Two days until Exeter Chiefs' members vote on the branding: we need to keep up the momentum!
Nov 22, 2021 —
This Wednesday, 24th November at their Annual General Meeting, Exeter Chiefs will put the issue of their branding to a vote by the Club’s members. It is clear that this cannot be seen as a vote on whether the branding is offensive and harmful or not - lots of Indigenous peoples have said it is and lots of scientific studies show it has negative impacts - but rather it is a vote on whether the club deals with this now or continues to face ever-increasing objections for years to come, so it's important that we keep up the pressure and the noise surrounding the topic so it is impossible to ignore.
Recent pressure on the Club has included a phenomenally powerful letter addressed directly to Exeter Chiefs from the National Congress of American Indians - the largest, oldest, and most representative body of Indigenous Peoples in the United States. The letter asks for Exeter Chiefs to retire all ‘Native themed’ branding.
Whilst it seems like there is surely no ignoring those calls, we still need to keep up the pace.
What can you do to help keep up the momentum?
1) Contact the club: Make your voice heard and email the club ahead of the AGM: Info@exeterchiefs.co.uk;
2) Visit our website and share links to useful resources: www.exchiefs4change.org has answers to any questions you may have about the campaign, the story so far, and - most importantly - why it is we are calling for this change. Share this far and wide.- Read and share the incredibly powerful letter from the National Congress of American Indians directly to Exeter Chiefs, and the media interviews with Indigenous people in the UK directly affected by the branding - all available on our website and socials- Follow our Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram where we share resources and information from Indigenous voices.
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