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New York: ‘Talk Back to Hate’ Campaign Counters Anti-Muslim Hate

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‘Talk Back To Hate’ Campaign Targets Pamela Geller’s Anti-Muslim NYC Subway Ads

There’s a new campaign to fight back against a series of anti-Muslim subway ads in New York City.

Akiva Freidlin has launched a project, currently raising funds on indiegogo, to buy subway ad space that will counter those of Pamela Geller.

The ads are paid for by American Freedom Defense Initiative, the umbrella organization for the Stop Islamization of America, which has been designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group.

Freidlin, like many other New Yorkers, wasn’t too keen on Geller’s latest ad, which features a photo of the World Trade Center exploding in flames next to a quote from the Quran that reads, “Soon shall We cast terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers.”

He writes on his indiegogo page:

These ads attack our most basic communal values: they try to exploit the city’s grief and anger over 9/11, and they demonize and intimidate members of a particular religious group. That’s not how we roll. Everyone has a right to feel at home in this city, and that includes our Muslim neighbors.

Freidlin, who describes himself as a “thirty-year-old white guy who lives in Manhattan,” says he’s the “grandchild of Holocaust survivors who came to the United States looking for freedom, tolerance, and prosperity—and found it in New York.”

The “Talk Back To Hate” campaign hopes to raise $7,500 to design and buy 10 subway ads. Contributors are invited to submit ideas for the ads, and will be able to vote on the message.

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  • Kirook

    Cool! Where do I donate?

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    Maybe we’ll see more of this soon, which would be great.

  • Kirook

    I don’t live in New York, but if I did, I’d chip in. This is awesome–often, when you see these anti-hate campaigns, they’re run by big organizations like the
    Anti-Defamation League or CAIR, which is good, but these are common people, just your average man or woman. That makes me happier than anything I’ve seen on this site in months.

  • mindy1

    WOOT gotta love my home state, will kick in a couple of bucks :D

  • http://twitter.com/CriticalDragon1 CriticalDragon1177

    I’m glad this happening. I’m surprised no one else has commented on this yet.

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