By Players Coalition

Like so many following this trial, we applaud today’s verdict. We must also recognize that we have so much more to do. In 2020 there were only 18 days where police did not kill someone. Police are only convicted of murder less than one percent of the time they are brought to trial, and they are rarely brought to trial. While today is a small step towards justice for George Floyd, we need to see the same level of accountability for those who killed Daunte Wright and countless others. This verdict will not bring the systemic change…

By Players Coalition

During last year’s Utah Challenge Cup, the Black athletes in the National Women’s Soccer League realized that they needed to mobilize. Out of that realization came the Black Women’s Player Collective (BWPC).

“[BWPC] started because a statement was made on behalf of the athletes in the league without notifying the Black athletes,” says BWPC Co-Founder and Blue Sky FC forward Ifeoma Onumonu. …

By Black Players for Change

Photo Credit: Lorie Shaull

We are only a few days into the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd last May, and emotions are high. The rarity of such a proceeding against a cop, combined with the poor success rates of securing a conviction in these cases, makes for an anxiety-ridden and, at times, re-traumatizing experience for many Americans, particularly Black Americans. That’s because police officers and police departments have rarely been held accountable for the violence they’ve inflicted upon our communities. Despite existing local, state, and federal laws and policies that purport…

By Players Coalition

Earlier this month, Players Coalition had the opportunity to sit down with former professional softball player and entrepreneur Lauren Chamberlain to discuss advocacy, activism, and some of the discrimination faced by female athletes.

The conversation took place just days after the NCAA found itself in hot water for providing women’s basketball players with training facilities inferior to the male athletes during the Division 1 tournaments.

Chamberlain experienced her fair share of unequal treatment as a female athlete. She said the first time she noticed it was when, as a child, she saw the girl softball players were…

By: The Members and Advocates of the Black Women’s Player Collective

Saturday, March 13th marks one year since the death of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old, unarmed black woman, killed in her home during the execution of a no-knock search warrant. Last March, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) forced entry into Breonna’s apartment unannounced. The police had no reason to believe anyone inside posed any imminent danger but were instead looking for evidence of drugs related to a separate narcotics investigation. Upon LMPD’s entry, Breonna’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker — a lawful gun owner — fired a single shot to warn…

By Players Coalition

This month marks one year since the Coronavirus pandemic began wreaking havoc in the United States of America, leading to more than 500,000 deaths, stay-at-home orders, economic downturn and a slew of other negative side effects.

Since March of 2020, the majority of America’s 56.4 million K-12 students have had to attend classes from home at some point due to COVID-19. For students without computers and wifi at home, this causes stress and strain that frequently leads to missed classes and assignments, and ultimately falling behind in learning. …

By Players Coalition Members — Torrey Smith (Former NFL Player), Aveion Cason (Former NFL Player) and Jeremy Ebobisse (MLS Player)

Artwork by Laurel Raymond (@RayOfLaurel)

The United States prides itself on guaranteeing all citizens the unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, but it remains the only nation in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison without parole. Thirty years ago, the United Nations issued the Convention on the Rights of the Child in which it outlined various protections that should be extended to all individuals under 18, including protection from being sentenced to life imprisonment. …

By Justin Morrow, Toronto FC Full Back and Players Coalition Supporter

Justin Morrow, a native of Cleveland, is a full back with the Toronto FC and Players Coalition Supporter.

In May of this year, the country reeled as we watched a video of two men hunting down and then killing Ahmaud Arbery, and then learned that the prosecutor on the case believed that the state’s stand your ground laws justified this horrific killing. Arbery’s murder was the latest in a long line of cases where killers invoked “stand your ground laws” to avoid liability for what clearly constituted race-based violence. We all know Trayvon Martin’s case, but the list is long. There is Markeis McGlockton, shot and killed…

By Adalius Thomas, Former All-Pro NFL Linebacker and Players Coalition Advocate

In May, the nation witnessed police officers murder George Floyd. For months protesters rallied against decades of police brutality, while demanding elected officials consider a paradigm shift to hold law enforcement accountable. Now, we must turn that energy into voting, and while there is one critical election everyone knows about, we must look closely at what is farther down the ballot: Sheriff’s elections.

This year, there are dozens of county sheriff’s elections taking place across Georgia. Each of these elections offer Georgians an opportunity to have a say in…

By Chris Archer, MLB Pitcher and Players Coalition Advocate

The upcoming Presidential election is the most important election in my lifetime, and I am registered to vote in one of the most important battleground states: Florida. I’ve spent several months educating myself about what is on the ballot, preparing to vote in the top-of-the-ticket race and, just as importantly, in those down-ballot races that impact things like city budgets, who goes to prison, and how people are policed. I have also been educated on one other thing: it is harder to vote than it should be.

I live in Florida…

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