CHATSWORTH, Calif.The Free Speech Coalition (FSC) released the following statement Monday afternoon voicing solidarity with those protesting police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis one week ago: FSC stands with those outraged by the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and every Black person murdered or brutalized by police across the nation. We mourn for our Black brothers and sisters, but more importantly, we fight. The fight is not yours or ours alone. We fight together. As a community based around sex work, this is personal. Sex workersparticularly those who are Black, brown, or transare all too familiar with a legal system that not only fails to provide justice, but routinely perpetuates violence against them. In cities across the nation, police harass and bully sex workers over infractions as minor as possessing a condom or walking on a particular street. Nearly one-third of street-based sex workers report physical violence, sexual assault or rape by police. When sex workers do report these crimes, whether at the hands of an officer or by a client, their claims are often dismissed. Our fight is intersectional. Injustice against one community is injustice against us all. The riots at Stonewall and Comptons Cafeteria and Coopers Donuts were reactions by sex workers and LGBTQ people to police violence and a lack of justice. Let our anger unite us against the systems of racism and state-sanctioned violence that would see us murdered for simply breathing.
written by: Allen Smithberg