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Coalition Partners

Coalition Partners

NCSF receives its leadership direction from a Board of Directors that is elected by our body of Coalition Partners. There are currently nine Board positions comprised of individuals elected to two-year terms. These elections are staggered so that each year, half of the positions on the Board roll over and half of the positions are re-elected. Two of the nine Board positions are filled by individuals appointed by the current Board and/or by the NCSF Coalition Partners.  The Council of Coalition Partners is made up of our Coalition Partners. To be eligible for Voting Member Status, the applicant must meet the following four requirements:    Support the mission of NCSF  Pay annual dues of $100  Organize one fundraiser each year for NCSF  Serve a constituent, customer or client base consisting of only consenting adults  Each organization, group or business with Voting Member status may elect one representative to the Council of Coalition Partners (yup, that’s you!) and one alternate representative. This representative will act as the Voting Member’s liaison to NCSF. The Coalition Partners communicate regularly over email through our NCSF-CP listserv, and are invited to meet in person once each year at our annual meeting.   Associate Members comprise the bulk of NCSF. These are supporting members, individual members, contributing vendors, etc.  They have no requirements other than the form of dues that they pay annually. Associate Members are not held to Voting Member criteria, and do not participate in NCSF votes.  The NCSF staff are predominantly volunteers who devote their time and energy to carrying out the missions and tasks set for them by the Board of Directors. This staff includes the coordinators of our major programs (EOP, Incident Response, Media, Fundraising, etc).  The NCSF staff also includes one full-time paid Office Manager position. 
     See what NCSF's CP groups *really* think about NCSF....   HISTORICAL  RETROSPECTIVE THE COALITION PARTNER  PERSPECTIVE By NCSF Coalition Partners across the nation     Compiled, edited and narrated by Mistress Lisa, NCSF Outreach Committee Member & CP Rep for  L.A.D.s.   When asked to write an  article about NCSF over the past 10 years from the CP (Coalition Partner) Representatives'  perspective, it was only logical to share that honor with my fellow CP  Reps. There are currently 51 Coalition partner groups throughout the country. The intent of this article was not to prepare a graduate thesis;  therefore those that contributed understood that we would have to prune their  generous comments to avoid being redundant.  We are sharing important points that are  echoed by many so that all can know about NCSF and what it means to the various and  diverse groups throughout the country and the individuals that they represent.   We have compiled some of the many responses to a questionnaire distributed to our CP Reps. Only those that  generously consented to sharing them publicly, are being used. NCSF is very grateful to all the CP Reps for  their continued support of the NCSF Mission and to those who took the  time to offer their honest experience by participating in this 10th Anniversary  Historical Retrospective from the CP perspective.  We all learn from the experience of  those that have gone before us. Together we grow, find strength and achieve progress.   When asked to write her comments for this article, Susan  Wright (the founder of NCSF) shared  her vision regarding the governance of the organization and why she instituted  the concept of Coalition Partners. The balance of this article contains Susan Wright's comments followed by  those of various and diverse CP Reps from around the  country.  "NCSF was the first national advocacy organization for the BDSM subculture. Rather than appointing a board of individuals to set policy and run the group, we are made up of a national coalition. In order to be directly responsive to our constituents, we had to rely on a broad-based coalition of the educational and social groups that formed the foundation of our communities. So I made NCSF a coalition of these groups; they determine our strategy and goals because their groups consist of the people we serve. We rely on our Coalition Partners to spread the word about NCSF's resources for…
Adventures in Sexuality (Columbus, OH) Albany Power Exchange (Albany, NY) Alternative Community Educational Society (Bremerton, WA) Boulder Center for Sexual Health (Boulder, CO) Castaways Travel (The Woodlands, TX) Catalyst Art & Cultural Space (Portland, OR) Center for Sex Positive Culture (Seattle, WA) Central Iowa Power Exchange (West Des Moines, IA) Club 616 (Grand Rapids, MI) DC Rope (Washington DC) Dirty Things (Baltimore, MD) FetLife.com Ft. Wayne Munch (Ft. Wayne, IN) Frolicon (Atlanta, GA) House Blackheart (Thomasville, NC) House of Decorum (Greenville, SC) House of Two Wolves Impact of Memphis (Memphis, TN) Jacksonville TNG (Jacksonville, FL) Knights of Leather (Minneapolis, MN)   Latex Catfish  Leather & Grace ~ Unitarian Universalists for BDSM Awareness (Boston, MA) Long Island Leather N Roses (Long Island, NY) MAsT Evansville (Evansville, IN) MAsT: San Luis Obispo Minnesota Kinky Youth (St. Paul, MN) Minnesota Marketplace (Minneapolis, MN) MOB New England (MA) National Leather Association Dallas (Dallas, TX) New England Dungeon Society - NEDS (New England) New England Leather Alliance - NELA (Boston, MA) Northern Lights (MN) NYC TNG (New York, NY) Oahu TNG (Oahu, HA) Pittsburgh Bridge (Pittsburgh, PA) Purple Rose Society (Akron, OH) QPEX: Quincy Power Exchange  Robin Reinach Author Sanctuary for Lifestyle Arts (Dallas, TX) Satyricon (Madison, WI) SF TNG (San Francisco , CA) SLOLOCK smOdyssey, Inc. (San Jose, CA) STL3 (St Louis, MO) TES - The Eulenspiegel Society (New York, NY) The Mark by CPI (Nashville, TN) The Private Affair (MD) The Red Chair (Birmingham, AL)   Tikkun Olam Inc. (Madison, WI) TTB Ventures LLC - Touch of Flavor (Westminster, MD) Tulsa Dungeon Society (Tulsa, OK) University of Minnesota Queer Student Cultural Center (Minneapolis, MN) The Woodshed Orlando (Orlando, FL)    
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  • NCSF’s Coalition Partners Join Together for Consent Summit

    NCSF’s Coalition Partners Join Together for Consent Summit   The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom held its annual Coalition Partner meeting in Phoenix, Arizona from February 8-10, 2013. The Consent Summit took place Friday evening, and Coalition Partners were able to participate via streaming video to give their input on the new Consent Statement. Go to www.ncsfreedom.org to see the Consent Statement and comment on it.   “The Consent Statement…






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  • NCSF Survey on Consent

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE National Coalition for Sexual Freedom NCSF Survey on Consent The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) wants to hear from you! Please take our Consent Counts survey and tell us what you think about consent: www.ncsfreedom.org/survey.html As part of decriminalizing BDSM in the legal codes, we need to be able to articulate a clear definition of consent that the BDSM communities believe in. The results of this…






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  • NCSF Launches the Next Chapter for Consent Counts

    NCSF Launches the Next Chapter for Consent Counts February 27, 2012 The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF) announces two new publications as part of its nationwide campaign, Consent Counts. The Consent Counts Project was launched by the BDSM-leather-fetish communities in 2006 to decriminalize consensual BDSM in U.S. law by ensuring that consent will be recognized as a defense to criminal charges brought under assault laws and other statutes. "For…






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  • Action Alert - Take Action Californians!

    Our BDSM communities could be adversely impacted by a well-intentioned, but overly broad, piece of proposed criminal legislation that has been introduced by Senator Christine Kehoe in the California Senate.  NCSF is asking all of you to sign and send to NCSF letters (a draft is attached below) that we can introduce if necessary at a hearing likely to be held in April, 2011. The purpose of the bill, SB…






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  • NCSF Press Release - Missouri Indictment

    In an indictment rendered by a Grand Jury in the Western District of Missouri on September 9, 2010, five Missouri men allegedly participated in torturing a mentally disabled woman online or in person over a multi-year period when the victim was between the ages of 16 and 24. Among the charges are: Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud or Coercion, Forced Labor Trafficking, Transportation for Sexual Activity, and Conspiracy. The allegations…






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Consent Counts: We're Making a Difference

  • Completed Federal and State Legal Research
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About Consent Counts

NCSF is leading a major national campaign—Consent Counts—to change the laws and police practices that our communities now endure, and to establish that consent is available as a defense in criminal BDSM prosecutions.

  • BDSM is prosecuted as assault in the U.S., even when it is consensual.
  • No state or appellate court has allowed consent as a defense to assault in BDSM cases.
  • Consent Counts is a nationwide project to decriminalize consensual BDSM.
 
Program Goals:
Consent Counts
is a nationwide project to decriminalize consensual BDSM through education, advocacy, legal actions and lobbying.

 

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Judy Guerin
Director, Consent Counts 
 
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