This year, Local 134 will be implementing an “I’ll Go With You” community ally program specifically for the comfort and safety of trans or genderqueer members of our community who may be uncomfortable in gendered spaces, particularly gendered multi-stall bathrooms like the ones at SeatGeek.
We are looking for Local 134 members who are willing to volunteer as representatives of this initiative on gamedays.
As a representative of the “I’ll Go With You” program, you will do the following:
Wear a small button with the trans flag on it that says #IllGoWithYou on it
Be willing to be publicly identified to the community as a representative of this inititiative on the Local 134 website
Be willing to, upon request, go with a fellow community member to the bathroom they prefer to use, wait in line with them, and ensure they come and go from the bathroom safely and comfortably.
Be willing to, while wearing the button, maintain a certain degree of sobriety in the interest of performing this community function responsibly.
Be willing to help a fellow community member seek help if they are being harassed or otherwise feel uncomfortable on a game day.
Have tickets in section 118
We are looking to establish a group of around 15-20 people who can be on the team of representatives for this program. Buttons will be distributed before each game.
This practice will be particularly important for Local 134 away trips to states or areas where local laws may particularly discriminate against members of our community, so we will be sure to identify representatives for these trips from or outside of the regular group.
For anyone who is interested in taking advantage of this program, the list of representatives will be shared on the Local 134 website via a document with photos as well as the type of bathroom they can escort to. You do not need to be a member to have access to these escorts!
Each gameday, keep an eye out for these people and the buttons. Away game escorts will be shared leading up to an away trip on the travel page of the Local 134 website.
If you are interested in being an escort for this program, (please join!) and let Maggie know.
CHICAGO, IL – In light of the racist abuse reported at last weekend’s Utah Royals vs. Portland Thorns match, leaders of many National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) supporters’ groups convened under the umbrella of the Independent Supporters Council (ISC) to create the league’s first Supporters’ Group Code of Conduct. Groups representing supporters from every NWSL club have signed on in agreement.
The code affirms the values that these supporters’ groups already uphold and directs members to take appropriate and immediate action to stop future abuse as it may arise. The code also sets an expectation of open communication between front offices and supporters’ groups in order to ensure enforcement of the code’s commitments.
The Supporters’ Group Code of Conduct
As an NWSL supporters group we affirm that we expect our members to embrace diversity and treat all players, coaches, fans, supporters, officials, team and stadium staff with dignity and respect. We will not tolerate hateful or discriminatory words or actions based on race, gender identity, sexuality, citizenship status or nationality, age, appearance, disability, religious or cultural identity. We will also respect the privacy, personal space, and professional boundaries of players, team and league staff.
If group members are made aware of hateful or discriminatory words or actions taking place within our community at any point we affirm that we will take appropriate, immediate action to stop whoever is instigating hate and set the expectation that ownership, coaching staff, players, stadium personnel, and league-wide staff will do the same. Violence or threats of violence will absolutely not be tolerated in any context.
We pledge to make our community a safe space for all who join us in good faith, with an open mind and the intention to be a part of a welcoming community. We also pledge to enforce this commitment in all of the spaces we occupy, including our online space. In the interest of ensuring enforcement of these commitments we expect that lines of communication between our supporter’s group and the team’s front office will remain open at all times and that this Code of Conduct along with any group-specific expectations will be shared with all group members.
Hate, bigotry, and harassment will not be tolerated in NWSL supporting culture. As supporters groups we will do everything in our power to ensure this is true and to grow the game with this commitment as our foundation.
Signed: 9/10/2019 Bayou City Republic (@BayouCityRep, Houston Dash) Chicago Local 134 (@ChicagoLocal134, Chicago Red Stars)* Cloud 9 (@Cloud9SBFC, Sky Blue FC)* The Court (@CourtofRoyals, Utah Royals) Junkyard Dogs (@NCJunkyardDogs, North Carolina Courage) Pride’s Crown (@PridesCrown, Orlando Pride)* Rose City Riveters (PDXRivetersSG, Portland Thorns)* Royal Guard (@RoyalGuard_SG, Reign FC) Spirit Squadron (@SpiritSquadron, Washington Spirit)* The Uproar (@UproarNC, North Carolina Courage) *Indicates ISC membership
The Independent Supporters Council promotes supporters’ culture and advocates for fair treatment of supporters, both at home and on the road. The ISC also serves as a resource for members to share information about supporters’ issues. There are more than 60 members of the Independent Supporters Council in the US and Canada between MLS, NWSL, USL, NPSL, UPSL, and CPL.
Join us on Thursday, May 24th for our 3rd Annual Benefit with Tottenham Hotspur Chicago for Connections for Abused Women and their Children. The event will take place at the Atlantic Bar & Grill from 6:30 to 9:30pm and feature games, a silent auction, and a meet and greet with Chicago Red Stars players. Past players have included Sofia Huerta, Danielle Colaprico, Alyssa Mautz, and Arin Gilliland.
This is a great event each year and we’re proud to share in the hosting with Chicago Spurs. Many Chicago Spurs members are Local 134 members as well.
Tickets are $40 for adults, $10 for kids. Limited open bar and appetizers included. We’ll see you there!
The season didn’t end with a win like we all hoped, but we’re proud of the community you’ve helped us create at Toyota Park and we’re excited for next year already. Only 5 or 6 more months!
Thanks to the Chicago Red Stars staff and owner Arnim for a great year and of course thanks to the players as well. We’ll be hosting some events over the off-season to watch our Red Stars play for the USWNT and perhaps W-League matches, if we can figure out how to do that…