Coalition of black pro-life groups protests NAACP award ceremony; Twitter shuts their account down
LOS ANGELES, February 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews) -- Black Pro-Life groups protested the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) close relationship with Planned Parenthood and its positive stance toward homosexual “marriage” by picketing the organization’s Image Awards ceremony on February 1.
Although the LAPD was called in, no arrests were made. According to the pro-life organizers the protest was peaceful but effective, garnering the attention of the Image Award’s organizers and attendees.
In response to the protest, the NAACP deviated from their schedule, opening the doors an hour earlier than planned.
“I guess they didn’t want attendees to hear what the protesters had to say,” said Dr. Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King Jr.’s and a longtime pro-life activist.
Nevertheless, the protesters were successful in one of their primary goals, which was to get their literature into the hands of those attending the awards. Some of those materials included information on Tonya Reaves, a black woman who bled to death when Planned Parenthood waited five hours to call an ambulance after tearing a hole in her uterus.
Another brochure called “Safe and Legal” gave more information about the dangers of legalized abortion. Passersby were interested enough that the protesters ran out of material, reported Dr. King.
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Many of protesters also carried signs protesting the NAACP’s relationship to Planned Parenthood. The abortion giant has been criticized for locating the majority of their facilities in minority neighborhoods, and for aborting blacks at a much higher rate than other races. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black babies account for one-third of all abortions in America, even as blacks make up only 13 percent of the population.
Some of the signs demanded that Twitter reinstate the National Black Prolife Coalition’s account, which had been suspended after they announced plans on the social networking site to protest the NAACP.
“Twitter shut us down,” Stephen Broden, a spokesman for the National Black Prolife Coalition and Dallas-area pastor told Fox News’s Todd Starnes.
Leroy Dodd, the group’s social media manager, said the account was first suspended January 28 when he sent out a tweet advertising the demonstration at the NAACP Image Awards.
“We sent out our first tweet at 9:17 a.m.,” he told Fox News. “Eight tweets later we were shut down.”
Dodd said Twitter contacted him advising him that his account had been suspended, and telling him what he would need to do to regain access to the site.
“I had to acknowledge I had been reported and I needed to change my behavior,” Dodd said.
Dodd said he initially agreed, and the suspension was lifted, but when he sent out another tweet accusing the NAACP of betraying the black community, the account was shut down again.
“By that evening we were completely suspended and we remained suspended for several days,” he said.
The suspension was lifted only after the Image Awards – and the protest – had passed.
“We suspected that would happen,” Dodd said. “This is nothing new,” he added. “It’s becoming popular with liberals and liberal organizations to report conservatives – a way to silence opposition.”
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