Update 10/22/14 – Self Defense, Legal Resources, Events

This is a follow-up of the stuff we talked about at the meeting on Saturday–see previous update from Oct 14th

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  • Self Defense class on November 14th

    The free, providers-only self-defense class will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at NOLA Shaolin-Do (4210 St. Claude Ave).

    Friday, November 14
    12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    at NOLA Shaolin-Do

    4210 St. Claude Ave
    New Orleans, 70117

    (St. Claude at France St.)

    Please let us know if you can make it!

  • Legal Resources

    On the website, under “Resources” ­­­­—> “Legal” (swop­nola.org/category/legal), we’re putting together a list of relevant legal resources. This includes:

    • Louisiana Lawyers & Legal Resources Relevant to Sex Work: This is mostly Louisiana criminal defense lawyers who represent people with prostitution and prostitution­-related charges, plus lawyers who have experience representing people in the biz (escorts, strippers, etc.) in Family court, civil court, etc.: Louisiana Lawyers, Legal Resources Relevant to Sex Work
    • Free & Low­-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys in Louisiana (not necessarily related to sex work): Lots of free and/or low­-cost legal resources, attys, resources for representing yourself, where to find forms for civil/family court, etc.: Free & Low-Cost Legal Resources and Attorneys in Louisiana
    • General info on Louisiana laws, your rights, etc.: laws regarding prostitution, what to do if arrested, etc. etc.: General info on Louisiana laws, your rights, etc.

    So please add to these lists if you know of anything.

  • Upcoming Events

    We have lots of stuff coming up, so we made an event calendar.  Enjoy!

  • SAVE Act

    Have you heard of the SAVE (Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation) Act? Basically, now they’re going after ad sites like Backpage, Eros, etc. AND social networking sites under the guise of “saving the children” (they’re saying that “street gangs” use Backpage to “sell children” for sex). If this passes, we will be required to submit personal identification info not only to the sites we use for advertising, but to other sites that aren’t necessarily advertising sites, but are used by escorts for networking with clients, etc. And, as we saw earlier this year, the FBI can easily take over any damn website they please and access any and all info the company is saving on its servers (a few months ago, ad sites in California were seized by the FBI recently (indictment here) and it escalated from there with arrests, raids of the site owner’s home and prostitution charges (video)Official press release here.

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