The NFL on Wednesday approved a new policy to intercept national anthem protests before they happen, according to the league.
The measure mandates that players who are on the field must stand for the national anthem but can remain in the locker room if they choose.
Teams could be fined by the league if their players sit or kneel, as many have done in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in recent seasons after NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s initial kneeling protest in 2016 earned nationwide attention.
The fining or punishment of players and other personnel would be dictated by the individual teams.
The NFL Players Association criticized the league for failing to consult with the union on the matter.
“Our union will review the new ‘policy’ and challenge any aspect of it that is inconsistent with the collective bargaining agreement,” the union said.
This article originally appeared on Huffpost.
By: Jimmie Sykes
Vic Mensa took the streets of Washington D.C. to perform at the March For Our Lives Rally."
This song is dedicated to Stephon Clark, Decynthia Clements, and all the unarmed black men and women killed by police weapons. Until all of us are free, none of us will be free."
Chicago artist Vic Mensa has never been afraid to speak his mind through his platform. With songs like "We Could be Free", "16 Shots", and "Shades of Blue", it is clear that Vic Mensa will always rise up and speak out. Salute to Mensa for taking it out to the Nation's Capital to perform "We Could Be Free", a track from his latest album The Autobiography.
The March For Our Lives Rally was organized as a national movement to put an end to gun violence. Last month, lone gunman Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people. This sparked national outrage and questioning of the Second Amendment. March For Our Lives is a new rally, but this is something that many people have been calling on for far too long.
Although this rally is a push for tighter gun laws and to put an end to campus shootings, it was also a push for the lives of the black men and women. A push for those lives that were lost to unjust, senseless violence. Keep pushing so hopefully this time around their story will be heard. It is important that the names of the fallen such as Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Decynthia Clements, and Stephon Clark are kept alive. Let the world know that they represent many others who too were lost to gun violence, but not in vein either.
Vic Mensa has always been a favorite of mine for this reason alone. To express social issues as fearless as he does on and off the track means a lot these days. It's like the voice for the voiceless, speaking for people who don't have the opportunity. Mensa backs those black men and women whose lives were cut short due to unjust violence.
"It ain't enough for police to wear body cams, cause n*ggas still getting tazed and body slammed. And cigarettes'll kill you on their own but they'll kill you for a cigarette, I honor Eric Garner fam'."
Vic Mensa- Shades of Blue (2016)
This battle is nothing new for Mensa, he will always be here fighting for the rights of the people. Check out his latest performance in D.C. below.
Two gun control groups, Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, took out a two-page ad in Wednesday’s New York Times listing members of Congress who have accepted donations from the National Rifle Association.
The groups say the members of Congress listed have taken NRA contributions but “refuse to take action” on gun-control measures. The move comes one week after 17 people were fatally shot at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, when a former student went on a rampage with an assault rifle.
YouTube has removed a conspiracy theory video that alleged one of the students who’s been advocating for stricter gun laws in the wake of the shooting is an actor. The action came hours after the tech site Motherboard reported that the video, asserting false claims about David Hogg, was in the top trending videos on YouTube.
The video showed footage from a year-old local CBS news segment in which Hogg was interviewed following a heated argument between a lifeguard and a beach goer. The video was removed because its description violated YouTube policies.
Everyone wants to go see Black Panther, Marvel's latest superhero movie that is set to debut February 16th. The pre-sale tickets have set records and the anticipation is at an unbelievably high level, that's why Little Miss Flint wants to raise money to send less fortunate Michigan kids to the movie.
A number of GoFundMe accounts have been launched as part of the #BlackPantherChallenge in order to raise money for kids in various underprivileged communities around the country to go see the movie in the theater. The latest to join the movement is Little Miss Flint, who launched a fundraiser to helped students in Flint, Michigan.
The account was reportedly established by Little Miss Flint, formerly known as MariCopeny, and her cousins in order to raise their goal of $5,000 to buy tickets for students to see Black Panther in their hometown.
As has been documented over the past few years, Flint has been dealing with a lot of setbacks. Not only is their economy in a downturn, but they have been dealing with a water crisis for some time now. Although efforts have been made to fix the water issue, many families still are living day to day without access to fresh, clean water. While the fundraiser will not change the city’s circumstance, it will give a number of kids something to look forward to.
The #BlackPantherChallenge has already helped kids in Harlem and the Greater New York are getting tickets to see the premiere. The Flint campaign has already raised $640 out of its $5,000 goal. To donate to the GoFundMe, click here.
Snoop Dogg has been a big supporter of Colin Kaepernick, whether it has been supporting Kap's protest or helping him get to his goal of $1 million donated to charity. On the financial side, Snoop had already pledged to give $10K to Mothers Against Police Brutality in Dallas, TX, which was matched by Kaepernick. Now the "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper is adding an additional $15K to the cause, bringing the total donation to $35K. The best part, this bring the overall donation total to $940K, just $60K away from completing the #MillionDollarPledge.
Kaep’s 2016 campaign called on citizens to help donate to organizations aimed at societal change. Over that time frame, they’ve donated to over 40 different organizations. With the goal getting closer, Kaep is kicking it into gear. On Jan. 17, the NFL free agent announced that he and 10 friends would be donating the last $100,000 over the next 10 days, which he helmed the #10for10 campaign.
The 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner, Erica, has fallen into a state of brain trauma with no chance of recovery, The New York Daily News reports. This comes five days after she suffered from a heart attack, leaving her in a six-day coma, according to reports.
Her mother, Esaw Snipes, told the New York Daily News that Garner remained on life support Thursday morning (Dec. 28), and family members were called to Woodhull Hospital to say their final goodbyes.
“She’s not gone, she’s brain dead,” Snipes told reporters. “Physically she is still with us.”
On Christmas Eve, Garner suffered a massive heart attack, brought on by an asthma attack, that reportedly gave her major brain damage from a lack of oxygen while in cardiac arrest. VIBE previously reported she suffered from an enlarged heart and her latest pregnancy put a strain on the vital organ. She was unaware of her condition prior to the pregnancy.
Since her father was placed in a fatal chokehold by an NYPD officer in 2014, Garner has been a staunch critic of police brutality.