Colin Kaepernick Presented With SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award

Gina Johnson Smith

Gina Johnson Smith

Communication Specialist at SPMG Media


Beyoncé surprised ex-49ers player Colin Kaepernick Tuesday night, presenting him with the SI Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which honors an athlete who uses their platform to further change.

Beyoncé took a strong stance on Kaepernick’s actions to protest police brutality at the 2017 Sportsperson of the Year Awards Show in New York. Kaepernick’s decision to remain seated while the national anthem played back in 2016 sparked similar protests by NFL players that continue to incite controversy in the present.

“Thank you Colin Kaepernick. Thank you for your selfless heart, and your conviction,” the “Lemonade” singer said in her presentation speech. “Thank you for your personal sacrifice. Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other, especially people of color.”

“We’re still waiting for the world to catch up. It’s been said that racism is so American, that when we protest racism, some assume we are protesting America. So, let’s be very clear. Colin has always been very respectful of the individuals who selfless serve and protect our country and our communities and our families. His message is solely focused on social injustice for historically disenfranchised people. Let’s not get that mistaken.”

“I say this as a person who receives credit for using my platform to protest systemic oppression, racialized injustice and the dire consequences of anti-blackness in America,” he said. “I accept this award not for myself, but on behalf of the people. Because if it were not for my love of the people, I would not have protested. And if it was not for the support from the people, I would not be on this stage today. With or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”

Kaepernick has been unable to find a new NFL position since he opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, and sued the NFL and its owners in October for collusion against hiring him. Kaepernick also received the ACLU’s courageous advocate award Monday evening.

The 2017 SI Sportsperson of the Year Show will air on NBCSN and on Univision Deportes Network at 8 p.m. ET Dec. 8 and Dec. 9, respectively.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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Lee was the city’s first Asian-American mayor

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday, ending a decades-long career in city politics and activism and sending shockwaves across the city.

Lee, 65, was the city’s first Asian-American mayor. His cause of death was not immediately released, but former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown told local media that Lee had suffered a cardiac arrest.

“It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital,” city officials said in a statement. “Family, friends and colleagues were at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family.”

Board of Supervisors President London Breed will become acting mayor, effective immediately, but the board may vote to replace her at any time. The city will hold an election on June 5 to name a mayor to finish out Lee’s term.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee stands for a photograph on Aug. 17, 2016. Lee died Tuesday. 

“Ed was a true champion for working people and epitomized the California spirit,” California Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. “He’ll truly be missed.”

Lee, the child of Chinese immigrants, was born and raised in Seattle and moved to the Bay Area to attend law school at the University of California, Berkeley. As a student, he became involved in advocacy by working for the civil rights group the Asian Law Caucus.

“As the son of immigrants who became mayor of one of America’s largest cities, Ed broke down barriers and blazed a trail for future generations to follow,” Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), former district attorney of San Francisco, said Tuesday. “And at this inflection moment in our country when some have promoted hatred and division, Mayor Lee has been an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusion.”

Lee began working for San Francisco in 1989 as an adviser to then-Mayor Art Agnos. He held various positions within the city government until he was appointed city administrator in 2005. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom was elected California’s lieutenant governor in 2011, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors appointed Lee as the city’s new leader. He won re-election in 2015.

“His intellect, unshakable integrity, boundless optimism and contagious love for San Francisco elevated the City to greater heights,” Newsom said in a statement Tuesday. “He steered San Francisco with an unshakable hand, an indomitable spirit, and a great sense of humor.”

San Francisco interim Mayor Ed Lee files paperwork to officially run for mayor on August 8, 2011 in San Francisco, California.

Lee was best known for his progressive policies on immigration and defending San Francisco as a sanctuary city. He also tried to combat the city’s longstanding homelessness problem with the creation of Navigation Centers, a short-term housing option, and investments in affordable housing programs. 

Lee was also instrumental in raising San Francisco’s minimum wage in 2014, making it the highest in the country at the time.

Before entering city politics in the 1980s, Lee cut his teeth in San Francisco activism by advocating for the city’s large Chinese-American population. As a lawyer, he famously sued the San Francisco Police Department over height requirements that excluded many Asian-American candidates and sued the San Francisco Fire Department over racial hazing.

He was also a fierce advocate for residents of the city’s Chinatown, the oldest such neighborhood in the U.S. and one of the largest Chinese enclaves outside China. In 1978, Lee famously went after the city over unlivable conditions at the neighborhood’s Ping Yuen public housing complex and organized a successful rent strike.

The earliest photo in our archives of SF Mayor Ed Lee, who died this morning. @sfchronicle has updates all morning.

Advocacy for fair and safe housing would become part of his legacy as mayor, too. Just the day before his death, Lee announced legislation that would recoup costs from landlords illegally housing people in unsafe buildings.

But his term has not been without controversy. Lee has been criticized for poorly managing the city’s growth, which was triggered by the rise of the region’s tech industry and subsequent influx of high-paid tech workers.

That growth ballooned beyond what Lee could have imagined when he first took office. The boom resulted in higher housing prices, congestion and traffic issues, and social tensions due to rising income disparity. Lee’s efforts to increase housing were often stifled by the city’s strict zoning regulations, building height restrictions and NIMBY activism.

In an effort to revitalize the city’s blighted Mid-Market Street corridor, Lee introduced a tax break for companies that moved into the neighborhood. The 2012 incentive, which became known as the “Twitter Tax Break,” proved controversial when it was revealed that it helped companies avoid $34 million in city taxes in 2014 alone.

That tax break helped earn Lee a reputation for being business-friendly to a fault, but he often emphasized that such moves were part of his overall mission to help struggling neighborhoods.

“We need to continue to make sure this is the city for the 100 percent,” he often repeated in public statements.

Willa Frej contributed reporting.

Break the Internet!

We have just days. The FCC is about to vote to end net neutrality—breaking the fundamental principle of the open Internet—and only an avalanche of calls to Congress can stop it. So until the December 14th vote, “Break the Internet” on your sitewith your profile pictureon TwitterFacebookSnapchatInstagramLinkedInredditTumblrYoutube or in whatever wild creative way you can to get your audience to contact Congress. That’s how we win. Are you in?


These sites are already working to drive calls and messages to Congress to stop the FCC:

  • GitHub
  • Reddit
  • Tumblr
  • Patreon
  • Private Internet Access
  • BoingBoing
  • Imgur
  • BitTorrent
  • PornHub
  • DeviantArt
  • Etsy
  • Fiverr
  • Cloudflare
  • Discord
  • Mozilla
  • Pinterest
  • CiviCRM
  • Sonic
  • Know Your Meme
  • Change dot org
  • ICG logo
  • Checkiday
  • DuckDuckGo


Net neutrality affects everyone who uses the Internet. This protest is for all of us. Here’s a big list of creative ways to “Break the Internet” for the 48 hours before the FCC vote. Go wild and Tweet every 10 minutes until the FCC vote, change your job on LinkedIn to “Defending Net Neutrality” or say you’re “Married to the Open Internet” on Facebook. Do whatever you can to get *everyone’s* attention and drive phone calls to Congress. If you run a website or blog, go here.

You can change your profile picture…

Use the image below or Click here.

#StopTheFCC profile pic

You can join with Instagram…

Use these these materials to post a story, or post these graphics frequently until the vote.

Change your featured website to

You can join with Snapchat…

Save this photo and upload it to your Snapchat story for the next 48 hours.

You can join with Facebook…

“Break the Internet” and get everyone’s attention by changing your “Relationship Status.” Get “Married” (to the free and open Internet). Share the status and then immediately add a comment sending people to take action at

a) Go to “About” section of your Facebook page and choose “Family and Relationships” in the left sidebar. Add a relationship status and choose “Married” and hit “Save Changes”.


b) From the top right of the post click on “edit life event”. Change the Title to “Free and Open Internet” or “Net Neutrality”.


c) Share it and add a comment to the post that says: “I’m married to the free and open Internet! Go to to help defend net neutrality. Change your relationship status to get everyone’s attention. Get involved at!”


You can join with Tumblr…

Just follow these step-by-step instructions to add a “Contact Congress” widget to your Tumblr.

You can join with LinkedIn…

Add a “new job” position to your profile called “Defending Net Neutrality at”—this will trigger a notification to your network and get more people to take action before the vote. Here’s how:

1. Make sure your settings are set to: “notify people when your profile changes”. Go to the upper right hand corner, choose settings and go to the Privacy tab. Make sure you choose yes on “Sharing profile edits”.


2. Go to your profile and choose the pen to edit. And, add a new position:


3. Here’s some text you can add:

“The FCC is voting to end net neutrality on Dec. 14th. Congress can still stop the vote, but only if we make them. Go to to #StoptheFCC and defend net neutrality before it’s too late.

Then, join me in “breaking the Internet” by adding a new job position to your LinkedIn profile too and tell your network how to #stopthefcc:”


You can join with Reddit…

Let’s do another community takeover! Everyone post links to and — get wild and creative.

If you’re a mod, check this thread with CSS you can use to change your theme and “break” your subreddit.

You can join the protest with your site…

You can display a prominent alert on your site that shows the world what the web will look like without net neutrality, and asks your visitors to call Congress. Click here for a demograb the code on GitHub, or check out these instructions for Tumblr. None of these will actually block, slow, or paywall your site. But, they will let your users contact their representatives in Congress without having to leave your page. They appear once per user per day and users can easily click away.

Just add this line of code to your site’s header:

GlitchCountdown Modal PreviewSlow Modal PreviewMoney Modal PreviewStop Modal Preview

Or to go epic and be a hero to the Internet, you can completely turn your site red. Here’s an example from Reddit and you can get the code on Github. (Visitors can still scroll down to get to your site, but c’mon, this is really epic.)


You can use these banners and images too…

We are just weeks away from an FCC vote tokill net neutrality. Only Congress can stop it.We are just weeks away from an FCC vote tokill net neutrality. Only Congress can stop it.We are just weeks away from an FCC vote tokill net neutrality. Only Congress can stop it.

You can even participate on YouTube and Vimeo with this video bumper.

We made a short video reel that explains why net neutrality matters, and how Internet users can tell the FCC and Congress to protect the open web at all costs through Add this reel to your online creations starting now. Tell your viewers about the day of action on YouTube, Vimeo, or wherever else you put your videos!

There are square, vertical, and horizontal versions of the bumper for you to download here.

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Sign up with your email and we’ll send you instructions on how to take action and urgent updates leading into the day of action. Forward this to your friends for maximum impact!

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Massive ‘Break the Internet’ Revolt This Week to ‘Save Net Neutrality’

Major websites and social media platforms are teaming up for an “epic” online demonstration to show what the web would look like without net neutrality

Capitalism will eat democracy — unless we speak up | Yanis Varoufakis

Published on Feb 15, 2016

Have you wondered why politicians aren’t what they used to be, why governments seem unable to solve real problems? Economist Yanis Varoufakis, the former Minister of Finance for Greece, says that it’s because you can be in politics today but not be in power — because real power now belongs to those who control the economy. He believes that the mega-rich and corporations are cannibalizing the political sphere, causing financial crisis. In this talk, hear his dream for a world in which capital and labor no longer struggle against each other, “one that is simultaneously libertarian, Marxist and Keynesian.”

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