MPAC to Launch NYC & DC Metro Ads Opposing Racism & Bigotry

By: Marium Mohiuddin, MPAC

(Washington, DC – 10/18/12) – On Monday, Oct. 22, the New York City subway system will feature ads by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, which call on New Yorkers to stand together in opposing bigotry and hatred. The advertising campaign is an effort to counter the recent hateful and divisive ad released by Pamela Geller’s organization, the American Freedom Defense Initiative.

One week later, on Monday, Oct. 29, the Metro system in Washington, DC, will post the same ads onWMATA buses across the DC, Virginia and Maryland areas.

The NYC ad campaign will kick off this Sunday evening at Columbia University during “HeART Over Hate: Repelling Bigotry through Art & Music,” a free evening of music and entertainment hosted by MPAC-NYC and the Columbia University Muslim Students Association.

For more information about ‘HeART OVER HATE’ and to RSVP,
contact Deana Nassar at or 323.258.6722.

The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), led by known anti-Muslim bigot, Pamela Geller, started placing ads in San Francisco and New York transit systems a few weeks ago, and now have extended its campaign to Washington, DC.

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The AFDI ad reads: “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel. Defeat Jihad.”

“It is important we counter such ads with messages of peace that are the true representation of what we stand for as Muslims,” said Salam Al-Marayati, MPAC’s President. “Today, America needs leadership to rise above racism and bigotry, and MPAC is playing that leadership role through these ads.”

MPAC is soliciting donations to help support this ad campaign and
to continue to expand the number of ads placed across each city.
If you are interested in donating, visit and mention “ADS” in the comment area.

Founded in 1988, MPAC is an American institution which informs and shapes public opinion and policy by serving as a trusted resource to decision makers in government, media and policy institutions. MPAC is also committed to developing leaders with the purpose of enhancing the political and civic participation of American Muslims.

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