Sign the petition: Tell the NCAA: Stand against bigotry and discrimination

Even bigotry is bigger in Texas.

Texas lawmakers have already introduced nine anti-LGBTQ bills this year, including an anti-transgender “bathroom bill,” which would make it illegal for transgender people to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity, and S.B. 651, one of the most extreme Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRA) ever considered by a state.1

We have seen this before. Last year North Carolina passed sweeping anti-LGBTQ regulations with H.B. 2, and more than 79,000 CREDO members took action. Our activism pressured the NCAA and the NBA to pull games from the state, costing North Carolina millions of dollars and showing extremist politicians that when LGBTQ communities are under attack, all of us fight back. Now is the time for these same organizations to show Texas lawmakers that they cannot discriminate against LGBTQ people in Texas with no recourse.

Tell the NCAA: Pledge not to host any NCAA tournament games in Texas or any other state that passes discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws. Click here to sign the petition.

Experts have called the proposed Texas RFRA “breathtaking” in its potential scope. It would allow legal professionals in over 65 licensed occupations to withhold services from LGBTQ and other communities on the basis of “religious freedom.” It would release teachers from their obligation to intervene if an LGBTQ child was being bullied or harassed, permit realtors to refuse to help same-sex couples purchase houses and even allow doctors, EMTs and health care professionals to withhold lifesaving care from LGBTQ patients on account of their gender identity or sexual orientation.2

The NCAA has two women’s Final Four championship events scheduled to be held in Texas on March 31 and April 2. The men’s Final Four is scheduled for San Antonio in 2018, and other games are held annually in Frisco. Texas has a lot at stake here, and the knowledge that the NCAA will stand with the LGBTQ community wherever they are under attack could make right-wing Texas lawmakers consider the huge financial and societal risks of pushing their discriminatory and hateful agenda.

Tell the NCAA: Pledge not to host any NCAA tournament games in Texas or any other state that passes discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws. Click here to sign the petition.

The NCAA has taken stands against bigotry and discrimination in the past. In addition to pulling games out of North Carolina in response to H.B. 2 last year, the NCAA was one of the first organizations to speak out against a similar law in Indiana in 2015. Pressure from the NCAA and other business, civic and sports leaders eventually forced the state to amend the law.3

In 2001, the NCAA banned championship events in South Carolina and Mississippi because the Confederate battle flags flying at the state capitols were misaligned with the values of the organization. And in 2005, the NCAA banned schools from hosting championship events if they have hostile or abusive mascots, most notably Native American caricatures.4

That being said, the NCAA still has a mixed record on its commitment to LGBTQ equality. It has consistently held and scheduled events in Texas and other states that have pushed or passed proactive anti-LGBTQ legislation. Additionally, numerous NCAA member schools have applied for and been granted Title IX exemptions, giving them the right to restrict access to bathrooms, housing and sports based on gender identity.5

Over 20 states across the country have already passed RFRAs. That means that in close to half of the United States, individuals and businesses can discriminate against the LGBTQ community under the false narrative of religious freedom. To protect the nearly half a million student-athletes nationwide, the NCAA should pull its games out of any state in which LGBTQ people are not safe.

Pledging not to host any tournament games in Texas if the state passes discriminatory laws is a crucial first step that will send a powerful message to other states with RFRAs.

Tell the NCAA to pledge not to host any tournament games in Texas or any other state that passes discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws. Click the link below to sign the petition:

https://act.credoaction.com/sign/Texas_NCAA?t=7&akid=21995.2753853.RyU7QT

Thank you for all that you do,

Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

References:
1. Nico Lang, “The new ‘license to discriminate’ bill in Texas may be the most extreme anti-LGBT proposal yet,” Salon, Feb. 15, 2017.
2. Ibid
3. Bryce Covert, “The Backlash Against North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law Is Growing,” Think Progress, Mar. 26, 2016.
4. Ibid
5. Katie Barnes, “While the NCAA disapproves of North Carolina, it perpetuates LGBTQ discrimination elsewhere,” ESPN, Sep. 13, 2016.

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Detroit, March 11: International Working Women’s Day Speak-Out

In celebration of International Working Women’s Day

5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette, Detroit 48202

Sat., March 11, 5:00-8:00pm

Women are in the forefront of every struggle for justice and liberation these days, and there are many of them! Join us to commemorate International Working Women’s Day at a Detroit speakout for women in the struggle. YOUR VOICE COUNTS!!

Stop Trump! Smash patriarchy! Reproductive justice for all women! Fight racism, sexism & fascism! No anti-LGBTQ bigotry! Stop attacks on Muslims & immigrants! Free national health care for all! Stop the pipelines! Defend Standing Rock! Overturn capitalism! For socialist revolution!

Dinner served at 5 p.m. (donation, no one turned away) with speak out following.

Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal/2017/03/05/pan-african-journal-worldwide-radio-broadcast

Listen to this March 4, 2017 edition of the Pan-African Journal: Worldwide Radio Broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/. The program features our regular PANW report with dispatches on the political crisis inside the North African state of Tunisia where German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the country to discuss several bi-lateral initiatives; Egypt is also undergoing economic difficulties amid a visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier in the week; fighting is intensifying in the Middle Eastern state of Iraq around Mosul as reports of a chemical weapons attack by rebels are emerging; and efforts are underway to rekindle diplomatic efforts to end the war in Syria. In the second hour we will present a rebroadcast of Global Research News Hour from Winnipeg, Canada where guest Abayomi Azikiwe discusses the current status of the African American movement in the United States. In the third hour we begin our month-long commemoration of International Women’s History Month with special segments on Harriet Tubman and Mary Church Terrell. http://panafricannews.blogspot.com/

Abayomi Azikiwe: Global dimensions of life and legacy of Malcolm X

http://www.libertyfighters.uk/uk/abayomi-azikiwe-global-dimensions-of-life-and-legacy-of-malcolm-x/

“…The domestic campaigns against racism, sexism and national discrimination must be connected to the antiwar and anti-imperialist movements. There can be no compromise with the Pentagon war machine despite the false promises of jobs and business opportunities made by successive administrations to the people of the U.S. This war budget has drained the resources of the working families for the last half-century or longer. From Vietnam to the present “permanent wars” in the Middle East, Central Asia and the African continent take resources away from solving the social problems which are worsening in America.

In addition, the wars of destruction, occupation and genocide breed greater hatred towards the ruling classes of the various imperialist states in Western Europe and North America. The future of the world cannot realize stability unless the drive for global domination by imperialism is overthrown. Trump’s attacks on people from African and Middle Eastern states are clearly a continuation of the war mongering that has left societies broken with genuine development stifled and reversed.

The awareness and activism of people inside the U.S. must be harnessed into a movement committed to fundamental transformation of the exploitative and oppressive system. Consequently, those who must take leadership in the present conjuncture are the social classes and oppressed nations that have the most to gain from revolutionary change.

These are the issues that we must grapple with in the coming weeks and months. Studying the life and ideas of Malcolm X can shed light on what is needed in 2017 and beyond. Youth, students and intellectuals have to remain engaged in the present era. Let us move forward with the necessary optimism and scientific inquiry and practice required for total victory.”

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