The U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team successfully defended their 2015 World Cup win against the Netherlands team on Sunday, further cementing their dominance in the sport and scoring political points against opponents as powerful as the president of the United States.
The team broke record after record this World Cup, from the number of points scored in a given game (13-0 against Thailand) to the number of consecutive World Cup wins. Team captain Megan Rapinoe, who also plays for the Seattle Reign, took away a World Cup victory as well as the Golden Boot — as the top scorer — and the Golden Ball, an award given to the best individual player.
Rapinoe also managed to get one past the sitting president.
Champion teams often receive invitations to go to the White House and meet the president. When asked by Eight by Eight Magazine if she would accept such an offer, Rapinoe’s answer was fast and certain.
“I’m not going to the fucking White House,” Rapinoe said, clarifying that she didn’t believe President Donald Trump would invite the team, in any case.
Rapinoe and the team haven’t shied away from fights for justice. Rapinoe, an openly gay woman, took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem in solidarity with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in protest of police brutality against Black people. The team is currently in a lawsuit against U.S. Soccer for pay equity between the men and women’s teams.
WA law has day in court
The Tenants Union of Washington State and the Northwest Justice Project are suing a rental company, alleging that the company states that it will not accept housing assistance vouchers in contravention of state law.
According to the lawsuit, advertisements for units rented by Best Choice Realty include the phrase “does not accept section 8,” referring to a federal program that guarantees a person will not spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. The government picks up the rest of the tab within certain spending limits.
Washington state outlawed such “source of income discrimination” in 2018.
Shooting victim IDed
Relatives identified a man shot and killed by police in Poulsbo during a July 3 fireworks celebration as Stonechild Chiefstick of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, according to the Kitsap Sun.
The shooting took place in Poulsbo’s Waterfront Park. Police officers had received word that a man was threatening people with a screwdriver in his pocket, acting aggressively.
Police made contact, a struggle ensued and officers fired two shots despite crowded conditions, according to the Kitsap Sun.
Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity. Have a story idea? She can be can reached at ashleya (at) realchangenews (dot) org. Follow Ashley on Twitter @AshleyA_RC
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