Spread the Love: Terraces edition

04 Sep 2019 7:43 PM | Jennifer Ingraham (Administrator)

It’s been a rocky season. Between the compressed schedule, the team’s up and down performance, and a number of controversial issues, a lot of people understandably are feeling heightened tensions and emotions.

We also have an influx of new supporters in the North End, which we knew would happen with the recent expansion. The combination of these two things means that some fans may be discovering the club just as it’s in the midst of a somewhat tempestuous period of change and growth. It also means that some supporters may want to support the teams in ways that feel best for them or to their best capability.

Unfortunately, over the last few weeks, we’ve heard reports of people in the North End feeling bullied or intimidated by those around them for supporting in ways that others have disagreed with. We want to make it clear that these actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This is not “radically inclusive,” and it is not “If you want to be TA/Riveters, then you already are.”

Our hope is that people can remember when they, too, were new to the North End and the feelings they felt when they first experienced the joy and the passion of the Timbers Army and/or Rose City Riveters.

The stadium expansion gives us an opportunity to welcome new faces into the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters family — as well as connect with long-time supporters we maybe haven’t met before. We need to make sure we’re encouraging and educating everyone in a positive way. This means answering questions, making sure they have chant sheets, and remembering to — as Timber Jim would say — Spread the Love. 

Comments

  • 04 Sep 2019 9:11 PM | Keith Palau (Administrator)
    Well said! First impressions, for good or ill, tend to stick with people. Let’s keep doing our best to welcome newcomers & to treat those around us with grace and respect
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  • 04 Sep 2019 9:30 PM | Michele Griffin
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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  • 04 Sep 2019 10:13 PM | Bridget Oboyle
    Good to hear since it's not just new kids being bullied.

    The 107th needs to remember that they are the SG within the TA, they're not bigger than the TA.

    Radical inclusiveness
    Share the Love
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    • 05 Sep 2019 12:05 PM | Larry Shaw
      in fact, the ta the supporters group within the 107ist, the same as the rcr are the supporters group within the 107ist.
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  • 05 Sep 2019 7:34 AM | Jason Labrado
    This post does not even have the courage to placate as there is zero ownership of the issue stated. Furthermore more it continues the rhetoric of “new supporters” being the source of the discontent. New old or always TImbers support should not be hierarchical. But these are not new matters and this has been an issue longer then “a few weeks”. My question is why now? What changed?
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  • 05 Sep 2019 12:48 PM | Jay Doran
    Hoooray! Thank you!

    Practice “radical inclusivity” across the broadest spectrum of human experience. There is no franchise on altruism.

    Speak loudly against hate, bullying, and intimidation that pollutes the mission of supporting our team and the game.

    Recognize and appreciate that this negative experience is hardly exclusive to new fans or to section 107!

    Abandon the direct association with Antifa symbolism or ANY other political idealism. Steer clear of the obviously false narrative for the good of ALL!

    Build fields. Train coaches and referees and club administrators. Develop and widen opportunities for players!

    Dumb hill to die on brothers and sisters. Suffer the suspensions, and re-think please. Clean up our own house first.
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    • 07 Sep 2019 11:26 AM | Jamie Krueger
      "Abandon the direct association with Antifa symbolism or ANY other political idealism."


      Nah
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  • 07 Sep 2019 10:44 AM | Marrion Skinner (Administrator)
    I would encourage new supporters to read the entry signs as they embark on their first few matches within TA sections. I don't personally welcome folks to the front rows of the 100s when their enthusiasm for soccer wanes after 35 minutes and they decide to sit the rest of the match.
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