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Kaepernick announces $100K in donations for December

Kaepernick announces $100K in donations for December

Colin Kaepernick continues to make good on his "Million Dollar Pledge" of $100,000 a month for 10 consecutive months.

On Friday, Kaepernick announced donations to UCSF for the Mni Wiconi Health Clinic Partnership at Standing Rock ($50,000), Appetite for Change in Minneapolis ($25,000) and Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation of Chicago ($25,000).

The stated mission of the Colin Kaepernick Foundation is to “fight oppression of all kinds globally, through education and social activism.” He made his first rounds of $100,000 donations in October and November.

Kaepernick announced his plan to donate $1 million to charities that support his mission after the 49ers’ exhibition finale at San Diego – the first game he took a knee during the national anthem as part of his protest.

“I plan to take it a step further,” Kaepernick said afterward in a packed interview room that included 20 national news reporters. “I’m currently working with organizations to be involved and making sure I’m actively in these communities, as well as donating the first million dollars I make this season to different organizations to help these communities and help these people.”

Fifty percent of Kaepernick’s donation to the UCSF clinic at Standing Rock in North Dakota will go to offset salaries for doctors and nurses who work at the free clinic for those who have gathered to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The protesters say the pipeline could threaten the upper Missouri River, the only water supply for the reservation.

The remainder of the donation goes toward offsetting building materials for the mobile medical clinic, medical supplies and liability insurance.

Appetite for Change works toward improving nutritional values of meals, education and furnishing a new urban farm plot in the 2017 growing season that will increase produce by approximately 1,000 pounds.

The majority of Kaepernick’s donation to SOUL of Chicago will go toward Funding for Decarcerate Chicago, “a campaign to end mass incarceration and over-criminalization of communities of color in Illinois.”

Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

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Eric Reid, Torrey Smith react very differently to 49ers' $1M donation

With protests taking place in numerous cities nationwide, 49ers CEO Jed York announced Saturday night that the team would be making a $1 million donation to local and national organizations seeking social change.

Two former 49ers teammates had different responses to York on Twitter shortly after the announcement was made.

Wide receiver Torrey Smith, who played for the 49ers in 2015 and 2016, praised York for his commitment to fighting injustices.

York even responded to Smith.

But safety Eric Reid, who was drafted by the 49ers in 2013 and played with the team through the 2017 season, was not a fan of York's donation.

Smith and Reid were teammates on the Carolina Panthers during the 2018 season.

Reid and former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick led the charge in 2016 to take a knee during the national anthem to protest social injustices plaguing the United States.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract after being told he would be released, and the 49ers didn't re-sign Reid, who would join the Panthers early in the 2018 season.

Smith defended York's handling of Kaepernick's protest, but Reid wasn't having it.

Smith could only agree with what Reid said.

The protests across the nation are in response to recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Breonna Taylor in Louisville at the hands of police.

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

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49ers' Jed York donates $1M to local, national organizations for change

CEO Jed York announced Saturday night the 49ers will be donating $1 million to local and national organizations committed to social change.

In September 2016, the 49ers made a $1 million donation, matching the commitment of the-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, to two Bay Area charities that address social issues in collaboration with law enforcement.

Along with the organization's latest donation, York also committed support for the Players Coalition, which was co-founded in 2017 by Anquan Boldin and Malcolm Jenkins. The coalition’s goal is to make an impact on social justice and racial equality at the federal, state and local levels through advocacy, awareness, education and allocation of resources.

York’s announcement comes as protests take place across the nation. George Floyd, 46, died after being arrested by Minneapolis police on Monday. Video later surfaced that showed an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he told officers he was struggling to breathe.

“People throughout our country are hurting,” York wrote in a statement. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so. Heinous acts have been committed in recent weeks. Before we are able to realize impactful change, we just first have the courage and compassion as human beings to come together and acknowledge the problem: black men, women, children and other oppressed minorities continue to be systemically discriminated against.

“The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and to donating $1 million dollars to local and national organizations who are creating change.”

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