Oakland Mayor, Community Leaders Applaud Removal of Racist, Anti-Choice Billboards


From our colleagues at Strong Families.  See also this piece by Robin with “woman on the street” videos on the billboards.

Following a heated local battle, 60 anti-choice billboards targeting the black community have been removed from the streets of Oakland. Early reaction was positive.

When asked to comment, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan said:

“Our focus going forward is on increasing access to health care for women and families. We honor the legacy of Oakland’s African-American community by ensuring that in the future all residents can get the care and services they need without shame or stigma.”

Residents and community organizations in Oakland organized swiftly to pressure CBS Outdoor to remove the billboards, having noted the racist attempt to single out a group of women and shame them for making a private medical decision.

Oakland resident and organizer Alicia Walters said:

“We have been considered easy targets before by slick marketing campaigns for cigarettes and liquor. This time is no different. Rather than addressing the root causes of unintended pregnancy, the goal here is to roll back reproductive and civil rights.”

These billboards are part of a national effort being led by a few small organizations. The billboards compare abortion to slavery and genocide, and allege that black children are an “endangered species.” Their most controversial billboard stunned commuters in New York City. It read, “The Most Dangerous Place for an African American is in the Womb.” After a similar protest from local residents and activists, the billboard was quickly removed. The mother of the child whose image was used in the billboard also objected.

Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (ACRJ), along with other organizations, launched an email campaign to encourage CBS Outdoor to remove the billboards because of their offensive content. They were able to generate thousands of emails to the company in a matter of days.

Eveline Shen of ACRJ said, “We have the momentum to ensure that these racist billboards never return to our city. There is a movement that stands behind women of color and right build strong families if, when and how we choose.”

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  • forced-birth-rape

    ~ Too many children have been raped by the pro-life child raping catholic church.

    Too many women have been beat by their pro-life church going southern Baptist christian husbands.

    Too many brown fetuses have been killed by the pro-life, republican, conservative, christians for oil.

    Pro-lifers are child raping, warmongering, wife beating, women and little girls tortures.

    Women and little girls have physical and emotional pain, fetuses do not! Women and little girls can be raped, fetuses cannot!

    But the sadomasochistic, misogynistic, vagina pain mongering pro-lifers just love to use unwanted fetuses to hurt women and little girls with. 

    I would rather be aborted then born to a mother who was not going to love and protect me, who was going to let me get raped the first eighteen years of my life. ~

  • toomanyaborted

    Nice spin. Typical. The billboards were paid for through July 10th; they were SCHEDULED to come down. All the ludicrous cries of ‘racism’ exemplified how staunchly pro-abortion, and illogical, “reproductive rights” groups are. This article tries, desperately, to make it look like their efforts to crush free speech succeeded, but…they didn’t. “Prochoice” fascism may have worked in NYC against a different organization (Heroic Media), but it failed in every city where The Radiance Foundation launched the pro-life/pro-adoption themed TooManyAborted.com campaigns. CBS Outdoor rejected “prochoice” groups’ fact-less opposition in Oakland, Atlanta and every where else our boards of education have appeared.

    For a few thousand dollars in every city, we’ve been able to bypass decidely pro-abortion media and institutions to awaken the public to the decimation abortion has brought the black community where abortion is up to 5x the rate of the majority population.

    Somehow, abortion apologists can say, with a straight face, that the same women (black or white) who find these numerous clinics for abortion, can’t find the same clinics for the contraception? Epic logic fail. This among a much more of the failing “pro-choice” propaganda is why Planned Parenthood and its cohorts are on the defensive, nationwide.

    Our “Black & Beautiful” campaign has proven that pro-abortion activists will say anything and do anything to bizarrely defend the right to kill (i.e. Philly abortionist/butcher Kermit Gosnell).

    With all of your transparently pro-abortion allies in the local and nat’l media (CBS-5, SF Chronicle, Oakland Tribune, ABC-7, Huffington Post, NY Times, Essence, Chicago Tribune, NPR, USA Today) you’ve failed in stifling the conversation. More importantly, you’ve failed in stopping the transformation of individuals, women and men, who’ve been awakened to the truth by our http://www.TooManyAborted.com campaigns and our years of work in the communities most impacted by abortion.

    Abortion apologists are incapable of making to their arguments based on the facts, on the stats, or upon actual history; meanwhile, the black community experiences an epidemic of abortion that never reduces poverty, healthcare disparities, or any other harmful issue facing the black community. We will continue to illuminate the truth and help save beautiful possibility.

     

    -The Radiance Foundation

    TooManyAborted.com

  • jennifer-starr

    I think probably the most insulting thing about a campaign like this is that it implies that the person is making a reproductive choice as part of a group, rather than as an individual. Or even worse yet, that the decision is somehow being made for them.  When I make a reproductive decision, I’m not making it as a white woman or as a woman of color; I’m making  that decision as an individual woman based on my personal life.  

    If the ‘pro-life’ community really wants to make things better in minority communities, why not work to improve health care, education and economic opportunities in those communities, rather than working to tear them down like most conservatives do? 

  • beenthere72

    ‘Boards of education’, my ass.    Did you think for a second that they have higher abortion rates because they have more pregnancies?    It doesn’t take a genius to see that there is zero threat to the black population.   The city of Oakland’s black population has gone down because they’re MOVING OUT   And white folk are moving IN.     The city of Oakland has an unemployment rate of 15% (and the state of California itself is quite a bit higher than the national average).  That’s a lot of people without insurance to get, and keep getting, birth control.  

     

    There are something like 5,000 babies in the CA foster care system right now.  Who is adopting *them*?   

     

    Abortion apologists are incapable of making to their arguments based on the facts, on the stats, or upon actual history; meanwhile, the black community experiences an epidemic of abortion that never reduces poverty, healthcare disparities, or any other harmful issue facing the black community.

     

    Where are your facts and stats on your claims?  

     

    Let’s take a look at the poverty rate in Oakland and who is most affected by it:  http://www.city-data.com/poverty/poverty-Oakland-California.html

     

    Female, no husband present (55.4%)

     

    And they’re mostly black!    But since the black population has been moving out, that’s a sign that they’re moving up too.  Moving to safer neighborhoods, moving because of jobs. 

     

    You do realize the cost of living in Oakland is very high?

     

    Do you even know that black women have highter rates of maternal death?   Do you want that kind of blood on your hands by forcing them to carry all their pregnancies to term?  

     

    The study’s numbers showed that African-American women in California have a maternal-mortality risk comparable to rates in Kazakhstan and Syria, according to World Health Organization data.

     

    So GTFO with your forced birth propoganda.     You and your billboards are offensive and invasive.   It’s none of your damn business what a woman chooses to do with her pregnancy, especially based on the color of her skin.  

  • colleen

    For a few thousand dollars in every city, we’ve been able to bypass decidely pro-abortion media and institutions to awaken the public to the decimation abortion has brought the black community where abortion is up to 5x the rate of the majority population.

    Your few thousand dollars were spent insulting women of color  and have awakened more people to the unfortunate unexamined racism of the  ‘pro-life’ movement and right wing Christianity. Your money would have been better spent helping single mothers feed their existing children or on domestic violence and rape prevention. But we all understand that it’s important to the ‘pro-life’ movement to keep women as uneducated, desperate and submissive as possible and helping women and their children in any real sense would be counterproductive to your actual aims.

  • prochoiceferret

    meanwhile, the black community experiences an epidemic of abortion that never reduces poverty, healthcare disparities, or any other harmful issue facing the black community.

     

    No, actually, the Black community experiences an epidemic of poverty, healthcare disparities, and many other harmful issues facing the Black community. But then, you don’t really give a rat’s patootie about any of that, do you?

     

    We will continue to illuminate the truth

     

    Your contempt for the Black community is so bright, it’s radiant!

  • toomanyaborted

    Thankfully, CBS Outdoor did not cave to “prochoice” efforts to crush free speech. None of your efforts removed the billboards; the contract simply expired. They were paid for through July 10th, so they’re now being replaced by the next paying customer.  Feel free to read the truth:

    http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/15/abortion-activists-fail-to-bring-down-california-billboards/

    The “Black & Beautiful: TooManyAborted.com” billboard campaign, created and led by black American women and men, exposes an industry that profits from the killing of our future.

    We will keep illuminating the Truth. We invite you to http://www.TooManyAborted.com to learn about the actual stats, the racialization of adoption, and how abortion is the antithesis to purpose.

     

    -The Radiance Foundation

     

  • toomanyaborted

    Thankfully, CBS Outdoor did not cave to “prochoice” efforts to crush free speech. None of your efforts removed the billboards; the contract simply expired. They were paid for through July 10th, so they’re now being replaced by the next paying customer.  Feel free to read the truth:

    http://www.lifenews.com/2011/07/15/abortion-activists-fail-to-bring-down-california-billboards/

    The “Black & Beautiful: TooManyAborted.com” billboard campaign, created and led by black American women and men, exposes an industry that profit$ from the killing of our future.

    We will keep illuminating the Truth. We invite you to http://www.TooManyAborted.com to learn about the actual stats, the racialization of adoption, and how abortion is the antithesis to purpose.

     

    -The Radiance Foundation

  • purplemistydez

    As an AA woman I do not need you or your ilk to tell what I can and can not do with my uterus.  If you really want to help us and our children, why don’t you do something more constructive.  Education, nutrition, and teaching AA men to take responsibility for their families.  Your disgusting campaign is playing into the sterotype that AA women are too irresponsible to reproduce.  PP gives us choices unlike your organization only wants us to be brood mares like the plantation owners of the slavery age.  AA women can see right through your lies and do not believe your concern for us at all.