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Protesters gathered to 'take a knee' outside the NFL Fall Meeting in New York City

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Updated October 17, 2017 12:25 PM EDT

A coalition of advocacy groups on Tuesday greeted the start of the National Football League's (NFL) Fall Meeting with protests in New York City.

The "take a knee" demonstration urged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and league team owners to "resist pressure from the Trump administration and defend players' right to protest.'"

Groups involved in the protest included PEN America, Rise and Resist, the Corrections Accountability Project, the African American Policy Forum and the March for Racial Justice.

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NFL.com on Monday reported that the league's owners and players are meeting in New York City amid ongoing controversy over the recurring national anthem protests.

Scores of NFL coaches, executives and players have knelt during the national anthem since President Trump said the league should fire employees who do so last month.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began performing the move in 2016 to protest America's racial injustice, and it has since become an ongoing phenomenon in the NFL.

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