—by Sherrilynn "Sheba" Rawson
A statement on behalf of the 107IST Board of Directors
The Timbers Army has grown and changed over the years, from the by-now-nearly-mythical “twenty guys banging on pickle buckets” to thousands of supporters spanning the globe. We are a huge, disparate lot, and we disagree about many things, large and small, in person and online. But there are a few things on which we all agree.
- We support team, town, and TA.
- We support soccer in and around Portland, Oregon, from the grassroots to the highest professional level.
- And we have zero tolerance for hate.
There is no room in the Timbers Army for racism, sexism, xenophobia or homophobia. None. If recent world events have taught us anything, it is that we need to say no to hate, early and often, at every opportunity. This is not a political stance: it is a stance that respects basic rights and dignity for all humans.
We have lots of opportunities to stand up and say no to hate and yes to humanity, on the stands and in the streets. This next weekend, you are invited to march with us in the Portland Pride Parade. All are welcome: if you want to be Timbers Army, you already are. Unless you want to hate on fellow humans. Then you’ll want to look elsewhere.