Reposted from ESPLERP.org
Sex Workers’ Raise $10,000 For Groundbreaking Lawsuit Challenging California’s Anti-Prostitution Law, Fighting For Sexual Privacy; But Still Need Funds; So Now Look to Raise an Additional $12,000.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Erotic Service Providers Legal Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) today announced that it had met its Tilt fundraiser target of $10,000 – as part of its fundraising effort for its groundbreaking lawsuit, ESPLERP v Gascon, which challenges California’s current anti-prostitution law, Penal Code 647(b), arguing that this law violates sex workers’ right to sexual privacy, right to associate, right to right livelihood and due process.
“Our court case is mostly funded by individuals making small contributions, although we have also had significant contributions from funds like the craiglist Charitable Fund,” said Maxine Doogan, President of ESPLERP. “In contrast, our opponents (the State of California and various District Attorneys) have very deep pockets – essentially using our taxpayer dollars to deny us our rights. So we are very grateful to everybody who has dug deep and contributed – and have helped us get all the way to the Ninth Circuit.”
“Our supporters recognize the central point that private consensual behaviour between adults should be constitutionally protected,” said Claire Alwyne of ESPLERP. “That applies to all areas of the adult industry – whether prostitution, porn production, adult classifieds, video clip production, … In the current climate, where Government is coming after a whole range of adult industry players, we really need to support each other – to protect sexual privacy and sexual freedoms for everyone.”
ESPLERP’s case is now before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where thirty six civil rights and LGBT organizations have filed amicus (friend of the court) briefs supporting it. The next stage is for the Ninth Circuit to schedule oral arguments. But whichever way the decision goes, there are likely to be yet more legal stages – whether that is an appeal to the Supreme Court, or a remand back to the District Court where the whole cycle will start again. This case will run and run…
This legal process requires money. So ESPLERP has now started a second Tilt fundraiser, looking to raise a further $12,000 for the case. Contributions can be submitted at: www.litigatetoemancipate.com.
The Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP) is a diverse community-based coalition advancing sexual privacy rights through litigation, education, and research.