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Press Release: Congress Advances EARN IT, Ignoring Sex Workers’ Continued Concerns

Sex Workers Warned You. You Didn’t Listen.

#section230 #EARNIT #FuckEARNIT #LetUsSurvive

hackinghustling.org/earnit-act-adv…
Hacking//Hustling, a collective of SWers, survivors, and accomplices working on technology issues, are outraged by yesterday’s unanimous Senate Judiciary Committee vote, which moves #EARNIT (S.3398) towards becoming law.
#EARNIT crystallizes that the devastation #FOSTA wreaked on our SWering community was intentional. Image
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Good morning everyone following #EARNIT ! A long thread on what's happening today & updates on the bill. And S/O to the @hackinghustling team - it's been a long 36 hrs trying to stay up to speed. There'll be a longer recap later, b/c what happens today will change next steps (1/
Today #EARNIT (S.3398) is going to be heard in the Senate Judiciary Cmte. A committee isn't the full Senate, it's where a bill is 1st assigned for debate/editing - here is their website if you want to see members/what they do: judiciary.senate.gov (2/
That's why the call-in day was focused only on Senators who were going to hear it - only they get to debate/vote/edit. We're talking about like minute 1:30 in this video youtube.com/watch?v=FFroMQ… (3/
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1/ What might AG #BillBarr say at tomorrow's DOJ workshop on “#Section230—Nurturing Innovation or Fostering Unaccountability?"

Expect him to call for banning strong #encryption, as he did last July—but this time, via amending 230 and focused on "protecting the children"
2/ The whole point of the half-day workshop appears to be for Barr to make the case for a bill DOJ has no doubt helped @LindseyGrahamSC & @SenBlumenthal draft—that would empower a commission (stacked with DOJ allies) to effectively ban encryption

My take: techdirt.com/articles/20200…
3/ Last July, Barr gave a LONG speech denouncing encryption
justice.gov/opa/speech/att…
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OK...so, I just did this an hour ago.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen....I am now fully #Berned.

(cc: @BernieSanders, @GabbyQuinteros)
@BernieSanders @GabbyQuinteros How did I get to the point of finally pulling the trigger for the senior Senator from Vermont?

Two years of progress by him, and one night of being pushed over the cliff by his detractors.

An explanation follows.
@BernieSanders @GabbyQuinteros For the past 3 years, I've been more of an understanding critic of Senator Sanders from the Indy Left. There were things that I liked from him, like his economic populism and his legacy of being a social progressive...
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People are still insisting #sesta #fosta reduced trafficking by removing online advertising spaces. Sex workers said it would increase danger & trafficking but nobody listened.

So since y’all trust law enforcement, let’s look at what they say post sesta fosta passage. #Thread
“Reported crimes related to pimping and sex trafficking have more than tripled in 2018”

sfchronicle.com/crime/article/…
“Running Blind: IMPD arrests first suspected pimp in 7 months
With Backpage gone, cases have dried up”

theindychannel.com/longform/runni…
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"Kinks and fetishes don't belong at pride" - A thread by me, a kinkster who has been going to pride for years and has a few things to say on the matter. ❤️🏳️‍🌈
"Why?" is always my first reaction. What do kinks mean to you that you that kinksters don't deserve to be represented when our identities are so entwined with our kinks? Kinksters have been at the forefront of fighting for our rights since the beginning. We have lost people too.
"Kinksters aren't part of the LGBTQ+ community!" - Community is a flawed and overused word, but it's the best we have sometimes. Kinksters teach classes, do outreach, fundraise, and are accepting of all the intersections of identities that exist under LGBTQ+, where's the inverse?
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“We’re 5 whores at @Yale -It feels really good! We are used to being excluded from institutions & places of power & being invisible. We think of #sexwork as being totally separate from these kind of spaces & we walk among you every day and everywhere.” #RebLaw25 -@MissLoreleiLee
"We have to convince legislators that we chose this work in a way that no other workers have to." - @MissLoreleiLee #RebLaw25 #sexwork
"I've worked retail, too. I much prefer stripping." -@thotscholar #RebLaw25 #sexwork
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On Monday, a federal court dismissed our lawsuit against the Justice Department to block enforcement of #FOSTA. (1/5) eff.org/deeplinks/2018…
The case was filed on behalf of two human rights organizations, a digital library, an activist for sex workers, and a certified massage therapist. The court did not reach the merits of any of the constitutional issues, but instead found the plaintiffs did not have standing. (2/5)
We’re disappointed & believe the decision is wrong. For example, the court failed to apply the standing principles that are usually applied in 1st Amendment cases in which the plaintiffs’ speech is chilled. The plaintiffs are considering their options for their next steps. (3/5)
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Something that is fascinating me in this moment?

How many liberals/leftists insisted that alex Jones was the canary in the coal mine regarding censorship on social media

But a lot of y’all never said shit about #sesta #fosta and sex workers freedom of speech.

Interesting.
Idk how many more bad bills, arrests in the community, how much more police harassment, how much more violence we’re supposed to suffer in the name of free speech.

Nazis can march with police protection. Liberals defend alex Jones getting ppl doxxed, but SWs can’t sell handjobs
What a time to be alive.

News pundits can lie, violent white supremacists can get march permits. But sex workers can’t even pass around a digital bad date list.

Some of y’all have some backward ass priorities.

Jones wasn’t the canary in the coal mine; sex workers were.
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There have been a variety of ways oppression has seeped in since the rise of the Trump administration (and yes, even before), but I want to talk about some specific recent developments.
#FOSTA/#SESTA, a bill supposedly targeting sex trafficking online, passed the Senate and is expected to be signed into law by Trump. Though the bill was opposed by anti sex-trafficking groups as well as the ACLU and the Department of Justice.
The bill passed the senate with a vote of 97-2. The Nays came from Paul (R-KY) and Wyden (D-OR). Yeah, all your favorites including Bernie and Kamala voted //for// this trash piece of legislation that will kill people while infringing on your free speech.
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I finally have some energy after my surgery to talk a little bit more about #FOFSTA/#SESTA. Today, I want to talk to you about why a lot of anti-trafficking agencies were not able to say much against the acts publicly.
I don't know how many of you know that a lot of the federal #humantrafficking funding is tied in some weird political crap. While generally a bipartisan issue, there is a lot of conservative control of the way funding gets distributed.
One of the biggest issues with federal funding is that you have to sign an agreement not to promote engagement in prostitution or promote the legalization in prostitution. Not to be confused with the decriminalization of prostitution.
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BREAKING: Today is a dark day for the Internet. Congress just passed the Internet censorship bill SESTA/FOSTA. Text that reads,
SESTA/FOSTA will silence online speech by forcing Internet platforms to censor their users. eff.org/deeplinks/2017…
As lobbyists and members of Congress applaud themselves for enacting a law ostensibly tackling the problem of trafficking, let’s be clear: Congress just made trafficking victims less safe, not more. eff.org/deeplinks/2017…
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I have a personal story to share about how #SESTA could affect me as an advocate and a legal representative for survivors of human trafficking.
When I first started working in this movement I had a client who had in fact been trafficked as a minor and forced into commercial sex.
As an adult she really struggled to get stable and on multiple occasions she disappeared on me while in the midst of having immigration issues.
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I've been researching the shutdown of sex workers accounts by Google for the last couple of days, and here's what appears to be happening.
Google is shutting down accounts that use Google drive to distribute porn. This means if you're using Google drive and setting up shares for customers to access your content, you need to stop.
Stick your content on a service designed to do what you need like @projectmaenad instead. Yeah, it's not free, but they won't shut down your account.
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Behind #SESTA is a nearly 20 year old coalition of lobby groups seeking to eradicate sex work. Meet them – and their grassroots opposition: injusticetoday.com/anti-online-tr…
Pushing #SESTA? @WorldWEUS, an anti-sex work group formed by @CATWIntl; religious right org @ncose; @IAmJaneDoeFilm Director @marymazzio.

Against? Grassroots sex worker activists; plus @TransEquality and @NCLRights; also @genderhealth @iwhc @ACLU @EFF

injusticetoday.com/anti-online-tr…
#SESTA, a bill the Senate is considering this week, and what's at stake: here's what @marginalutilite and @KathaPollitt told me. injusticetoday.com/anti-online-tr…
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