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NBA Playoffs to resume Saturday after establishing a social justice coalition


The NBA and the player's union have reached an agreement on Friday to resume the 2020 playoffs by establishing three social justice initiatives focused on voting, civic engagement, police, and criminal justice reform.


Why it matters:

On Wednesday, the Milwaukee Bucks refused to play their scheduled playoff game against the Orlando Magic in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake; a Blackman paralyzed after a Kenosha, Wisconsin police officer shot him seven times in the back.

  • The owners and the players will create a "social justice coalition, with representatives from players, coaches, and governors," and will be focused on "increasing access to voting, promoting civic engagement, and advocating for meaningful police and criminal justice reform."

  • NBA teams that own their arenas would "work with local elections officials to convert the facility into a voting location for the 2020 general election to allow for a safe in-person voting option for communities vulnerable to COVID" and use the area for voter registration drives and ballot receiving boards.

  • The NBA and the players, and the TV networks will work together in creating tv advertisements "dedicated to promoting greater civic engagement in national and local elections and raising awareness around voter access and opportunity."

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