SWOP At it Again - Street Hookers Right to be a Public Nuisance Campaign

 As I have often written while I agree at times with SWOP, overall they are a huge danger for any hope of decimalization of in private consenting adult prostitution since their insistence of street hooker rights has failed terribly both in the U.S. and similar groups worldwide. While outcall prostitution is legal in almost all the world except the U.S. street hookers are just as illegal in almost all the world. There insistence on the right to be a public nuisance dooms any hope for in private consenting adult law changes. See http://www.sexwork.com/legal/Berkleyupdate.html  for how they blew a great opportunity in Berkeley only because of their street hooker stance.
 Northern California's Sex Worker Outreach Project is launching the first U.S. march to celebrate International Sex Workers' Rights Day, Monday, March 3rd at 11:30 am, starting with a rally at 301 Eddy Street (Tenderloin Police Station) and marching to City Hall. Sex Workers and allies in the Bay Area are invited to join the march to celebrate International Sex Worker Rights Day with the Brass Liberation Orchestra.
 SWOP-AZ will be celebrating International Sex Workers Rights Day by launching our campaign to revoke the mandatory minimum sentencing laws for prostitution here in Arizona. We have invited Caroline Isaacs from the American Friends Service Committee to come speak to our group. She is the woman who lead the "Stop Super Max" campaign here in Tucson. (A campaign to stop the proposed building of a new women's super max prison in Florence.
 We are also having a fundraiser on March 9th to raise money for the DA conference.
 We are having a Bro's and Ho's day.
 We will begin with a hot-n-sexy bike wash in the afternoon
 followed by a wild and entertaining party that evening.
 Dave notes no other info on where, how to contact or a web site other than the Quackers site.
 Dave notes regarding American Friends Service Committee afsc.org
 The American Friends Service Committee carries out service, development, social justice, and peace programs throughout the world. Founded by Quakers in 1917 to provide conscientious objectors with an opportunity to aid civilian war victims, AFSC's work attracts the support and partnership of people of many races, religions, and cultures. AFSC's work is based on the Quaker belief in the worth of every person and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice.
 So just share love with Hamus, Al Qaeda and they will stop hating us? Sure. Have no idea what this has to do with prostitution.
 Super Max campaign? What does this have to do with prostitution? Doubt many are violent needing a Super Max prison.
 Of course I agree being against the mandatory sentencing but their approach of so many unrelated issues and their dooming any hope of reform by not limiting their fight to IN PRIVATE prostitution has doomed all attempts for progress on law changes.    This is frustrating to us who have been so public about fighting repressive laws against PRIVATE sexuality.  Most polls show that the public doesn't want tax dollars wasted going after private sexwork, yet there is vivid public opposition worldwide to public nuisance street hookers that SWOP insists on supporting.

The SWOP folks don't want truth
They only allow those that agree with the rights of street hookers to be a public nuisance to post. My message was deleted suggesting stick with private consenting adults in the next doomed attempt in San Francisco which could be a landmark win - without the street hookers.

The boards moderator replied:
Greetings dave,
thanks for comments about the petition but i'm not going to post them because they're so disparaging and negative.
I would encourage you to get some faith and act on not what you believe to be happen at some point in the future but to take what action you can today to stand in solidarity with us to make the changes we want.
It's not the outcome of the game, it how we play it and we need to be on the same team.
Maxine Doogan

Dave replies:
Maybe you folks need to wake up to the truth that no way is anything going to get done when you include the street hooker. That was clearly proven in Berkeley.

Yes the truth hurts some times. Lets solve the street problem by getting people off the streets and into rehab and fight to make private consenting adult sexwork legal.

As "Counsel" of C4P - The California group Citizens 4 Privacy says, "The public is not opposed to decriminalizing that which goes on behind closed doors out of the public view. They are very opposed to having their faces rubbed in it, which is the impact caused by street prostitution and its attendant problems (drugs, pimps in the street, local residents' teenage daughters being harassed by guys on the cruise, etc.).

SWOP's vision got tested, and crushed, even in the People's Republic of Berkeley in the Measure Q debacle, precisely because the city fathers and mothers were able to paint a picture of Berkeley becoming a magnet for street prostitutes The poll said we more or less have the public with us (over 50% in every region of the state) on the privately conducted prostitution issue.

SWOP's position has a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding in a statewide effort not confined to the liberal bastions of San Francisco and Berkeley (where it has already shown it couldn't even muster 40% of the vote)."

The Berkeley Measure Q Failure over street hookers Link