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wmtc: thank you, colin kaepernick!

Another awesome athlete protest that I have no time to write about. I can only thank Colin Kaepernick for his courage.Joy of Sox speaks for me: To Mookie Betts (And Others): The Right To Protest Has Nothing To Do With The Military. . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, colin kaepernick!

wmtc: solidarity from scotland to palestine via soccer

At a football (soccer) match between the Scottish Celtic team and an Israeli team, Hapoel Beersheba, hundreds of Celtic fans defied Scottish law to show their solidarity with Palestine and protest the Israeli occupation.

Mondoweiss reports:

There could be serious consequences for Celtic thanks to the protest, carried out in front of Israelis themselves. Fines and closures of their fans seating sections are possible, under UEFA rules. And a 2012 Scottish law against provocative political speech at sporting events makes the flag display an arrestable offense, although authorities reportedly did not take the offending fans into custody. There were dozens of them, photographs show.

Although the flag politics of the region are contrarian, the feelings of political solidarity are real.

“Since at least the late 80’s Palestine flags have been seen at Celtic Park and Celtic fans have shown their support for the Palestinians. Celtic fans have always had a radical history with support for Irish resistance to British rule and it is from there that support for Palestine stems. Also following support for Palestine among other football and sports fans and figures,” reads a Facebook page called Celtic Fans for Palestine, with about 3,300 members.

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) will weigh what could happen, but it might involve the closing of some of the stands in the stadium for a Champions league game, writes Neil Cameron in the Herald, a Scottish paper, in an opinion piece chiding protesters for risking the forfeiture of other fans tickets. European football carries out collective punishment against fans, apparently.

Watch this beautiful video from AJ+. . . . → Read More: wmtc: solidarity from scotland to palestine via soccer

wmtc: solidarity from scotland to palestine via soccer

At a football (soccer) match between the Scottish Celtic team and an Israeli team, Hapoel Beersheba, hundreds of Celtic fans defied Scottish law to show their solidarity with Palestine and protest the Israeli occupation.Mondoweiss reports:There could b… . . . → Read More: wmtc: solidarity from scotland to palestine via soccer

wmtc: athletes in solidarity against unpunished police abuse crimes murder

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Davin Joseph Eric Garner . . . → Read More: wmtc: athletes in solidarity against unpunished police abuse crimes murder

wmtc: read dave kopay’s open letter to michael sam

Did I celebrate Michael Sam’s coming out on Facebook and Twitter, and forget to mention it on wmtc?? Ack! Social media run amok!

The news that a top NFL prospect has come out as gay in advance of the draft is electrifying. The support for Sam among NFL players is awesome. At first, there was . . . → Read More: wmtc: read dave kopay’s open letter to michael sam

wmtc: an olympics for every protestor, and rainbow flags from canada… but not from rob ford

I started compiling my usual “why I can’t watch the Olympics” post, when I read Dave Zirin… and stopped writing. At every Olympics, you can cue the complaints, getting in the way when all we’re trying to do is enjoy a good luge.

Yet it took a visionary like Vladimir Putin, a man with the . . . → Read More: wmtc: an olympics for every protestor, and rainbow flags from canada… but not from rob ford

wmtc: sports without war: canada out of aghanistan, and military out of our sports

I have written a bit about the use of professional sports as a vehicle for war propaganda and militarism, such as when the Harper Government used the Olympic torch relay to promote its war in Afghanistan. My partner Allan has covered this ground more consistently, since he writes a sports blog. See, for example, his . . . → Read More: wmtc: sports without war: canada out of aghanistan, and military out of our sports

wmtc: dimanno: let’s make sochi the gay games

When I read Stephen Fry’s open letter to the IOC, and the continued calls to boycott or move the Sochi Games because of the horrendous and institutionalized homophobic violence within Russia, I couldn’t help but think of the Beijing Games. I absolutely understand the uproar over Russia’s anti-gay laws, and I agree, of course. But . . . → Read More: wmtc: dimanno: let’s make sochi the gay games

wmtc: dave zirin writes to dan snyder: why the washington nfl team must change its name

Here is the definitive piece on why the NFL team in Washington DC must change its name, written by – who else – Dave Zirin: Enough: An Open Letter to Enough Dan Snyder, at Grantland. Please go and read it.

wmtc: thank you, jason collins!

It has finally happened. A professional male athlete in one of the big US team sports has come out as gay. Someone had to be first, and that person is Jason Collins of the NBA. Thank you, Mr. Collins, for your courage and your honesty!

From the Sports Illustrated cover story: I’m a 34-year-old . . . → Read More: wmtc: thank you, jason collins!

wmtc: how can we condemn bigotry on the soccer field yet support racist israeli policies?

This week in The Nation, Dave Zirin reports on some disturbing – and disgusting – behaviour from Israeli soccer fans. Not even in the earliest days of Jackie Robinson’s 1947 historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers did Brooklyn’s white fans walk out after number 42 stole a base or hit a home run. The Brooklyn . . . → Read More: wmtc: how can we condemn bigotry on the soccer field yet support racist israeli policies?

wmtc: walmart workers, marvin miller, rob ford: important stuff that happened while i wasn’t blogging

As the title says, here are some things I thought about while I was taking a blogging break.● Marvin Miller died. Miller should be a hero of both the labour movement and baseball history. He should also be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Anyon… . . . → Read More: wmtc: walmart workers, marvin miller, rob ford: important stuff that happened while i wasn’t blogging

wmtc: sam gordon, girls playing football, and the last bit of segregation we still tolerate

In case you haven’t seen this yet, it’s 9-year-old football sensation Sam Gordon, the only girl on her Utah football team. Dave Zirin raises the question: why do we assume gender segregation in sports is necessary? The historical perspective, plus the … . . . → Read More: wmtc: sam gordon, girls playing football, and the last bit of segregation we still tolerate

wmtc: olympics. not.

The 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics kick off today, with Opening Ceremonies that are supposed to be completely over-the-top. With a £27 million price tag ($42.5 million Canadian) for those three hours alone, they ought to be. We’re told that one billion people worldwide will watch the Opening Ceremonies. I won’t be one of . . . → Read More: wmtc: olympics. not.

wmtc: penn state sanctions: justice for – and by – survivors

I spent some time last night reading reaction to the sanctions against Penn State University set out by the NCAA. (I should qualify that: I was reading the reactions of intelligent, compassionate people. I don’t need to read anything written by people who care more about football than child sexual abuse.) If you haven’t read . . . → Read More: wmtc: penn state sanctions: justice for – and by – survivors

wmtc: marxism 2011 program notes: how can we stop the right?

These are my notes from the 2011 Marxism conference in Toronto. The series starts here.

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How can we stop the right?Christine Beckermann, member of ISMay 29, 2011

With the emergence of the Tea Party in the US, Rob Ford’s election in Toronto, and now the Harper majority, we are told that . . . → Read More: wmtc: marxism 2011 program notes: how can we stop the right?

wmtc: "the greatest problem is we are afraid to offend our oppressors": john carlos, tommie smith, and a lesson about resistance

This is one of the most iconic photos in sports history: the Olympics, 1968, Mexico City. As the Star Spangled Banner begins to play, gold-medal winner Tommie Smith and bronze-medal winner John Carlos, each wearing a single black glove, raise their fists in a black-power salute. Peter Norman, the silver medal winner from Australia, . . . → Read More: wmtc: "the greatest problem is we are afraid to offend our oppressors": john carlos, tommie smith, and a lesson about resistance

wmtc: what we talk about when we talk about jeremy lin

Even if you live in a sports-free universe, the name Jeremy Lin may have seeped in through osmosis. The 24-year-old Harvard grad and point guard for the New York Knicks basketball team has inspired a wave of Lin-sanity and Lin-spiration around North America and much of the world. Lin is not the first NBA player . . . → Read More: wmtc: what we talk about when we talk about jeremy lin