the american leagues

The Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) continues to oppose the administration’s discriminatory travel ban from six Muslim-majority countries and is discouraged by the U.S. Supreme Court decision to allow a limited version of the travel ban to be implemented starting as early as Thursday, June 29th until hearing an appeal by the White House in October.

The ruling prevents people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States unless they have a “bona fide” relationship with the United States. Examples that the justices provide to explain who may enter the U.S. from the aforementioned countries include close relatives of a U.S. citizen, students who have been accepted to a U.S. university, and those who are employed by a U.S. business.

We are disappointed that any piece of this racist and xenophobic executive order was upheld by the Supreme Court, particularly since this decision was made prior to hearing the case. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and 4th Circuit Court of Appeals refused to lift the hold on the administration’s travel ban was the correct decision to protect against the religious and racial discrimination this ban seeks to uphold.

JACL will continue to oppose any legislation based on race or religious discrimination and supports the rights of immigrants and those fleeing areas of oppression to make a better life for themselves. We must remain vigilant in our fight against fear and hate based policies.

—  Japanese American Citizens League Press Release (June 27, 2017)

remember when buffalo made a big deal about the oilers “cheating” during the draft lottery

remember when buffalo made a big deal about how they deserved mcdavid even though they were getting eichel

remember when the nhl media dismissed jack eichel in his own interviews

remember when the nhl always deferred to connor mcdavid during almost every question when they had interviews together

remember all the times jack eichel just stood there listening to people fawn over connor when he was right next to him, no one even acknowledging him.

remember when jack eichel was told in a board room meeting by a bunch of grown men (the sabres) that they didn’t want him but he was what they got and he stared them down and said “I think you did win the lottery.”

remember all the times jack eichel was pushed aside, forgotten about, disrespected to his face, treated like trash as a teenager, bullied by cities of people as a teenager. remember all those times because he just scored his 100th point in the NHL in 127 games and the media is completely brushing it off.  all he did to deserve any of this was dare to be the same age as connor mcdavid. but apparently that’s enough.

My Top 10 Favorite Comics of All Time

Hi guys,

I’ve been getting asked a lot on and offline what are my favorite comic books? That’s a loaded question. I had to think about it. There are some great runs in comics. Some great story arcs. But I had to dig down and see what I really liked. What books have I read over and over and over. These are what I enjoyed the most, I’m not saying these are the greatest comic books ever, I’m just saying they appealed to me. So here are my top 10 favorite comics.




10. Identity Crisis
The DC Comics crisis events. Mostly just okay stories. Too much going on and not enough time to invest in any one character. But Identity Crisis stands out above the rest. Instead of a multiverse changing, massive story, Identity Crisis focuses on the mystery of who killed Sue Dibny. The wife of the Elongated Man. More and more of the heroes civilian loved ones are attacked and the heroes have a ticking clock to solve the mystery before another loved one is murdered. Written by Brad Meltzer this book focuses on the cost of living a double life. Highly recommended.



9. Young Avengers: volume 2
Not to be confused with Young Avengers volume 1. Volume 2 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie is nothing short of awesome. A multiverse hoping, teenage super hero daydream. It’s a really great story about teenage love, magic, pop references, LGB, and Loki. Lots and lots of Loki. So if you ship Wiccan and Hulkling, love Kate Bishop, and cannot get enough of America Chavez, you’ll want to read this book.



8. Superman American Alien
A lot of people have mixed opinions on this book, but I really enjoyed this unique take written by Max Landis. Focusing on the early years of Clark Kent, it felt more grounded in what Clark would actually be going through on his journey to becoming Superman. Each issue has a different artist which is fitting because each issue focuses on a different year in Clark’s child to teenager to young adult to man journey. It’s a mini series that should be pretty easy to find and I highly recommend it.



7. DC The New Frontier
A book paying tribute to the Silver Age of DC Comics. Focusing on the Macarthy era, A time where America couldn’t be less trusting, the story focuses on the super heroes once praised for their services, now find themselves ridden off as outlaws. Multiple perspectives from Hal Jordan (Green Lantern), Martian Manhunter, Wonder Woman, Flash, etc, as they fight for truth, justice, and the American way, accumulating to the upcoming battle with “The Center.” Darwyn Cooke tells an amazing story that you all should check out.



6. Scott Pilgrim Vol 1 through 6
I cannot recommend these books from Bryan Lee O’ Malley enough. 6 graphic novels in total, focusing on Scott Pilgrim’s desire to date Ramona Flowers, his journey to defeat her 7 evil ex’s, and the challenge of being a responsible adult. This book is filled with post high school confusion, punk rock, video games, anime style action, and heart. If you liked the movie, I promise you, you’ll love the book.



5. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man volume 2
My favorite super hero is Spider-Man. In 2011 when they announced they would be making a new Spider-Man of color I was ecstatic. As a person of color it’s been great to have a Spider-Man that fills that need for minority characters. Obviously just having a minority character isn’t enough but Brian Michael Bendis’s run on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man makes you really love the character of Miles Morales. The story of what happens after Peter Parker dies and a new clueless Spider-Man must fill the void, is nothing short of great. It puts you in the shoes of a new character trying to figure out who he is, all while trying to keep the memory of Peter Parker alive. 



4. Paper Girls
If you like the show “Stranger Things,” you’ll love Paper Girls. Taking place in the 1980s, 4 middle school girls, on their morning paper route get caught up in the strangest day of their lives. To ninjas, dinosaurs, time travel, clones, to apple products, Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang hit you with a sci-fi nostalgia story that will keep you guessing where the next turn is.




3. Justice League International
The late 80′s had one of the greatest Justice League runs of all time. Keith Giffen and J.M. Dematteis pumped out some of the funniest and most entertaining comics to date. Focusing on the Justice League as a work place comedy, this massive run follows the adventures of a newly formed Justice League made up of mostly second string characters. The satisfaction of Batman punching out Guy Gardner, the comedy duo of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold, GNORT! If you want your super hero books to be fun and hilarious, this is the book for you. Starting in Justice League #1 through 6 and transitioning to Justice League International, then splitting between Justice League Europe and Justice League America.



2. New Avengers
This comic book run written by Brian Michael Bendis is what got me back into comics after an 8 year absence. 6 months after the Avengers disbanded due to the Scarlet Witch killing some of her fellow teammates, a massive prison break, orchestrated by Electro forces Spider-Woman, Luke Cage, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Sentry to come together to put an end to the riot. The book follows the newly formed team on their mission to track down the 42 escaped prisoners, all while trying to solve the mystery who hired Electro and why? New Avengers also brought some of the best characters in Marvel including Wolverine, Ms. Marvel, Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, and more, to join the team. The book became the center stage for Marvel Comics from 2005 until 2012 running through events like House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, all the way to Avengers vs X-Men. It’s a fun super hero book that really throws you into the world of Marvel Comics.



HONORABLE MENTIONS
Black Science
Sex Criminals
New Teen Titans (Marv Wolfman)
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey
Uncanny X-Force (Rick Remender run)
Batgirl: Year One




AND NUMBER ONE….




1. Saga
If you’re not reading Saga, you are missing out. A Romeo and Juliet story set in a sci-fi fantasy space adventure. In the middle of an intergalactic war, Alona and Marko leave their worlds behind to risk everything for the survival and protection of their newborn Hazel. Hunted by both sides of the war, the two travel across the stars and encountering creatures from all over the galaxy who either want to help them or want them dead. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples take a story about the ups and downs of parenting and throws it into a cosmic and crazy story of awesomeness. Look out for Izabel, Prince Robot the IV, and Ghus. You will smile every time they are on the page.

you: man, why aren’t there any out lgbt professional hockey players? wouldn’t that be so cool? also, watching nhl games on tv costs so much money! i can’t afford to buy an expensive cable plan, but i don’t want to watch games illegally… and gosh, the nhl really sucks in terms of racial diversity…. everyone is so white… i wish there was a way i could enjoy hockey without having to deal with all the problematic issues associated with the nhl…

me, an intellectual:

Now that I’ve used memes to get your attention….

1. The NWHL is super gay!!! The NWHL is partnered with You Can Play, Kourtney Kunichika has a fiancée, and Harrison Browne is the first transgender athlete to play in a professional American sports league! And that’s not even all of them!!

2. Every nwhl game is streamed online completely free! no costs!!! legally!!! the NWHL youtube channel live streams all the games!!

3. Blake Bolden and Kaliya Johnson are both African-American women playing in the NWHL. There are also several Asian-Americans (Kourtney Kunichika included) and the top draft pick from the 2016 draft was a woman of color named Kelsey Koelzer.

4. All the players just genuinely seem nice??? Like they’re supportive and kind with each other all the time! They have meals together! They’re good friends! They bake each other cookies and give them to each other in Bath and Body Works bags with handwritten notes!

tl;dr: the national women’s hockey league does not get enough attention from tumblr and frankly i think that needs to change

huffingtonpost.com
The Black Middle Class Is Leaving Its Brothers And Sisters Behind
Your own achievement is not enough.

We, the black middle class, often find our comfort in the cultural notions of “black achievement” – escaping the surroundings that many others could not – and note that the symbol of a black man or black woman who provides a good home for his or her family and has a successful career should constitute “enough” inspiration for others. But it is not enough. 

We are buoyed by the occasional community service that comes from our affiliations in Historically Black Greek letter organizations or Masonic lodges and find it sufficient to prepare our sons and daughters through debutante balls and Jack and Jill affiliations to maintain the other, more elite, more intellectual black America.

Yet, Black achievement is not enough to make a difference for the black and brown men who comprise more than 60% of the prison population or the one-in-three black boys who are predicted to have a run in with the law in their lifetime.[1] Black achievement doesn’t make up for a widening opportunity gap between African Americans and their mainstream counterparts or for the fact that too many students labeled “underperforming” begin tracking away from college at early ages and become accustomed to limited choices as they come of age.

Black achievement doesn’t consider the obvious disparity between the black middle class and their lower income peers, individuals who feel no connection to the success of their favorite uncle, auntie or childhood best friend and as such, resent the profiles of their communities and their situations as something less than a fertile ground for developing a strong character and work ethic that can propel their journey. This particular chasm is significant as it shines a light on the crux of the concern. Specifically, brothers and sisters from struggling black communities can no longer see themselves or their dreams through the eyes of their more successful peers. And those successful peers, instead of running toward them in ways that can uplift and change their circumstances, too often run away and sometimes even disassociate their circumstance from that of the people with whom they were raised.

What kind of collectivist, self-hating, illiberal bullshit is this?  “Black people succeeding isn’t good enough, VERY black person has to succeed for it to matter.”

Seriously, what is this racially-charged bullshit floating around?  “You’re a successful black man, so you owe me help.”

hey!! so i’m trying to get a broader horizon on my dash and more variety on my blog lmao so like/reblog if you post about any of the following and i’ll check out your blog!!:
nwhl / cwhl (buffalo beauts, toronto furies, etc. tbh i’ll take anything tho)
finnish elite league / aihl (tps, perth thunder, etc. will also take anything)
everett silvertips
erie otters
mississauga steelheads
halifax mooseheads
du pioneers
colorado avalanche
tampa bay lightning
nashville predators
new york rangers
carolina hurricanes

a concept: you have two professional sports leagues.

the first one is a women’s league, and it has a safe environment. they have shown continuous support to LGBT+ people, and even have many openly LGBT+ players, including the first transgender athlete to play in a professional American league. the league is also open to players of all color and ethnicity, and there’s pretty much no racial discrimination in the organizations. they face lots of struggles that could potentially be the end of the league, but they keep fighting.

the second league is a men’s league, much bigger than the first one. it’s the only one of its kind to never have an openly gay/etc. player because of the toxic environment and homophobia in the league. the league made an initiative on showing support to its LGBT+ fans, but many teams in the league failed to follow that initative the way they were expected to. the league also employs many players who have been accused of crimes such as sexual assault, and continues to overlook the horrible things they have done only because these players are good and keep up the league’s revenues. as a whole, a big chunk of the money that goes into the players’ huge paychecks could be used to support other smaller leagues of the same sport (see: first league mentioned) to grow their markets.

do you think these leagues deserve equal support? no, you probably don’t. endorsing a league that shows little to no support to its female, LGBT+ etc. fans probably doesn’t sound too attractive. then why does the second league, the men’s league, receive so so much more media coverage, money from sponsors and support from fans than the first league, the women’s league does?

so, ahem. after this don’t come to me saying sexism isn’t an issue within the major men’s hockey leagues and the fanbase or that the NHL and professional women’s hockey leagues deserve equal support. that’s all.

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MANON RHÉAUME, FIRST FEMALE HOCKEY PLAYER TO MAKE AN APPEARANCE IN THE NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE 

On Sept. 23, 1992, Manon Rhéaume became the first woman to play in any of the major professional North American sports leagues when she appeared for a period in an exhibition game for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. Leading the Lightning onto the ice in the franchise’s first home game against a veteran-laden Blues squad, Rhéaume stopped seven of nine shots and left the game after one period with the score tied 2-2. 

Though Rhéaume would never see another minute of NHL action – and despite the fact she was brought in largely as a publicity stunt – her presence at Lightning training camp in 1992 provided a massive boost to women’s hockey and inspired a generation of girls to pick up the sport, a growth that has continued unabated for the past 20 years. ”