Tuesday, October 9, 2012

URGENT: Chapel Hill Town Council Meets Thu. to Review Our Ads on Aid to Israel

For those of you who live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina:

Join Us at the Town Council Meeting Thursday to Support Our Ads & Free Speech

By now, you’re probably aware of the controversy generated when the Church of Reconciliation, along with other Chapel Hill-based groups, posted ads this summer in 98 Chapel Hill buses to “End U.S. military aid to Israel.”

This Thursday, October 11, at 7:00 pm, the Chapel Hill Town Council will hold a public forum on the town’s bus advertising policy at Town Hall, 2nd Floor, 405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd

The town council will receive a petition, organized by Triangle Voice for Israel, to prohibit all political ads on Chapel Hill buses, including ours. Rather than engage us on the issues, the local pro-Israel advocacy organization is trying to censor our message and chill free speech

But we’re organizing our own petition in support of our ads and the right to freedom of speech. Please take a moment to sign this petition so that we can show the Chapel Hill Town Council that there is broad-based community support for our ads.

Last week, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina strongly defended our right to advertise in Chapel Hill’s buses. “The freedom of citizens to express political beliefs without being censored by their government is one of the most basic and cherished rights protected by our Constitution,” said the ACLU’s Legal Director Chris Brook. “We urge Chapel Hill officials to stand up for the free speech rights of their citizens by keeping the town’s bus ads open as a forum for public dialogue free of government censorship.”

We agree and we hope that you will come to Thursday evening’s town council public forum to stand in solidarity with us as we continue our struggle to keep these ads in Chapel Hill buses, but, even more importantly, as we continue to successfully spread our message that we must change our country’s policies toward Israel and the Palestinians to support human rights, international law and equality rather than the status quo of Israeli military occupation and domination of Palestinians.

If you would like to speak at the public forum in support of our ads and/or the right to freedom of speech, then please contact Rev. Mark Davidson so that we can coordinate.

Thank you for signing our petition to the Chapel Hill Town Council and we hope to see you on Thursday evening.