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Media Update - 2009-09-16

on Wednesday, 16 September 2009. Hits 1326

Counselmembers hear community outrage over Eagle raid

Creative Loafing

by THOMAS WHEATLEY -- Members of Atlanta’s gay community came to City Hall Tuesday afternoon to voice outrage over and demand answers about the controversial Sept. 10 police raid at the Atlanta Eagle 


Glens Falls Post-Star

By DAYELIN ROMAN THURMAN -- After the leader of a so-called swingers club said club members are normal people, residents at Tuesday night's Town Board

The big meeting in Thurman

Glens Falls Post-Star 

Thurman Supervisor Red Pitkin paid me a visit this week and invited me to attend Tuesday night's town board meeting. I was happy to obliged. 

NCSF Condemns the Atlanta Police Department

on Wednesday, 16 September 2009. Hits 486

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom

NCSF Condemns the Atlanta Police Department's Raid on the Eagle

September 15, 2009 - On September 10th, the Atlanta Eagle was raided by local police who used excessive force and voiced anti-gay slurs while handcuffing 62 patrons and 8 employees, forcing them to lie face-down on the floor for over an hour. The strong use of force included the presence of the "Red Dog unit" which typically deals with crimes such as gang violence.

Atlanta Police Chief Richard Pennington held a press conference yesterday afternoon stating that the gay leather bar was raided because of anonymous complaints that came through the mayor's office. One undercover officer stated in a September 11th report following the raid that it was the "conclusion of a several week investigation involving indecency and the club was providing adult entertainment without the proper permits to do so."

"It's a clear violation of the civil rights of those who were detained without cause," says Susan Wright, NCSF Spokesperson. "Instead of making an arrest at the time of the alleged offense, the Atlanta vice squad spent many hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer's money to raid the gay leather bar and persecute Atlanta citizens."

NCSF demands a full probe into the alleged misconduct and the allocation of resources by the Atlanta police department. NCSF also joins state and local representatives in urging anyone present the night of the arrests to step forward and file a formal complaint. Please contact NCSF for additional assistance to ensure that this matter is investigated in an open process.

A rally on Sunday at the Eagle drew a large presence in support of the victims by the LGBT community. Another rally is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, September 19, 2009.

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom is committed to creating a political, legal, and social environment in the United States that advances the equal rights of consenting adults who practice forms of alternative sexual and relationship expression. NCSF advances the rights and advocates for consenting adults in the SM-Leather-Fetish, swing, and polyamory communities. We pursue our vision through direct services, education, advocacy, and outreach in conjunction with our partner organizations to directly benefit these communities.

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Media Update - 2009-09-15

on Tuesday, 15 September 2009. Hits 1013

Story puts Thurman on map

Glens Falls Post-Star

If you had to pick the least likeliest place to find swingers, Thurman would be on the short list. When I got to thinking about it I wondered why Lake 


Glens Falls Post-Star

By DON LEHMAN Representatives of the "swingers club" that has been using a resort in town for parties will meet with the Thurman Town Board on Tuesday to 

Media Update - 2009-09-11

on Friday, 11 September 2009. Hits 156

Sometimes the Victim Is at Fault, Argues Rutgers–Newark Law ...

News from Rutgers - NJ,USA

Evaluating several controversial cases involving euthanasia, sadomasochism, date rape, battered wives and “innocent” aggressors, Professor Bergelson builds 

Media Updates - 2009-09-09

on Wednesday, 09 September 2009. Hits 191


WNYT

The Lake George Social Club started as a swingers club a few months ago and doesn't appear to be breaking the law, but some residents of the small town of 


Glens Falls Post-Star

By DON LEHMAN THURMAN -- Use of a remote resort by a "swingers club" has upset residents and prompted town officials to check whether any laws are being 

  

Consent Counts- Serving You, Moving Ahead

on Tuesday, 11 August 2009. Hits 1081

NCSF is pleased to announce the addition of the “Consent Counts” project to our major programs. Consent Counts is a community-wide project that was launched in 2007 at a Leather Leadership Roundtable hosted by NCSF at the Creating Change conference.

Consent Counts is focused on the decriminalization of BDSM. This was determined to be the number one priority for the BDSM/Leather communities at this meeting and the subsequent town hall meeting held at the Leather Leadership Conference.

It was decided that a steering committee should be formed that included representatives of national advocacy groups as well as other key individuals. An extensive survey was conducted to gain community input-- which also provided a basis for further planning.

It was recently determined that in order to serve this critical sexual freedom project that one of the national groups involved needed to take primary responsibility for it; because of the history of the origin of the project NCSF was the logical choice. The program will be directed by Judy Guerin, the former Executive Director of the NCSF, and long-time sexual freedom and gender expression activist.

“We are very excited to have this community-wide project as one of our major programs and a central area of focus,” stated Leigha Fleming, Chairperson of NCSF Board of Directors. “This is a major priority for the BDSM and Leather communities, and NCSF is pleased and proud to be able to take the leadership role.”Picture1

For more information on Consent Counts, or to volunteer, please visit:

http://www.consentcounts.org

To contact Judy Guerin, email her at” JUDY.

For resources like the workshop discussion guide: http://consentcounts.org/resource.html

To download  stickers/Banners like the one above click: http://consentcounts.org/PDFs/gotconsent_stickers.pdf

Incident Response- Policy and Clarifcation

on Tuesday, 21 July 2009. Hits 262

Incident Response was created to provide assistance to individuals and groups within the alternative sexual expression communities. If you engage in SM/fetish, swing or polyamory and are being persecuted or discriminated against the NCSF may be able to help you. If your group or business is being harassed or if you need help doing outreach to local law enforcement, the NCSF may also be able to assist you.

The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)’s Incident Response (IR) Program uses three primary criteria for taking a case:

1. The issue must openly, directly, and specifically relate to BDSM, swing or poly activities between consenting adults; in other words, the problems you face must relate to or be caused from your involvement in BDSM, swing or poly without question.

2. The issue must be one whose outcome or precedent could potentially affect a significant number of people with the same, or similar, problem.

3. The incident needs to have a reasonable chance of a successful resolution; usually indicating that the individual filing has not also been found guilty of a crime other than behaviors currently considered illegal relating to BDSM, swing or poly.

Unfortunately, due to limited resources the NCSF is only able to take a fraction of the cases that come to us.

Many of the complaints we receive do not meet one, or several, of the above criteria. Even under the best circumstances, NCSF can only help a small percentage of those who approach us. All of our work is done by volunteers and we accept no payment for our services, but we are happy to receive donations earmarked specifically for use in the IR Program-- make sure you note "Incident Response" in the comment box if you want to restrict your donation. We do provide basic information as resources allow and refer to professionals in our Kink Aware Professionals database.

The criteria for acceptance was developed to meet the primary concerns of our voting constituencies, our Coalition Partners. When the NCSF agrees to take a case the impact can be realized by all of our constituents as a whole and therefore it is up to the policies set in motion by NCSF Coalition Partners to decide whether existing resources allow for a case to be handled effectively.

IR Page: http://tinyurl.com/IncidentResponse

IR overview: http://tinyurl.com/IROverview

Incident Response was created to provide assistance to individuals and groups within the alternative sexual expression communities. If you engage in SM/fetish, swing or polyamory and are being persecuted or discriminated against the NCSF may be able to help you. If your group or business is being harassed or if you need help doing outreach to local law enforcement, the NCSF may also be able to assist you.



The National Coalition for Sexual Freedom (NCSF)’s Incident Response (IR) Program uses three primary criteria for taking a case:



1. The issue must openly, directly, and specifically relate to BDSM, swing or poly activities between consenting adults; in other words, the problems you face must relate to or be caused from your involvement in BDSM, swing or poly without question.


2. The issue must be one whose outcome or precedent could potentially affect a significant number of people with the same, or similar, problem.



3. The incident needs to have a reasonable chance of a successful resolution; usually indicating that the individual filing has not also been found guilty of a crime other than behaviors currently considered illegal relating to BDSM, swing or poly.



Unfortunately, due to limited resources the NCSF is only able to take a fraction of the cases that come to us.



Many of the complaints we receive do not meet one, or several, of the above criteria. Even under the best circumstances, NCSF can only help a small percentage of those who approach us. All of our work is done by volunteers and we accept no payment for our services, but we are happy to receive donations earmarked specifically for use in the IR Program-- make sure you note "Incident Response" in the comment box if you want to restrict your donation. We do provide basic information as resources allow and refer to professionals in our Kink Aware Professionals database.



The criteria for acceptance was developed to meet the primary concerns of our voting constituencies, our Coalition Partners. When the NCSF agrees to take a case the impact can be realized by all of our constituents as a whole and therefore it is up to the policies set in motion by NCSF Coalition Partners to decide whether existing resources allow for a case to be handled effectively.



IR Page: http://tinyurl.com/IncidentResponse



IR overview: http://tinyurl.com/IROverview




Bylaws Revision and Budget!

on Monday, 20 July 2009. Hits 1028

(info taken from the BIG BIG Summer Newsletter.  For full Newsletter CLICK HERE)

In an interest for more transparency and to include the public and our constituency in our process, we are publishing out budget and bylaws revision on our blog and newsletter.  We hope to engage you, our community in our work, both to encourage you to become involved in the fight for sexual freedom, but also to let you knwo that the fight is being fought, and that we are here backing you all every step of the way.

Bylaws Revised SUMMARY:

Article VI

Sec. 3: Voting Partners are now called “Coalition Partners”, and are required to have dues current.

Sec 6. Members must be current on dues to be a Coalition Partner.

Article VII

Sec 3. The new joint board has 13 Directors on the Board. 9 of these are elected by CPs, and 4 are appointed by the elected Board.

Sec. 4.  Appointed Board members are elected annually, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, with a term lasting one year-- successive terms is allowed.

Sec. 5.  Elected seats on the board will always be elected at the next annual meeting, and appointed seats on the board will always stay appointed.

Sec. 6.  A person on the Board of     Directors can be removed at any Board Meeting, where there is quorum, and an affirmative vote of at least 60%.

Sec. 8.  The Chairman of the Board must be an elected member of the board.

Article IX

Sec. 1.  Voting Members is again changed to Coalition Partners.

Budget:



budget As you can see, every dollar counts!  We've made some significant cuts, and shifted around how we spend the little money that we have.  Please help the NCSF-- with your support we can better the serve the community THAT MEANS YOU!  No donation too small.  Every donation is another person we can help when it matters most.

YOUR RIGHTS-- YOUR PRIVACY-- YOUR FREDOM

National Coalition for Sexual Freedom




Article VI


Sec. 3: Voting Partners are now called “Coalition Partners”, and are required to have dues current.



Sec 6. Members must be current on dues to be a Coalition Partner.



Article VII


Sec 3. The new joint board has 13


Directors on the Board. 9 of these are elected by CPs, and 4 are appointed by the elected Board.



Sec. 4. Appointed Board members are elected annually, by majority vote of the Board of Directors, with a term lasting one year-- successive terms is allowed.



Sec. 5. Elected seats on the board will always be elected at the next annual meeting, and appointed seats on the board will always stay appointed.



Sec. 6. A person on the Board of Directors can be removed at any Board Meeting, where there is quorum, and an affirmative vote of at least 60%.



Sec. 8. The Chairman of the Board must be an elected member of the board.



Article IX


Sec. 1. Voting Members is again changed to Coalition Partners.




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