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No Honor In Racism Rally and Twitterstorm Nov 2nd

Here’s a simple action on the issue of mascotism:
Not Your Mascots Inc
Hoopa, CA

Oct 31, 2014 — A Combined group of grassroots efforts will be rallying to TCF Stadium in Minneapolis on Sunday Nov.2, in a collaborative effort to speak out against the use of the culturally offensive mascot and name of The Washington Football team when they play the Minnesota Vikings. Among many of the groups representing are Not your Mascots Inc and The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media.

Not Your Mascots Inc has feet on the ground during both marches, and is spearheading the social media Twitterstorm in support of the protestors attending the rally. Those who are unable to attend the rally in person are asked to show support through social media using both #NotYourMascot and #NoHonorInRacism hashtags. Twitterstorm will follow directly after Thunderclap message is sent, at 9:00 am CST as both marches converge onto University Ave and proceed to the Tribal Nations Plaza at TCF Stadium. There will be one-click tweets available for the supporting Twitterstorm at http://www.notyourmascots.org/2014/10/31/nohonorinracismnotyourmascot-tweets/

What is Thunderclap?
Thunderclap is the first crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together.

How does it work?
If we reach our supporter goal, Thunderclap will blast out a timed Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr post from all our supporters, creating a wave of attention.

Is it safe?
Absolutely! It is a one click setup, and only one message will be sent on your behalf.

Please join the following Social Media Thunderclap via Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr below:

We are a People, Not Your Mascots!
https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/18004-we-are-a-people-notyourmascots

About The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media (www.coalitionagainstracism.org) @NCARSM
https://twitter.com/NCARSM

The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media exists to fight the powerful influence of major media who choose to promulgate messages of oppression. The impetus which formed the NCARSM was the clear case of media coupling imagery with widely held misconceptions of American Indians in the form of sports team identities resulting in racial, cultural, and spiritual stereotyping. The NCARSM was originally formed in October 1989 during the Chief Illiniwek controversy at the University of Illinois. The NCARSM has been reconstituted in June, 2014 in the Twin Cities.

NCARSM, while best known for its front-line demonstrations outside sports stadiums across America has been responsible for an educational effort which has made the issue of racial stereotyping a household discussion. The NCARSM takes a long term view of the struggle against hatred and disrespect. We are in a fight against all cases of racism, and against long ingrained willful and self serving ignorance. We strive towards the elimination of the misrepresentation and abuses of all people in sports and media.

About Not Your Mascots Inc (www.notyourmascots.org) @NotYourMascots
https://twitter.com/NotYourMascots

Not Your Mascots Inc is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to addressing the misappropriation of Indigenous identity and imagery through the acceptance of mascots, stereotypes and racist behaviors as well as the harmful effect that they have on indigenous children and communities. The focus of Not Your Mascots is to address these issues through the utilization of education, social media, as well as community and media outreach.

Not Your Mascots is dedicated to using their educational and advocacy efforts to provide comprehensive solutions towards the eradication of harmful native mascots, stereotypes and cultural misappropriation. They are fully committed to promoting and establishing a common understanding of what it is to truly honor and respect Indigenous people and their culture. Through their efforts, Not Your Mascots hopes to stress the need for cooperation and unity between educational institutions, the media, like-minded organizations and the general public in helping to create a future in which we can all respect and view each other as human beings.

We Are A PEOPLE – Not Your MASCOTS!

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Time to change the Cleveland baseball mascot

It is time to change the mascots of a number of teams. Past time.

The Cleveland baseball team is one of them.

A recent story on Indian Country Today Media Network, based on a report in Deadspin, addresses this question:

A Cleveland Indians fan, painted in redface and donned in a faux Native American headdress, justified his brazen actions Friday afternoon by stating his attire was not racist – just “Cleveland Pride.”

The photo with the story says it all. Check it out.

Here are three responses to the Cleveland mascot.

From Indian Country Today Media Network:

A campaign to remove the image of Chief Wahoo, aptly titled “DeChiefing,” has gained momentum again as the 2014 season launched across the nation.

From Deadspin:

There is a lesson here, and that lesson is: For fuck’s sake, don’t do this.

From the National Congress of American Indians:

Change the Mascot.

Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry has a petition campaign to address the NFL about the Washington football team. Hopefully a similar campaign will address the Cleveland team.

It is time to change. Past time.

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Proud to Be – National Congress of American Indians

It is time to change the names and mascots of a number of teams. It is past time.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities, produced this video.

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The curtain further frays

The Steel Curtain.

Any fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and most fans of the National Football League, knows the name.

First used in 1971, the Steel Curtain refers to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive line during their 1970s dynasty.

Pittsburgh Steelers fans of that generation can name the players. From 1972-1977, four remarkable athletes lined up together:

steelcurtainbanner#78 Dwight White
#63 Ernie Holmes
#75 Joe Greene
#68 L.C. Greenwood

Any discussion of the great defensive lines in NFL history has to include the Steel Curtain. Most discussions conclude that it was the greatest the league has seen.

Over the years, the curtain has frayed.

Ernie Holmes died in a one-car accident on January 17, 2008.

Dwight White died following complications after surgery almost six months later on June 6, 2008.

Today, L.C. Greenwood died of natural causes.

The Steelers drafted Greenwood in 1969, the same draft in which they selected Greene. He made the Pro Bowl six times and was an All-Pro in 1974 and 1975.

Greenwood played on all four of the Steeler teams to win the Super Bowl during the 1970s. He batted down two passes in Super Bowl IX. After the game it was said that when Vikings quarterback threw his helmet at his locker in frustration, Greenwood batted it down. Greenwood was named to the Super Bowl Silver Anniversary Team in 1991 and in 2007 he was named to the Steelers All-Time team.

Greenwood should be in the NFL Hall of Fame. He was a finalist in 2005 and 2006 but was not elected. Eight players from the 1970s grace the Hall. Some say the numbers explain why Greenwood and Donnie Shell and perhaps some others have failed to win election. Hopefully the Seniors Committee will rectify that situation.

While he remains to be inducted into Canton, L.C. Greenwood will remain forever in the hearts of Steelers’ fans.

Thanks for the memories, L.C.

Rest in peace.

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Wow! Thanks Mean Joe!

Pittsburgh_Steelers2The commercial has iconic status.

Joe Greene, hall of fame defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers, limps down a ramp toward the locker room. Battered and weary, he carries his jersey draped over his shoulder.

A child offers asks Joe if he needs help. Joe tries to avoid the child. The child persists, offering Joe his Coke.

Joe accepts. Taking the Coke in his massive hand, he downs it in one gulp.

Joe starts down the ramp. A bit confused, and perhaps disappointed, the child says good-bye and moves toward the stadium.

Joe stops, turns and calls: “Hey kid. Catch.” He tosses his jersey to the child whose eyes go wide as he pulls in the precious jersey. Awe fills his voice as he says: “Wow! Thanks Mean Joe!”

Those of us who inhabit Steelers Nation have said those words many times over the years. Today, they carry special meaning.

When he arrived in Pittsburgh in 1969, people asked “Joe who?” Chuck Noll made a defensive tackle from North Texas State University the fourth pick of the 1969 draft and the first pick of his coaching career. Most folks in Pittsburgh had never heard of the school or of Joe Greene despite his outstanding college career. Joe quickly taught us to know and admire him becoming one of the dominant players of his era and the cornerstone of the Steel Curtain.

The Steelers had never won a championship when Joe arrived. Now six Lombardi Trophies decorate Heinz Field. Joe Greene anchored the defensive line on four championship teams. He served in the front office when the Steelers won the other two.

Fans referred to the “same old Steelers” with an air of resignation when he arrived. Today, a .500 season marks a bitter disappointment.

No one player makes a team. But few players have played such key role in transforming a franchise as Joe Greene did.

He forced offenses to adapt to account for him: double teaming him, triple teaming him, still failing to stop him. He played with a fervor that led by example and raised the play of those around him.

The outstanding North Texas State University defense earned the nickname, “Mean Green.” The name followed Joe to Pittsburgh and stuck to him. “Mean Joe Greene.”

At moments he lived into the nickname, particularly in his early years when the Steelers’ losing seasons frustrated him. He reportedly spat at Dick Butkus in one game. He tossed his helmet into the stands in another. His intensity drew the team together and led others to adopt a similar attitude and match it with their play.

Of course, the fire burned all the years. Late in his career, as the Steelers faced elimination in the playoffs, officials ejected Joe for punching an opponent.

When he retired, for the first time, as a player, he became the defensive line coach under his former head coach Chuck Noll. Noll’s retirement brought speculation that the Steelers might hire Joe as the head coach. It did not happen. This resulted in a second retirement from the Steelers organization. The new coach, Bill Cowher, did not keep Joe on the staff.

Steelers Nation found it hard to watch at times, but Joe spent a few years coaching with the Dolphins and Cardinals. After the Cardinals let him go in 2004, the Steelers created a position for Joe in their scouting and player personnel department.  He served for nine years before retiring for the third, and he says final, time today.

Player. Hall of Famer. Coach. Executive. As Steeler President Art Rooney said:

“There are very few people in the history of the NFL who have had a greater impact on one franchise than Joe Greene has had on the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Wow! Thanks Mean Joe!

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Understanding

Sometimes understanding comes from painful experience.

Sometimes understanding comes after hard work and significant reflection.

Sometimes understanding eludes me.

Sometimes I fail to have even a glimmer of what it is I want to understand.

But sometimes … sometimes … understanding comes in a surprising flash of insight that almost carries a physical impact.

I have started an effort at self-care. Again. I have lost track years ago of how many times I have been down this path.

It involves a change in my food choices, a reduction in the amount I consume, and an increase in activity. This marks the third day. I did not walk as much as I want because of allergy issues, but other than that, all has gone well … until about an hour or so ago.

Cravings for chocolate and chips and crackers and cookies and all sorts of other junk food filled my head. I exchanged some text messages with a friend and that helped. I stayed home and did not wander over to the all too convenient convenience store to buy enough junk food to put the owner’s children through college. Still I felt hungry. To be more precise, I felt that I felt hungry.

Before I could leave, understanding came upon me in an instant.

I had the Steelers game on my computer; I had the BYU – Washington State game on the television.

Football.

When I watch football or when I listen to football or when I do both at the same time, I eat. I eat not because I am hungry but because eating is what I do when following football. All those parties and gatherings through the years have taught me that when the game is on, so is the feed bag.

Tonight that insight has helped me refrain from mindless overeating. Hopefully that insight will serve me will throughout this year’s football season.

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Football is coming

I purchased my NFL Audio Pass tonight.

The Steelers play on Thursday. It is preseason. But it is football.

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