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CDA Fundraising Countdown!

NCSF needs your help fighting our battle against increasing obscenity prosecutions. NCSF's Communications Decency Act lawsuit, filed with Barbara Nitke in Federal Court, is scheduled to go to trial this Fall! John Wirenius, our attorney, has graciously agreed to donate his services pro bono, but we need money to bring in expert witnesses to testify on our behalf (all of the expert witnesses are donating their time to this case). We have also been mandated to pay for certain court transcripts and copying.

NCSF needs your help fighting our battle against increasing obscenity prosecutions. NCSF's Communications Decency Act lawsuit, filed with Barbara Nitke in Federal Court, is scheduled to go to trial this Fall! John Wirenius, our attorney, has graciously agreed to donate his services pro bono, but we need money to bring in expert witnesses to testify on our behalf (all of the expert witnesses are donating their time to this case). We have also been mandated to pay for certain court transcripts and copying.


NCSF urgently requires funds for these necessary expenses.


NCSF thanks Hilton Flax of Purple Passion/DV8, NCSF Supporting Member, for providing space for the NYC CDA Fundraiser in April, 2004. The fundraiser was produced by Kellene with tons of help from loyal NYC volunteers with donations of art and items from community members, raising $2,100 for the CDA lawsuit.


PLEASE ask your group to dedicate funds from a party or event to the CDA lawsuit. As supporters of NCSF, we hope you can help us out in the next six months by donating funds to our CDA lawsuit.


PLEASE distribute this call for donations. In the past few weeks NCSF has received checks from individuals donating to the CDA lawsuit totaling $265. THANKS in advance to everyone for donating. Any amount is welcome!


For more information on NCSF's major donor circles and the opportunity to make an even more visible impact, please contact our Chair, Vivienne Kramer, directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


It is only with your help that we will win this landmark case. To donate to the CDA Lawsuit, go to the donation page: https://ncsfreedom.org/donations.htm


Or write "CDA Funds" in the memo line of your check, and send it to:

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

822 Guilford Avenue, Box 127

Baltimore, MD 21202-3707


CDA summary:


The Nitke vs. Ashcroft case (formally known as Barbara Nitke and National Coalition for Sexual Freedom vs. John Ashcroft, Attorney General for the U.S.) challenging the Communications Decency Act (CDA) is finally going to trial in the Federal Court, Southern District of NY in Manhattan this fall. The government has employed delay tactics and tried to get the case dismissed, and now they've exhausted all the time they have.


We filed our expert witness reports in spring 2004. You can go to the NCSF website to see who filed reports supporting our contention that "local community standards" cannot be used to judge internet content. The information on experts is located on: https://ncsfreedom.org/library/cdaexpert.htm A more thorough summary of the case is located on: https://ncsfreedom.org/CDA/index.htm


John Ashcroft is actively pursuing prosecutions of obscenity (porn). Who was the first target? Extreme Video, which produces SM, rough sex, and rape-fantasy videos. Will the current religious-influenced administration distinguish between pay-for-porn and SM educational websites or personal websites? Who knows? Anyone who has a website featuring SM, bondage, fetish or any sexually extreme images is at risk.


John Wirenius, attorney for the CDA lawsuit, has submitted the following budget:


$10,000 to bring in the expert witnesses for the trial (all of these witnesses are donating time towards this case) 8,000 to pay for the court record and transcript 2,000 to pay for printing of the record for the Supreme Court


We still need to raise $15,000 for the CDA lawsuit


Please donate to the CDA lawsuit and help our community protect our websites and our First Amendment Rights!


Contributions or gifts to NCSF, Inc are not tax deductible for federal income tax purposes.

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DSM-V: We're Making a Difference

  • Over 3000 signatures on DSM-V Revision Petition submitted APA
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About DSM-V Revision Project

The DSM Revision project is attempting to depathologize BDSM in the APA Diagnostic and Statistic Manual.

Goal:
The goal of the DSM-V Revision Project is to keep people from being discriminated against and persecuted because the current APA guidelines say BDSM is indicative of mental illness.

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Director of the DSM-V Revision Project.
susan@ncsfreedom.org

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