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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Help Take Action Against Offensive Anti-Choice Billboards

Chicago Billboard
Black Women for Reproductive Justice (BWRJ) has launched two online petitions to counter a series of shocking billboards that have begun to appear in major cities in the U.S, with new ones appearing in St. Louis as recently as last week.  Read today's Tribune article on this issue.

We encourage all Planned Parenthood supporters in Illinois to step up and help protest the proliferation of these offensive messages on city streets. The billboards are discriminatory and flagrantly attack the legal right of African-American women to make their own reproductive choices. These messages represent a dispicable and overblown attempt to sensationalize anti-choice sentiments and shame black women.

New York City Billboard
What can you do to help? Sign these petitions: one targeting Lake Outdoor, the advertising company that allowed the billboards to be posted, and one targeting the LifeAlways organization that came up with the concept for the ads. Send these links to your friends and together we can rid the public streets of these hateful, racist messages.

In addition, the Chicago Abortion Fund (CAF) will be hosting a "Clean Up the Lot and Community Resource Fair” on Saturday April 23rd from 9am until 4pm. This event will take place at 58th State Street on the South Side of Chicago at the site of several anti-choice billboards. According to CAF, the clean-up and resource day is "the community's response to outsider interference and judgment in regards to the shameful and disrespectful billboards placed in poor communities around the Chicago land area." Over twenty community organizations will gather to clean up the neglected empty lot and share information with community residents on how to access health care, education/training, low-cost birth control and other resources.  For more information, click here.

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