If you are a Rhode Island Resident

These two candidates are endorsed by Citizens Against Trafficking.   Thus it goes without saying they are against sex worker rights.  If you have the opportunity to vote against them, please do so.

  • Representative Amy G. Rice of District 72 (Portsmouth, Middletown, Newport)
  • Paul Marandola, candidate for District 7 (Providence)

 

5 Responses

  1. Jill, it might be helpful for you to endorse those office-holders who argued against the prostitution law.

    We’d have to go back into the Providence Journal archives to find them, though.

  2. Actually, this is a really good thought project for everyone. Who, in your own states, has voted for or against legislation affecting sex workers? Who in your state has a stamp of approval from orgs like CAT or people like Farley/Hughes?

    This is the sort of action we’re going to need to start taking to create real changes.

    Good job, Jill!

    XX

  3. @Susan, I have to be careful in my endorsements in that they have to come specifically only from me and not Sex Workers Without Borders because SWWB can not endorse candidates and doing so would risk losing our 501c3 non profit status.

  4. Hmmmm . . . it was worth a shot. But I think Amanda’s idea is a good one, actually.

  5. There’s no such thing as bad publicity in politics…. While it is helpful to know who the bad choices would be in the upcoming election, unfornately, the single most important factor in determining the winner of any political race is name recognition… The only exception to this rule is the presidential candidates…..

    Your average voter knows who the presidential candidates are and is somewhat familiar with their positions on the issues, however when it comes to the candidates for lesser offices, the majority of people will vote for the name they recognize.

    the vast majority…. so you never want to even whisper the name of a candidate you DON’T want to win. americans just don’t go to the polls educated, unfortunately.

    eddie murphy was in a movie about this about 10+ years ago or so.

    think about it, you have to put a check mark next to one of the names, so if you’re drawing a blank on who the actual candidates are and what they stand for, it’s just human nature to put a check next to the name you recognize.

    it a great idea in theory but in reality, there’s too many candidates running for too many offices for any one voter, to know who the heck they’re voting for on every one of them.

    unfortunately, trying to find the candidates who are on our side, isn’t very easy since it’s pretty much political suicide to admit you want to legalize prostitution.

    however, after 2 hours of searching the internet, i did find 2 good gubernatorial candidates:
    both are incumbents (current governors running for re-election… incumbents are normally the favorites to win because of the name recognition factor UNLESS they have REALLY fouled up.)

    Hawaii: Lingle
    reason:

    Governor Lingle’s July 6th veto of proposed legislation criminalizing sex trafficking ensured that Hawaii remains one of only six states with no anti-human trafficking laws in place!

    Massachusettes: Barney Frank
    reason:

    one caller questioned Barney about a bill that he had co-sponsored in the state legislature to legalize prostitution

    and of course, there is Kristen Davis in New York but I’m not sure what her chances are.

    i will keep looking and hopefully be able to add to this list.

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