Official Free Speech Coalition Statement on Defeat of Prop 60

This was a tremendous victory, not only for adult performers, but for science over stigma, and facts over fear. Adult industry workers no longer need to fear a punitive law that would have allowed any resident of the state to file suit against them. We were honored to have the Democratic and Republican and Libertarian Parties, along with over 55 state newspapers and hundreds of public health and civil rights advocates, stand with adult performers.

 We hope this marks the beginning of a new, safer era for adult film performers and other workers in California — one in which worker voices and lived experiences are included in the legislation and regulation that affects their bodies and their lives.

 Most of all, we thank the millions of Californians who stood up against worker harassment.

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Adult film performers and their supporters held a protest in Hollywood on Monday to voice their opposition to a state ballot initiative that would result in lawsuits and harassment against them.  Performers gathered on Sunset Boulevard outside the office of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the main proponent of Proposition 60Performers urged the public to vote no on Prop 60 and demanded to speak to Michael Weinstein, president of AHF.

Why Performers Say “No Prop 60” 

The mission of The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) is to provide representation for performers in the adult film industry and to protect performers’ rights to a safer and more professional work environment. We do this through education of each other and the greater community, development of ethical best practices, and fostering of solidarity. We review existing health and safety protocols, and will initiate new ones as needed. We are committed to working cohesively with all aspects of the adult entertainment industry and the public, strengthening unity between all performers, and maintaining a work environment where workers are valued, respected, and educated.

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“great example of out-of-touch bureaucrats meddling in a world they know nothing about”

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“puts the $9 billion adult film industry in the hands of one person — Michael Weinstein — the backer of this initiative.  Performers, who often use screen names, could have their identities and addresses made public, a feature that invades privacy and could lead to harm from stalkers.”

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“Allows any resident of California to file a lawsuit against adult film performers and businesses that make adult films available for sale and presumes liability if a condom is not visible.

Adult film performers may have to disclose their legal names and home addresses. Proponent authorized to become a state employee with removal only by a vote of the Legislature.”

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“could be exploited by people trying to damage a controversial business or earn a cut of a resulting fine.”

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“poses financial and health risks to the very people it’s meant to protect”

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a solution in search of a problem.”

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“poses financial and health risks to the very people it’s meant to protect from sexually transmitted diseases”

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“Prop 60 would

deputize every Californian as a condom cop.”

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This measure is an embarrassment to the initiative process” 

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This proposal is overly broad and creates bad law…”

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prop 60 actually provides incentive for my stalker to sue me. A 25% incentive”

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“will not protect adult film performers as intended.”

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“will threaten our safety and violate our privacy by enabling anyone in California to file dangerous and costly lawsuits against performers who exercise choice, and most disturbingly, expose our home addresses and legal names.”
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“Proposition 60 will exacerbate the very problem it purports to address […] it does not take into account modern treatments, including pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP, that are part of an arsenal of tools that can greatly reduce risk of transmission.”
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“will subject performers and producers to a barrage of lawsuits

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drive the industry underground or to places that offer few protections for workers.”

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 “The vague and often contradictory language within the initiative could have dangerous implications”

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 “poses a serious threat to the physical safety and well-being of all adult workers in this industry which is already stigmatized.”

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“rejection political gimmickry that will not increase condom use, will not protect public health, and will only serve to drive adult film production out-of-state or underground”

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“the measure could cause significant harm to adult film performers, subject them to vast array of unprecedented third-party lawsuits, and erode critical protections.”
–Senator Mark Leno

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Prop 60

weakens workplace safety”

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Prop 60 would be

A LAWSUIT BONANZA paid for by taxpayers and encouraging “LEGAL BOUNTY HUNTING”

mercury-news-logo-300x190“WHAT WE HAVE HERE IS THE DAFT IDEA OF MAKING MICHAEL WEINSTEIN A STATE SUBSIDIZED “PORN CZAR [WITH] THE POWER TO OVERRIDE THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL.”

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“VOTE NO. REALLY.” 

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“SEEMS LIKE A GOOD IDEA

UNTIL YOU ACTUALLY READ IT” 

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“LEGAL OVERREACH”

according to the Sacramento Bee,

“BOTH MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES IN CALIFORNIA OPPOSE IT. SO MUST WE.”

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Prop 60 is

EXCESSIVE.”

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  “SO LITIGIOUS THAT EVEN

SYMPATHIZERS ARE UNSETTLED.”

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“DOESN’T MAKE SENSE”

and is the

“ODDEST MEASURE ON THE BALLOT.”

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