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Dublin, Feb. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The "Customer Success Platforms Market by Component, Application (Sales and Marketing Optimization, Risk and Compliance Management, Reporting and Analytics), Deployment Mode, Organization Size, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering. The global customer success platforms market size is expected to grow from USD 1.0 billion in 2020 to USD 2.5 billion by 2025, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.4% during the forecast period. Customer success platforms are used by organizations to create unique, 360-degree view of customers based on data captured from multiple channels, including offline as well as online channels, such as mobile, web, CRM, social media, third-party apps, and email. Such solutions have applications in numerous areas, including sales and marketing management, CEM, risk and compliance management, and revenue management. COVID-19 is disrupting the world, businesses, and economies, thus impacting the livelihood of people, their interaction, and the way they manage their businesses. The ability to sustain is becoming the new normal for enterprises as they are shifting their focus from growth opportunities to the implementation of drastic measures for mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The competition among major customer success platforms companies is expected to be furious as most upcoming AI and analytics projects are kept on hold due to the pandemic. Hence, several companies would fight to gain a single project. Businesses are trying to return back to normal and facing multiple challenges on the customer as well as the operational side. Meeting customer expectations in terms of optimizing processes, increasing security concerns due to various voice-related recording systems and networks, growing network connectivity issues, and declining industrial and manufacturing operations are some of the key business challenges.New practices such as work from home and social distancing are creating the need for remote monitoring, smart payment technologies, and building digital infrastructure for large-scale deployments. With a sudden surge in remote workers, there is an increase in the demand for advanced customer success platforms and services to effectively store and safeguard a huge amount of customer data. Among Application, the reporting and analytics segment to record the highest growth during the forecast period By application, the customer success platforms is segmented into sales and marketing optimization, risk and compliance management, customer segmentation, customer service, reporting and analytics, customer onboarding and others (revenue management, customer engagement, workflow management, and project administration). Reporting and analytics segment is expected to account for a highest market growth rate during the forecast period. Reporting and analytics tools are essential for visualization that help end users to sort out essential customer details. Reporting and analytics tools are typically used by analysts and data scientists to analyze customer data and optimize customer decisions. Insights obtained from customer success platforms are used to address a variety of use cases, including acquisition, retention, and cross-sell/upsell. Among services, the managed services segment to record the higher CAGR during the forecast period The services segment in the customer success platforms market has been further divided into professional services and managed services. These services play a vital role in the functioning of customer success platforms. The growth of managed services can be attributed to the provision of technical expertise, helping companies enhance their focus on the core business processes. Customer success platforms vendors require technical support services and consulting services to quickly and smoothly deploy their software tools in the market. These services help maximize the value of enterprise investments. Service providers ensure end-to-end deployment and maintenance of customer success platforms and address pre- and post-deployment queries. Among deployment mode, the on-premises deployment segment to record the higher CAGR during the forecast period The customer success platforms market by deployment mode includes the on-premises and cloud segments. Deployment refers to the setting-up of the hardware, operating systems, and applications required to manage the IT ecosystem. Customer success platforms can be deployed through either mode based on security, availability, and scalability. Among organization size, the SME's segment to record the higher CAGR during the forecast period Customer success platforms are widely being used across major verticals. Its adoption is increasing, irrespective of organization size. Based on organization size, the customer success platforms market is segmented into SMEs and large enterprises. Organizations are categorized among these two types based on their employee strength. SMEs have realized the necessity to structure large volumes of customer data, which increases with time. Among verticals, the healthcare and life sciences vertical to record the highest CAGR during the forecast period customer success platforms is gaining traction across key verticals, owing to the proliferation of customer data and demand for operational efficiency by organizations. The customer success platforms market by vertical into BFSI, retail and eCommerce, healthcare and life sciences, IT and telecom, transportation and logistics, manufacturing, energy and utilities, government and public sector, and others (media and entertainment, travel and hospitality, and education). Key Topics Covered: 1 Introduction 2 Research Methodology 3 Executive Summary 4 Premium Insights4.1 Attractive Opportunities in the Customer Success Platforms Market4.2 Market: Top 3 Application4.3 Market: by Component and Top 3 Vertical 5 Market Overview5.1 Introduction5.2 Market Dynamics5.2.1 Drivers18.104.22.168 Advent of Cloud Computing in Customer Success22.214.171.124 Growing Demand for Advance Analytical-Based Solutions to Monitor Customer Scores and Reduce Churn Rates126.96.36.199 Increasing Data Volume Due to Growing Digitalization188.8.131.52 Rising Need to Plan Better Customer Engagement Strategies Through Omnichannel5.2.2 Restraints184.108.40.206 Data Aggregation and Synchronization from Multiple Silos220.127.116.11 Data Privacy Laws and Protection of Customer Data from Cyberattacks and Breaches5.2.3 Opportunities18.104.22.168 Emergence of AI and Ml to Better Monitor Customer Journey22.214.171.124 Increasing Investments by Startups in Identifying Growth Opportunities5.2.4 Challenges126.96.36.199 Data Security and Privacy Concerns188.8.131.52 Difficulty in Synchronizing Cx Data Collected from Different Touchpoints Within Different Domains184.108.40.206 Extensive Time Required for Creating Promotional Marketing Campaigns5.2.5 Cumulative Growth Analysis5.3 Customer Success Process5.4 Case Study Analysis5.4.1 Introduction220.127.116.11 Use Case: Scenario 18.104.22.168 Use Case: Scenario 22.214.171.124 Use Case: Scenario 126.96.36.199 Use Case: Scenario 45.5 Patent Analysis5.6 Supply Chain Analysis5.7 Technology Analysis5.7.1 Customer Success Platforms and Artificial Intelligence5.7.2 Customer Success Platforms and Predictive Analytics5.8 Regulatory Compliances5.8.1 General Data Protection Regulation5.8.2 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 19965.8.3 Governance, Risk, and Compliance5.8.4 European Union Data Protection Regulation5.8.5 Can-Spam Act5.9 Pricing Model Analysis5.10 Porter's Five Force Analysis 6 Customer Success Platforms Market: COVID-19 Impact Companies Mentioned AkitaAmityAppsforopsArmaticBolstraCatalystChurnzeroCiscoClientshareClientsuccessCustifyCustomersuccessboxFreshworksGainsightHubspotIntercomPlanhatSalesforceSalesmachineSmartkarrotStrikedeckTotangoUseriqWalkmeWootricZoominfo For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/2lux5s CONTACT: CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager firstname.lastname@example.org For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
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Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton set $10-an-hour target while Josh Hawley promotes tax credit scheme Senator Mitt Romney said his proposal ‘would raise the floor for workers without costing jobs’. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/AP Republican lawmakers have been vocal about their opposition to Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief bill, particularly to Democrats’ inclusion of a provision that would raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour. But two sets of Republicans from opposite sides of the party have now introduced bills that show what they believe are more palatable policies that address criticism of America’s current minimum wage. The moves come amid a major push by leftwing Democrats, unions and progressive pressure groups to raise the minimum wage – a push that appears to have a higher chance of success than ever before. The campaign – often spearheaded by walkout worker protests – has put pressure on the Republican party to respond. In keeping with the party’s deep division between its dominant Trumpist faction and its more traditionalist party elites, the twin responses seem aimed at appealing on one hand to its corporate-friendly allies and on the other hand to its populist rightwing base. Both have an anti-immigrant element. Senators Mitt Romney and Tom Cotton unveiled on Tuesday a proposal for a $10 federal minimum wage, to be implemented over the course of four years with a slower, phased approach for small businesses. Their bill also requires employers to use the federal government’s E-Verify program to ensure they are not hiring undocumented workers. Currently, 29 states, including Arkansas, Cotton’s home state, have minimum wages above the federal level. A few states have already passed a $15 minimum wage, including California, Massachusetts and Colorado. In a statement about the bill, Cotton railed against “millions of illegal immigrants” who compete with American workers “for too few jobs with wages that are too low”. Meanwhile, Romney said the legislation “would raise the floor for workers without costing jobs”. While immigration has largely been left out of the debate over a $15 minimum wage, Republicans when arguing against the wage hike have cited a report from the Congressional Budget Office that 1.4m jobs could be lost with the increase. The same report also says that 17 million workers would see increases in their wages and 900,000 Americans could be lifted out of poverty with the policy. Romney and Cotton’s plan would affect the wages of 3.5 million workers, according to a fact sheet by Romney’s office. Subtly referring to the bill on Twitter, the Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called a $10 minimum wage “legislated poverty” on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the far-right Republican senator Josh Hawley of Missouri released his alternative to an increase in the minimum wage: a tax credit for those who make less than $16.50 an hour. The credit would be applied based on the number of hours a person worked and would be available only to those with an American social security number, barring non-US citizens and undocumented workers. A full-time worker could get up to $4,680 in tax credits a year, according to the bill. “It’s time we give blue-collar workers some respect and a pay raise. This plan would deliver meaningful relief for families and working Americans through higher pay while incentivizing and promoting work,” Hawley said in a statement. According to Axios, Hawley’s team estimated his plan would cost the government $200bn, a figure traditional Republicans would eschew. Hawley has also split off from traditional Republicans by saying on Twitter he would support a $15 minimum wage for workers of big corporations that make at least $1bn in annual revenue. The two bills have little chance of getting any serious consideration as Democrats are focused on internal debates over their $15 minimum wage proposal. Two of the more conservative members of the party, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, indicated that they will not support the bill if it includes the wage hike. Manchin said that he would support an $11 minimum wage, telling reporters that “throwing $15 out there right now just makes it very difficult in rural America”.
Around the anniversary of his death, we spoke to his daughter about the women who were vital to the making of civil rights leader Many know little about the women whose influence and support were vital to the making of Malcolm X. Illustration: Joy Yamusangie/The Guardian Since he was assassinated inside the Audubon Ballroom 56 years ago on Sunday, Malcolm X, the “black shining prince” has been immortalised, demonised and revered around the world. Like his contemporary Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X was a vehement critic of institutional racism, imperialism and capitalism. But his militant stance and radical ideas often meant he was compared unfavorably to King, shelved as a violent revolutionary. It seems he ruffled many feathers: questions over who was responsible for his assassination in 1965 are still being examined – through a Netflix documentary last year and with further questions resurfacing this week, after a letter written by an NYPD officer on his death-bed claimed the NYPD and the FBI were involved in his assassination. But many know little about the women whose influence and support were vital to the making of Malcolm X, one of history’s most significant civil rights leaders. We spoke to his daughter, Ilyasah Shabazz, academics Dr Sylvia Chan-Malik, professor Keisha N Blain, and historian Russell Rickford, who told us the story of how Malcolm X’s vision, journey and radical political trajectory were shaped by the women in his life. Dr Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s wife Dr Betty Shabazz. Born in 1936 and adopted by a middle-class couple in Detroit, Shabazz joined the black nationalist Nation of Islam when she married Malcolm X in 1958. Photograph: Patrick J Cunningham/AP Like most accounts of the civil rights titan, there’s a story Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X never told. The life of Dr Betty Shabazz was eclipsed by the hail of bullets that ripped into her husband’s angular frame, as she shielded her four infant daughters while pregnant with twins in 1965. But for the seven years they were married and for over three decades until she died in 1997, Shabazz’s role as the formidable family backbone to her husband and six daughters, and her efforts in preserving Malcolm X’s legacy after his death, were cheapened to a patriarchal portrait of “Malcolm X’s widow”. “My mother was just in her 20’s when her home had been firebombed on the eve of Valentine’s day,” says Ilyasah Shabazz, who was only two years old when her father was gunned down in front of her. Having just written a new book exploring her father’s adolescent years – a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice – she talks of her mother as the guardian of her father’s life and legacy. With black square glasses sitting on her angular cheekbones, her chin resting on her hand with one finger raised, Ilyasah is her father reincarnate. “To think that she supported her husband during that trauma… and [a week later] she would witness [his] assassination.” Born in 1936 and adopted by a middle-class couple in Detroit, Shabazz joined the black nationalist Nation of Islam when she married Malcolm X in 1958. From left: Malikah Shabazz, Attallah, Malaak and Gamilah, daughters of Betty Shabazz, talk to the media outside the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx following the death of their mother on 23 June 1997. Photograph: Ron Frehm/AP Intellectually formidable, a trait memorialised by Lauryn Hill: “My rhymes is heavy, like the mind of Sister Betty,” Shabazz carved her own place in the world after Malcolm X’s death, earning a PhD in education administration in 1975. A year later she began commuting over an hour from her home in Mount Vernon to teach a predominantly black, working-class student body in Brooklyn. Rickford who wrote the first biography of Shabazz explains, “Malcolm X really was a hero for the street. He was a hero for the most marginalized, the most exploited, the most oppressed. By extension, I think Dr Shabazz was seen as a queen of black working folks, rather than elites.” Until her death, she fought tirelessly against distortions that threatened to twist the legacy of Malcolm X, particularly the erasure of his immense contribution to the civil rights movement, and his vehement advocacy not for violence, but self-defense. “[She] really cut through a lot of these oppositions that we set up between feminism and Islam; between being a working woman and a mother; between being a wife and being independent”, explains Dr Chan-Malik a race studies professor at Rutgers. Shabazz was integral to establishing the Malcolm X Memorial Centre to preserve the ballroom he was slain as a symbol of the African American struggle for equality. Dr Betty Shabazz at Malcolm X’s funeral on 26 February 1965. Photograph: Bettmann Archive “For as long as I can remember my mother would always say, ‘Ilyasah, just as one must drink water, one must give back’”, says her daughter now. “So, I understand why my father chose my mother as his wife, and why my mother chose him as her husband.” Louise Langdon Little, Malcolm X’s mother Louise Langdon Little, was Malcolm X’s mother and earliest teacher. But very little of her life is exhumed beyond being his mother, and her institutionalisation in Kalamazoo Mental Hospital from 1939. Born around 1900 in the Caribbean island of Grenada where she was raised by her grandparents, Little was an educated woman who spoke five languages including French and Patois. Her grandfather, Jupiter Langdon, was a land-owning freed-slave from Nigeria in colonial Grenada, who no doubt stoked principles of black self-determination in his granddaughter that she passed on to Malcolm X. In 1917, Little moved to Montreal where she worked as a recording secretary for the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) – the largest black nationalist movement of the twentieth century, introducing her, and later her son, to Marcus Garvey’s black liberation ideology of Pan-Africanism. Little regularly encouraged her children to read black nationalist newspapers. She taught maths, philosophy and poetry while raising her children, planting a literary seed which ignited Malcolm’s insatiable love for reading and his own espousal of Garveyite politics. Marcus Garvey is shown in a military uniform as the ‘provisional president of Africa’ during a parade on the opening day of the annual Convention of the Negro Peoples of the World along Lenox Avenue in Harlem, New York, in August 1922. Photograph: AP Twice Little demonstrated her own militancy against white supremacy. While Little was pregnant with Malcolm X, members of the Ku Klux Klan surrounded the family home at night brandishing shotguns and rifles while her husband Earl – a church minister and Garveyite himself – was away. Shattering the windows of the house, the hooded men threatened the family because of Earl’s activism. Standing outside her front door, Little made no apology for her husband’s work. Again, she stood her ground against white state officials after Earl was brutally murdered, allegedly by the white supremacist Black Legion in 1931. At a time when black landowners were being targeted, she refused to sell the land where her home was built, a defiant spirit Malcolm X exhibited in his own unapologetic critique of the US government many years later. Ella Little Collins, his sister In his autobiography, Malcolm X described his big sister Ella Little Collins, as “the first really proud black woman I had ever seen”. Born in 1914, Collins was a self-made entrepreneur who financed migrations to the north of family members struggling in the racially segregated Jim Crow south. She was a financial and emotional backbone for young Malcolm X, too. With his father murdered in 1931 and his mother being committed to a mental hospital eight years later, Malcolm spent much of his childhood bouncing in and out of foster homes. Collins took official custody of Malcolm in her mid-20s, with money she had made managing her mother’s grocery store in Boston and renting properties. Under the shade of her sisterly canopy, Collins nurtured Malcolm’s early radicalism, a righteous anger she said was repressed over the 400-year legacy of slavery. Collins recognised and encouraged the unapologetic zeal in her young brother which later permeated his unflinching critique of white supremacy, so that in her own words, he did not have to “pay homage to anyone”. When Malcolm X was tossed into prison for petty crime, it was she who arranged for his transfer to a prison with a library. “Even before the Nation of Islam, Malcolm was running from himself,” said his daughter, Shabazz. “When he went to jail, he had no choice but to confront those challenges, and [also] rediscovered his love for books.” Ilyasah Shabazz, left, and her sister Qubilah Shabazz wait in a car outside family court in Yonkers after attending a court hearing for Qubilah’s son Malcolm, 12, who was arrested in June 1997 in connection with the fire at his grandmother Betty Shabazz’s home. Photograph: Jon Levy/AFP/Getty Images Collins quietly promulgated her brother’s metamorphosis from Malcolm X to Malcolm Shabazz when she helped finance his hajj pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in 1964. There, his social and political horizons were expanded beyond the Nation’s narrow orbit of black separatism, seeing the potential for a global solidarity transcending the borders of the US. As he ate from the same plate, slept in the same quarters as kings, politicians and white Muslims, he saw Islam as a model for unity, observing many different Muslims “whose skin was the whitest of white, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, and whose hair was the blondest of blonde,” – who were nonetheless equals. Collins also helped secure the release of his mother from the hospital in 1963, reuniting her with the family in her last years of life. Vicki Garvin The Malcolm X biopic with the magnetic Denzel Washington electrified a resurgence of public interest. But the film was criticised by bell hooks for its erasure of Malcolm X’s complex relations with the black women activists in his life who served as his teachers and collaborators. Some of these women helped build the underpinnings of Malcolm X’s political, economic and philosophical ideas. The prominent black radical intellectual Vicki Garvin first met Malcolm X in Harlem in the 1940s when he worked as a bartender, and tried to recruit him into the communist Harlem Black Left. “This laid the foundation for a lifelong friendship between the two,” says History professor Keisha N Blain of the University of Pittsburgh. Their time discussing “revolution and political economy”, was vital in developing Malcolm X’s approach to community organizing. Many years later on a trip to Ghana in 1964, Garvin was also critical in forging his progressive position on gender, when he met her and a group of black women activists that included Dr Maya Angelou and Shirley Graham Du Bois.
US Soccer has apologized for a 2017 policy that banned kneeling for the anthem. But the issue won’t officially be settled until Saturday, when it’s put to a vote at the annual general meeting Megan Rapinoe first started kneeling for the national anthem in 2016 as a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick’s effort to bring attention to racial inequality. Photograph: Brad Smith/ISI Photos/Getty Images It wasn’t long after the death of George Floyd that the decision-makers at the US Soccer Federation realized they needed to make some changes – and one change was immediately obvious. Years earlier, the federation had issued an edict requiring national team players to stand during the national anthem. It was targeted at Megan Rapinoe, who had been kneeling to protest systemic racism, and the federation framed its new policy as minimizing distractions and showing respect for the flag. But in the aftermath of Floyd’s death last summer, even many US Soccer board members who had originally voted in favor of the anthem requirement felt they had missed the point. They failed to see what Rapinoe was trying to highlight all along. And so, about two weeks after Floyd’s death, new US Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone apologized to Rapinoe and asked the USWNT star to speak to the board about the policy. “What I was asking them was: ‘Where are we going? Where is the world going? What does this rule say to our black players and our black fans?’” Rapinoe recalled to the Guardian. “It was great to be able to have that open line of communication and get to speak to the board directly because that’s not something that has happened before at all to my knowledge.” The board voted to repeal the policy last summer and the federation formally apologized, but the issue won’t officially be settled until Saturday, when the rest of US Soccer’s membership body will vote at its annual general meeting to affirm the repeal. If that does happen, which insiders tell the Guardian is likely but not guaranteed, it will signal a remarkable turnaround from five years ago. When the policy was first introduced at US Soccer’s 2017 annual meeting, the voting membership, which is overwhelmingly white and male, didn’t simply vote in favor of it – they gave it an enthusiastic standing ovation. In some ways that shift in tone around US Soccer reflects a larger change in America. The stand-or-kneel debate felt different after the deaths of Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor. For many, kneeling during the national anthem now looks less like disrespect for the flag and more like an acknowledgement that the American experience isn’t the same for everyone. But those connected to US Soccer say it’s not only that – they cite a deliberate effort from its new leadership to right its past wrongs. Board members and staffers tell the Guardian they feel a difference in not just tone, but in action since Parlow Cone took over one year ago. After all, repealing the anthem policy wasn’t going to be popular. The board had passed the rule in 2017 unanimously, and Parlow Cone admits she knew its repeal wouldn’t be unanimous. After hearing from US Soccer’s non-white employees on an all-staff Zoom call, however, she felt she had to do it. That call, she says, was “an awakening”. “Having been a member of the national team, I never fully understood the struggles that my black and brown teammates went through on a daily basis because we never talked about it,” says Parlow Cone, who played in two World Cups for the USWNT. “For me personally, it was a moment where I was like, ‘OK, it’s time for me to be a better teammate. I’m not on that team anymore, so what can I do now?” “I knew it was going to be a hard conversation,” she adds of the repeal. “I knew that it was very going to be very divisive, not only within the board but publicly – but I felt like it was the right thing to do.” Some members of the United States women’s national team kneel during the playing of the national anthem before last week’s SheBelieves Cup opener against Canada. Photograph: Phelan M Ebenhack/AP To be sure, the anthem policy is not the most important issue facing US Soccer. If the federation is really serious about diversity and inclusion, there are better ways to make a lasting, tangible impact, including addressing its lack of diversity among its own staff and coaches. The federation says that is happening, and its new DEI Council is leading the way. But until US Soccer can point to concrete improvements, the anthem policy may serve as the best proxy to understand how US Soccer is evolving. To that end, there’s a clear contrast between how the policy was handled five years ago compared to now. In 2017, US Soccer’s board, which was led by then-president Sunil Gulati, didn’t speak to any black people about the issue, nor did anyone from the federation speak to Rapinoe, the only player kneeling at the time. “I felt like, I’m the one who’s kneeling, so at least we should have a conversation about this going forward, but there was nothing,” Rapinoe says, adding she only found out about the standing requirement after it had been approved. In weighing the repeal, however, the board spoke to Rapinoe, former USMNT defender DaMarcus Beasley, who is black, and a member of the US men’s Paralympic team who had served in the military. Board members now say that was the sort of dialogue that was missing 2017. Critics may be skeptical that anything has really changed at US Soccer though, and they can point to Parlow Cone sitting on the board during the passage of the new anthem policy and other past controversies as well. But as a rank-and-file board – an unpaid volunteer that participates in board meetings a few times per year – she was hardly in a position of influence. Now that Parlow Cone is calling the shots after being unexpectedly thrust into the presidency by Carlos Cordeiro’s forced resignation, board members and staffers tell the Guardian she’s different than the power-broker types who went out of their way to campaign for the presidency. Even Rapinoe is “hesitantly” optimistic about change at US Soccer, but she says she still needs to see more. The repeal is not the end of the work US Soccer needs to do – it’s only the beginning. “It’s absolutely a positive step moving forward,” Rapinoe says of the repeal. “In the end, the willingness to apologize to their black players, fans and media alike, to say it was wrong and repeal the ban, to say, ‘We have to do better; we realize that and we will commit to doing better going forward’ – I think that’s all you can ask for.” Rapinoe adds: “In terms of racial equality, yes, they’ve done a good job this year, but obviously they had a lot to pivot from. I think the board and the leadership is looking very different – that’s becoming quite apparent. We just need to keep that energy and keep it a focus.” Now the question turns to what happens Saturday. To affirm the repeal, all that’s needed is simple majority vote from US Soccer’s membership representatives, which cover all levels of soccer in all 50 states. Not everyone who cheered for the protest ban five years ago is likely to be converted. But Parlow Cone is hoping enough will be. “I led this charge and I think it’s past time to do it, but I do also have an understanding that this remains a very divisive issue in our country and among our membership,” she says. “I’m hoping that, like me, others have been more educated on the topic and want to give the athletes the right to kneel if they choose.” In some ways, it’s a bit of a moot issue. Ever since US Soccer’s board voted to repeal the anthem policy last summer, many USWNT players have chosen to kneel before games. Whether US Soccer’s membership affirms the repeal Saturday or not, the federation has made it clear it won’t punish players who kneel. When the USWNT faced Argentina on Wednesday in the SheBelieves Cup finale, Rapinoe stood – by choice – for the first time in years, and all her teammates did the same. As Crystal Dunn, who is black, put it: “We are ready to move past the protesting phase and move into putting all of the talk into actual work.” But for Rapinoe, the final repeal remains important. “You know, at the annual general meeting, it’s not necessarily just Cindy or just the board – these are the people that are close to the kids and in the youth programs and spreading the US Soccer Federation message countrywide. That’s not good if we have a bunch of people who are not respecting people’s right to protest, first of all, and then don’t really respect the reason that people are protesting. “That’s a massive problem for me personally. I think it’s hugely important that it’s repealed and it’s off the books. Otherwise, that’s a huge stain on the books of US Soccer.”
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