“Disney-fying” New Orleans: Sex Workers Rally Against Plan to Shutter French Quarter Strip Clubs

“Disney-fying” New Orleans: Sex Workers Rally Against Plan to Shutter French Quarter Strip Clubs

Reporting by Mike Ludwig:

“Critics doubt the proposal is only intended to protect women and residents from the pimps and drug dealers allegedly lurking around strip clubs. Local activists say the proposal is backed by certain business owners and increasingly wealthy class of residents who have been actively pushing for new rules and heavy policing to “clean up” the French Quarter, even if that means squeezing out sex workers and other marginalized populations that have been part of the Quarter’s colorful culture since 19th century.

The proposal’s main opponents, who include club employees and owners along with sex worker rights and harm reduction activists, argue that shutting down strip clubs would rob dancers and club staff of their jobs, putting more pressure on the local job market and forcing some workers to accept riskier work in the illicit sex trade in order to support themselves.

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The Delta writ large…

Cobb: “As socioeconomic disparity and indifference to human suffering become increasingly prominent features of American life, it seems reasonable to inquire whether the same economic, political, and emotional forces that helped to forge and sustain the Delta’s image as the South writ small may one day transform an entire nation into the Delta writ large.” Continue reading The Delta writ large…

Baton Rouge cops barge into woman’s yard to arrest Black Lives Matter protesters she invited

Baton Rouge cops barge into woman’s yard to arrest Black Lives Matter protesters she invited

Reading this and time traveling to “…no rights which the white man was bound to respect….” From Baton Rouge:

….in a video clip posted by CBS Newscorrespondent David Begnaud, the woman who hosted the protest said she was “stunned” after officers moved onto her property and told protesters to disperse. Once some of the protesters left her property and moved onto sidewalks, officers arrested them because they were allegedly going to block the nearby interstate highway.

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