ACB Financial Sanctions against MLS, Galaxy and Stub Hub Center

Hello ACB & Galaxy fans,

As many of you know, last month the Angel City Brigade was sanctioned by Major League Soccer, LA Galaxy front office and Stub Hub Center. As a reaction for a few individuals throwing streamers onto the field during the field of play at the MLS Cup 2014, the entire group will not have supporter privileges for the first eight home/away games and streamers have been banned for the entire 2015 season.

In addition to the streamer issue, much of their rational for these restrictions are from the past; actions that we believed were already sorted and settled (smoke throughout the season for example). Changing the rules midway through the season without notification is simply unethical. We were already penalized for the smoke incidents last season, and now this “encompassing” punishment is penalizing us again.

ACB has hosted hundreds of games with thousands of streamers without incident, the people who threw them were not in accordance with the rest of ACB. We want to make it clear that disrupting the field of play by throwing objects on the field is never ok. However we strongly feel that extending the punishment beyond the scope of streamers is truly unjust.

Since these sanctions were announced we’ve held two public meetings on the issue, read countless emails and social media posts, discussed this issue with the Independent Supporters Council, and have done our best to work with all parties to progress and avoid similar issues moving forward.

Through all this we have collectively planned our next steps and now is the time to announce them. Just as the players are fighting for their rights against Don Garber and the teams’ owners, we need to fight for ours to show the league that we will not be bullied into disbanding or be turned into a booster club.

It is time to remind them that supporters are groups of organized adults who band together for the love and passion of their respective teams. We collectively purchase their product and market it to our friends and family, we market them endlessly on social media, we even market them without choosing too when we are displayed in their ads proclaiming the “passion” of the league.

We are not grade schoolers, nor hooligans that warrant excessive punishments.

Today, as a response to their unjust sanctions against us, the Angel City Brigade is announcing financial sanctions against MLS & Stub Hub Center.

We are calling on ALL ACB supporters & Galaxy fans around the stadium to stand with us and not purchase any concessions, merchandise and parking for the 4 home games that we are sanctioned for:
3/6 vs Chicago
3/21 vs Houston
4/12 vs Seattle
4/18 vs Sporting KC

We have outlined some solutions to help attain these goals

Parking
Carpool with friends who have already paid for their parking pass
(There are many out there)
Carpool with friends regardless of a pass.
Park at alternative areas other than SHC

Concessions
Eat and drink your fill at the picnic
ACB will bring food, snacks and waters to these first 4 tailgates
SHC allows all fans to bring sealed bottled water and small snacks into the stadium, pack a goodie bag!
Event policies here: http://www.stubhubcenter.com/guest-services/event-policies

Merchandise
Wait until the 5th match of the season on 5/2 to purchase any gear through Team LA or the MLS Gear online shop
These actions are necessary because we feel that Major League Soccer and the FO, spearheaded by the league’s new security chief Ray Whitworth, are unjustly trying to make an example of the ACB to scare other supporter groups into submission. Through his own admission Mr. Whitworth has blacklisted our group (along with the San Jose 1906 Ultras & Ultras Montréal 2002) and mistakenly believes us to be more hooligan group than supporters group. He even threatened to ban ACB scarves in the stadium (they could be potentially used “as a weapon.”) In good faith we have reached out to Mr. Whitworth to discuss this, to correct any misunderstandings, and to work together moving forward. He has refused to meet and even talk with us.

The league’s disinterest in moving forward, paired with the aggressive punishments, make actions like financial sanctions necessary. We are sending a message to them the only way possible (through their revenue stream) to let them know that we will always be here to support the LA Galaxy and that we will not be made a scapegoat for their larger agenda.
We will have more updates and news as the week goes on, but in the meantime please email us at angelcitybrigade121@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

#StandWithACB #StreamerGate

Sincerely,

The Angel City Brigade Board

ACB Sanctions set by the MLS and Front Office

It is our unfortunate responsibility to inform you that yesterday the Galaxy FO officially sanctioned us for throwing streamers during the game at last year’s MLS Cup final and what they deemed as a year filled with incidents.

These sanctions include:

1. No supporters privileges for the first 4 matches of the season, including the home opener.

No flags, No drums, No tifo, No banners

Friday          6-Mar      VS. CHICAGO
Saturday     21-Mar     VS. HOUSTON
Sunday       12-Apr      VS. SEATTLE
Saturday     18-Apr     VS. KANSAS CITY

2. No supporters privileges at the first 4 away matches of the season 

No flags, No drums, No tifo, No banners

Sunday        15-Mar     Timbers
Saturday     28-Mar     DC United
Saturday     4-Apr       White Caps
Sunday       26-Apr      NYRB

3. No streamers for the entire 2015 season

We want to make it clear, that disrupting the field of play by throwing objects on the field is never ok. However we strongly feel that extending the punishment beyond the scope of streamers is truly unjust.

In addition to the streamer issue, much of their rational for these restrictions are from the past; actions that we believed were already sorted and settled (smoke throughout the season for example). Changing the rules midway through the season without notification is simply unethical. We were already penalized for the smoke incidents last season, and now this “encompassing” punishment is penalizing us again. We are truly shocked and disappointed by the severity of the FO’s actions!

We will be discussing this at our board meeting on Saturday and ask that all supporters come to help us take the best possible course of action.

ACB121 Meeting
Saturday 1/31/15 6pm – 8pm
Phantom Carriage Brewery
18525 S. Main St. Carson CA 90248

If you are unable to make it or are not an ACB supporter, but have an opinion, please write to angelcitybrigade121@gmail.com and we will read your thoughts and opinions at the meeting.

If you would like to express your displeasure to the Galaxy/MLS please feel free to reach out to Sid Patel the Manager of Business Development at spatel@lagalaxy.com

The Angel City Brigade

2015 ACB Elections: Nominees

2015 ACB Elections

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Hello everyone,

Hope the offseason has been treating you well. As you know, five vacant spots are to be filled in the ACB Board of Directors. The list of people nominated by other members to fill those vacant spots is found below, along with a link to a thread dedicated to their statements. Please take the time to read through their answers, and we encourage everyone to ask more questions to all nominees. If you haven’t done so, sign up for 2015 ACB121 Membership to be able to vote on your favorite candidate(s). Voting takes place on 1/21. Read more about the candidates on the 2015 Elections page.

Jose “Brownie” Anda

Vanessa Arias

Karina Ceja

Noah Eve

Kim Greer

Michele Morlang

Joey Sabillon

Guillermo Veliz

Carolynn Wroblewski

 

 

 

 

2015 Memberships, Nominations, Elections

If you are passionate about giving your energy and voice to L.A. Galaxy in the stands for 90+, lending a hand outside of the stadium to our tifo displays, attending events and away games, and continuing our vision to be 1 voice at a Stub Hub Center by welcoming others to stand and cheer with us we welcome you to become an ACB member!

2015 Membership fee: $25

Membership Includes

Merchandise:

- Member ID card

- Member Scarf

- Member T-Shirt

**Include shirt size in the notes at check out**

Year round discounts:

- Discounts on ACB merchandise and tickets for 2015

- Discounts with select vendors for 2015

- 10% discount on San Jose Away trip

Priority on ticket and merchandise orders:

- Members will have access to order tickets and new merchandise a minimum of 48 hours prior to the general public.

Participation in 2015 ACB Leadership elections:

- Voting privileges in elections for the ACB Leadership Board

- Ability to run for a position on the leadership board

*2015 board elections will take place on 1/21/15.

Monetary items have a value of $50 for only $25!

Membership valid 1/1/15 – 12/31/15

*Please note* 2014 ID#’s will be reinstated to the member with a 2015 renewal

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2015 ACB121 board vacancies and terms:

- 5 open seats will be available for election for the ACB121 Member Board.

- Elected candidates will serve a 3 year term.

- In 2016, 5 seats will be available for election then these elected directors will serve a 3 year term and so on…

Nomination and election timeline:

- Mon 1/5/15 – Tues 1/6/15: Nominations for the ACB121 Board of Directors will be accepted

- Wednesday 1/7/15: Nominees will be contacted

- Friday 1/9/15: Candidates for the 2015 election will be announced

- Wednesday 1/14/15: Candidate statements will posted to the website and forum

- Wednesday 1/21/15: Election day. Voting will happen online.

- Thursday 1/22/15: Elected board officials will be announced

- Saturday 1/31/15 or Sunday 2/1/15: Tentative dates for first member and board member meeting in 2015. Date and time TBA by 1/23/15.

ACB121 board member nomination guidelines:

1. Only *active ACB121 members are eligible for nomination and candidacy.

2. Only *active ACB121 members can submit nominations for the ACB121 Board of directors.

3. ACB121 Members cannot nominate themselves for a position on the board, candidates have to be nominated by a fellow member.

4. ALL *active ACB121 Members as of Sunday 1/4/15 will receive an *active member list and nomination ballot via e-mail on Monday 1/5/15.

5. ACB121 Members will then have a 48 hour window to nominate a fellow *active member from the list for a position on the board if they so chose.

6. Nominees will be notified of their nomination on Wednesday 1/8/15. They will then have a 48 hour window to accept or decline the nomination.

7. ALL nominees and members who nominated them will be posted to our forum on Friday 1/9/15

8. Nominees will have until Tuesday 1/13/15 to submit their candidate statements.

9. Candidate statements will be posted to our forum and website on Wednesday 1/14/15.

10. ACB121 Members will have an opportunity over the course of 1 week to review these statements and ask the candidates questions on our forum.

11. To keep a level race for all candidates, campaigning for votes by social media, or other means is prohibited. Candidates found doing so will be disqualified.

12. Elections will take place on Wednesday 1/21/15.

13. Voting will take place online via a link e-mailed to all *active ACB121 Members as of 1/19/15. The link will remain open for 24 hours on 1/21/15.

14. Voters will only be able to cast their votes one time.

*An active member is defined as one who has enrolled as a 2015 ACB121 member

*Active member names will be shared for the purposes of helping fellow members make their nominations as only active ACB121 members are eligible for candidacy. No other info beside a name will be shared.

*Active members who DO NOT want their name shared on the member list should notify angelcitybrigade121@gmail.com by Sunday 1/4/15

If you have not yet signed up for membership you can do so here:

https://squareup.com/market/angel-city-brigade-121-inc

We encourage you to read our mission statement and FAQ before signing up for membership

http://angelcitybrigade.net/membership-faq

http://angelcitybrigade.net/acb-mission-statement-why-join