Friday, January 28, 2011

Battle of the Billboards Continues

By Josh Ruebner, National Advocacy Director

As we’ve reported previously on our blog, we’ve been working with our member groups across the country to place billboards opposing U.S. military aid to Israel. Check out a selection of the ads on our new and improved aidtoisrael website. A recent billboard campaign in the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system—sponsored by US Campaign member groups Northern California Friends of Sabeel, American Muslims for Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace—occasioned a racist counter-ad campaign by Stand With Us. When we advertised in the Washington Metro Area Transit Agency (WMATA), Stand With Us did a similar racist counter-ad campaign. We were really heartened to learn today that BART will no longer tolerate the racist ads sponsored by Stand With Us. Yesterday, the San Francisco Bay Guardian reported that BART has removed the Stand With Us ads!

Let’s celebrate this victory against racism by seeing more pro-active billboard campaigns across the country. It’s working!