Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Super Bowl Protesters Will Draw Ties Between ‘Redskins’ Name And Domestic Violence

Washington’s football team won’t be playing in Super Bowl XLIX this weekend. But in the days before the NFL’s biggest game kicks off in Glendale, Ariz., Native American activists and organizers in a state that has 21 recognized tribes will hold multiple events that both challenge the team’s “Redskins” name and tie the stereotypes perpetuated by it to one of the most pressing issues facing the NFL this season: domestic violence.

Saturday, a coalition of Native American groups, grassroots organizations, and activists will hold a vigil in Phoenix’s Civil Space Park to memorialize missing and murdered indigenous women, according to the event’s Facebook page. The next day, on Super Bowl Sunday, they will march and rally in downtown Phoenix to draw attention to harmful effects of Native American stereotypes when it comes to violence against Native women, who face domestic violence and sexual assault at higher rates than other communities.

More:  http://thinkprogress.org/sports/2015/01/27/3615784/super-bowl-protesters-will-draw-ties-redskins-name-domestic-violence/

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