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LETTER TO BILLY JACK'S SURVIVORS

Of course my luck is that the day the "light goes on" with me with respect to some of the concepts Tom was trying to raise awareness about - I learn he passed away two years ago.   So I'm writing to the survivors.  My name is Jody Williams.  Back in the 1980's, I was a young MENSA  member who graduated high school at 15 years of age because of a high IQ.  I enrolled in community college to prepare my way for the university, but I needed to get a job after my father robbed my college fund.   I got a job at a nightclub owned by the family who are part of the generational line connected to Richard Pryor of drug dealers, pimps and prostitutes . He's spoken openly about his grandmother running the brothel his mother worked in.  They needed a way to launder money and this was the club I walked into looking for a job in 1979.   I was "turned out" by this family of pimps into the sex industry.  However, after watching this "family" tore apa

PROP 57 OP-ED ESSAY

Here's the deal - we're being excluded as you know from the very system we created.  WE'RE the program who came to the courts FIRST in 1987 when NO ONE wanted to lift a finger to help us.  We're the ones who said first and without a fund raiser or a federal grant - "until you are going to decriminalize prostitution then the least you can do is court order them into our program in place of jail being that these are not criminals - but instead women feeding their children, junkies looking for a way to feed their habit who can't get into treatment because they're prostitutes, and also because victim services won't help them when raped, kidnapped, stalked and beaten because the system considers them as "criminals", women who can't get jobs because of porn of them appearing online alone with having a criminal record which means they can't deny the photos are in facts theirs, criminal records preventing them from obtaining work licenses su

LETTER I SENT PATRICIA CALLAHAN

Dear Ms. Callahan: First of all, I can't thank you enough for all you've done to make the work shown in the film, and the film, "Hot Toxic Seat" possible.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJS9FyF_JGI  I feel like you've not only saved my sanity, but even possibly a movement I started back in the 1980's.  I just now was able to sit down with the film and start writing down names of people I need to start reaching out to who not only won't say I'm "crazy" for what I'm about to say, and have witnessed this for themselves, but further this film has given me a blueprint I can now follow from here.   Let me try and explain briefly in a way your film is allowing me to have a language to explain myself finally.  Imagine if someone like the fireman in the film who was trying to expose the fact firemen were dying more of cancer than of fires started the movement to get this recognition for the first time.  Imagine he starts going on nationa

THE PIMP LOBBY IS A TROJAN HORSE

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I saw this and wrote the poster: The people you're referring to as the "pimp lobby" are NOT what they appear to be. Not in my opinion anyway. There is NO ONE who has been around this field longer than me. I STARTED IT. I created the first hotline and program for sex workers to escape the industry back in 1987 when I started "Prostitutes Anonymous" now known as Sex Workers Anonymous. I was the first person in modern times to get up on a national forum and say not only was domestic sex trafficking real, that sex workers needed special help to exit the industry, and that our legal system needed to change in order to recognize that some of us were being forced, or even "sold" in the sex industry. I was the first person to propose an alternative to incarceration for prostitutes based on the idea not all of them were doing it by choice. So I know these people and I know this field. I know when things are "normal" and when they are n