107IST Board Statement Regarding Events of 8/23

29 Aug 2019 3:22 PM | Sherrilynn Rawson (Administrator)

A statement on behalf of the 107IST board of directors

The 107IST board met with representatives of the Timbers and Thorns front office on Tuesday, August 27th, to discuss:

  • Our ongoing concerns with the ban on flying the iron front flag;

  • Our concerns with the inclusion of the word “political” in MLS’s fan code of conduct; and

  • Our request that the league consult with supporters, representatives from marginalized groups, and with experts in human rights to craft a fan code of conduct that reflects and supports radical inclusion and anti-discrimination.


No sanctions will be levied against individuals who flew or held up iron front flags or banners at Providence Park during last Friday’s Cascadia Cup match or at the Thorns match on Sunday (the Timbers/Thorns front office have instead decided to issue a general warning).

The discussions were productive, and will be ongoing. In addition, MLS has committed to meeting with representatives from the Independent Supporters Council in the near future to discuss the Fan Code of Conduct and specifically supporters' concerns with the inclusion of the word “political” and the banning of the Iron Front symbol.

While we are encouraged by the commitment of the Timbers/Thorns front office and the league to work with us on finding a path to move forward, our position remains unchanged:

  • Lift the ban on the display of iron front imagery on flags and banners

  • Remove the word “political” from the fan code of conduct

  • Consult with marginalized groups and experts in the field of human rights to construct a fan code of conduct that supports radical inclusion and opposes discrimination

We want to thank our members and everyone in the greater soccer community for their support - it was clear that our message has been heard loud and clear both by the Timbers/Thorns front office and MLS, and we have shown that the supporters are a force to be reckoned with. We ask that you continue to message the front office with your concerns about the Fan Code of Conduct.

We are coming together as a city, collectively, just as we have done in the past, to say no to hate. Let’s do this, Portland.



Comments

  • 02 Sep 2019 5:00 PM | joe oneill
    So when some right wing nut job decides to unload a clip from his AR-15 outside of the stadium because ANTIFA is now associated with the Portland Timbers... I take it that every member of the 107st who has supported the Iron Front flag will accept responsibility for the carnage. Use your fucking brain and figure out why this is just a ridiculously bad idea.
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    • 06 Sep 2019 8:34 AM | Paul Navarre
      Remember kids, the fascists aren't the problem. It's the people who stand up to the fascists that are the real bad guys. I'll just tell my friends and neighbors who are directly threatened by the Proud Boys and their ilk to stay home and don't make any trouble until all this blows over. That always works.
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