Stand Up for Colin Kaepernick and Social Justice
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NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a brave, principled stand by refusing to stand for the national anthem before games last year as a means of protesting and bringing attention to the social injustice of police brutality and unnecessary, unjustified killings of mostly African Americans at the hands of police. Many NFL teams, either due to the owners' personal feelings on Kaepernick's actions or their fear of fan backlash, have now blacklisted him and refuse to sign him. At least one team owner has publicly said he decided not to sign Kaepernick after his team received a large amount of angry phone calls and emails from people saying they would boycott the team if they signed him.
Sports fans who believe that players should be able to use their first amendment rights to protest what they -- as well as tens of millions of their fellow Americans -- believe to be injustice, without reprisal from team owners, need to make sure that the teams hear from us that we support Kaepernick and very much want to see him signed now so he can play this season.
So if you consider yourself to be one of these fans, please sign this petition and then share it with as many like-minded sports fans as you know. I will send this petition to all 32 NFL teams. And if you are willing to do so, please also personally contact your city's/state's NFL team (or if your city/state doesn't have a team, then whichever team you follow) and let them know you would greatly support them signing Kaepernick. Thank you.
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