The memo 4 players sent NFL commissioner Roger Goodell – Yahoo News

As players whom have been advocating for social justice for the past year, we appreciate the opportunity to engage with you, the league, owners, coaches and GMs to make our communities stronger. As we shared with you, the silence following our individual and collective demonstrations around the national anthem to raise awareness to racial inequality and issues surrounding criminal justice reform has been met with inconsistencies in press coverage and perceived lack of support.

To recap our discussion, currently there are more than 40 active players who have participated in our “Players Coalition” to work on criminal justice reform on various levels (some more than others). Below is a summary of the activities we have conducted to date.

Our focus has been to identify and place our efforts on the key areas of reform where our influence and support can make a . . . (Yahoo News)

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Fire chief announces diversity plan – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: Great job Pastor Nehemiah Smith goes to show that one man can make a difference. I know been there done that and ignant racist white folk and ignant safe black folk just don’t get it but actions speaks louder than words. Continue to be about not only words but action. One thing this ignant CC Rider got a problem with is you did the damn thing and now the chief is more focused on diversity. Okay he wants to get it right and that is a good thing because a diversity plan should have already been in place. Sorry but trues can’t be ignored, you may not give a damn or be in denial but with consistency this is what one can do. Thank you Chief and Pastor Smith.

The Rocky Mount Fire Department has developed a plan to guide recruitment of a more diverse workforce.

The Diversity Recruitment Strategic Plan serves as the foundation that the department will use to grow its philosophy in support of a diverse and inclusive culture, said Fire Chief Mike Varnell.

“This culture will offer all potential and current employees the opportunity to enter the public safety environment with the necessary tools and perspective to succeed in learning their job and advance to positions of greater responsibility within the department,” Varnell stated in the plan’s executive summary.

A report on how the department plans to support blacks and other under-represented people desiring advancement within the department is forthcoming, Varnell said. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

The NFL and ESPN badly misjudged Trump. Now they’re paying the price.

The Watch Dog response: But race don’t matter! Ya’ll better wake the hell up. Some think it is open season on black folk coming from the white house. Well they gonna learn the day!

(CNN)The NFL put out a statement on Wednesday denying it had capitulated to President Donald Trump and banned players from kneeling when the National Anthem plays before games.

This remains true, so far as we know, in the abstract. The league has not imposed any formal restrictions. (Yet. There are more meetings planned.) But even as Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones threatened on Sunday to bench any player judged to be “disrespecting the flag,” the presidential blitz continues — and it becomes clearer that the NFL and ESPN’s attempts to appease Trump have failed. (CNN)

Have dirt that could impeach Trump? Larry Flynt will pay you $10 million – Chicago Tribune

“$10 MILLION FOR INFORMATION LEADING TO THE IMPEACHMENT AND REMOVAL FROM OFFICE OF DONALD J. TRUMP.”

Flynt, best known as the publisher of the pornographic magazine Hustler, outlined numerous reasons he felt President Trump needed to be removed from office, charging him with everything from “compromising domestic and foreign policy with his massive conflicts-of-interest global business empire” to “telling hundreds of bald-faced lies” to “gross nepotism and appointment of unqualified persons to high office.”

That was why, Flynt wrote, he was seeking information from anyone who could provide a “smoking gun” – perhaps buried in Trump’s tax returns or in some other investment records – that would lead to his impeachment.

“Did he make some financial quid pro quo with the Russians?” the ad states. “Has the business of the United States been compromised to protect the business of the Trump empire? We need to flush everything out into the open.” (Chicago Tribune)