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Re: “Dan Savage: How Can Sex Worker Clients Fight to Legalize Sex Work?

The issue of whether or not to legalize sex work is complicated and there are reasoned arguments on both sides. Even Savage himself notes that the Nordic model is "much-touted" but neglects to offer why. It's called the Nordic model because it's already been implemented in countries that have tracked its effectiveness. Savage does a disservice to this issue and effectively silences the sex workers who "tout" the Nordic model by only representing one side of this debate and only offering the sources that support his views. When you present one side and suggest that you are speaking for all who are effected by an issue, that's called "propaganda." That would be like asking about the Black Lives Matter movement and only quoting articles by members of law enforcement. That's what Savage has done and it's a disservice to the issue and to the women and men who both work in and have dealt with the sex industry who disagree with Savage's one-sided presentation of the issue. In addition, his celebratory, fun tone regarding sex work completely ignores the epidemic problem of child sex slavery, as many sex workers are first pimped while under the legal age of consent. Speaking of pimps, Savage also conveniently left them out of the discussion, as well. While Savage shows empathy for the people who buy sex, he appears to have zero empathy or awareness for the children who are pimped into forced prostitution or the women who are trafficked across borders for forced sex work. Nor does he offer any solutions for those heinous human rights violations.

Posted by Amy Luna Manderino on 08/31/2016 at 7:56 AM

Re: “Dan Savage: How Can Sex Worker Clients Fight to Legalize Sex Work?

Regarding what sex work clients can do, this is what I did

https://medium.com/vantage/diary-of-a-sex-…

Don't be silent and don't be invisible and don't let prohibitionists' caricatures of you be the only impressions that people have.

Posted by Peter Schafer on 08/31/2016 at 5:58 AM
Posted by michael.sagehorn on 08/30/2016 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Twenty Restaurants to Consider When Eating 'Ethnic' in the East Bay

Only EBX and Luke Tsai could frame eating out into a race/class/colonization polemic. Perhaps just focus on the thing you want to promote because it earned it, and forget about the BS that is most media. I knew about most of the spots in this post -and some are quite well praised in the press... Grocery Cafe is not a secret and has not been discounted by reporters over a more posh eatery serving the same fare.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/30/2016 at 6:56 PM

Re: “County Health Director: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is a Prescription for Sicker, Shorter Lives

There's not a single elected official in Oakland who has the slightest notion of what it's like not to be secure in one's home.

This lack of understanding and compassion is emblematic of a host of problems which Oakland's citizens have long been struggling with.

Posted by Hobart Johnson on 08/30/2016 at 6:45 PM

Re: “County Health Director: Oakland's Housing Crisis Is a Prescription for Sicker, Shorter Lives

According to the US census between 2000 and 2010 Latinos were the fastest growing population in Oakland.

Posted by Matt_Chambers on 08/30/2016 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

Supporters of the current mayor, who represent big corporate development money are obviously trying to get the people who are more progressive out of the running, out of elected seats and away from appointed positions. Their pockets for funds are almost bottomless when compared to grassroots community. This is happening in District 5 too with the council and school board candidates. Oakland 's soul is being sold, but many voters in the hills , who are starry-eyed over this mayor, don't realize what is going on here and will vote our interests away this election .

Posted by Kit Vaq on 08/30/2016 at 12:00 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

I worked with Peggy Moore during the 2012 OFA campaign. I had a personal experience that caused me to be very suspicious of her moral compass. Everyone should be questioning Peggy Moore's ethics and intent. The corruption in Oakland is horrible and Peggy Moore will just make the problem worse.

Posted by Gail Champlin on 08/30/2016 at 10:52 AM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

So claiming Lee and Thurmond endorsed Moore is just 'a hypothetical' according to the political consultants. Some might call it an obvious con job to link Moore to two local Black elected officials; most people would call it a lie. It certainly calls into question Ms Moore's ethics and intent. No candidate supported by the incompetent Mayor Schaff should be allowed anywhere near City Hall.

Posted by Paul Burton on 08/30/2016 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

I took this poll last week and was never followed up with that the endorsements were false. Disappointed but not surprised.

Posted by Joshua Vining on 08/30/2016 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

This clearly shows that we should not vote for Peggy Moore!

Margaret Cunningham

Posted by Margaret Cunningham on 08/30/2016 at 8:59 AM

Re: “Free High Holy Days Services, a Real Rarity

I look forward to joining you and participating in this service

Posted by linda davidson on 08/30/2016 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

I filled out the "poll" as well and never got a follow-up message.

-- Chris Peeples --

Posted by Chris_Peeples on 08/29/2016 at 9:37 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

I guess the Mayor wants a rubber stamp (Moore) and not someone on the council that actually fights for tenants rights (Measure JJ) , environmental justice (No Coal Trains in Oakland) or a police Commision accountable to the citizens. Vote Kaplan

Posted by CarolynB on 08/29/2016 at 8:50 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

The bigger question here are the ethics of EMC. EMC generally does legitimate polling for groups or candidate interested in how voters perceive candidates and issues. My wife received this email poll, and it was clearly an attempt to advocate for Moore. The poll never disclosed who was behind it, but it was quite clear that it was put out to support Moore. Time for EMC to step up and provide full disclosure with their polls. Otherwise, any results they produce should be viewed with great skepticism.

Posted by Ralph Kanz on 08/29/2016 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Online Poll Attacks Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan, Claims False Endorsements for Peggy Moore

I participated in that poll! Last week. It didn't seem very "partial" to me at the time. It felt skewed toward Peggy Moore the more I think about it. No pun intended. I received no "follow-up" either.

Posted by Tommie Sexton on 08/29/2016 at 6:41 PM
Posted by Gabriel Haaland on 08/29/2016 at 6:12 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Writes $1,400 Check to Unseat Councilmember Noel Gallo

She was asked at the Democratic Forum Thursday and she kind've seemed to support it but now that I think about it, did not actually say that. Also said she wasn't supporting Measure JJ, renters' protections.

Posted by Pamela Drake on 08/29/2016 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

what is really crazy is that this post comes from 2009, that's 7 years and YELP just keeps on moving. Very SAD for the business community

Posted by Casey Lewis 1 on 08/29/2016 at 3:26 PM

Re: “Oakland Police Union Writes $1,400 Check to Unseat Councilmember Noel Gallo

Great idea! I would like to know her position, as well.

Posted by Rashida Grinage on 08/29/2016 at 3:04 PM

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