Professional Athletes Strike In Solidarity While We Build Around the Breath Act - Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter Foundation

Professional Athletes Strike In Solidarity While We Build Around the Breath Act

We are witnessing historic solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement! National sports teams and players, from the Milwaukee Bucks—the first NBA team to strike to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in their home state of Wisconsin—to Members of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, to the MLB’s Milwaukee Brewers, and tennis star Naomi Osaka, are leveraging their fame and power to send an important message: Black lives matter.

They are all striking in solidarity with our movement and in defense of Black lives. More are likely to follow as professional athletes throughout the country are using their power and platform to demand justice.

Jacob Blake survived, but he is permanently paralyzed from a police bullet that severed his spinal cord. Every day, state-sanctioned violence tries to kill us—from police brutality to mass incarceration, from gentrification to job exclusion and the various divestments from our community health.

If you want to see us not just survive, but flourish and thrive, stand with us on the right side of history. Push our movement to greatness by bringing the BREATHE Act to life.

We have a vision that answers the call to defund the police and allows all communities to finally BREATHE freely. Our lives should not be day-to-day survival. Our lives should not be a question mark, but a PERIOD.

We’re going to win.