Message of Support to the World Youth Day 4 All Coalition in Madrid
Aug 17th, 2011 - 19:36:43
All this week, a group of young people from the World Youth Day 4 All campaign are in Madrid at the Catholic World Youth Day spreading the message that good Catholics use condoms. They are an unusual coalition of activistsyoung people who are thanking the pope for recognizing that condom use saves lives by preventing the transmission of HIV.
They need your support.
The World Youth Day 4 All coalition is a global initiative led, organized and staffed by young people from Azerbaijan, Belize, Bulgaria, El Salvador, Ireland, Jamaica, Morocco, Nicaragua, Poland, Uganda, the United States and Venezuela. The message they want to share with the World Youth Day pilgrims is Good Catholics Use Condoms and they say theyve got the pope on their side, citing his statement late last year acknowledging that condoms use can be an effective and moral step in preventing HIV transmission.
We want to publish your message on the coalitions blog, www.worldyouthday4all.tumblr.com. Tell them what you think of the campaign and what they are doing, thanking Pope Benedict for acknowledging that condoms have a role in a healthy sexuality.
The coalition will be joining hundreds of thousands of pilgrims who are at World Youth Day this week, but the Condoms4Life message almost didnt make it to Madrid. After months of planning, at the last minute the municipal authorities and Publimedia (a local media company) withdrew permission for the campaign messages to appear on billboards, buses and bus shelters in downtown Madrid, claiming that the ads could be offensive.
Refusing to accept this censorship, the World Youth Day 4 All coalition will be taking the message to the streets this week in Madrid. Coalition members will be personally engaging and educating their peers and sharing Condoms4Life reminders that tell one and all that good Catholics use condoms.
They will share their stories and promote the campaign through both traditional and social media, distribute thousands of posters throughout downtown Madrid and present dramatic night-time manifestations of the campaign. World Youth Day pilgrims and residents of Madrid will even be invited to share their own messages via text messaging to be integrated into the campaign.
Please send a message of support to the coalition by replying to this email. And thank you!
Marissa N. Valeri
Senior Associate, Domestic Program
Catholics for Choice
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