Target: Sunil Gulati, President of the United States Soccer Federation
Goal: Remove policy requiring all U.S. soccer players to stand during the national anthem.
The United States Soccer Federation has become the first American sports organization to require its players to stand during the playing of a national anthem during a game. This new rule is a response to Megan Rapinoe’s protest, in which she kneeled in solidarity with 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the “Star-Spangled Banner” at a few games. Consequences for not standing were not outlined, and the organization has stated it plans to deal with outliers on a case-by-case basis. This new rule is attempting to suppress the rights of it players and only allow them to portray a tailored version of America.
U.S. Soccer was quick to speak out against Rapinoe when she first began her protest. She stated that, as a gay woman, she too has noted feeling a lack of protection under the flag while saluting it. Just because she works for and represents an organization does not mean that she, or any soccer player, should be stripped of their First Amendment rights to protest and practice free speech. Please sign this petition to demand that U.S. Soccer remove the policy requiring its players to stand during the national anthem.
Dear Mr. Gulati,
Requiring your players to stand during the playing of the national anthem is a violation of their right to free speech. Kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” is a protest aimed at calling out the unfairness felt by many minorities and those in the LGBTQ community, and you cannot squash that out with a policy. Expression of free speech is a First Amendment right.
Your organization should show solidarity with Megan Rapinoe and any other players who choose to express their disdain for American politics. I demand that you remove the policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem.
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Photo Credit: David Wilson