Coalition Unites to Stop Hate Speech

January 15, 2005

Source: Muslim Civil Rights Center Press Release

On January 15, 2005 a Muslim Civil Rights Center Press Release reported, "following intense pressure from community groups spearheaded by the Muslim Public Affairs Council, a Santa Monica, CA storeowner agreed to remove signs from her store windows which called Palestinians 'Gaza cockroaches' and Islam a 'pig faith.' Bunnie Meyers also stated her intention to sell her private business 'All Phone Wholesale,' according to the property owner. Although legal measures were not applied due to the classification of this material as free speech, community organizing and firm pressure led to a victory against hate. After the September 2004 discovery of the signs, MPAC formed a broad coalition to organize against hate speech, which includes the Coalition for the Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA), the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC), the South Asian Network (SAN), the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center (LAGLC) the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Progressive Alliance at Santa Monica City College, the Los Angeles County Human Relations Commission, and the Mayor Pro-Tem of Santa Monica."