Olympian Gwen Berry is sponsored by activist group trying to defund NYPD

Olympic athlete Gwen Berry — who sparked outrage by turning away from the US flag in the course of the nationwide anthem whereas on the winner’s podium — is being sponsored by an activist group that is additionally preventing to defund the NYPD.

“We’re proud to sponsor @MzBerryThrows,” tweeted Color of Change, a “leading racial justice organization driven by more than 7 million members who are building power for Black communities.”

The group mentioned it was additionally proud to have “negotiated a sponsorship” with Puma for the controversial hammer thrower in addition to “continue to push corporations to support Black athletes who speak out for our communities.”

“Grateful for Gwen’s leadership today and every day,” the group tweeted.

The group additionally used Berry’s case to push a petition calling to overrule an Olympic rule banning “athletes from kneeling, raising their fists, or wearing signs or symbolic armbands.”

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Gwen Berry sparked outrage by turning away from the US flag in the course of the nationwide anthem whereas on the winner’s podium at an Olympic trial occasion.
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“The policy is extremely problematic because as we know, ‘taking a knee’ and ‘raising fists’ are directly associated with justice for Black people,” the petition argued, calling it a “direct attack on athlete activists like gold medalist Gwen Berry” who has beforehand raised her fist at occasions.

“Activist athlete” Berry, 31 — who said she was “pissed” that “The Star-Spangled Banner” performed as she acquired bronze on the Olympic trials Saturday — responded to the group’s assist with a becoming emoji of a raised fist.

“Thank you Color of Change for always standing with me,” she wrote.

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Color of Change is a “racial justice organization” that is pushing to defund the NYPD and has fought Olympic insurance policies banning sure types of protest.

As nicely as preventing the Olympic guidelines, the California-based group has change into recognized for pushing “defend the police” insurance policies — most lately focusing on New York’s most interesting.

“Policing is a violent institution that must end,” Color of Change’s president, Rashad Robinson, has said in a statement.

“We imagine a country where there is enough money to educate our children, care for our sick and feed those who are financially unstable. Defunding the police allows for this vision,” Robinson mentioned.

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Gwen Berry has insisted that the nationwide anthem is “disrespectful” to black Americans.
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The group’s most up-to-date marketing campaign and petition goals to “Take ACTION to Divest in NYPD” after the city council budget.

“The NYPD has waged war against Black people and communities of color in NYC. And the only way to stop police violence is to stop siphoning tax dollars to the NYPD and invest in the material conditions that actually impact the safety of our communities,” the petition reads.

A letter to City Council members additionally says that “black people and communities of color in NYC are being terrorized by the police.”

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Gwen Berry mentioned she was “pissed” to hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” after profitable a bronze medal.
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“The only way to diminish police violence is to divest from the institution of policing. To put it plainly: we won’t allow the NYPD to loot our communities any longer,” the petition letter says.

A separate petition name on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “immediately reduce the NYPD’s budget by $1 billion.”

“De Blasio has let the NYPD use their riot gear to terrorize protestors,” the petition complained, complaining concerning the pressure’s “arsenal of chemical weapons, tanks, sniper units, surveillance towers, and sound grenades” making the NYPD “look more like an army prepared for war than a city police department.”

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