Event DateThursday, January 15 2009 : 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Join the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center and the New York City Anti-Violence Project for the first event in our MOVE for Social Change series!
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2008
Time: 7-9 p.m.
Place: The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Center, 208 West 13th Street between 7th and Greenwich
This town hall meeting will explore what many activists now consider a pattern of police entrapment and false arrests of gay men as a strategy to shutter Manhattan porn shops.
Activists, community organizers, elected officials and concerned citizens will gather to explore:
• Putting the pieces together: current reports of arrests of gay men and whether or not these are part of a larger strategy targeting NYC porn shops.
• Porn shops first, then what? Policing sex and sexuality.
• What constitutes entrapment and false arrests and how to stay safer if victimized in this way.
• Community Speakout: the more we know, the better we can organize, the better we can advocate.
• Opportunities to stop the violence and take action.
Tom Duane, New York State Senator
Sienna Baskin, Equal Justice Works Legal Fellow, Urban Justice Center/Sex Worker Project
Joey Nelson, Coordinator, Queer Justice League
Duncan Osborn, Gay City News reporter who “broke” the story, “Shuttering Porn Shops, City Fakes Arrest” in Gay City News, December 9, 2008 (http://www.gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20213303&BRD=2729&PAG=46...)
Robert Pinter, community activist and organizer of the newly formed "Coalition to Stop the Arrests"
Jennifer Ramírez, Local Organizer, New York City Anti-Violence Project
Andrea Ritchie, Project Director, Urban Justice Center/Sex Workers Project
Jarad Ringer, Coordinator of Hate Violence and Police Relations Programs, New York City Anti-Violence Project
The Center’s and AVP’s MOVE (Mobilize, Organize, Visualize, Educate) for Social Change series provides the resources to actualize social change: through education, debate, civic engagement and innovation, we each have the power to envision and create lives and communities that center safety, peace and equity for all.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
New York City Anti-Violence Project
Queer Justice League
For more information, please contact: The Center 212-620-7310, AVP 212-714-1184 or Joey Nelson/Queer Justice League 973-464-0112
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