The pressure to have Washington NFL Team Change Its Racist Name Comes to team’s doorstep
WASHINGTON – Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement, will be among the guest speakers outside FedEx Field on Sunday, December 28, 2014 for the “Change the Name” march and rally as the movement moves to Washington NFL team’s doorstep.
Bellecourt, 78, has fought the for name change of team for decades. He has appeared other anti-mascot protests this year in Minneapolis and Santa Clara, California.
Several other speakers will be on hand on the final home game of the 2014 season for the Washington team. Among the others are: Henry Boucha, former NHL player and Olympic silver medalist and Spike Moss, Civil Rights activist known for his work against police treatment of African Americans.
Participants should gather at the staging area at the Jericho City of Praise Parking Lot on Arena Drive outside of FedEx Field (see map).
Chief Billy Tayac will offer an opening prayer and an American Indian Movement song will be offered by Crow Bellecourt at 10:00 a.m. The march begins at 10:30 a.m.
Speeches will begin approximately at 12:00 noon.
The National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media and Not Your Mascots are supported by the National Congress of American Indians, the Oneida Nation’s Change the Mascot, the American Indian Movement and the National Indian Gaming Association.
Everyone interested in fighting injustice is welcome to join in the march and rally to call for the end of derogatory mascots and images. This is an issue for all that consider themselves anti-racists.