Steve G.

Starchild instrumental in putting prostitution decriminalization on the ballot

In Activism, Big Brother, Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Courts and Justice System, Crime, Economics, Entertainment, First Amendment, Law, Law Enforcement, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Local Politics, Nanny State, People in the news, Personal Responsibility, Police State, Politics on July 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm

Press release posted on the LP Radicals yahoo group. Starchild has had various offices in the San Francisco and California LP, and is one of the spokespeople for this initiative.

The San Francisco Department of Elections announced today that the measure prohibiting city officials from spending money arresting and prosecuting people for prostitution, and mandating equal legal protection for sex workers, has qualified for the November ballot. Of 500 signatures randomly sampled and checked by department personnel, 80 percent were found to be valid. “This is a happy day for San Franciscans who want government to focus on fighting real crimes like homicides and robberies, and are tired of seeing resources wasted in a futile effort to police consensual sex between adults,” said Starchild, a sex worker activist and spokesperson for the campaign. “We’ve cleared the first hurdle.” By the Elections Department’s tally, supporters had turned in 12,745 signatures of registered San Francisco voters on July 7.

The campaign to decriminalize prostitution will hold a kickoff rally and press conference to formally announce the results on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in front of the Polk Street entrance of City Hall, with
speakers to likely include Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, who was a signer of the petition to put the measure on the ballot along with two of his board colleagues. “It is way past time that the
recommendations of the Board of Supervisors 1996 Prostitution Task Force were implemented,” said the measure’s proponent, Maxine Doogan. “Criminalizing sex workers has been putting workers at risk of violence and discrimination for far too long.”

The prostitution reform measure joins two other voter-submitted measures on the local Nov. 4 ballot, along with eight measures put on the ballot by the mayor or members of the Board of Supervisors, with many others expected to be added in the next several weeks.

Starchild – (415) 621-7932 / (415) 368-8657 / RealReform@…
Maxine Doogan – (415) 265-3302 / MistressMax@…

  1. While I support the passage of this ballot proposition, I think it’s important to note that this is essentially an effort by a trade group to get more favorable regulatory treatment for itself.

    One of these days, we’re going to have to do some things that aren’t based solely on self-interest, if we want to be taken seriously as a principled political movement.

  2. From what I am able to gather, the good outweighs the bad in this proposition. I’m ready to send in a donation to the cause.

  3. Sure, the good outweighs the bad.

    I’m just sayin’ that we need to start supporting outside of our proprietary causes, that’s all.

  4. I can give thousands.

    Global warming;
    Local education and lack of quality education;
    Health care;
    Elder care;
    Affordable housing;

    Each of us privately can make a big difference in these areas… but for the most part, we don’t. Mostly because we don’t worry about any of them privately.

  5. I’m not convinced over global warming, but i do have concern over the environment and sustainablility.

    Education? I am an advocate of home schooling, especially since I homeschooled my (now grown) daughter for years.

    health care is usually an issue that concerns most of us because, well…we get sick.

    Elder care is honestly an issue that doesn’t concern me yet.

    Affordable housing is something I have an interest in as well.

    I’ve said many, many times before that the average voter is concerned with “quality of life” issues. These are all quality of life issues. I have also said that the LP needs to consider quality of life issues. Thus far, the LP and most of it’s members that I have met and heard from have not expressed interest in such issues to any great extent.

  6. bmillerlib writes, “this is essentially an effort by a trade group to get more favorable regulatory treatment for itself.”

    No. It is not. It is essentially an effort by a trade group to have its activities decriminalised. It is an effort by human beings to be treated decently rather than being beaten, kidnapped, raped, and killed by the police. It is an effort by individuals to engage in victimless activities, consensual behavior, without being attacked by outrageous and vicious thugs in government. It is even characterised by the authors of the referendum as an effort to free up police resources for more appropriate allocation.

    It is wrong to characterise the fight for freedom as if self-interest were unhealthy, as if individuals should be self-less and disinterested. Self-interest is the basis for all other kinds of interest. Self-interest, ambition, and acquisitiveness are positive, good things, as are private property, individual liberty, and life.

    The government ought not to be banning private activities like prostitution, same sex marriage, same gender sexual activities, possession of sex toys, sale of pornography, sale of contraceptives, information about contraceptives, inter-racial marriage, possession of narcotics, sale of narcotics, possession of handguns, sale of guns, or anything else that individuals consent to do amongst themselves. To characterise the vicious and brutal activities of violent thugs in beating up, raping, killing, and arresting prostitutes, “sex criminals,” gays, lesbians, sex shop owners, drug users, drug sellers, gun owners, and gun dealers as “regulatory treatment” is disgusting.

    It is despicable to be an apologist for evil. I am sickened by your comment.

    I suppose next you’ll say that the Branch Davidian survivors shouldn’t complain because those nice people from the FBI held a barbecue for them.

  7. “While I support the passage of this ballot proposition, I think it’s important to note that this is essentially an effort by a trade group to get more favorable regulatory treatment for itself.”

    Wait, I’m confused. When California passes a law “allowing” gays to license their union with the state, it is an advancement toward liberty. But when libertarians put a prostitution decriminalization proposition on the California ballot, they are trying to more more favorable regulatory treatment for itself? Sounds like hypocrisy to me.

  8. Wow, this is even more radical than the “Keep Lap Dancing Legal in Los Angeles” referendum petition on which I worked on a few years ago.

  9. Miller, Trosper,

    …you sound like many many LP critics you have no idea what’s going on, and want to keep anyone from knowing, spraeding willful ignorance instead.

    In my affiliate we work on these issues all the time and make things happen. We have people on Home School boards and basically designed the charter system; until recently had a TV show dedicated exclusively to affordable housing and homeless issues; and are working on a community summit on green policies.

    We’ve gotten legislation passed on eldercare issues and health issues starting with opening information on doctors.

    Not that you could tell from LPNEWS, dedicated to publishing anything except what Libertarians achieve, I admit.

    Or jokes who ignore what is happening, claim nothing is happening, and demand we stop doing what we’re doing and be ‘mainstream’ or suggest hardworking people like Starchild abandoned their principles.

  10. ken, I think Gene was referring to his (and mine) local party.

    As for quality of life, in a recession, that starts in the wallet.

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