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NAACP to march in support of Vick at tonight's game

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by jimmy40, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    PHILADELPHIA -- A massive demonstration is planned to support Michael Vick at Lincoln Financial Field on Thursday, when Vick is expected to make his debut with the Eagles.

    The Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and other local civil rights groups had planned a demonstration to support Vick.



    We believe Michael Vick has served his time, paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance and the animal rights groups want to hold him hostage for the rest of his life.
    ” -- J. Whyatt Mondesire, president, NAACP's Philadelphia chapter

    However, the Eagles called the NAACP after hearing of the plans for the demonstration at the stadium, and asked them to cancel the rally to stop a potentially "ugly scene," J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP told ESPN.

    Mondesire told The Associated Press later Wednesday evening that his group and the Black Clergy of Philadelphia had decided to proceed with their march on Thursday.

    "We believe Michael Vick has served his time, paid his debt to society and deserves a second chance and the animal rights groups want to hold him hostage for the rest of his life," J. Whyatt Mondesire, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, said Wednesday. "We think that's patently unfair. It denies Michael Vick's basic civil rights, denies him his ability to make a living."

    The Eagles' security operation is planning for individual animal rights protests outside the stadium.

    Earlier Wednesday, Mondesire said about a half-dozen groups from around the Philadelphia area were planning to meet at the front of Lincoln Financial Field and begin a march around the stadium prior to the Eagles' preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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    The Eagles have not heard of any planned demonstration or protest from animal rights groups, which met with team management for two hours on Monday at the team's practice facility. Although no local animal rights group have yet to partner with the Eagles or Vick in a local anti-dogfighting campaign, the meeting appeared to end on a positive note and head off any planned massive protest, participants said.

    Meanwhile, animal advocates are throwing a tailgate party on the other side of town Thursday for the 2nd Chance Dogs campaign -- a pointed reference to Vick's second chance in the NFL -- to increase awareness of dogfighting and encourage adoption of rescued pit bulls.

    The initiative, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, was launched after the Eagles signed Vick, who served 18 months in prison for running a dogfighting ring.

    "As a lot of people have pointed out, [Vick's] animals never got a second chance," SPCA chief executive Sue Cosby said. "We need to speak for them."

    Local animal advocates seem to be keeping their distance. Rather than protest Vick or work with him, they prefer to use the public debate about his return to the NFL to raise money and awareness of animal cruelty issues.

    "The animal welfare groups really have no interest in working with Michael Vick," said Tom Hickey Sr., founder of the Pennsylvania advocacy group DogPAC.

    Hickey, who is also a member of the state dog law advisory board, has more than 5,000 signatures on a petition asking the Eagles spend the equivalent of Vick's salary -- $1.6 million -- to establish a rehabilitation and training center for dogs.

    Nothing was decided at the meeting, but Hickey felt it was constructive.

    "I think it was very educational for the Eagles. It was important that they get involved in the community," he said.

    Eagles senior vice president Pamela Browner-Crawley told reporters afterward that "financial support is on the table," along with other resources, but gave no details.

    Karel Minor, executive director of the Humane Society of Berks County, wrote on the agency's Web site that he was one of many at the meeting who felt it was time to stop chastising the team and start using its resources to help animals.

    "We can make use of the power and influence of the Eagles to make a positive difference," Minor wrote. "We can challenge them to make good on their promise to help us end dogfighting and maybe even more."
  2. Wrangler87

    Wrangler87 Active Member

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    Wow.Wonder if they would be doing the same thing for Kevin Kolb, if it had been him?
  3. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I'm glad it is Philly getting the attention and not the Cowboys. I know many have opinions pro and con but with the season about to start last thing I would want is an issue like this taking place in Dallas.
  4. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    This is awesome.

    Hippies vs Race Mongers!

    Idiots vs Racists!
  5. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    I thought I put this in the political zone to start with then I saw it was moved from the fan zone. I gotta get more sleep I guess.
  6. Joe Realist

    Joe Realist No Kool-Aid here!

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  7. canters

    canters Active Member

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    Wow, this has nothing to do with his race!. What a bunch of race baiters.
  8. TheCount

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    lol, how are these local chapters of various organizations rallying for Vick a race issue? I fail to see how it would cause any problems other than the fact that it's Philly and they can turn anything into an issue. Everything race gets mentioned around here, it's racism.
  9. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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  10. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    If Race were not involved would the NAACP be protesting?
  11. TheCount

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    I must have missed where they said it was a protest, sounds like a rally to me. I thought they said they are showing up to support Vick?
  12. JBond

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    I wonder if these gentlemen will be there?

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  13. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    So let me get this straight .....

    Count thinks that if this was a white player ..... the NAACP would hold a "rally" to support him?

    Just want to be clear before I go into full LOL mode.
  14. Doomsday101

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    I'm sorry a rally of the NAACP yeah they do that often on issues of non race. Give me a break whether you call it a rally or protest the NAACP deals with race issues and would not be there is we were talking about a white player. You want to play dumb be my guest. Frankly I hope they and Peta old these so called rallies throughout the season any distraction to Philly is a good in my book.
  15. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    anyone who thinks the NAACP is NOT about race is an idiot.
  16. jimmy40

    jimmy40 Well-Known Member

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    The Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP, the Black Clergy of Philadelphia and other local civil rights groups had planned a demonstration to support Vick.


    I have no idea why this would be considered a race issue.:lmao2:
  17. TheCount

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    I said that? Interesting.

    Being about race and being racist are two different things.
  18. JBond

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    How many non-black groups are running to support this scum bag?

    I should clarify. How many groups that do not make race their first priority are running to support him?
  19. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    What is interesting is that you said it was not about race ...... but if they are only "rallying" for Vick because of the color of his skin, it is about race.
  20. TheCount

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    No, I said it wasn't a "race issue".

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