A broad coalition of national racial and social justice organizations, led by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, recently sent a letter to National Football League(NFL) Commissioner Roger Goodell requesting a meeting to address how the League can meaningfully respond to the police shooting crisis and other racial disparities infecting the criminal justice system.
The request for a meeting came days after U.S. President Donald J. Trump continued to attack NFL players who have peacefully chosen to ‘Take a Knee’ to sustain public awareness around the police shooting crisis, and days after the NFL has announced plans to support social justice organizations, in partnership with NFL players.
Seeking to “discuss a set of comprehensive actions the NFL can take to address the issues that lie at the heart of the players’ longstanding protests,” seven human rights advocates are leading the charge to end “systemic racism.”
National organizations that have partnered in this effort, in support of the players’ efforts, include the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP, Campaign Zero, National Urban League, National Action Network, Advancement Project, Gathering for Justice, and the Women’s March.
Deeming the current climate, and period in American history, to be “a critical moment for the NFL to meaningfully contribute to the effort to secure equality for all,” the collective stated it knows “that the NFL has the capacity to address social justice issues in a meaningful way as demonstrated by its work on issues concerning veterans and breast cancer awareness.”
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