Detained at University of San Francisco for passing out prop K flyers

“You in the cowboy hat. Stop right there. We need to talk to you.” said university cop#1, cop #2 took my campaign cohort Slava to the side and started to question us about this so called “disturbance” someone had called in to complain about on campus.

I knew that I had not done outside of my first amendment rights so I was mellow and calm.

“Can I see your ID?” cop #1 said. Damn, I just got through discussing with my lawyer that you DO NOT have to show any police officer your ID unless you are being detained or arrested.

Apparently, we were being detained.

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Sex Workers Denied Right to Safe Work

Another great piece by Melissa Ditmore at RH Reality Check: Sex Workers Denied Right to Safe Work.

Sex Workers Denied Right to Safe Work
Melissa Ditmore on October 17, 2008 – 8:00am

This December marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The right to livelihood is enshrined in the declaration. I mention this because it is one of the rights most often denied to sex workers.

Around the world, people turn to sex work in the hope that it will enable them to earn a living. But authorities and misguided anti-prostitution policies routinely deny them that right.

The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center has released two reports highlighting this fact. (See them here). Sex workers interviewed for these reports described becoming involved in commercial sex for financial reasons, and they described the difficulties faced by unskilled workers, especially transgender workers, in their efforts to earn a living wage.

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