It’s now becoming a common site. Wherever the Washington Redskins have traveled this season, protests have taken place outside of the stadium. Over 5,000 showed up when Washington took on the Minnesota Vikings earlier this year, while a smaller protest happened outside their game against the Cardinals a few weeks back.
Never afraid of protest, it appears that Northern California will be getting into the mix this upcoming weekend when Washington takes on the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara on Sunday (via The Sacramento Bee).
The “Change the Name. Change the Mascot” rally will be led by Tony Gonzales, director of American Indian Movement-West. In addition to this, Clyde Bellecourt, a co-founder of the American Indian Movement, will also be on hand for the rally prior to the game on Sunday.
Northern California has a history of protest as it relates to the Native American movement. It was a hotbed of protest back in the 1960s and 1970s, which culminated in the Occupation of Alcatraz from 1969-1971.
As you already know, the Redskins name has been in the news a lot recently with some powerful figures, including government leaders, calling for the team to change its name. Owner Daniel Snyder has remained steadfast in his opposition of a name change during this entire controversy. One protest in Northern California will not change that.
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