Target: Missouri Republican Representatives Rick Brattin and Kurt Bahr
Goal: Fight proposed legislation to revoke scholarships from athletes who strike to protest social injustice and civil rights violations.
A bill that would revoke the scholarships of student athletes who go on strike has been introduced by Missouri Republican representatives Rick Brattin and Kurt Bahr. The bill is in response to the recent strike by the University of Missouri’s football team against alleged racism and social injustice on campus.
The proposed bill is officially called HB 1743 and says that “any college athlete on scholarship who refuses to play for a reason unrelated to health shall have his or her scholarship revoked,” and refers to “any college athlete who calls, incites, supports, or participates in any strike or concerted refusal to play a scheduled game.”
Also, “any member of a coaching staff who encourages or enables a college athlete to engage” in a strike will be subject to a fine from the university. The last section comes in response to Mizzou coach Gary Pinkel standing behind his players’ decision to strike.
This bill is meant to scare athletes into shutting up rather than standing up for what they believe. Tell these representatives that this bill is a complete social injustice and should not be allowed to pass.
Dear Rep. Brattin and Rep. Bahr,
You recently introduced a bill that would revoke the scholarships of student athletes who strike and protest in order to stand up for what they believe in. You may think that the issues the Mizzou football players were protesting weren’t real or maybe weren’t such a big deal, but it’s obvious that they were. To deny this is to deny basic social justice.
You are attempting to silence students who are using what little power they have to enact real change against issues that effect them. Rather than taking them seriously, you are choosing to ignore their message and use your power to stomp them down. This is not what leaders of the people should be doing. This bill is a disgrace to justice and should not be passed.
[Your Name Here]
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