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Petition to USL Birmingham - Ownership Group

Honor the history of the Birmingham Hammers - Name the new USL club for them

In 2013, two men had a couple of beers at a local brewery and began to dream about watching a local soccer team in the Magic City. Not long after that night, the dream became a business plan. And the two men became a group of five owners. A few weeks later, that business idea had a logo, and the owners hosted a couple of match-viewing parties at local bars. They even sponsored a friendly match or two between two southern teams. Before long, that new logo had a supporter’s group of men and women called the Magic City Brigade that believed in the vision that Birmingham would one day have their own soccer club. And just about 2 years after those first beers, the ownership group announced that the Birmingham Hammers would form a team and hold an exhibition season. Between 2015 and 2017 – the Birmingham Hammers would hire a couple of coaching staffs, train hundreds of players, and play approximately 30 matches, all while growing their fanbase from a few hundred to a few thousand. Children and adults alike purchased jerseys, hats, socks, and scarves. Songs were sung from the stands. Goals were scored. Yellow cards were issued. Blood was drawn, injuries were suffered, and jubilation after victory was felt by many. This is the story of the Birmingham Hammers. You see, it’s not just a story about a couple of guys over a few beers creating something from nothing. It’s much more nuanced than that. It’s a story about a supporters group dedicating many hours to the hope that soccer would come alive in Birmingham. It’s the story about thousands of fans investing their hard-earned money into the idea that Birmingham would one day have a professional club. It’s the story about hundreds of prospective players putting their talent on display and their health on the line for a soccer club, for a city. It’s the story of many coaches sacrificing their time with work or family to be on the soccer pitch five nights a week. The Birmingham Hammers were a grassroots, local movement in every respect of the meaning. The Birmingham Hammers aren’t just a soccer club. They are Birmingham itself. And now that Birmingham has been granted a USL franchise, the new club has to decide what their new name will be. It’s quite possible, like many recently announced professional clubs around the country, that the new USL-Birmingham ownership group is considering a simplified, generic, Euro-centric club name like “FC Birmingham”. But that’s not us! That’s not what built the foundation for professional soccer in our city. The Hammers built that foundation and I believe our new USL club should respect that history. We urge the new USL Birmingham Franchise to SUPPORT LOCAL SOCCER! If you believe that the new USL-Birmingham franchise should honor the history and accomplishments of the Birmingham Hammers by keeping the name of the original club, please consider signing this petition and sharing it with your fellow-soccer fans. With enough signatures, the new USL ownership group will see just how important the Hammers were and still are to all of us. Thanks for your support!

Scott Crawford
278 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to City of Detroit, Michigan, State of Michigan

Citizens Against the Grand Prix on Belle Isle

We believe that it's time to pull the plug on the Detroit Grand Prix event on Belle Isle.  Before bankruptcy, the City could not afford to properly maintain the Island, so offers by the Grand Prix to run the race there in exchange for making "improvements" might have made some sense.  Now that the State of Michigan has taken over and has made Belle Isle a State Park, the time has come to allow the Island to be used as it was intended - as a nature and recreational park to be used by all people, year round.  This current year, the Grand Prix began setting up 8 weeks before the race.  That means concrete barriers inhibiting access to the riverfront, blocking bike lanes, etc.  When you include the weeks afterward to dismantile it and clean up, this means the island is essentially monopolized by the race people for the better part of three months.  This is prime park season, with public access impeded to the river, and most public gathering places in the half of the Island where the race course exists.  The fact that an immense portion of the island near the Fountain and Casino has been encased in concrete - creating a gigantic parking lot - to serve the purposes of the race organizers, is a permanent blot and eyesore on the face of the island.  It's time to say no to the rich and powerful who have taken over the island, and return it back to the people.  Move the Grand Prix somewhere else - get it off Belle Isle.

David Martin
418 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Mark Emmert, L. Jay Lemons, NCAA

Dear NCAA: My Mom Is a Rape Survivor and You Can Help

My mother and I are asking the NCAA to ban violent athletes. Please read my letter and sign our petition. Let the NCAA know that sports are NOT more important than human lives! Dear NCAA, My name is Darius Adams. I’m the son of Brenda Tracy who is a public rape survivor. It was 2010 when my mom first told me that she was raped. I was 17. We were sitting in our car in our driveway. I remember it because it was a life-changing moment for me. She didn’t tell me because she wanted to. She told me because she had to. She was trying to save my life. I was out of control at the time. I was angry and broken and I didn’t care if I lived or not. I remember her crying and struggling to get the words out “I was raped.” She apologized to me over and over and asked me not to hate her. “Please don’t be ashamed of me. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” I still can’t understand why she was apologizing to me, but after that talk, I started to see her as a different person. I saw her as someone who had been hurt, and she was just doing the best she could as a single mother with two kids. It was then that I began to turn my life around — mostly for myself, but also for my mom. I wanted her to be proud of me. I wanted to make sure that what she went through and all the sacrifices she made for me and my brother were not in vain. It was 2014 when my mother went public with her story. I wasn’t prepared. She hadn’t told me the details in 2010, but now every ugly detail was on the internet in an article by John Canzano at the Oregonian. To this day, I haven’t read it all. I can’t. I just can’t. What I do know is that my mom was drugged and gang-raped by four football players in 1998. I know that Oregon State University gave two of them 25 hours community service and Coach Mike Riley gave them a one-game suspension. I know that the police threw away her rape kit and the DA lied to her about her case. I know that Oregon State cared more about football and money than my mom. I know that my mom wanted to kill herself, and I know that she almost did. And all because other people decided that football, money and reputation was more important than me and my brother having a mother. I was scared when the article first came out. I didn’t know how people would react to us. Would they attack my mom? Would they say terrible things about her? Would I have to defend her? And what would I say? But a great thing happened. People reached out to us and they supported us. They expressed their love and gratitude for my mom coming forward and being brave enough to tell her story. I was proud of her. It was the first time I saw her happy. It was like a huge weight had been lifted off of her. I’ve heard her say more than one time, “I walked out of my prison of shame and silence that day,” and she did. I could see it. Ever since then my mom has worked hard to help others. She’s passed five laws in Oregon. She’s won numerous awards. We just went to Washington, DC where she received the National Service Courage Award from the United States Attorney General. She also changed a Pac 12 rule so that athletes with serious misconduct issues can’t transfer into our conference. She’s my hero. And that’s why I’m writing to you. I’m a college athlete, and I watch ESPN religiously. There’s a serious problem in sports. We don’t take sexual violence seriously enough. Seventeen years ago Coach Mike Riley suspended the men that hurt my mom for one game and just yesterday I saw the story about Baylor. Nothing has changed. Schools are still more worried about money and football than people’s lives. I’m a grown man now. I would never hurt a woman that way and I know that most men wouldn’t. Why are we protecting this small group of men? Why are we allowing them to destroy people’s lives? All of these victims have families and they get hurt too. I’m still dealing with what happened to my mom. We need to do something right now, and I think it starts with the NCAA creating a policy that bans violent athletes. Enough is enough. It’s been 17 years and nothing has changed. How many more years do we have to wait for something to happen? As the NCAA you have authority over many schools. YOU can change this. These schools have proven that they are not going to do the right thing. I believe it is your responsibility to step in. And please don’t do it for me or my mom. Do it because it’s the right thing to do. Sincerely, Darius Adams

Darius Adams
177,693 supporters