“Bring Brittney Home” campaign at Capital One Arena

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The billboard activation calls on the White House to strike a deal to bring Griner home as his trial begins in Russia

NEW YORK, July 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — It’s been over four months since the WNBA star Britney Griner was detained and her first appearance in a Russian court finally began today. This morning in collaboration with Change.org and by Brittney Griner teammates, family and legal team, more 6,000 square feet of digital ads will cover Capital One Arena at washington d.c.. demanding Brittney’s freedom.

Almost 300,000 supporters have signed a Change.org petition for Brittney to be released, calling on President Biden to strike a deal to get her home quickly and safely. Started by sports journalist Tamryn Spruill on March 5 and in partnership since May 14 along with the WNBPA, the petition was featured all over social media and news broadcasts.

“The trial renews concerns for BG’s well-being because it is taking place in another country, under a very different legal system, which most of us know little about,” said Tamryn Spruill. “What inspires hope, however, is the steady stream of public support and media interest. Now we have reached new heights, with these billboards going up at this very critical time. When people look at them, I want them to see their partners, their daughters, their sisters and their friends. Above all, I want them to see themselves. Because none of us are free until we are all free.

“On the heels of Juneteenth and as we approach The 4th of Julyon the days when many Americans celebrate freedom, it is vital that we come together and call on President Biden and Vice President Harris to do everything in their power to secure a deal to bring our sister, a hero American, Britney Griner home,” said WNBPA president and WNBA star Sparks, Nneka Ogwumike.

In February, news broke that Russia had wrongfully detained Griner for allegedly traveling with canisters of cannabis oil. Thousands of fans around the world have since expressed their fears for the safety of the basketball superstar, including many celebrities and sports stars. In June, the Boston Celtics wore WE ARE BG jerseys featuring a QR code linking to the Change.org petition on their practice jerseys during the NBA Finals.

“Since February, Change.org has received overwhelming support for Britney Griner and their collective voices are stronger than ever,” said Aminata DialloActivist for Change.org. “Brittney is an American, an Olympian and a WNBA All-Star, but she has been stripped of her freedoms. We are working with her team to do everything we can to remind the public that this fight is not over. until she’s home.”

To learn more about the petition or contact Tamryn Spruil or WNBA players, please contact [email protected]

For more on Brittney’s case, please visit www.wearebg.org

SOURCE Change.org, PBC

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