The two million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is applauding “the fearlessness and courage” of National Football League (NFL) players who protest the National Anthem at games.
SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry declared support for player protests, even if players protest when they’re on the job at NFL games:
“SEIU stands in solidarity with our union brothers in the NFL Players Association who are united in a movement to protect their safety, rights, and freedoms–both on and off the field.”
In her Monday statement, Henry said the nation should have been forced to face up to its injustices long ago:
“It is far past time this nation fully addressed the injustice of anti-Black and structural racism to ensure that everyone, no matter the color of their skin, can participate and prosper in our country.”
She also praised the NFL’s professional football players for the struggles they’ve endured:
“I applaud the fearlessness and courage of the NFL players who have struggled together and their union, the NFL Players Association. When working people stick together in a union, they have a strong voice to work together for a better and more equitable world for generations to come.”