Alcohol Justice to Release New National Report on Alcohol Advertising on Public Transit

Oct 25, 2013, 08:00 ET from Alcohol Justice


Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz to Renew Call to Pass Ordinance Banning Alcohol Ads on L.A. Public Property

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alcohol Justice, youth, adults, and community organizations that make up the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles (www.NoAlcoholAds.org) will hold a press conference tomorrow Friday, October 25, 2013, emceed by actor Kurtwood Smith, to release a new report on the state of alcohol advertising on public transit titled "These Bus Ads Don't Stop for Children." They will also encourage passage of a local ordinance supported by Council Member Paul Koretz to prohibit alcohol advertising on city-owned and controlled property.

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What: Press Conference

When: Friday, October 25, 2013 9:00 AM

Where: Los Angeles City Hall, West 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who: Speakers Include:

  • Kurtwood Smith, Actor, Activist, MC of event
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Sarah Blanch - Project Manager, Institute for Public Strategies
  • Richard Zaldivar – founder, The Wall – Las Memorias Project
  • Ruben Rodriguez, Executive Director, Pueblo y Salud, Inc.
  • Janice Boafo - Program Operations Supervisor, Tarzana Treatment Center
  • Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO, Alcohol Justice
  • Terry Marquez, Chair, Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association, NW
  • Jerry Grenard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University
  • Dennis Hathaway, President, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
  • John O. Whitaker, Jr., CDS, CATC II, President, Paso Por Paso
  • Kevin M. Key, Community Organizer, United Coalition East Prevention Project

Why:

  • Lawmakers should work to ban alcohol advertising on property that government controls, including public transportation vehicles and street furniture and restrict alcohol advertising in out-of-home locations elsewhere as well
  • Despite claims of economic necessity, revenue from alcohol ads comprises less than 1% of reporting agencies' operating revenue
  • The City of Los Angeles, which has succeeded in getting alcohol ads off transit vehicles, should now finish the job by banning them from all public property to play a positive role in reducing exposure to alcohol ads to protect youth and reduce alcohol-related harm to all residents and visitors of the city
  • Families and youth utilize city owned and controlled property on a daily basis, such as school buildings, recreation centers, libraries and bus shelters
  • Last December, UCLA, Center for Alcohol Marketing to Youth, & Dr. Jonathan Fielding submitted clear and compelling evidence that alcohol advertising on city owned property encourages youth alcohol consumption which leads to harm
  • The L.A. County Department of Public Health has recommended reducing alcohol advertising in public spaces and in areas commonly seen by minors as a way to help discourage underage drinking

Coalition Members include:

  • American Indian Movement – WEST
  • Alcohol Justice
  • Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc.
  • Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association
  • Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Community
  • California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
  • Community Coalition
  • Institute for Public Strategies
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center
  • Mexican History Foundation
  • Mothers of East L.A. (MELA)
  • Personal Involvement Center, Inc.
  • P3 Partnership for a Positive Pomona
  • Phoenix House
  • Pillar of Fire Church
  • Paso por Paso
  • Pueblo y Salud
  • Saving Lives Drug and Alcohol Coalition
  • Sycamore Grove School
  • Tarzana Treatment Centers & AWARE Coalition
  • The Wall – Las Memorias Project
  • United Coalition East Prevention Project
  • Woman's Christian Temperance Union
  • Women Against Gun Violence
  • Writers In Treatment

Supporters include

  • Michael & Kitty Dukakis, former Massachusetts Governor & First Lady
  • Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
  • California Council on Alcohol Problems
  • California Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Center for Living and Learning
  • County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators' Association of California
  • Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition
  • Cri-Help
  • Day One Pasadena
  • Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick
  • Monsignor John Moretta
  • NCADD East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys
  • Public Citizen
  • Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch – Los Angeles
  • San Fernando Valley Partnership
  • Venice Neighborhood Council

For More Information go to: www.AlcoholJustice.org and www.NoAlcoholAds.org

CONTACT: Michael Scippa 415 548-0492                  
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336

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