Tell "Life Always" That The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Is Not in the Womb
  • Petitioned PETER COSTANZA

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LAMAR ADVERTISING
PETER COSTANZA
LIFE ALWAYS
BRIAN FOLLETT

Tell "Life Always" That The Most Dangerous Place for an African American Is Not in the Womb

    1. Destiny Ramjohn
    2. Petition by

      Destiny Ramjohn

      NY, NY

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February 2011

Victory

After hundreds of Change.org members called for an anti-abortion billboard targeting African-Americans to be taken down, the billboard owner agreed!

It all began when Texas group Life Always posted a massive billboard in New York City featuring a picture of a small black girl combined with this message: “The most dangerous place for an African-American is in the womb."

The billboard so offended New York City Councilwoman Letitia James that she launched a Change.org petition targeting Life Always and billboard owner Lamar Advertising, asking them to remove it.

“This was a dirty attack on Planned Parenthood and on our reproductive services for women,” Councilwoman James told Change.org. “To mask it under the guise of being concerned about black children was offensive to me.”

More than two hundred Change.org members answered the call, and in less than 48 hours Lamar Advertising announced that it would take the billboard down.

Thanks so much for taking action!

It is difficult to believe mere months after the tragedy in Arizona where Jared Lee Loughner shot nineteen people including six who were killed, that some groups are still using vitriolic language and metaphors of intolerance to advance their political agendas. In the midst of the Tucson shootings, many elected officials both Republicans and Democrats called for a cooling-off of emotionally charged language that divides.

Obviously Brian Follett of Life Always and Peter Costanza of Lamar Advertising were NOT LISTENING to those calls!

On Wednesday, February 23rd the pro-life advertising group known as Life Always unveiled an offensive billboard in lower Manhattan which reads “THE MOST DANGEROUS PLACE FOR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN IS IN THE WOMB.” The billboard's message-- meant to coincide with Black History Month--  appears above a photo of a young Black girl. It has been described by some as “misguided” and by others “highly offensive" in its attempt to target and misrepresent abortion in the black community. The point is clear—the sign which divides needs to come down TODAY!

As one Planned Parenthood representative stated the billboard is "an offensive and condescending effort to stigmatize and shame African-American women."

SIGN THIS PETITION TO TELL LIFE ALWAYS AND PETER COSTANZA OF LAMAR ADVERTISING YOU WANT THIS BILLBOARD REMOVED NOW!!!

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    News

    1. Victory! Anti-Abortion Billboard Targeting Blacks to Come Down

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      New Yorkers have just about seen and heard everything, so it takes a lot to get them riled up. But when an anti-abortion billboard recently debuted in Soho, New York liberals fiercely objected.
      That’s because the billboard - put up at Watts Street...

    2. Destiny Ramjohn
      Petition Organizer

      CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE WHO SIGNED-- AS OF 5:10PM LAMAR ADVERTISING HAS AGREED TO REMOVE THE BILLBOARD!!! WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS!!

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    3. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Patricia Stevens NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Outrageous.

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      • over 3 years ago

      ...I find it reprehensible to equate abortion, a medical-surgical procedure, with anti-black genocide...

      I'd consider the Republican-generated 'North of 50%' unemployment rate in the black community a form of slow genocide!

      I also think that Missisippy, (with Haley Barbour as govenor), is more dangerous to black americans, as Gov. Barbour is allowing the state to go ahead with placing Nathan Bedforest-Forest, (first ive comissar, KKK)!

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    • dana Tomlinson SPRINGFIELD GARDENS, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      I wonder how many members of "Life Aways" have adopted children, because over 80% of children in NYC child welfare system are black!!! And as a Social Worker in NYC devoted to this population...contrary to this ad- the Child Welfare System is the Most Dangerous Place for African American Children.

      Curious that is organization is not equally outraged that NYC Administration for Children (Child Welfare) has merged with NYC Department of Juvenile Justice. This would make the enviable transitions from one system (child welfare) to another (juvenile justice) more efficient- We know what this really means...the building of more prisons to pack black bodies in- prisons that one could buy stock in...If one was so inclined.

      http://www.dnainfo.com/20101117/manhattan/merger-of-acs-juvenile-justice-department-approved-by-city-council

      I LOVE propaganda!!! I LOVE art as propaganda, I appreciate the power of art and believe that coupled with Community ACTION- Propaganda can be a powerful tool for raising awareness and bring attention to important injustices and REVOLUTION!!

      The more revolutionary act would have been community out rage over this move by Bloomberg- Not even a peep from community leaders! Where was this organization then...

      Encouraging more African American Families to ADOPT and lobby the NYC legislators to put more funding for pevention programs such as life skills, sex education and substance Abuse prevention services in the communities most at risk is the more revolutionary act. (Substance abuse prevention and sex education programming in schools and community centers- have suffered recent deep cuts.)

      As a community we really need to focus on the REAL issues facing our children- the children who are alive, breathing and suffering in America’s Child Welfare Systems.

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    • Pat Weber Sones BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      You should be asking why safe sex practices and family planning aren't being promoted to women in our nation. How about a condom guys! Any other position is just promoting men having free sex while women pay the price. The most dangerous place for all women who are sexually active is in the sperm of men.

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    • Alecia Kumar PISCATAWAY, NJ
      • over 3 years ago

      This is horrible. The family of this child and this child have been violated. It sends a very bad conflicting message. It is in poor taste and should be taken down immediately and the Organization fined.

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