Update on Prop K.

SFGOV: At 9:13 PM with 112 of 580 (19.31%) precincts reporting here are the results so far:

Yes on K: 30,568 votes 42.97 %

CBS5.com says 61% no with less than 1% reporting.

@ 9:46 PM from SFGOV:

MEASURE K
366 out of 580 precincts (63.10 %)

Votes Percent
Yes 64,149 43.14 %
No 84,548 56.86 %


@10:17PM from SFGOV: no 58 / 42 yes with 98% reporting for Prop K

Decriminalization of Sex Work versus Human Trafficking

It is clear that the major argument against Prop K is the idea that the decriminalization of Sex Work would facilitate human trafficking.  I have been in Belgrade, Serbia for the past week and a half, where I have met interviewed a couple of different groups dealing with issues of human trafficking and sex work.  Their experiences showed that decriminalization of sex work would potentially help minimize human trafficking.  They had some very interesting things to say.

Here are some important highlights:

(from an interview with Jelena Dordeveic, of the Anti Trafficking Center in Belgrade, Serbia)

“We stopped working with trafficking, because we saw that trafficking became an excuse for NGO’s and police to restrain women,” said Jelena Dordevic, the Deputy Director of the Anti Trafficking Center, “The whole idea of trafficking turned against us and the people we were trying to support.”

“There is this perception that there are the right victims and the wrong victims,” said Dordevic, “Sex Workers did not agree to get raped, to not be paid.”

According to Dordevic, many NGO’s do not see individuals who choose to do sex work as qualifying for their services. The Anti Trafficking center sees this as a major problem, thus their focus has turned more towards those who are excluded from trafficking arguments, but are still at risk for rape and other forms of violence.

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Proposition K on RH Reality Check

SF’s Proposition K: Changing the Landscape for Sex Workers

Sienna Baskin and Melissa Ditmore on October 28, 2008 – 8:00am
Next week, San Francisco voters will vote on Proposition K, which would prohibit the use of public funds to enforce laws criminalizing prostitution, and mandate that police investigate crimes against sex workers. The passage of Proposition K would change the landscape for sex workers in San Francisco in critical ways. First, by removing police officers’ power to arrest sex workers, it would reduce sex workers’ vulnerability to all of the abuses of that power sex workers currently experience: police profiling and harassment, sexual harassment and assault, rape, and extortion of sexual favors under threat of arrest by police officers, and entrapment.

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CNN: 73% of San Francisco voters support Prop K

Nina Hartley and Margo St. James host Prop K Benefit Party! (plus easy donation button!)

Sexual Politics and Sexy Politicos
Hosted by Nina Hartley, Margo St. James, Sadie Lune, Scarlot Harlot, Carol Queen (and many more!)
Friday, Sept 19th,
8 PM-midnight  Sliding Scale from $20-$100 to benefit Prop K
September 19th, 2008
Center for Sex and Culture
At 1519 Mission St. San Francisco (In Between 11th and South Van Ness)
Come early to join Margo at the St. James Infirmary Open House @ 5:30 PM
just down the block at 1372 Mission St
Friends,
I wanted to send you this excellent op-ed which appeared in our paper today.  I also link a very bad editorial against us at the bottom of the page, which is not accurate (of course).
We set up a donor button on YesOnPropK.org, so do visit if you are so moved…even $5 will help towards printing, but $20 or even more would help even more…

Performance Art for Sex Worker Rights at the SFMOMA

On Thurs, Sept 11, I have been chosen to perform a 1-minute piece at the SFMOMA as part of Tony Labat’s project “I WANT YOU” based on the old Uncle Sam Army recruitment posters.
Not only is it just *thrilling* that I will be performing at the MOMA, but there is a competition (which I need your help with!) and a good cause (‘aint there always) attached to this prestigious event.

There will be 50 1 min. performances on Thursday, and the audience members will vote for FIVE (5) winners, who will have portraits and copies of their monologues printed on posters to be placed all over SF during election week.
My performance is about Sex Worker visibility and ending stigma, and also about voting for Prop K. It could really make a difference for a lot of sex workers and make a big impact if posters (paid for by the SFMoMA!) with my message were placed all over San Francisco right before the voters took to the polls. I love using art for politics and politics for art.  In the name of ART, SEX WORKERS RIGHTS, FAME and SEX-POSITIVE POLITICS, please come out to the SFMOMA on Thursday night and vote for me!  Lady Monster and Tara Jepsen and Beth Lisick will also be performing, and remember 5 of us can win!!!!

Live Competition
Tony Labat’s I WANT YOU

Jason Mateo, Emcee; music by Veronica Klaus
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 p.m.
Phyllis Wattis Theater
$10 general; $7 SFMOMA members, students, and seniors.
Tickets are available at the museum (no surcharge) or online at sfmoma.org/tickets (surcharge applies).

On September 4, individuals can deliver one-minute monologues in solo auditions at SFMOMA. A week later, on September 11, fifty contestants chosen by the artist on the basis of these preliminary auditions will appear before a live audience and a host of documentary cameras. At the end of the evening, the audience will choose five winners. Poet and activist Jason Mateo, program director at Youth Speaks, will serve as emcee for the evening, and chanteuse Veronica Klaus

will provide musical interludes between monologues and during post-performance vote-counting. Winners will have their images and monologues printed on an “I Want You” poster, to be put up around the city in the week leading up to the presidential election. Participants will also be featured in Labat’s new video project, I WANT YOU, screening at SFMOMA on November 4th (election day) and December 2nd.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

http://www.sfmoma.org/press/pressroom.asp?id=372&do=events

Jeffery D. Klausner, President of California’s STD Controller Association Supports Prop K

Jeffery Klausner authored a well-supported article in today’s SF Chronicle, in response to the Chron’s own editorial board’s terribly written and ill-advised article denouncing Prop K that was printed in yesterday’s Sunday edition. While readership of the Sunday paper is much higher than that of the weekday editions, and the paper’s official stance is not one of support; today’s piece, which I believe references Alix Lutnick’s SWEAT Study, is helping with damage control by shedding a sensible light and some real facts on the issue.

Today’s Article