HELP place an anti-racist subway ad to build solidarity
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The International Action Center plans to submit an ad opposed to racism,
anti-Muslim bigotry and war to the MTA on Friday morning, Sept. 28. The IAC ads
are in response to the racist ads posted in NYC subway stations — placed
by Pam Geller from Stop Islamization of America and American Freedom Defense
Initiative. Geller's ads refer to Muslim community members as being
"savages" among other offensive language.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) publicly stated that in order to
protect freedom of speech, they must accept extreme right-wing racist
Geller's $6,000 for 10 ads in the largest mass transit system in the
western hemisphere with 8.5 million daily riders.
us place this response ad:
We are committed to raising $6,000 in order to immediately place ads
promoting unity and solidarity.
The ad will read:
Resist Another War
NO to Racism & Anti-Muslim Bigotry!
Tool of 1% Rule
We, the 99%, Need Unity & Solidarity!
Along with placing the ads denouncing racism, the International Action
Center organized a protest at the MTA Offices and challenged the MTA policy in
a public hearing on Sept. 26.
The large outrageously offensive signs displayed in transportation centers,
subway stops and on buses are part of the growing drumbeat for war. They are
intended to make a climate of division and hatred acceptable in New York City.
Hate speech, racism and bigotry need to be challenged every time it raises its
Swastikas and Nazi symbols would not be allowed on paid ads in NYC. KKK
symbols and lynching symbols against Black and Latino people would not be
permitted. This is because past peoples' struggles have challenged these
Two years ago around the 9-11 date Pamela Geller, in a well-funded media
campaign, tried to whip up in NYC the same climate of bigotry and intolerance
against Muslims with an ugly campaign against the building of an Islamic Center
blocks from the World Trade Center.
The International Action Center with a broad coalition of forces challenged
this campaign to demonize Muslims. Many thousands of people responded with mass
rallies and meetings. A strong, united public challenge to the racist, bigoted
forces helped to turn the ugly climate around.
It is essential that all those outraged by the racist, pro-violent message
be able to see a different message. We will see if this ad promoting Unity and
Solidarity is accepted by the MTA.
us raise the funds to place this ad on Friday morning.