Offensive Billboard to come down
February 24, 2011
Dear Colleagues and Affiliates,
It is with great joy that I write to report that Lamar Outdoor Advertising has agreed to pull the billboard on 6th Ave and Watts depicting an African-American girl with the disturbing tagline “The most dangerous place for African Americans is in the Womb” TODAY.
Following a letter to Peter Costanza, Vice President and General Manager of LaMar Billboards, written by the Women of Color Policy Network, NYU Wagner, Mr. Costanza responded affirmatively that they would remove the billboard. I truly believe that our collective quick action, phone calls and letters to the company are directly responsible for their decision to pull the ad.
However, we must remain vigilant. Life Always is committed to spreading the campaign throughout country and there are continued threats to access to the full range of reproductive health services for low-income women and communities.
This billboard is only one of the many attacks on reproductive freedom and services for low-income women across the country. Both the House and Presidential budgets propose to eliminate critical funding to programs that provide services to women and families.
Please join us in taking action against the cuts to these programs by contacting your Senators and telling them to reject the House and Presidential budget cuts.
To learn more about the detrimental impact of the proposed social spending cuts included in both the House and Presidential budget proposals, please read the Women of Color Policy Network’s policy brief on the issue. The brief, which can be accessed by clicking here, emphasizes the need to invest in the economic security of women of color and their families, especially in times of economic distress.
Thank you for your continued support,
C. Nicole Mason, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Women of Color Policy Network
Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
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