SFMTA Counters “Savage” Ads

munidiaries.com – excerpt

Image by ABC 7 San Francisco

It’s not over yet.
Last week we reported that SFMTA will be donating proceeds from controversial ads on its buses to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission. That wasn’t enough for the agency, however.
The ad seen above started showing up last week on articulated buses that already carried Pamela Geller’s “Support Israel” ads.
Muni’s response ad reads: SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics and condemns statements that describe any group as “savages.”
To erase any confusion, there’s a graphic arrow pointing to Geller’s ad.
What do you think of SFMTA’s handling of this whole affair?..

I want to put an ad on Muni buses that says”Honk if you hate parking meters”
Read the comments for a continuing dialogue regarding “freedom of speech” on buses. (more)

Sign petition asking SFMTA to remove anti-Palestinian ads

ACTION ALERT : ampalestine.org – excerpt

(CHICAGO 08/14/2012) –— The American Muslims for Palestine (AMP) is working with a coalition of civil rights organizations that oppose new ads that appeared on MUNI buses in San Francisco last week that calls Palestinians ‘savages.’…
TAKE ACTION The Transportation Authority is set to meet next Tuesday, Aug. 21, to take up the matter again. We must present them a unified voice that Gellar’s ad crosses the line and ventures into hate speech that could incite violence.
A petition condemning the ads is being circulated and will be presented at the hearing. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.

CAIR-CA: Groups Cautiously Welcome SFMTA Response to anti-Palestinian and Islamophobic Advertisements

Sign if you think you should. This is not a recommendation. This is an announcement only.

Artists alter Islamophobic ads on SF buses, MUNI adds disclaimers

By Nora : electronicintifada.net – excerpt

Days after shockingly racist and Islamophobic ads started appearing on city buses in San Francisco — paid for by a notorious anti-Muslim group led by notorious racist Pamela Geller — anonymous artists wheatpasted over the ads with an image of a hand and a stamp with the words “HATE SPEECH.”…
Additionally, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority (SFMTA) posted full-sized disclaimer placards on MUNI buses that carry the Islamophobic ads. The disclaimer says that “SFMTA policy prohibits discrimination based on national origin, religion, and other characteristics, and condemns any statements that describe any group as “savages.”…
“San Francisco said, ok, we’re not going to touch that with a ten-foot pole,” Billoo said. “We’ll give her the ad space. And so they caved because of the fear [of a lawsuit].”…

Some attorneys disagree with SFMTA’s stance, that a New York judge’s free speech determination has merit in a San Francisco case. We have not heard the end of this.