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NOW Launches "Enough Rush" Campaign Directed at Local Advertisers, Radio Stations
WASHINGTON - Today, the National Organization for Women is launching the "Enough Rush" campaign, which aims to deliver the powerful message to Rush Limbaugh and his apologists that bullying is no longer profitable.
Since Limbaugh's three-day attack on law student Sandra Fluke, scores of advertisers have left the show and two radio stations have dropped Limbaugh's show. Now, through the "Enough Rush" campaign, grassroots activists across the U.S. will reach out to local businesses that continue to advertise on The Rush Limbaugh Show and local radio stations that broadcast it.
"For more than two decades, Rush Limbaugh has degraded women, people of color and anyone who doesn't look or think like him," said NOW President Terry O'Neill. "Like bullies everywhere, Limbaugh uses the age-old tactic of savaging one woman for the purpose of intimidating all women away from the public square. Rush's hostile, hateful speech is destructive to our public discourse, our communities and our democracy."
The Rush Limbaugh Show is broadcast on over 600 radio stations nationwide, syndicated by Clear Channel's Premiere Networks. Clear Channel pays Limbaugh an astounding $38 million a year to spew his hate across the airwaves, and its CEO has, thus far, refused to terminate his contract. NOW activists across the country will picket at some of the local radio affiliates that broadcast the show.
The National Organization for Women first took on Rush Limbaugh with its Flush Rush campaign in the mid-1990s, when NOW succeeded in convincing the Florida Citrus Commission not to renew its million-dollar contract with the radio host. Founded in 1966, NOW is the largest group of feminist activists in the country, with hundreds of chapters nationwide, many of which are taking part in this latest Enough Rush campaign.
"NOW is proud to stand with Sandra Fluke and everyone Limbaugh has degraded and insulted over the years," O'Neill added. "We hope that women's rights and social justice supporters around the country will join us in this campaign."
Some of the cities where protests will be held include Washington, D.C., New York City, Phoenix, Ariz., Indianapolis, Ind., Columbia, Mo., Toledo, Ohio, Grand Rapids, Mich. and West Palm Beach, Fla.
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The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.