Bella Robinson’s February Newsletter

Here are some of the latest updates on sex worker liberation from our own Vice Presidential candidate!

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Help us fight back against the Adult Entertainment Performance Tax Act! 
This month, we’re opposing bill RI – S0096, also known as the Adult Entertainment Performance Tax Act. This bill was introduced on January 16, 2019, and it imposes a $2 tax for admission to adult entertainment businesses. The funds from this tax will go to the Attorney General’s office to “combat human trafficking, and pay to test rape kits”

It is no coincidence that this bill was introduced less than two weeks after the Foxy Lady reopened by the RI supreme court. This tax is nothing more than an attempt at retaliation by the state against sex workers. This bill attacks sex worker establishments by forcing them to pay to combat sex trafficking, for which they are not culpable.

We’ll continue to mobilize against this legislation. For updates, sign on to our petition here.

Resource Updates

  • We are proud to support 90 incarcerated sex workers through our mail-based case management program. This includes tracking release dates, creating release plans, and connecting workers to re-entry services that have been vetted as sex worker-friendly. If you know sex worker who is incarcerated and could benefit from case management, reach out to us at info@coyoteri.org
  • COYOTE continues to maintain a support line to provide support for sex workers with community needs or who are in crisis. For COYOTE support services, call (401) 525-8757. 
  • As a member of the AMOR (Alianza para Movilizar Nuestra Resistencia/Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance) network, we encourage individuals to share the AMOR support line information. The AMOR Support Line, (401) 675-1414, is a 24-hour multilingual (currently English & Spanish) line that connects community members to AMOR’s network of services, including comprehensive mental health care, legal support, court accompaniment, community support, transportation, and interpretation. Read more here.

Support COYOTE’s street outreach program
We’re supporting sex workers by continuing our “rescue free” outreach, which provides hygiene supplies, condoms, and harm reduction supplies (such as Naloxone, fentanyl test strips, and unused syringes) to the community. Our program is entirely volunteer run and we depend on donations. You can support us by purchasing items on our Amazon wish list or donating through our website. If you would like to volunteer directly for outreach, contact info@coyoteri.org.

COYOTE to celebrate International Sex Workers Rights Day on March 3rd
On March 3rd, we will be holding a community healing event for sex workers in Rhode Island. The day’s history traces to 2001, when over 25,000 sex workers, organized by Calcutta-based Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, gathered in India for a festival despite efforts from prohibitionist groups who tried to prevent it taking place. If you would like to attend, contact info@coyoteri.org.

News and Events

  • On February 7th, Bella will be presenting on behalf of COYOTE at the “Moderated Discussion on Sex Work & Implications for Solutions” panel at the Human Trafficking Symposium at Texas Christian University. Read more here
  • Join AMOR for Valentine’s Day. “AMOR is excited to share what it has been up to this past year, what projects we are working on for this year, and how you can be a part of our work. Please join us on Valentine’s Day for a wholesome night full of friends, food, music, and a raffle to celebrate community resistance.”
  • Read this groundbreaking new study on how Craigslist reduces violence against women from economist Scott Cunningham. 
  • Read our essay submission, “Global Implications of FOSTA,” which won third place in Slixa’s After FOSTA essay competition! The essay was written by COYOTE volunteers Meghan, June, and Jackie. We are grateful for the $2000 prize which will go toward supporting COYOTE programs. 

As always, if you’d like to support our work you can find a link to donate on our website. For volunteering opportunities, contact info@coyote.org

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