- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A new ad campaign by the liberal group Dream Defenders tells black Americans to get out and vote or run the risk of one day being killed by “a police officer, security guard or vigilante.”

The dramatic ad, part of the Florida-based group’s “Vest or Vote” campaign, shows a concerned black mother strapping her son into a bulletproof vest.

“Every 28 hours, an African-American is killed by a police officer, security guard or vigilante. No parent in America should have to put their child in a bulletproof vest. On Nov. 4, you have a choice: Vest or Vote,” the ad says.

Dream Defenders accepts grants from individual donors, one being the Tides Foundation, a nonprofit group partially financed by George Soros, the Daily Caller reported.

Phillip Agnew, a paid organizer for the SEIU, is the group’s executive director.

A Dream Defenders spokesman said the campaign has a billboard in Tallahassee, in addition to the minute-and-a-half spot that was released on YouTube. “Dream Vests” are on sale on their website for $149.99 in a variety of sizes and colors.

“It’s what we call exaggerated reality,” said Steve Pargett, communications director for Dream Defenders, Buzzfeed reported. “But here in Florida, it really is the way that mothers are thinking. Mothers are scared for their children. And young people don’t feel as safe as they did before Trayvon Martin was killed. It’s a reality for people living here.”

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