Changing from within or not?

So I went to a Sex Trafficking panel led by the interfaith group at UCSC. The panel was comprised of a nun, a man, and a cop from the San Jose Police Department, whose position is being in charge of the human trafficking cases for the south bay counties, to include Santa Cruz and Monterrey.

It was as expected, they came from the all sex workers are victims, and one of them thought all porn == objectification, and that leads to sex trafficking (her logic is beyond me).

I was the only one trying to separate the 2 things (Sex and Sexuality) from Slavery and trafficking.

I was happy when the Cop said, there is a very miniscule amount of sex trafficking happening in this area. He also said he’s working on a case against 2 men who trafficked 2 women from Nevada to come work as sex workers. I’m not against these people, I’m glad they are fighting to end slavery. I just wish they would explore their sexuality, and come to respect sex workers, and not see us as victims.

Also tonight in Santa Cruz, the city council was voting on banning sitting on public park benches for more than an hour, and also sitting on the sidewalk, and a host of other things aimed at eradicating the less desirables from downtown in an effort to increase public safety.

These events have made me re-evaluate the best way for organizational change. Is it smart to work from outside, and try to lobby the city council to understand sitting on park benches is not bad, or that sex work is actual work, or that sex and porn is different than (and does not lead to) sexual trafficking?

Or is it smarter to try and work from the inside, to get into the government, to get on the city council, to get in with the Human Trafficking police organizations, and change from within?

I feel like I’m at a crossroads in my personal life, to see where I want my direction to go. I’m very dedicated to human rights work, and to sex workers rights, but how best can I affect social change, for my friends, brothers, sisters and be allies to others?

Perhaps the very last of my Social Change through Non-Violent Communication class tomorrow night can help me come to some sort of conclusion. I pose the question:

How best to affect social change for our movement?

MARCH FOR A HAPPY ENDING! END RACIAL PROFILING AND PATRIARCHAL, MORALISTIC TRAFFICKING HYSTERIA

Asian profiling and racist marketing

Asian profiling and racist marketing, a $20,000 printing and mailer project

MARCH FOR A HAPPY ENDING!
END RACIAL PROFILING AND PATRIARCHAL, MORALISTIC TRAFFICKING HYSTERIA

!!URGENT CALL TO ACTION!!
PEOPLE OF ASIAN DESCENT and OF all ethnicities and nationalities!
Sex Workers and allies! Immigrant Rights activists! –Please vote YES ON PROPOSITION K!

WHEN: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd 6pm,

WANTED: lion head masks, lion dancers!
Asian Drummers (taiko?), horns, kazoos and signs!
PLEASE CALL 1-877-776-2004 x5 for info or if you plan to show up!
BRING A RED UMBRELLA. IT IS GOING TO RAIN!
MEET UP POINT: O’Farrell and Polk streets
march through the Tenderloin, stop at Asianweek’s offices (who slated a No on K), and end at the park in Chinatown..

PROTEST RACIAL PROFILING OF ASIAN SEX WORK VENUES IN THE NAME OF “STOPPING TRAFFICKING.” PROTEST THE RACIST REPRESENTATIONS of the [anti-prostitution] Asian Sex Slave campaigns! There have been 0 convictions of human trafficking in San Francisco since 2006, but Gavin Newsom was present during the raids of 17 massage parlors where he rescued an allegedly underaged girl from forced prostitution.

STAND TOGETHER IN SOLIDARITY WITH VOLUNTARY ASIAN SEX WORKERS IN SAN FRANCISCO AND BEYOND WHO DEFEND THEIR RIGHT TO LIVELIHOOD. In Cambodia, in 2008 an anti-trafficking policy change resulted in overnight criminal status of sex workers and drug users to be imprisoned in detention camps, malnourished and abused by authorities until their families can afford bail. The prisoners are detained in the same detention camps used during the reign of Pol Pot. This is all in an effort to prove that they are cracking down on child trafficking. NO ONE SEEMS TO BE FINDING the REAL TRAFFICKING VICTIMS so they arrest and imprison voluntary sex workers.

Decriminalization makes it safer for everyone involved and helps to uncover underworld conditions that breed trafficking and exploitative prostitution. DO NOT BELIEVE when HARRIS & NEWSOM SAY they have any of our communities’ best interest in mind.

PROTEST the exploitation of the sad victimized Asian female victim. The Asian woman/girl that seeks rescue is the ultimate submissive stereotype. WE, ASIAN SEX WORKERS OPPOSE THE PRETTY WOMAN PATRIARCHAL RESCUE MISSION IDEOLOGY, KAMALA HARRIS! GIVE US RIGHTS NOT RESCUE!

Sex workers of Asian descent have been misrepresented by Western colonialism since the Gold Rush days of Chinese prostitutes in San Francisco. Criminalization of Sex Workers and their clients is NOT necessary to find TRUE trafficking victims. Criminalization of sex workers makes them MORE vulnerable to labor abuses, workplace violence and MORE vulnerable to making compromises in STD/violence prevention.

“My name is Mariko Passion. I am an artist, a woman of color and a community activist locally and globally. I live and do sex work in San Francisco, please vote YES on Proposition K!”

*****I HAVE BEEN SO FIRED ABOUT THIS ISH!****I can’t believe that a place so anti-racist with a such an organized Asian American community would allow this type of media campaign!

Also read:

The CONTROL OF REPRESENTATIONS and POLICIES regarding the BODIES OF ASIAN FEMALE SEX WORKERS