Protesters Rally at NFL Headquarters to Support Colin Kaepernick
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In the end zone: Protesters are gathering today for a rally promoted by filmmaker Spike Lee in support of embattled football player and free agent Colin Kaepernick. The rally will be held in front of NFL Headquarters in New York City at 345 Park Avenue, starting at 5 p.m. EST.
Kaepernick attracted media attention in the NFL 2016 season for protesting police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem. In March 2017, Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers and has yet to be signed to another team. Many feel that the reason Kaepernick remains unsigned is because of his activism on the sidelines, while others have drawn less political conclusions. A number of high profile sport commentators have called out what they see as a double standard by the NFL given the unsavory -- and in some cases illegal -- behavior of other players who aren't getting the same icy reception
Ranting and raving: On Tuesday evening, President Trump held a rally at the convention center in Phoenix, Arizona in an effort to reignite the enthusiasm of his base. Top Republicans kept their distance from the event, including state Governor Doug Ducey, Chair of the state Republican party Jonathan Lines, and Senator Jeff Flake.
Outside the convention center, thousands of protesters amassed holding signs that skewered President Trump for his divisive border wall, continued support for the notorious former Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio, and his ambiguous words against the racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this month. The protest was generally peaceful but picked up intensity intensity towards the end of the president's speech. According to Sgt. Jonathan Howard of the Phoenix Police Dept., "People in the crowd began fighting and throwing bottles at police." The cops used pepper balls, tear gas, stun grenades and rubber bullets to break up the crowd, and made four arrests.
Humblebrag backfires: Louise Linton, actress and wife of Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, drew the ire of social media for flaunting her wealth on the American taxpayers' dime. Linton flew on a government aircraft with her husband who was traveling to Kentucky to talk tax reform with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. In a now-deleted Instagram post that shows the two stepping off the plane, Linton tagged the photo with luxury brand designers including Hermes, Roman Mouret, Tom Ford and Valentino.
An Instagram user lambasted the post, commenting: "Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable." The comment set Linton off, who fired back with a lengthy, passive aggressive comment that showed off what some saw as her sense of entitlement and privilege. After Linton was called out for her response she apologized for it, saying the post and the response were "insensitive and inappropriate."
Charged up for change: The town of Pueblo, Colorado is fed up with paying high rates for dirty energy, and now they're doing something about it. Black Hills Energy company began serving Pueblo residents in 2008 and energy prices have climbed more than 70 percent since then. At a town meeting earlier this year, the community proposed driving the energy company out of Pueblo. The idea was met with support from residents and city council members.
As of last February, the city council voted to commit to the Sierra Club's Ready for 100% clean energy campaign, which sent a clear message to Black Hills for the town's energy future. If you're ready for 100 percent clean energy in your town, here's how you can get your mayor to take action now and fight climate change in your hometown.