Vote against making DC's "Prostitution Free Zones" permanent.
  • Petitioned Yvette Alexander

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Marion Barry

Vote against making DC's "Prostitution Free Zones" permanent.

    1. Petition by

      sonya mendoza

      washington, DC

D.C.'s "Prostitution Free Zones," or PFZs, essentially legalize already rampant racial and gender profiling by police in our city. Making PFZs permanent would further criminalize transgender, gay, lesbian, homeless, low income, and people of color communities in the District. With the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the country and surging violence against the people targeted by PFZs, the D.C. Council's priorities should be elsewhere -- ensuring the safety and health of diverse communities.

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    1. A hearing on the bill was held on January 24 -- people spoke against it!

      sonya mendoza
      Petition Organizer

      The hearing for Bill 19-567: The Prostitution Free Zone Amendement Act was on January 24 and it went so great! We had the room stacked with people testifying against the law. It was a triumphant moment, and everyone made very compelling arguments against making the PFZ’s permanent.

      But the most surprising turn of events was when assistant police chief Peter Newsham came up to the podium to testify against the amendment, saying that “we cannot arrest our way out of the...problem,” and that “at the end of the day, there’s got to be a better approach.” In addition to many community groups saying the PFZs are violate the constitution, the D.C. Office of the Attorney General also said so.

      Further action is not yet planned on the bill, but we will keep you posted. We hope that will the impact of your signatures and the events at the hearing, this bill will die a lonely death. Thanks for all you have done!

    2. Reached 250 signatures

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    • Aviva Pittle BROOKLYN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I don't support any move that makes it easier for prejudiced police to arrest women for being visibly poor, of color, or transgender.

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    • Jeanette Ruf PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • over 2 years ago

      Greetings,

      The D.C. Council is currently considering the “Prostitution Free Zone Amendment Act,” which will affect sex workers, or anyone thought to be a sex worker. This new bill builds off the “Prostitution Free Zone Act of 2005,” which allowed the police to declare any public area a “Prostitution free Zone,” for up to 20 days — the new bill proposes to make such zones permanent.

      These policies have done little to eradicate prostitution but have succeeded in further marginalizing sex workers, low income people of color, transgender people, lesbians and gays, and the homeless. In addition, making the Prostitution Free Zones permanent would likely be unconstitutional.

      We do not need more policy that criminalizes people in our community. D.C. residents demand that the Council find solutions to city issues that don’t involve arresting and locking people up because they are homeless, transgender, or “look like” they are engaging in sex work.

      Please make the right choice and vote against making the PFZ’s permanent.

      Sincerely,

      Jeanette

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    • Aph Phoenix HYANNIS, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      Prostitution will never, ever end, no matter what the opposition does. It's a real living that addresses a real human need.

      Prostitution should be decriminalized and sex workers should be provided with a decent place to work. A PFZ implies something with horrific implications, like "Toxic Waste Free Zones". We're talking about human beings here. PFZ is incredibly dehumanizing.

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    • Michael Ramos WASHINGTON, DC
      • over 2 years ago

      I am terribly saddened to see that the city council would even take up this anti-human rights bill in the wake of a jobs crisis. The issue itself probably warrants a simply hearing, but not legislation which discriminates against our freedoms as Americans. Clearly, there are more important things to be addressed by the council -- AND THIS ISSUE IS NOT ONE OF THEM!

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    • LeAnne Harden PORTLAND, OR
      • over 2 years ago

      I used to live in DC and am still invested in the city being cared for.

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