One of the initiatives you created while being away from the game encourages people to vote in the upcoming Nov. 3 election. I can remember thinking my dad was a superhero when I was four years old. That's 2-time WNBA champ Renee Montgomery talking about her boss -- Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler-- after Loeffler slammed the league for … I want to keep actually doing what I’m doing, having these conversations. I know I saw Angel McCoughtry campaigning for the jerseys that have a fallen person’s name on it, like Breonna Taylor. Do we still pour into our community, but help out our brothers that are maybe living paycheck to paycheck?” To me, I was like, “Wow, this is amazing.” I think the narrative got lost in the beginning. I think that’s why we haven’t gotten a lot of information right away. 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A celebration of her life will take place Saturday, Nov. 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Nordia House. We ended up blowing my sisters out in the race. How exactly will this work? Today the LWV is run by Virginia Kase, 48, who says voters never stopped facing disenfranchisement at the polls, even in 2020. The league has basically said, “What do you want?” It’s difficult because IMG is not a Disney World. She won a national championship with the UConn Huskies in 2009. Arresting the cops for wrongdoings is a step, but it’s also a band aid for the real problem. I think that’s a beautiful thing in itself and something to be noted—that all these athletes were all reaching out to each other and connecting. Copyright © 2018 Anomaly Sports Group. We were there for six-to-seven months at a time and submerged in those cultures. No, but it definitely made me feel empowered to know that so many other athletes feel the same way I do. "As the power of Latinos continues to grow, there are direct attempts to undermine our democracy by limiting or altogether blocking our access to the voting booth. Give them an even chance to live and grow.'". Montgomery is also a graduate from the Harvard School of Business Crossover Program. In 1919, one year before the ratification of the 19th amendment, National American Woman Suffrage Association President Carrie Chapman Catt proposed the creation of a "League of Women Voters" to "combine [women] in an effort for legislation which will protect coming movements, which we cannot even foretell, from suffering the untoward conditions which have hindered for so long the coming of equal suffrage." That prompted a rebuke from the WNBA Players Association, who tweeted in response to Loeffler: "E-N-O-U-G-H! Give them a consideration. Want every headline right at your fingertips? You can read Montgomery's letter in full here. She was a professor. And since then, LeBron has now created a whole campaign, More Than a Vote, that I’m a part of now. The Atlanta Dream guard recently announced that she’ll sit out the 2020 season to continue working toward social justice and reform. OK. So if people were educated more about what was going, they would feel more of a need to speak up and say things. Two-time WNBA champion Renee Montgomery, 33, opted out of the 2020 season to focus on social justice issues and political reform. There’s a lot of different laws getting passed when no one’s looking. Former league MVP Maya Moore has put her career on hold since 2018; she skipped the 2019 season to focus on her ministry and was already planning to skip the 2020 season to focus on criminal justice reform. When they say, “WNBA player opts out,” people don’t even know about the WNBA in general, like details. A lot of people don’t even know anything about the WNBA, if we’re being honest. If you are having difficulty accessing any content on this website, please visit our Accessibility page. I was trying to figure out, are there certain protocols that can be changed? I was more so doing research, trying to figure out what’s going on here. Senator Kelly Loeffler, has been in the news recently for comments she made on Fox News about “mob rule” in Atlanta and her commitment to preserving the police. We’ve had multiple conversations. [Laughs.] What are your thoughts on the differences between the amenities the NBA will have at its campus in Disney and what the WNBA will have at IMG Academy? There’s a lot of activity when it’s not just election time. Some athletes feel if they go to an HBCU, they won’t get seen. This was definitely rushed. She joined the LeBron James-led “More Than A Vote” campaign and launched her own initiative titled “Remember the 3rd.”, I spoke with Montgomery two weeks ago, coincidentally during the same time the Milwaukee Bucks staged a protest against police brutality. Donna Semans, 40, the group's director of grassroots organization, is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, or Sicangu Oyate, who works to make sure Native Americans aren't left out of the election conversation. I don’t know all the details of how everything played out, but I do know for somebody to do that unprompted, it says a lot about Kyrie. Surgeon General explains how to strengthen human connection during social distancing, Spurs forward shares his thoughts on Coach Tim Duncan, his relationship with former teammate Damian Lillard, The son of Hall of Famer Chuck Cooper co-authored a book on his father's legacy. Yeah, that’s one of the main reasons that I had to sit and think, because Caron Butler was talking to me and telling me how there’s a big difference between a current player tag and a former player tag. Not many big names changed teams before the deadline. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io, This Election Is Going to Require Some Patience, Man of the People Locks Himself in Borrowed House, All About Ashley Biden, Joe's Youngest Daughter, All About Kamala Harris's Husband Douglas Emhoff, #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke on Its Future, Taylor Swift's "Only the Young" Is In Biden Ad, Kerry Washington Needs You to Be the Hero. Loeffler said she will not give up her ownership stake in the Dream despite players and the union calling on her to do so. Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler, who is also a Republican Senator from Georgia, made waves Tuesday when she sent a letter to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert urging the league to put American flags on the jerseys for the league's restart rather than the planned anti-racism messages "Black Lives Matter" and "Say Her Name" (a reference to the recent killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville). Once the media storm calms a bit, how do you plan to keep this movement going? It was beautiful. When athletes are presented with objective, independent knowledge and feel confident in their personal and financial decision making, their desire to live empowered lives is undeniable. When I say powerful statements, it could be through an action. Education is the key to unlocking the unlimited potential of collegiate and professional athletes. They have global games to go find talent, so if you are here in America, it’s kind of understood that the scouts will find you. “She Loved Who She Was Becoming”: Breonna Taylor and a Family’s Fight for Justice. Anomaly inspires athletes to learn and evolve by relatingconcepts to their unique lives and careers. I don’t want to tell athletes they should go to HBCUs, but I just think that everyone now should just give them an extra look. It’s pulling families apart. For instance, I’m speaking to some college students today. It’s a very unnerving situation because no one knows everything that COVID does to you. They were telling me not to be worried. People don’t vote locally a lot of times because people don’t really care or think it affects them. “There’s work to be done off the court in so many areas in our community,” Montgomery tweeted. I felt very empowered. Everybody knows that programming costs good money, a lot of money. The vote by members of the players union will show how many prefer a 72-game season that starts on Dec. 22, or a season of perhaps 58 or 60 games. What, exactly, is he fighting for? They basically had to renegotiate the CBA, but in like two months. Renee Montgomery is an actress, known for Unfinished Business (2014), Mind and Skin (2013) and The Reid Out (2020). Getting a school their accreditation not only starts to build that community, but it builds up the workforce since more faculty will be hired. "Voter suppression and disenfranchisement have been around forever. When you decide to do something like that, you basically are deciding to give up your status, in a sense. Basketball has taken Renee Montgomery across the world. A lot of people are turned away, a lot of people are waiting a long time. If there wasn’t a social component, I would probably be going to the bubble, even if it’s not the same [level] as the NBA, as they’re saying. And you are speaking from a position of immense influence as a team co-owner in our league and as a U.S. Yeah.” But all these players are trying to figure out how to fix America. I’m not sure what has been decided, because since I opted out, I haven’t paid close attention to that. I’m going to try to focus on HBCUs and more specifically, a lot of HBCUs don’t have funding, don’t have creative spaces for minorities. The WNBA veteran believes there are pervasive problems in the southern city, however, that are antithetical to her convictions as a Black woman. So just to put it in perspective, yeah, it happened fast. The Senator also called the BLM group "anti-Semitic and doesn't support the nuclear family." It seems like over the past few years NBA players and WNBA players have worked more closely together. It was a large group of NBA players discussing what’s the best way to create change. So yeah, we’re all a team. My thoughts on police brutality is all it’s doing is breaking down the Black family. #MEM #MTAV #momentsequalmomentum, A post shared by Renee Montgomery (@reneemontgomery) on Jun 23, 2020 at 6:46am PDT. … I have a big resource in More Than a Vote Campaign. I don’t want to speak on something that I haven’t seen myself. So the initiative is called “Remember the 3rd.” We’re going to host three workshops and a pep rally. Yeah. It’s going to take a lot of work, but there’s no better time than now to get started so that future generations can reap the benefits. Montgomery talks about that uncomfortable dynamic, sitting out the WNBA season, getting people to vote and building up HBCUs. Education is the key to unlocking the unlimited potential of collegiate and professional athletes.