Los Angeles is Better Than Donald Sterling Anti-Racism Protest and Rally To Take Place on Tuesday, April 29, 5:30 p.m.
WHO: A coalition of activists and civil rights leaders including the NAACP, Nation of Islam, National Action Network, Community Coalition, Human Rights Advocates, National Hispanic Media Coalition, Baptist Ministers Conference of Los Angeles and Southern California, over 200 motorcycles and car clubs and more.
WHAT: Los Angeles Is Better than Donald Sterling Anti-Racism Protest and Rally
WHEN: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Staples Center – Corner of Figueroa and Pico, Downtown Los AngelesOn the 22nd anniversary of the 1992 L.A. Civil Unrest, a coalition of activists and civil rights groups will join Angelenos of all races and ethnicities offended by the racist comments of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling at a protest and rally on Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m.
The Los Angeles is Better Than Donald Sterling Anti-Racism Protest and Rally will take place at the corner of Figueroa and Pico in front of the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. Organizers and attendees will gather at 5:30 p.m. and the rally is expected to start at 6 p.m. ahead of the scheduled Clippers’ game at 7:30 p.m.
Activists will call on the public to boycott the L.A. Clippers and ask Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Los Angeles City Council to denounce Sterling’s comments. Organizers are encouraging the public to take public transportation to avoid costly parking fees.
A list of speakers is developing but includes representatives from the NAACP, Najee Ali and Rev. KW Tullos of the National Action Network, Marqueese Harris-Dawson of Community Coalition, Human Rights Advocates, Dr. Melina Abdullah, Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles, Minister Tony Muhammad of the Nation of Islam, Dominique DiPrima of KJLH-FM, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, Baptist Ministers Conference Los Angeles and Southern California, and more.
“Donald Sterling’s comments do not represent Los Angeles and the millions of collective voices of minorities who call Los Angeles home,” commented co-organizer Jasmyne Cannick. “Los Angeles is better than and bigger than Donald Sterling and his racism. If Donald Sterling doesn’t want blacks and other minorities at his game, as Angelenos we are only happy to oblige him. But we want to make it clear, there is no place in Los Angeles 22 years after the 1992 Civil Unrest for racists like Donald Sterling. L.A. is better than that and together, black, white, Latino, Asian, and every other minority represented in Los Angeles will stand together and lift our collective voices in support of the players, the team, and our city.”
“Donald Sterling is not acting like a NBA owner but like that of a plantation owner,” said Najee Ali of Project Islamic Hope and the National Action Network.
In an audio released by the TMZ.com, a man identified by TMZ and other sources as Sterling reportedly told his girlfriend that he did not want the woman to bring black men to Clippers games, or socialize with them publicly.
“You can sleep with them, you can bring them in, you can do whatever you want,” a male voice said. “The little I ask is that you not promote it … and not bring them to my games.”The man on the audio also criticized the woman for posting a photograph of her and former Laker star Earvin “Magic” Johnson on the website Instagram.
“Don’t put him on Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me … and don’t bring him to any more games, OK?” he said.
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