League of Young Voters Guide: Tell Them What You Think of Prop K

I’m getting ready to go vote and checking the League of Young Voters’ guide for assistance on the monstrous amount of city and state propositions, of which K is just one. Here’s what sad: the League couldn’t make an endorsement on Prop K. I left the following comment on the League’s ballot guide at the encouragement of SF queer porn star Jiz Lee:

Prop K would not remove any laws against human trafficking, or prevent their enforcement. SF police would still be able to enforce existing laws against rape, torture, kidnapping, and human trafficking. If prostitution laws allow cops to rescue victims of human trafficking, then why have they not been able to prosecute any cases of trafficking in SF? The current system does not work. The true use of laws against prostitution is to arrest San Francisco’s most vulnerable people — drug users, the homeless and marginally housed, women of color and especially transgender women of color, and young people. It makes no sense that those who can support voluntary drug treatment programs and who resist the expansion of the criminal justice system by locking up yet more people for nonviolent offenses could also support jailing sex workers in the guise of ending human trafficking. In the sex trade, only human rights will stop the wrongs.

That’s right — there’s city and state propositions on the ballot to increase public funding for drug treatment programs, to preserve the civil rights of parolees and jailed immigrants, and to stop prison development. The League is taking a stand for all of these, not to mention in favor of the civil right to marry regardless of gender or sexual orientation, but not on Prop K. It’s sad, but it only goes to show how far we still have to come in working in solidarity with social justice movements.

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  1. […] to advocates like Melissa Gira on Bound Not Gagged (a GREAT collection of all the events of Prop K including press, and video) and […]

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