ECS releases open letter: What happened to our Shared Values?

To: Adrian Hanauer, Jody Allen, Drew Carey, the Owners collective, and the Front Office of the Seattle Sounders Football Club

We’re damage. We’re dissatisfied. We’re fucking annoyed.

You have spent years reassuring us that you simply shared our values ​​on vital subjects. You’ve informed us you share our antifascist and antiracist stance. You joined us in exhibiting your assist for transgender youth, going as far as to inform CONCACAF officers that you simply would not make us take down our “Emerald City Supports Trans Kids” banner the evening of the CCL Final. On June 24, 2022, the day Roe v. Wade was overturned, you issued a press release assuring followers that you simply consider in the suitable to autonomy over our our bodies and the suitable to select. Your partnerships with Intentionalist and the RAVE Foundation assist various native communities, wholesome kids, and underserved populations.

So what happened to our shared values? Was all of it simply lip service to hold taking our cash?

Because now you’ve got circled and touted ‘shared values’ with a company that stands in opposition to lots of the subjects we have beforehand agreed upon.

You introduced on a sponsor who has a historical past of inadequate look after transgender and gender non-binary people.

You introduced on a sponsor who is among the largest hospital programs in Washington however is not going to supply abortion companies, per their very own paperwork filed with the state.

You introduced on a sponsor whose mission says “we’re steadfast in serving all, particularly those that are poor and susceptible” however they have been sued by the State of Washington in 2022 for illegally sending greater than 55,000 affected person accounts to collections when the sufferers certified for low-income help.

The one factor we are able to agree on in all of that is that extra psychological well being assets are wanted in our group, particularly for kids and adolescents. However, partnering with a faith-based group with a historical past in opposition to reproductive rights and gender-affirming care is not exhibiting assist to all members of this group. There are so many alternative group organizations you could possibly have chosen for this initiative that may assist all of our shared values.

You informed us one factor for years, and one other with this sponsorship. This scenario requires motion, and now you want to present us what values ​​you actually maintain.

Emerald City Supporters

The open letter initially appeared on the ECS web site and social platforms.

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