DENVER - A protest over the name of the Washington Redskins is happening in Denver Sunday as the team faces the Broncos.
American Indian Movement Colorado and Idle No More will protest the Washington NFL team name and mascot outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High Sunday.
Members of the group say that the name is racist and asked Colorado news and sports journalists to banish the so-called 'R' word from their reporting. They want local press call them "the team from Washington, D.C."
AIM organizer Glenn Morris planned to lead a protest near the visiting team entrance to the Broncos' stadium at 10 a.m., the southeast corner of the stadium near Lot A.
"The Denver protest marks the commencement of a strategy to expose and confront the Washington team's racism in every city where it plays this season," organizers stated.
AIM and INM are calling on players, especially African-American players like Robert Griffith III, to pressure Washington owner Dan Snyder to change the name, logo and the mascot of the team.
An advertising campaign is also scheduled to air on "Denver's Sports Station" 102.3 ESPN in advance of the game, according to the Denver Post.
Radio ads paid for by the Oneida Indian Nation, part of the national "Change the Mascot" campaign, will air in Denver through the 2:25 p.m. kickoff.
The Oneida Nation is buying time on stations in every city where the Redskins play. However, similar ads were pulled by two Washington stations hours before they were to air.