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Friday, October 19, 2007

Judge Thinks Sex Workers Can't Be Raped

I just saw this on the Green Party of Philadelphia's discussion list. I'll be doing whatever I can to help turn this bigot out, and will pass on anything you can do as I learn of it.

Eric Hamell

When is a rape not a rape? When the victim is a sex worker! Did you know that in Philadelphia forcing a sex worker to have unprotected sex with multiple partners at gunpoint and without consent is not considered rape? That's right, Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni decided that based upon her occupation, the victim, a 20-year-old single mother, had consented to any and all brutality unleashed upon her. When asked whether she considered rape to be a traumatic event, Deni stated that this case "minimizes true rape cases and demeans women who are really raped."

In what reality is forcible unprotected sex by multiple people not rape? In what reality is it okay for a municipal court judge to free a violent rapist because of the judge's contempt for the victim's occupation?

On November 6, 2007, help tell Judge Carr Deni that determining a case of rape is not dependant upon the victim's character, social standing, or occupation. Rape is rape and no means no. Vote NO on Deni's retention with the Municipal Court of Philadelphia. Spread the word! No means no, vote NO on retaining Municipal Court Judge Teresa Carr Deni!

Interested in taking action against Judge Carr Deni? There will be a planning meeting about this campaign on Tuesday, October 23rd. Even if you do not vote, we still need your help! Contact Matilda at mazzidly@... for more details.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

I've Started a Second Blog

It's called SexFreedomAction and it's dedicated to helping people take action for sexual freedom. Visit it at

Eric Hamell

Dahr Jamail Speaking at Penn

Dahr Jamail at Penn:
Monday October 22, 7:00 PM
Logan Hall
Ground Fl. Rm 17

Come hear Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist recently returned from Iraq, speak about his experiences.

Acclaimed independent journalist Dahr Jamail has covered the Middle East for more than four years. He has reported extensively from inside Iraq, and has also reported from Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. Jamail writes for the Inter Press Service, The Asia Times, and many other outlets. Jamal was one of the few Western journalists to report from Fallujah during the siege, and he will provide a rare glimpse to the Penn community of the realities on the ground in Iraq.

Jamail is the author of Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq, from Haymarket Books. From the book jacket:

"Dahr Jamail does us a great service, by taking us past the lies of our political leaders, past the cowardice of the mainstream press, into the streets, the homes, the lives of Iraqis living under US occupation. If what he has seen could be conveyed to all Americans, this ugly war in Iraq would quickly come to an end. A superb journalist."-Howard Zinn

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Congratulate Radio Station on Open Ad Policy

The other day, while drifting up the radio dial for music, I found myself listening to a commercial for Adam & Eve's online store, This was the first time I'd heard the like on the radio, so I waited for the station ID to learn it was 96.5 FM, and at the next opportunity emailed them to congratulate them on their willingness to air it.

This is something I encourage people to remember: if you only make noise when you have a complaint, you encourage caution rather than boldness. It's important for them to hear from you when they're doing something right.

Eric Hamell

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Antiwar Rally Planned for Veterans' Day

Here's the info:

Stand Against the War!

NOVEMBER 9, 2007

Protest military recruitment at the recruitment station at BROAD STREET and CHERRY STREET from 4 PM – 6 PM.

1. Bring the troops home now! US out of Iraq and Afghanistan
2. No US or Israeli attacks on Iran
3. Military recruiters out of our schools
4. Fully fund benefits for returning veterans
5. Money for education, jobs and health care, not war

Veterans Day Organizing Committee
Sponsored By: Phila. Socialists Collective, Phila. Socialist Alternative,
Phila. International Action Center, Phila. Troops Out Now Coalition


In other news, a site has been created for the regional antiwar demonstrations being planned for 27 October. The address is I'll add a button shortly.

Eric Hamell

Support Workers' Power while Cutting Pollution

Workers at a bike factory in Thuringia, Germany have responded to the owner's plan to close the plant by occupying it. You can help them save their jobs by ordering a bike from their web site:

Eric Hamell

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Panelists Announced for Sexual Freedom Forum

Here's the updated info:

Sexual Freedom Coming to Philadelphia

Sexual Freedom Forum
Liberty, Libations & Libido
Liberty, Libations & Libido M-5:00PM Featuring....

Philadelphia's Premier Neo-Burlesque Troupe PEEK-A-BOO REVUE
Philadelphia's own ROOTS AND GROOVE

Woodhull's Sexual Freedom Forum

What IS Sexual Freedom? And, more importantly, why should I care about it? Register NOW and join a group of nationally renowned speakers and local organizers - experienced sexual freedom activists and trainers - and learn how to create social and political change. This fabulous forum offers a full day of discussions and skill- building/problem-solving sessions featuring some of the best known leaders in the social change movement.

Rebecca Fox, Director
National Coalition for LGBT Health

Jim Rea, Director
Sexual Freedom Network

Ignacio Gilberto Rivera, Founding Board Member
Queers for Economic Justice

Alexander Robinson, President and CEO
National Black Justice Coalition

Loretta Ross, National Coordinator
SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective

Dr. William Stayton, Executive Director
Center for Sexuality and Religion

Terry Stone, Executive Director
National Association of LGBT Community Centers

Where & When
Saturday, October 6, 2007
Registration 9:30 am
Forum10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Holiday Inn Philadelphia
400 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Box lunches will be provided for those who pre-register or for purchase at the event. Suggested donation: $15 to help cover costs of materials (Scholarships are available.)
To register, call 1.202.628.3333 or on the Web at

Liberty, Libations & Libido
Philadelphia's Premier Neo Burlesque Troupe Peek-A-Boo Revue
DJs Johanna Constantine Spinning Electro
& Philadelphia's own Roots and Groove
and lots of Philadelphia "Sexual Pioneers"
PLUS a silent auction featuring items to entice your libido!

Liberty - join us in celebrating sexual freedom as a fundamental human right.
Libations - political discussions, popular libations> and good company.
Libido - get your libido going with the incomparable Peek-A-Boo Revue Burlesque Show, world-famous DJ Johanna Constantine, and Philadelphia's own Roots and Groove.

Where & When
October 6th, 2007
7:30pm - 11:00pm
The Courtyard Marriott (near City Hall)
21 N Juniper St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Admission: $20
To register, call 1.202.628.3333 or on the web at

Official After Party Hosted by Pure Nightclub
1221 Saint James Street
All Attendees Receive Free Admission before Midnight