Angry prostitutes who won't stand for the city's proposed sit/lie laws are holding a "stand-in" today
. The San Francisco-based US PROStitutes Collective
-- which has a Facebook page
-- have organized the noontime Polk and Sutter "stand-in"
At issue is a proposed San Francisco ordinance which would give police greater leeway in moving or arresting people loitering on the sidewalk between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. Per the organizers:
Recent police crackdowns have also been widely opposed. They push sex
workers more underground into isolated and dangerous areas, and make it
harder to report violence for fear of arrest. And they
disproportionately target people of color. Black women are seven times
more likely to be arrested. With the pretext of saving victims of
trafficking, immigrant women, are routinely rounded up and deported.
40% of men arrested are men of color.
Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Coalition on Homelessness is also sponsoring today's event. Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly