In October 2011, Philip J. Cenedella of the National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates organized and pulled off the very first protest of Village Voice’s backpage. When the “Editor-in-Chief” of the Village Voice, Tony Ortega, visited Cal State Fullerton, Cenedella and his troops were waiting for him armed with picket signs and chants of “Stop Sex Trafficking!” Mr. Cenedella may also be the first to implement a new tactic called the “Flash Picket”. We soon shall see.
Village Voice doesn’t understand the damage they are causing with their prostitution ad business. They do understand the language of the almighty dollar.
In addition to full-blown street protests of Village Voice; phone calls, emails, Facebook posts and tweets to Village Voice’s advertisers; we are piloting a new tool:
The “Flash Picket”.
Grab your camera and some friends if they are around or go solo – Make a quick picket sign and head to the nearest company that advertises with Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC in Phoenix (the parent company) or one of their free “alternative newspapers” listed below. Also, below are a list of Village Voice advertisers that you can visit.
The advantage of the “flash picket” is instead of standing out in the hot sun for a couple of hours with 125 people seeing your picket sign, you can get your photo taken with your picket sign, put it on the net, show it to the world and send it to the company you are protesting. All with very little sweat. We would be happy to post your photos to villagevoicepimps.com, but I’m sure you can find many uses for your flash picket photos!
1. Make the message on your sign very clear so everyone gets what you are trying to communicate.
2. Include the name of the advertiser or newspaper you are protesting; example: “Hooters supports Child Trafficking Ad Biz”
3. Make sure you, your picket sign and the sign of the company are all included in your shot.
4. Have fun.
NEWSPAPERS to picket
Village Voice Media Holdings, LLC (Phoenix parent company) which owns the below “Alternative” Prostitution Ad Newspapers:
City Pages / Minneapolis
Houston Press / Houston
LA Weekly / Los Angeles
New Times / Broward
New Times / Miami
New Times / Phoenix (in same building as Village Voice Media Holdings)
Observer / Dallas (also headquarters to a Backpage call center!)
OC Weekly / Orange County
Riverfront Times / St. Louis
Seattle Weekly / Seattle
SF Weekly / San Francisco
Village Voice / New York
Westword / Denver
Village Voice Advertisers to picket
American Apparel, Inc.
American Automobile Association
Angelika Film Center
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc.
Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau
Bacardi USA, Inc.
Blick Art Materials
Blue Man Productions, Inc.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cancer Fund of America, Inc.
Cirque du Soleil:
Clear Channel Communications, Inc.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY – New York State Psychiatric Institute
CraftWorks Restaurants and Breweries, Inc.
Dave and Busters
Denver Botanic Gardens, Inc.
Focus Features (Moonrise Kingdom)
Foot Locker, Inc.
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
Hard Rock Café
Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Landmark Sunshine Cinema
Lincoln Center Theater
Lions Gate Entertainment Corporation
Marriott International, Inc
Mesa Arts Center
MGM Resorts International
Mike’s Hard Lemonade Co.
MOUNT SINAI SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – Mood and Personality Disorders Research Program Department of Psychiatry
New Belgium Brewing Company, Inc.
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Inc.
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
St. Louis Rams
The Bowery Presents
The Salvation Army
Toyota Motor Corporation
United Way Worldwide
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Denver
Walt Disney Pictures
Warner Brothers Entertainment
YWCA of Minneapolis
YWCA Twin Cities