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Stadium Opposition

Just received this press release. Enjoy!



Washington, DC- The DC Black Church Initiative a
coalition 800 churches is opposing the building of a
new soccer stadium in Ward 8. There are four major
reasons for our opposition . (1) DC United lied and
misled area ministers about their intentions to fund a
youth soccer league for African American children in
Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8. (2) DC United lied about their
commitment to the children of those Wards after a year
and a half of discussion. (3) The new stadium would
have adverse economic affects on the residents of Ward
8 and accelerate gentrification of their
neighborhoods. (4) the only motive behind DC United
move is not to build community, but to create a profit
center for their investors.

"We reached out to DC United believing that they were
sincere in their commitment to not allow this new
stadium to have major economic impact on its
residents" said Rev. Anthony Evans, President of the
DC Black Church Initiative. "We took them at their
word that they had a commitment not only to the
residents, but African American young people in
introducing organized soccer to the youth. We have
come to find out after a year and a half talking with
them that it's all lies". We must ask ourselves what
manner of men who will lie to the church and young
people without malice. We are both confused and

African American children of Ward 8 deserve the same
opportunities as white kids in Ward 3. But the
reality is white kids in Ward 3 have a far better
opportunity to participate in a organized soccer
league then African American kids in Ward 5, 6, 7 and
8. It is heart breaking to believe that this type of
racism still exists in 2007. This is why we are
committed to stop that soccer stadium from being

Rev. Robert Eddy, a national Lay Leader says, "I have
seen this many times before that's why it is
imperative to never trust them until they put it in
writing. Many of these organizations are careful
never to put anything in writing. This is the way
they could always deny that they ever made a
commitment especially to African Americans. I am
deeply concerned like other leaders in Washington
concerning the economic impact of major investment
like a new stadium. There are always economic
adversities on the residents as a result of building
any new stadium. This is why it is important to
vigorously oppose this new stadium.

The Rev. Mark McCleary says, "I am heart broken once
again how maliciously corporations make promises to
young people and to those of us who have put our lives
on the line to save young people how they so easily
try to use us and lie to us without blinking an eye.
I have notified all of the churches in Ward 8, and
Ward 7, and Ward 6 and Ward 5 that we will not rest
until they abandon the building of the stadium in Ward
8. We are committed in creating as much opposition
necessary to stop this stadium."


The DC Black Church Initiative DCBCI), a coalition of
800 African-American and Latino member churches works
to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare. DCBCI
is a faith-based health organization dedicated to
providing critical wellness information and preventive
health screening to all of its members. The
African-American community ranks first in eleven
different health risk categories. DCBCI purpose is to
partner with national health officials to provide
health education, reduce racial health disparities,
and increase access to quality healthcare.

By Steve Goff  |  April 10, 2007; 11:20 AM ET
Categories:  D.C. United  
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