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The Tower Bridge Battalion stage a protest during the Sac Republic FC game

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Nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court issued a monumental decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, some Sacramento Republic FC fans are upset that the club has yet to stand up for women’s reproductive rights. The Tower Bridge Battalion, an independent union of football team supporters, staged a silent protest during Saturday’s home game against the Oakland Roots. “We fully agree with the Club’s statement ‘football can change the world’. However, we cannot ignore our club’s failure to deliver on this commitment to our community as they remain silent on a key issue of our time: reproductive rights are human rights,” the Tower Bridge Battalion said in a social media statement before the game. Due to the football club’s “silence”, the Tower Bridge Battalion did not conduct of cheers during the first half of the game and displayed a banner that read “We can be silent too”. Usually, the band beats drums and claps non-stop during the 90 minutes of Republic FC games. They resumed their cheers in the second half. “I would like them to make a statement saying they support reproductive rights,” said Meghan Dendorfer, board member of the Tower Bridge Battalion. The silent protest came after the fan base called out for the team to comment on the Roe v. Wade knockdown. On June 24, they tweeted, “You can’t use ‘Juntos’ when you’re not talking and supporting literally half your staff and fans.” A Sacramento Republic FC spokesperson said he would not release a statement about the group’s silent protest. Republic FC ended the game in a 3-3 draw after Luis Felipe Fernandes equalized in the dying moments of injury time.

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Nearly two weeks after the Supreme Court issued a monumental decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade, some Sacramento Republic FC fans are upset that the club has yet to stand up for women’s reproductive rights.

The Tower Bridge Battalion, an independent union of football team supporters, staged a silent protest during Saturday’s home game against the Oakland Roots.

“We fully agree with the Club’s statement ‘football can change the world’. However, we cannot ignore our club’s failure to deliver on this commitment to our community as they remain silent on a key issue of our time: reproductive rights are human rights,” the Tower Bridge Battalion said in a social media statement ahead of the game.

Due to the football club’s ‘silence’, Tower Bridge Battalion did not lead the cheers for the first half of the game and displayed a banner which read ‘We can be silent too’. Usually, the band beats drums and claps non-stop during the 90 minutes of Republic FC games. They resumed their cheers in the second half.

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“I would like them to make a statement saying they support reproductive rights,” said Meghan Dendorfer, board member of the Tower Bridge Battalion.

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The silent protest came after the fan base called out for the team to comment on the knockdown of Roe v. Wade. On June 24, they tweeted, “You can’t use ‘Juntos’ when you’re not talking and supporting literally half your staff and fans.”

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A Sacramento Republic FC spokesperson said he would not release a statement about the group’s silent protest.

Republic FC ended the game in a 3-3 draw after Luis Felipe Fernandes equalized in the dying moments of injury time.

This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, on their website.

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