event in American history. But what is known, even now, is that not since perhaps the Vietnam War has one issue so galvanized a generation. Here are four takeaways...
activism  gov2.0  guns  politics  protest  schools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Pope Francis tells young people not to let adults silence them | New York Post
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis, starting Holy Week services leading to Easter, urged young people on Sunday to keep shouting and not allow the older generations to silence their voices or anesthetize their idealism.
Francis spoke a day after hundreds of thousands of young Americans and their supporters answered a call to action from survivors of last month’s Florida high school massacre and rallied across the United States to demand tighter gun laws. He did not mention the demonstrations.
The 81-year-old Roman Catholic leader led a long and solemn Palm Sunday service before tens of thousands in St. Peter’s Square, many of them young people there for the Catholic Church’s World Day of Youth.
pope  religion  church  children  teenager  protest 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Mark Lanegan Reveals Why Jesse Hughes Has 'Gone Off The Rails' - AlternativeNation.net
Former Queens of the Stone Age and Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan criticized Eagles of Death Metal frontman Jesse Hughes for criticizing the March For Our Lives gun control rally on Twitter.
Lanegan tweeted Hughes, “@jesseEODM. When I think of the good times we’ve had in the past it fucks my heart to see how far off the rails you’ve gone. Come back bro.”
See the tweet and Hughes’ pro second amendment comments he posted over the weekend below.
@jesseEODM. When I think of the good times we've had in the past it fucks my heart to see how far off the rails you've gone. Come back bro
— mark lanegan (@marklanegan) March 26, 2018
music  twitter  protest  gov2.0  politics  guns  lanegan 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Pussy Riot protest Putin’s victory with new song, “ELECTIONS” | Consequence of Sound
Proclaim the protest punks, "You should not be deceived, this event on 18th of March is not elections"
Sunday saw Vladimir Putin win another six years as Russia’s president thanks to what we’re sure was a completely legitimate execution of democracy. As predictable as his victory was, it’s equally unsurprising that one of his most vocal opponents, the political punks Pussy Riot, had a song and video ready for release as soon as the results were announced.
punk_rock  russia  music  video  election  protest  activism 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Paul McCartney participates in March For Our Lives: “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence” | Consequence of Sound
The former Beatle marched in remembrance of his former bandmate, John Lennon
Today, hundreds of thousands of people from all over the US took to the streets to protest gun violence and to call for stricter gun control measures. Among those who participated in the New York City March For Our Lives was Sir Paul McCartney.
The former Beatle knows first hand the impact of gun violence, as his bandmate John Lennon was assassinated by a gunman in 1980. “One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it’s important to me,” he explained in an interview with CNN.
"One of my best friends was killed in gun violence right around here, so it's important to me," says Paul McCartney, remembering his Beatles bandmate John Lennon at the March for Our Lives in New York City https://t.co/u4aBKWC1Jb pic.twitter.com/8Jnjn8A3xH
— CNN (@CNN) March 24, 2018
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march 2018 by rgl7194
Photos From the "March for Our Lives" - The Atlantic
Spurred into action after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last month, hundreds of thousands of Americans are taking to the streets today in hundreds of coordinated protests, calling for legislators to address school safety and gun violence. More than 800 March for Our Lives events are planned across the United States and around the world. Gathered here, images from rallies overseas and across the United States.
photography  in_focus  guns  gov2.0  politics  protest  activism  schools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
School Walkout Against Gun Violence: In Photos - The Atlantic
Across the United States today, students participated in walkouts, staging demonstrations to protest gun violence one month after the deadly shooting in a Florida high school. Organizers said as many as 3,000 walkouts were planned, as young people gathered outside their schools, gave speeches, or took to the streets, increasing pressure on lawmakers to tighten gun control and increase school safety. In Washington, D.C., thousands gathered to observe 17 minutes of silence in honor of the 17 victims of the Florida shooting.
guns  politics  protest  activism  schools  trump  gov2.0  photography  in_focus 
march 2018 by rgl7194
‘Black-ish’ Political Episode Canceled Over ‘Creative Differences’ – Variety
ABC has indefinitely shelved a politically and socially themed episode of “Black-ish” as a result of creative differences with showrunner Kenya Barris. The network has no plan at this time to air the episode or make it available through other forms of distribution.
Titled “Please, Baby, Please,” the episode was originally set to air Feb. 27. ABC revealed in a scheduling announcement on Feb. 22 that the episode would be replaced with a rerun of the single-camera family comedy, but did not provide any additional detail at that time about why the change had been made or when “Please, Baby, Please” would air.
“One of the things that has always made ‘Black-ish’ so special is how it deftly examines delicate social issues in a way that simultaneously entertains and educates,” an ABC spokesperson told Variety on Friday. “However, on this episode, there were creative differences we were unable to resolve.”
tv  football  protest  politics  racism  gov2.0 
march 2018 by rgl7194
LeBron James, Laura Ingraham, and the Vocal NBA - The Atlantic
The outspoken athlete is at the vanguard of a league that has encouraged free expression more than most.
When Laura Ingraham of Fox News recommended that LeBron James and Kevin Durant “shut up and dribble” earlier this month, she conjured the standard, insidious argument that athletes should stick to sports. Her remark came in response to an interview with ESPN’s Cari Champion, in which the two basketball stars discussed social inequality and the country’s political divisions. In it, James said of Trump, “The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really don’t give a fuck about the people.”
basketball  lebron  protest  gov2.0  politics  trump  racism 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Pizza Hut replaces Papa John's as the NFL's official sponsor
The NFL reached a multiyear agreement with Pizza Hut to become the league's official pizza sponsor, one day after Papa John's and the NFL mutually agreed to part ways in their sponsorship agreement.
The league's deal with Pizza Hut is for four years and is worth more than the Papa John's deal, a source familiar with the agreement told CNN. The agreement gives Pizza Hut, which is owned by Yum Brands, an array of exclusive marketing rights.
The agreement with Pizza Hut runs through the 2021 season. The Papa John's deal was contracted to run through the 2020 season before it ended early.
football  pizza  business  advertising  protest 
february 2018 by rgl7194
NFL signs with Pizza Hut, ditches Papa John's | Daily Mail Online
The NFL announced a new sponsorship deal with Pizza Hut on Wednesday
On Tuesday, the NFL and Papa John's announced their mutual decision to end their sponsorship arrangement, which became strained after now-former CEO John Schnatter's criticized the league's response to players' protests  
Papa John's will continue its football marketing efforts on the local level with 22 of the league's 32 teams and as well as some star players
Papa John's stock dropped 12% after Schnatter spoke out against the league
Schnatter blamed diminished sales on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling in protest over inequality and police brutality against minorities
Pizza Hut did not waste any time becoming the official pizza of the NFL. Less than a day after the league ended its sponsorship deal with Papa John's, Pizza Hut signed its own agreement with the NFL
Less than a day after the NFL ended its sponsorship agreement with Papa John's, rival Pizza Hut swooped in and signed its own deal with the league on Wednesday.
Financial terms of the deal were not revealed, but ESPN is reporting that the contract runs past the original Papa John's deal, which was set to expire after the 2020 season.
football  pizza  business  advertising  protest 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Papa John's, NFL end league sponsorship deal
Papa John's is no longer the official pizza of the NFL.
In a joint statement Tuesday, the pizza company and the league said they have made a mutual decision to end their official league sponsorship, a little less than four months after former CEO John Schnatter blamed national-anthem protests for declining sales.
However, new CEO Steve Ritchie said on an earnings call Tuesday that Papa John's will continue to play a role on NFL game days. Papa John’s still has team partnerships with more than 20 NFL franchises, although the company will no longer be allowed to use team or league logos or use the Super Bowl in promotions.
football  pizza  business  advertising  protest 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Papa John's will no longer be an official sponsor of the NFL
NEW YORK (AP) — Papa John's is ending its recently stormy role as an official sponsor of the NFL.
Officials at the pizza chain said Tuesday that the two sides agreed to end the relationship, which became strained last year when its founder John Schnatter criticized NFL leadership over national anthem protests by players.
But the company based in Louisville, Kentucky, is not divorcing itself from the league altogether. It says instead it will focus its football marketing efforts on 22 of the league's 32 teams and its star players.
Schnatter blamed slowing sales growth at Papa John's on the outcry surrounding football players kneeling during the national anthem. The company later apologized for the remarks and Schnatter stepped down as CEO at the end of last year.
football  pizza  business  advertising  protest 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Papa John’s, Mother NFL divorcing – ProFootballTalk
The NFL will soon be looking for a new official pizza.
Via Charles Gasparino of FOX Business Network, Papa John’s is unlikely to retain that title. An announcement is expected during a Tuesday earnings call.
During a November earnings call, former Papa John’s CEO John Schnatter blamed the NFL for declining sales, criticizing the league for its handling of the anthem controversy. Some NFL owners believe that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who has a stake in more than 100 Papa John’s locations, cajoled Schnatter into making the public attack on the league.
Schnatter has since stepped down, and the divorce between Papa John’s and Mother NFL is about to happen.
football  pizza  business  advertising  protest 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Marcus Peters’ Kneeling During National Anthem Was Factor in Trade Away From Kansas City | The Big Lead
Marcus Peters, an all-pro cornerback who just turned 25 years old and has 19 career interceptions, will be traded to the Los Angeles Rams at the start of the league year, according to multiple reports.
Marcus Peters to LA Rams trade is now officially agreed to, per source; cannot be processed until March 14. But Peters expected to be a Ram.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 23, 2018
That trade comes at the end of a volatile season for Marcus Peters in Kansas City. He was in the center of a melee at Oakland (his hometown) where he hit Derek Carr, and several players rushed in, and it appeared his friend Marshawn Lynch came off the bench to protect him and got ejected and suspended. He threw a penalty flag in the stands and walked off the field in a game against the Jets. That resulted in the team issuing a one-game suspension to Peters.
football  rams  trade  twitter  protest 
february 2018 by rgl7194
We’ve had the same debate over teen activism since the civil rights era.
For decades, we’ve been replaying the same absurd partisan debate over whether to take high school activism seriously.
The right is coming for the Parkland activists. First, we got the standard-issue accusations that the Florida kids who are walking out of school, tweeting, and organizing a march on Washington from their parents’ living rooms are professional protesters or brainwashed tools of the liberal establishment. Next, Ben Shapiro wrote a less conspiracy-minded, more ideologically complete articulation of right-wing objections to the young survivor-activists in the National Review. Kids, Shapiro argued, are not “fully rational actors. They’re not capable of exercising supreme responsibilities. And we shouldn’t be treating innocence as a political asset used to push the agenda of more sophisticated players.”
protest  gov2.0  guns  politics  schools  teenager  racism 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Lefsetz Letter » Blog Archive » Student Gun Protests
Can’t start a fire without a spark
And all this time we were waiting for the musicians to lead.
Illustrating not only the vacuity of the “artists,” but the lack of impact of their wares.
In the sixties and seventies, even up into the eighties and nineties, the culture was driven by music.
And for the last twenty years it’s been driven by tech.
Now it’s driven by politics.
gov2.0  guns  politics  protest  schools  teenager  lefsetz 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Past vs the Future – Om Malik
The student protests in the wake of the Florida shooting are a sign of something bigger. Bob Lefsetz says it is about the “frustration with the status quo, the youth of this country are fed up with the expedience of their elders, who’ve sold out to their pocketbooks.”I couldn’t agree more. As I tweeted last night, “the response to this tragic event encapsulates the great struggles of our time: old men hanging onto a past that does not exist & a new generation that is fighting for a future it wants to build.” I am betting on the future, and thus I am with the youth of the country., We need to build a world for them, not for those hesitant to embrace change.
gov2.0  guns  politics  protest  schools  teenager 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Florida Gun Control Protests in Photos - The Atlantic
A week after 17 people were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, teenagers across South Florida, in areas near Washington, D.C., and in other parts of the United States walked out of their classrooms to stage protests against the horror of school shootings and to advocate for gun law reforms. Student survivors of the attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School traveled to their state Capitol to attend a rally, meet with legislators, and urge them to do anything they can to make their lives safer. These teenagers are speaking clearly for themselves on social media, speaking loudly to the media, and they are speaking straight to those in power—challenging lawmakers to end the bloodshed with their “#NeverAgain” movement.
guns  gov2.0  politics  schools  protest  photography  in_focus  teenager 
february 2018 by rgl7194
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