NFL Backs ‘Defund Police’ Movement

The National Football League (NFL) is quietly supporting the ‘defund the police’ movement through its Inspire Change program.

Inspire Change gives money to organizations that openly advocate for the abolishment of police forces, prisons, cash bail, pre-trial detention, and immigration detention. The group works hand-in-hand with the Players Coalition, an independent 501(c)(3) organization that grew from the protests against police brutality inspired by former San Francisco 49ers player Colin Kaepernick.

Groups that receive funding from Inspire Change include the Community Justice Exchange, which according to its website envisions “a world without prisons, policing, prosecution, surveillance, or any form of detention or supervision,” and the Oregon Justice Resource Center, which in 2020 claimed that ‘police brutality and the cruelty of prisons is the result of white supremacy.’

Inspire Change “supports player-led efforts to engage with team owners, public officials, law enforcement, academic institutions, community partners, and others to identify meaningful ways to strengthen local communities and the greater society,” reads the program’s official website. Its four areas of focus are “education,” “economic advancement,” “police and community relations,” and “criminal justice reform.”


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