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From the UK to the Bay Area, Speaker Niki A.
Sex Workers Win Justice and the Right to Work Safely
Friday, August 1, 2014
518 Valencia Street, San Francisco (16th Mission BART)
6:30pm Snacks, meet and greet Niki from London
7pm program starts
$5-10 donation, no one turned away
Sunday January 26th, 2014 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm 1060 Folsom Street San Francisco, California. Between 6th and 7th. $12~ $22 at the door
Sex Workers Unite author Dr. Melinda Chateauvert keynote speaker for Sex Worker Fundraise
Sex Workers Unite, A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk with author Melinda Chateauvert who will be the featured guest speaker for the Litigate to Emancipate Fundraiser for the Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project. According to Chateauvert, despite the acceptance of “sluts,” the “prostitute” remains a deeply embedded symbolic marker between decency and disrespect…money changes everything. The event is open to the public.
Chateauvert shows off her extensive knowledge as historian and activist in her new book, Sex Workers Unite! A History of the Movement from Stonewall to SlutWalk, (Beacon Press, January, 2014) where she recasts sex workers – of all genders, persuasions and occupations – as key activists in struggles for gay liberation, women’s rights, reproductive justice, union organizing and prison abolition, and holds that sex worker rights are ultimately human rights (www.sexworkersunite.com). Her past works include Marching Together and have appeared in a variety of publications, including Sex Work: Writing about Women in the Sex Industry (Cleis Press, 1986, 1997); the Journal of African American History; the Journal of Women’s History; $pread Magazine; and Labor History.
Dr. Chateauvert is currently a fellow at the Center for African Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She sits on the board of the Leather Archives and Museum and participates in the Positive Justice Project to decriminalize HIV+ status.
Money raised will support the Litigate for Emancipate Legal Fund. ESPERLP is a sex worker-lead nonprofit and is committed to empowering the erotic community and advancing sexual privacy rights through legal advocacy, education, and research.
For Release On
Thursday December 12, 2013
Contact: Maxine Doogan, Erotic Service Providers Union 415-265-3302 & Rachel West, US PROStitutes Collective 415-640-4250
Sex Workers Groups Celebrate Victory in Sacramento
Sex worker groups are celebrating the historic vote at the California Victims Compensation Board today to eliminate Regulation 649.56 “Involvement in the Qualifying Crime of Prostitution.” Rachel West of US PROStitutes Collective said, “ Our statewide campaign has garnered broad based support including the ACLU. We are thrilled that Board recognized the public sentiment that this regulation has no place in the Victims Compensation Program.”
The victim whose claim that was denied by the Victims Compensation Program which ignited the call to remove the discriminatory regulation said, “This campaign brought together other victims like me. For decades we have been alone in our struggle to gain recognition that sex workers can be raped and should have access to the public fund.”
Today’s meeting was well attended including members of the press. The 3 person Victims Compensation Board heard deeply moving testify about how victims have suffered. Chairwoman Marybel Batjer stated that she “found the testimony compelling and the regulation repugnant”. Board Member Ramos recognized that “we want to send a message that this Board is not going to stand for this.” Board members’ unanimous vote was met with applause.
Maxine Doogan of the Erotic Service Providers Union said “ this vote sets a important new president that sex workers will now be recognized as having some access to equal protection under the law.”
TAKE ACTION Please help us remove California Regulation 649.56
Labornotes Conference in Chicago! April 2014 Calling all Erotic Service Providers! Road Trip!
Sex Workers Rights Approach to Human Trafficking July 24th 2013
July 24 (Wednesday) 6:00 – 8:45 PM PM (Free) Presidio Library – 3150 Sacramento St., SF
Workers Labor Rights Approach to Human Trafficking
It is essential to understand the labor rights approach to prostitution in addressing human trafficking, as the only way law enforcement identifies victims is to conduct costly multi lateral anti prostitution sting operation. This workshop will employ a true/false worksheet for participants to gage their knowledge against actual facts presented.
Topics covered: the political history of the trafficking discourse, the ever-changing definitions and who benefits. The Trafficking Projection Act Report, a tool of sexual and migration oppression on behalf of global capitalist interests.
Presented by Erotic Service Providers Union
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Proponents of Prop 35 is the bait and switch that says it wants to help trafficked victims but really its about the proponets profiting off the criminalization of our labor and that is wrong! We know that what prop 35 calls trafficking is really an exploitative work condition of which only equal protection is the win-win solutions not contained in Prop 35. With a title like “Human Trafficking. Penalties. Sex Offender Registration. Initiative Statues,” proponents are betting it will pass without due deliberation by the electorate Vote No On 35
For specific contact for No On 35
noonprop35 (at) gmail.com
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SB 782 – the Sexual Assault Victim Equity (SAVE) Act We oppose SB782
Dancers awarded 13 million dollars. In addition to the financial hit to the 16 companies that were sued, the clubs have agreed that within six months they will no longer treat dancers as independent contractors or lessees, but as employees, shareholders, partners or some type of owner. In California specifically, dancers will no longer be charged stage fees.
World Charter For Prostitutes’ Rights
International Committee for Prostitutes’ Rights (ICPR), Amsterdam 1985, Published in Pheterson, G (ed.), A Vindication of the Rights of Whores. Seattle: Seal Press, 1989. (p.40)
Decriminalize all aspects of adult prostitution resulting from individual decision.
Decriminalize prostitution and regulate third parties according to standard business codes. It must be noted that existing standard business codes allow abuse of prostitutes. Therefore special clauses must be included to prevent the abuse and stigmatization of prostitutes (self-employed and others).
Enforce criminal laws against fraud, coercion, violence, child sexual abuse, child labor, rape, racism everywhere and across national boundaries, whether or not in the context of prostitution.
Eradicate laws that can be interpreted to deny freedom of association, or freedom to travel, to prostitutes within and between countries. Prostitutes have rights to a private life.
Guarantee prostitutes all human rights and civil liberties, including the freedom of speech, travel, immigration, work, marriage, and motherhood and the right to unemployment insurance, health insurance and housing.
Grant asylum to anyone denied human rights on the basis of a “crime of status,” be it prostitution or homosexuality.
There should be no law which implies systematic zoning of prostitution. Prostitutes should have the freedom to choose their place of work and residence. It is essential that prostitutes can provide their services under the conditions that are absolutely determined by themselves and no one else.
There should be a committee to insure the protection of the rights of the prostitutes and to whom prostitutes can address their complaints. This committee must be comprised of prostitutes and other professionals like lawyers and supporters.
There should be no law discriminating against prostitutes associating and working collectively in order to acquire a high degree of personal security.
All women and men should be educated to periodical health screening for sexually transmitted diseases. Since health checks have historically been used to control and stigmatize prostitutes, and since adult prostitutes are generally even more aware of sexual health than others, mandatory checks for prostitutes are unacceptable unless they are mandatory for all sexually active people.
Employment, counseling, legal, and housing services for runaway children should be funded in order to prevent child prostitution and to promote child well-being and opportunity.
Prostitutes must have the same social benefits as all other citizens according to the different regulations in different countries.
Shelters and services for working prostitutes and re-training programs for prostitutes wishing to leave the life should be funded.
No special taxes should be levied on prostitutes or prostitute businesses.
Prostitutes should pay regular taxes on the same basis as other independent contractors and employees, and should receive the same benefits.
Support educational programs to change social attitudes which stigmatize and discriminate against prostitutes and ex-prostitutes of any race, gender or nationality.
Develop educational programs which help the public to understand that the customer plays a crucial role in the prostitution phenomenon, this role being generally ignored. The customer, like the prostitute, should not, however, be criminalized or condemned on a moral basis.
We are in solidarity with workers in the sex industry.
Organizations of prostitutes and ex-prostitutes should be supported to further implementation of the above charter.
A BENEFIT FOR THE EROTIC SERVICE PROVIDERS UNION PRESENTS…
HOOKERS BALL Punk Rock Show of 2012
SPONSORED BY THE HARVEY MILK DEMOCRATIC CLUB
MEATHOOK AND THE VITAL ORGANS (SAN FRANCISCO)
GET SHOT! (SACRAMENTO)
INFERNO OF JOY (SAN FRANCISCO)
THE CRUNCHEES (SACRAMENTO)
PLUS THE DANCEFLOORJUNKIE DOLLS BURLESQUE SHOW FROM RENO!!!!
WE ASK A $10/$50 DONATION FOR ADMITTANCE TO THE EVENT
DOORS OPEN AT 9:00 PM AND ITS 21 & OVER W/ ID
THE EROTIC SERVICE PROVIDERS UNION ANNOUNCES HOOKER BALL!!!
Exciting Spring Fundraiser Punk Rock Show to Support our Legal Action Fund
April 14, San Francisco, CA – The Erotic Service Providers Union (www.espu-ca.org), in conjunction with Margo St. James HOOKER’S BALL, is proud to announce a special benefit that will support our legal action to expand sexual freedom rights by our continuing to challenge the anti prostitution laws.
The Erotic Service Providers Union seeks to gain agency on behalf of all erotic service providers regarding their occupational, health, safety, social, civil, and economic rights.
The ESPU’s and Hooker’s Ball Punk Show takes place Saturday, April 14th, 2012 , from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., at Thee Parkside, 1600 17th Street, located at the corner 17th and Wisconsin street in San Francisco, CA. Tel: 415-252-1330. Admission: $10-$50 Sliding. For directions, please visit: Thee Parkside
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Updated list of San Francisco Hotels still on the Boycott list
Grand Hyatt Hotel, Union Square
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Embarcadero
Hyatt Hotel at Fisherman’s Wharf
HEI Le Meridien Hotel, Financial District
Hotel Frank, Downtown
Feb. 23, 2011-San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee passes Resolution to Demand Congress Remove the Anti Prostitution Pledge from the Global AIDS Act.
Feb. 14, 2011-San Francisco Labor Council Resolution to Demand Congress Amend Current U.S. Policy and Practice on HIV Funding:
Therefore, be it resolved, the San Francisco Labor Council shall send letters to our elected officials – House Representative Nancy Pelosi, Senator Barbara Boxer and Senator Diane Feinstein – to advocate for removal of the Anti-Prostitution Pledge from the Global AIDS Act and to bring this matter to the attention of our President.
And further, be it resolved, this letter shall request that, as Congress continues to review renewal legislation for the Global AIDS Act, our representatives promote legislation aimed at saving the greatest number of lives and protecting the most people, and promote the Sonagachi Model.*
*Peer to Peer education
Another Ruling for Canada: Vancouver Sex workers win right to challenge Canada’s prostitution laws
Congratulations Canada. Onterio Superior Court strikes down 3 federal prostitution laws Read the decision Here
United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review 2010
Erotic Service Providers Union Salutes the Foxhole Dancers for standing up for their rights to not be intimidated out of work! This is an ongoing protest-every Sunday
Read about it here
The Fox Hole is located at 32260 U.S. 36, Walhonding, OH and the protest is at the actual congregation that has been harassing the workers. New Beginnings Church of God
305 Church Street, Warsaw, OH 43844 (740) 824-4878
Call the church to let the know they need to stop harassing workers.
A Must See The Brothel Project
THE BROTHEL PROJECT follows these two dynamic women-on-a-mission and their foray into the world of modern day prostitution in the tea and crumpets city of Victoria. It isn’t long before they are approached by two other women – booking agent Harvi and independent escort Mia – who also claim to have the same vision.
Read it on Global News: Brothel Project – airs June 9, 2010
Canada’s 1st Adult Entertainment Awards honours sex industry stars
Celebrate the Sex Industry on 6.9.Venue: Rio Theatre, 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver. Doors open at 7 pm. Advance tickets: Via PayPal Day-of tickets: Available at 3pm at box office. Contact: Annie Temple • 604-351-6301 • email@example.com
Formerly Known As: Art and performance by male sex workers
Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 7pm
Rainbow Room, LGBT Center
1800 Market St. at Octavia
$10-20 sliding scale
For centuries, erotic pioneers and outlaws have made art. Without sex worker artists, San Francisco would be boring. This is a variety show featuring a dozen male sex workers. Expect stories, performances, music, videos and photography by men who are current or former sex workers.
Last year’s event sold out both nights, so we’re in a larger venue for one night only as part of the National Queer Arts Festival.
curated by Kirk Read, featuring performances by Suppositori Spelling, Inbred Hybrid Collective, Adela Vazquez, Jesse Hewit, Christraper Sings, George Birimisa, Cyd Nova, Kirk Read, Ben McCoy, Jaime Cortez, horehound stillpoint, a slideshow of visual artists and more!
Contact: Kirk Read, 415-722-0828, firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult film industry launches anti-piracy campaign
Adult film industry launches anti-piracy campaign
May 5, 2010 | 4:55 pm
Would you steal from Ron Jeremy? That’s the question LAist poses in its blog post “Your Arousal Doesn’t Come for Free.”
Blogger Zach Behrens reports that the Free Speech Coalition, the adult industry’s advocacy group, has launched a new campaign and a series of all-star public service announcements urging people to pay for their porn — and not download it for free.
The videos feature Jeremy, Alektra Blue, Kaylani Lei and a host of other adult film stars. “We work hard to entertain you and arouse you,” says one performer. “So please show your support by buying our products.”
Support San Francisco Hotel Workers Local 2 Strike-If your clients want service at a San Francisco Hotel , tell them you can’t cross the picket line and they can find another hotel Here
Releasing of the report-Trade Union Protections for Sex Workerspdf
By Com. Ashim Roy (General Secretary, New Trade Union Initiative)
On 9th September 2009, Wednesday, at 4PM
At Ashirwad, 30 St. Marks Road, Opposite State Bank of India, Bangalore
Trade Union Leaders, Human Rights Activists and Sexworker Leaders will address the meeting after the report release.
This report, Trade Union Protections for Sex Workers, shares insights from a meeting held from January 30 to February 1, 2009, in Belém, Brazil, in conjunction with the World Social Forum. The meeting brought together trade unions, sex workers, and other activists who believe that workers in the sex sector deserve basic labour rights, including the right to organize and bargain collectively, to be free of discrimination and to be free from forced labor. The participants came from Bolivia, Brazil, Germany, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, the United States.
Karnataka Sex Workers Union Read More Here
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The Erotic Service Providers Union (ESPU) seeks to gain agency on by and for all erotic service providers regarding our occupational, social, and economic rights through affiliating with organized labor. An Erotic Service Provider is anyone who is compensated for his or her erotic services or compensated for their support of someone else’s erotic service. By associating with organized labor which is already aware of our common labor rights, we can access support for our rights to negotiate for our labor and work conditions.
On this web site you’ll find information and resources to help educate and better inform erotic service providers about the benefits of organizing, how to get organized, and how to wield the power of collective bargaining.
For more information, email email@example.com
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And Erotic Service Provider is anyone who earns a living from their erotic labor and our support staff.