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People power funds pushback on Geller ads in San Francisco

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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.”

KQED News: SoMa Billboard Put Up As Counterpoint to Anti-Islam Muni Ads

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)

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. stardust on August 7, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Geller uses facts in her SF billboards – that certain Islamic governments punish gays by hanging – to push and validate her hateful anti-Muslim discourse. On the other hand, she sees nothing wrong with equally repulsive actions by the US government such as renditions, water-boarding, indiscriminate bombing and extrajudicial killing of Muslims.

    • Justpassingby on August 9, 2013, 6:33 am


      Besides if true, you really think geller give a dime about homosexuals in the middle east at all? No she dont.

  2. Kathleen on August 8, 2013, 12:55 pm

    Thanks Annie and Karen. Geller hate mongering parially being dismantled

  3. Citizen on August 9, 2013, 10:56 am

    Thanks, Annie, for this update on opposition to the hateful Zionist Geller.

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