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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 The Electronic Frontier Foundation Tells Us How to Protect Ourselves on the Net. In light of recent events we highly recommend that everyone donate to the court case to help put a stop to so many lives being put at risk Oppose criminalizing our customers! Oppose SB 1388. Standing by for more information on the next hearing, MORE INFO HERE Help Oppose AB 1576 California. Next hearing will be in the California Senate Labor and Industrial Relations On June 25, 2014 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 ( 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. Thanks for Signing the Petition to Support the Removal of Regulation 649.56 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.” ###

Justice for sex workers is justice for all
TAKE ACTION Please help us remove California Regulation 649.56 Labornotes Conference in Chicago! April 2014 Calling all Erotic Service Providers! Road Trip! Resurrect Our Rights Fundraiser: Day of the Dead Celebration Friday November 1st 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 Red Umbrella Memoir Writing Things they say to sex workers-the video Trainings-Sex Educator Training Classes by San Francisco Sex Information Sign Up NOW No ON Prop 35 9am Oct 19th, 2012 Oakland Marriott Convention Center-Be there! 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) Join Facebook group-Oppose Prop 35 Twitter @OpposeProp35 skype noonprop35

Legal Self Defense Workshop

Sunday Oct. 21, 2007 It’s time for another Legal Self Defense

Workshop by noted criminal defense attorney Katya Komisaruk. Katya,

a graduate of Harvard Law School, specializes in representing sex workers and is the author of Register Now