There's a rally for the RentBoy.com raid today. Here are the details:
LGBT and Civil Liberties Advocates Denounce Arrests of Rentboy.com Staff, Call for Dropping Charges and Decriminalization of Sex WorkFor more, check out their FB page
RALLY Thurs., Sept. 3rd, Noon, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn
LGBT activists, civil rights organizations, the HookUp Collaborative and supporters will hold a demonstration this Thursday, Sept. 3rd, at Noon at the U.S. Eastern District Courthouse in downtown Brooklyn to demand that the U.S. Attorney stop the prosecution of Rentboy.com and drop all charges after the raid on them by Homeland Security.
We are outraged at this latest example of the abuse and selective prosecution of sex workers. We are sick and tired of this misuse of government time and money to persecute members of the sex industry. This unrelenting harassment and persecution endangers the health and safety of these workers and their clients, and disproportionately targets the poor and people of color.
We demand an end to this system of criminalization.
WHAT: Demonstration to protest Rentboy.com prosecutions and criminalization of sex work
WHEN: Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 12 noon
WHERE: United States Court for the Eastern District, 225 Cadman Plaza East (on Cadman Plaza Park near corner of Tillary Street; take A or C to High Street or 2 or 3 to Clark St. in Brooklyn Heights). See map here
WHO: Endorsers (list in formation): Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club, We Will Not Be Silent, New York Association for Gender Rights Advocacy (NYAGRA), Queer Nation, GAY USA, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (Bronx, NY), Andy Humm, former NYC Human Rights Commissioner, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn
College...PONY, USA, MUSKAN, India, Veshya Anyay Mukti Parishad (VAMP), India Sampada Grameen Mahila Sanstha (SANGRAM), India, International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), "Best Practices Policy Project", Wendy Chapkis, Professor of Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine, Robert Pinter, founder, Campaign To Stop The False Arrests. Robert Gangi, Director, Police Reform Organizing Project, Alex S. Vitale, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Brooklyn
College, Rabbi David Dunn Bauer
Director of Social Justice Programming-Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST)