Stand up against RestrainTheJudges
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The group advertising on the billboard is: http://restrainthejudges.com/ and they seek to raise money solely to convey a message to the Supreme Court that equality and gay marriage won't be tolerated by their supporters. They also claim to represent that their mission is to"...restrain federal judges and the Supreme Court from undermining marriage any further!"
The picture that had been taken was uploaded to Facebook where it quickly went viral and is currently being shared all across the United States. Creating conversation on whether or not this really is acceptable.
We are ALL entitled to free speech which is one of the founding values this country was created on.
We propose to purchase space on the billboards that this group have decided to advertise on in the Metro Detroit area. The purpose of the billboards will be to show everyone that we are all equal and are not separable due to our ethnicity or sexual orientation, but that we are all human and seek equal treatment for everyone in our land.
The money you raise will be put toward purchasing advertising space on the billboards and if there is any remaining money it will be donated to local organizations defending equality.
Please let us know if you have any questions and more details will follow as we receive more information!
Love is love, we're all humans and we all deserve to be treated equally. #thiswontstand
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Posted by Ferman Smith
The details are finalized and we will be going LIVE Monday 6-22! Attached are the graphics and this is going to be HUGE!
The locations are:
-US-24 Southbound just south of I-96
-US-24 Northbound just south of I-96
-M-10 (John C. Lodge) @ Livernois Rd.
I need to give credit where credit is due:
Billboard Advertising + Media Plans - Candice Simons & Emily Nelson of Brooklyn Outdoor Advertising ( www.brooklynoutdoor.com)
Graphic Design - Patrick Thornton of TMV Group ( http://tmvgroup.com/)
It wouldn't have been possible without their help!
THIS DOESN'T END HERE!
If we can continue to raise money I will ensure that our voice is spread to Flint, Lansing, and Kalamazoo!
Don't forget to keep sharing and spreading the word!
Thank you for all of your continued support, none of this would have been possible without all of your help!
Posted by Ferman Smith
This is the big update we've all been waiting for! I am currently in the end negotiation stages with a company that has supported me from the beginning, Brooklyn Outdoor based out of Detroit has offered their commitment to getting these messages up and are currently finalizing a design for our board to be placed in prime locations around Metro Detroit!
We have a goal of having them up in a very short time and I just wanted to thank everyone for their continued support in making this possible!
We aren't stopping there, though. I will continue to raise money with your help so we can continue to place billboards all over Michigan to spread our powerful positive message, but I need your help spreading the word! Please let everyone you can know about this campaign, that we are still working relentlessly to get them up, and to continue showing your support even through something as simple as word of mouth!
Every additional $2,300 raised will create another billboard in prime locations in Detroit, Flint, and Lansing!
I will be updating as much as possible before the new billboards go up and would love to continue to hear your feedback on everything!
You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You can contact Brooklyn Outdoor at: email@example.com
Talk to you all very soon!
I wanted to post an update to let everyone know that this is still a work in progress, I'm doing my very best to pull this together and I apologize for any delays. I will be posting an update within the next few days to let everyone know what the master plan is! Keep spreading the word, after GoFundMe's cut we currently stand at $7,613.42 and need to reach at least $10,000 to take the first step forward!
Stay tuned and if you have any questions at all please e-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: Grand Rapids just received their first billboard, they will be added to the list of billboard locations!
Just wanted to post a quick update to share with you everything that is going on before we break for the weekend.
The meeting with our graphic designer went wonderfully and we are trying our hardest to make our concept come to life, it's a work in progress but we should be looking at something involving all of YOU! This is everyone's battle, why just make it a message from one person? :D
We are currently looking at prices for billboards in Dearborn Heights, Howell, and Flint to start. We are close to covering all 3 but still need to raise more money to accomplish our starting goal!
The costs are as follows:
The rate for the Dearborn board is:
$1995 for 1-2 Months
$1750 for 3-6 Months
The rate for Howell board on I-96 is:
$3500 for 1-2 Months
$3250 for 3-6 Months
The rate for the I-75 Flint board is:
Not avaliable yet, we must have a finished product to present in order to receive a quote, but we will be looking at around roughly $3000 for the board.
These costs do not account for the graphic designer as well of which deserves to be compensated for all of the work he is putting into this project.
Please share this with EVERYONE to help provide a positive message for all! When you see the finished product, I promise it will not disappoint.
I'll update you all as soon as I have more information and please remember to keep emailing me your ideas and thoughts! Thiswontstand@gmail.com
Thank you all so much!
Giesken removed its client list from its website, which is now inactive. Here's the client list, in case anyone wanted it. I suggest contacting clients that are LGBT allies and asking them not to advertise with Giesken anymore. Start with the Detroit Tigers, who are about to host their first annual LGBT night next month. AAA of Michigan B&K Repair Biggby Coffee Big Ike’s Roofing Bob Evans Candy Cane Christmas Shoppe D&R Property Management David Turfe for Judge Dearborn Chamber of Commerce Dearborn Heights Soccer Club Detroit Speed Shops Detroit Tigers Discover Chiropractic Dreamy DayCare Edward Jones Investments Fantasy Jewelers H & R Block Harry’s Army Surplus Harvey Wolfe Advertising Agency Heritage Pointe Condiminiums Home Source Construction HYPE Athletics Italy American Construction James M. Jernigan, ESQ Att Lafontaine Automotive Legacy Park Condos Leo’s Jewelry Lowes Madonna University Manno Clothing & Tailoring Mass Mutual & Marlene Lemire Massage Green McDonald’s Michigan Right To Life Mr Ed’s Plumbing Much More Marketing Ad Agency- MMM MyNewMarketPlace.com National Heritage Academies National City Bank North Brothers Ford Oakwood Retirement Center Park Forest Apartments Pat Milliken Ford Petra Linguistic Services Planet Fitness PNC Bank Precision Tune Auto Care Real Estate One – Frank Mastroianni Richwall Cabinets Sigma Financial-.Mousa Ahmed Starfish Family Services Stout Family Medicine Subway Taylor Chevrolet Texas Roadhouse Tim Hortons Tittle Brothers Construction Village Ford The Weave Shop Wireless Toyz WXYZ ABC Ch. 7 Yogurtopia Z-Coil Comfort Shoes
I agree with everything except the statement that the billboard company isn't at fault. Conducting a business is one thing, but posting hate speech on behalf of another simply for a buck isn't good business. It doesn't speak of either professionalism or integrity, as the company's mission states.
Whatever you do don't give money to that billboard company. They could've easily declined that business and frankly it's what they should've done. Free speech doesn't mean you're free from consequences. Seeing how the owner of that billboard companies past employment was at a church, I'm willing to bet he believes the same.
@Sheray - your unwarranted comment was clearly a desperate move in an attempt to provoke someone. Why? Also, at some point, every sexually active adult makes a decision as to whether or not "to have a dick or a dildo shoved up their ass." I'm not exactly sure how one forces a lifestyle "on to every ones face", so I will ask around for clarification. I want to make absolutely certain that I am not forcing my modus vivendi onto anyones face.
@Sheray please go put your head in a plastic bag and tie it shut you ignorant troll, People are born the way they are some people discover they have denied their true feelings for years and act on them later in life whatever they choose is each individuals CHOICE not for you, me or anyone else to judge or decide as long as they are the age of consent and able to make the choice to be together then who the hell are you to judge or say what is right or wrong.
it;s little items like this that have me thanking whatever powers that be that I was not born in the states.....and the constant steam of hate-filled bullsh*t should give anyone with half a brain a case of the screaming fits .....certain people show just how vile and stupid they are while hiding behind fake profiles and photos.....skanky trolls should stay under their nasty bridges and leave the rest of us alone to live our lifes
@ Stacy Hunt I came upon this today and I'm all for what Ferman Smith is doing. Equality is the word of the day here, i was enjoying all that you were posting until you yourself became judgmental, your comment-- she lives in a run-down city called Taylor on the east side of MI---what does where she lives have to do with it? I live in that city and it's not run down. But your attacking where she lives or works, is really no different than her attacking you. Isn't this about love and equality? Everyone's the same? Yet we all find a reason to hate on the next person instead of sticking with the issue at hand.
@Tracy Jenson - According to the CDC, infertility is a common problem among both men and women. CDC states that 6% of married women 15–44 years of age in the United States are infertile. 12% of women 15–44 years of age in the United States experience difficulty getting pregnant and/or carrying the pregnancy to term. Also citing from the CDC “7.5% of all sexually experienced men younger than age 45 reported seeing a fertility doctor during their lifetime—this equals 3.3–4.7 million men. Of men who sought help, 18% were diagnosed with a male-related infertility problem.” It looks as though there is a fair amount of non-reproducing heterosexuals roaming around. Do you consider those individuals to be broken? Because they cannot do their job of reproducing, the very reason we were put on this earth (that is where you were going with that, yes?) do you consider them to be worthless and/or a waste? Do you feel that these infertile men and women are less deserving of being happy because they did not execute the one job they had of reproducing? Also, in those cases, would you then condone homosexuality among the infertile men and women? According to your “logic”, homosexuality is “wrong” because people of the same sex cannot reproduce, so would it be "right" for those who cannot reproduce to engage in homosexual behavior? What is your take on women who are unable to reproduce using the normal vagina/penis/visa-versa method and utilize unnatural resources as a means to get pregnant? More specifically, in your opinion are women who undergo In vitro fertilization; Zygote intrafallopian transfer; Gamete intrafallopian transfer; Intracytoplasmic sperm injection suffering from mental illness as well due to the fact that these procedures are not natural or “normal?” I am also interested to know where you obtained your information where homosexuality is classified as being a mental illness. If you could post credible links from your research, I would greatly appreciate it. According to a research paper conducted by UC Davis, both Sigmund Freud and Havelock Ellis determined that “homosexuality was inborn and therefore not immoral, that it was not a disease, and that many homosexuals made outstanding contributions to society.” Freud went even further stating "Homosexuality is assuredly no advantage, but it is nothing to be ashamed of, no vice, no degradation, it cannot be classified as an illness; we consider it to be a variation of the sexual function produced by a certain arrest of sexual development. Many highly respectable individuals of ancient and modern times have been homosexuals, several of the greatest men among them (Plato, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, etc.). It is a great injustice to persecute homosexuality as a crime, and cruelty too....” According to the American Psychological Association, homosexuality itself is not considered a mental illness, however, “homosexuals have a higher prevalence of mental disorders than heterosexuals because dealing with minority stress, explaining that stigma, prejudice, and discrimination create a hostile and stressful social environment which causes mental health problems. Stress processes of homosexuals, including the experience of prejudice events, expectations of rejection, hiding and concealing and internalized homophobia also contribute to mental health problems.” Basically, the stress of being harassed, discriminated against, having to deal with people’s prejudice regarding heterosexuals exaggerating stereotypes, such as, male homosexuals are promiscuous, lonely, insecure and molest children. Lesbians tend to be viewed by heterosexuals as aggressive and hostile toward men and actually want to be a man. The “gay agenda” that homophobes tend to bring up on a regular basis as a means to instill fear of homosexuals. THERE IS NO GAY AGENDA. None. There are no plans in the works to try and pressure heterosexual men and women into “becoming gay” or coercing heterosexuals into “choosing” the gay lifestyle….because, guess what? *WE* know that being gay is NOT a choice…*WE* know there is nothing that we can say or do to convince heterosexuals to have an “ah ha moment” and make the decision to be gay. *WE* understand that you were born heterosexual and *WE* are completely fine with that. So, aside from having to live everyday literally trying to convince people that we are not crazy, horrible monsters whose sole purpose is to somehow find ways to take away your religious freedoms, that we are NOT child molesters, that we are NOT trying to “make people gay”, there is also the constant fear being physically attacked by those who consider us to be “wrong” and randomly decide to fly off the handle. There are so many assumptions made and so many lies told about homosexuals created by heterosexuals that we don’t even have the opportunity to give you a legitimate reason to dislike us as individuals. There is no way in hell that I would “choose” this lifestyle.
@Mikee - "Sheray" is a little troll who is full of hostility and anger. The Facebook profile she used to comment isn't even real. Her real name is Charmaine Mathews; she lives in a run-down city called Taylor on the east side of MI; she is a "Warehousing Professional." Here are some colorful reviews she has submitted to various places: https://www.facebook.com/charrenee/reviews?pnref=lhc Carrying around so much hate and negativity must be exhausting. I feel sorry for her. At any rate, please don't allow her mean-spirited, hate driven comments upset you in the least.