MPAC to Launch NYC & DC Metro Ads Opposing Racism & Bigotry
(Washington, DC – 10/18/12)
On Monday, Oct. 22, the New York City subway system will feature ads by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which call on New Yorkers to stand together in opposing bigotry and hatred. The advertising campaign is an effort to counter the recent hateful and divisive ad released by Pamela Geller’s organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI).
One week later, on Monday, Oct. 29, the Metro system in Washington, DC, will post the same ads on WMATA buses across the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas.
The NYC ad campaign will kick off this Sunday evening at Columbia University during “HeART Over Hate: Repelling Bigotry through Art & Music,” a free evening of music and entertainment hosted by MPAC-NYC and the Columbia University Muslim Students Association.
AFDI and known anti-Muslim bigot, Geller, started placing ads in San Francisco and New York transit systems a few weeks ago, and now have extended its campaign to Washington, DC.
The AFDI ad reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”
“It is important we counter such ads with messages of peace that are the true representation of what we stand for as Muslims,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC’s President. “Today, America needs leadership to rise above racism and bigotry, and MPAC is playing that leadership role through these ads.”
MPAC is soliciting donations to help support this ad campaign and to continue to expand the number of ads placed across each city.
If you are interested in donating, visit http://www.mpac.org/donate and mention “ADS” in the comment area.