A billboard is installed on 10th Street just south of Howard Street in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood as counterpoint to anti-Islam ads that ran earlier this year on the sides of Muni buses. (Vinnee Tong/KQED)
Innovative San Franciscan Christie George, director of New Media Ventures and co-founder of Louder, a new “People Powered Advertising” company, started a campaign to fund a nearly 50 feet wide billboard countering Pam Geller’s Islamophobic Muni ads. The Louder campaign raised the money from 100 donors from across the country and overseas.
The ad reads:
“Hate Has No Place in Our City: San Francisco Embraces Diversity and Acceptance, Not Hate and Bigotry.”
She [Christie George] started the campaign to fund the billboard and says it’s intended to answer the hate in the Muni ads with something positive.
“Our hope is that people are reminded of how much opportunity there is to celebrate the diversity of their neighbors and their friends,” George says.
The Muni ads were funded by the controversial group American Freedom Defense Initiative, which is backed by conservative blogger Pamela Geller.
The new billboard is scheduled to stay up for a month. It’s estimated it’ll get more than 200,000 views a week.
(Hat tip Karen Platt)