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Sex Worker Solidarity Activists Protest at H.E.A.T Conference, Oakland, 6/13/12: photos
by Dave Id
Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
A promotional webpage for the 2012 National Human Exploitation And Trafficking conference currently underway in Oakland claims that the purpose of the gathering is "to enhance the capacity of law enforcement and practitioners to combat commercial sexual exploitation of children." And that is exactly the problem, according to sex worker solidarity activists. Not that they are in favor of sexual exploitation of children, but, much like the law enforcement-centric policies in the "war on drugs" contribute to more social harms than good, the burgeoning anti-sex worker industry further criminalizes and marginalizes those already struggling to survive while largely ignoring the root causes of sexual exploitation. In what might have been the first action organized against an anti-trafficking conference in the U.S., Oakland Occupy Patriarchy initiated a protest on June 13th targeting the H.E.A.T. conference on its opening day in Oakland. At least one arrest was made after the demonstration concluded when Melvin of Occupy Oakland's Tactical Action Committee was snatched by police on a side street. The conference runs through Friday.
[Pictured above: Conference attendees take a break outside at the Washington and 10th Streets entrance to the Oakland Convention Center]

Protesters rallied and spoke outside of the conference before attempting to gain entry, thereby making their presence known with the use of an air horn through the main entrance of the convention center. A small army of convention center employees forced the doors closed, including two that physically shoved demonstrators away from the doors. Oakland police, who had been apparently lying in wait in anticipation of the protest, rushed up to defend the metal barricades surrounding the main entrance to the convention center. Demonstrators then marched up Broadway to 14th Street before briefly returning to the convention center and dispersing of their own accord.

As demonstrators were leaving the area of the convention center and adjoined Marriott hotel, word came that Melvin of the Tactical Action Committee, who had been present at the anti-H.E.A.T. protest, had just been snatched and arrested by OPD. He is currently in Santa Rita jail with $110,000 bail. His arraignment is set for Friday at 2pm. It has hasn't been three weeks since Melvin was speaking out against the trumped up charges of his TAC comrade Chris Morland. Those who want to contribute to Melvin's bail fund can do so at

H.E.A.T Conference Ignites Bay Area Activists:

Interventions based on 'juvenile justice system' models are widely critiqued from a public health policy perspective. In 2006, for example, a report by Oakland's Child Prostitution Advisory Task Force (Mayor Dellums) noted that: "Overall, we received feedback that that their contact with the juvenile justice system has had adverse effects, reducing life options for youth and alienating them further into behaviors involving risk. The criminal system tends disproportionately to entrap youth of color in its throes and the punitive experiences undermine the inherent worth and value of young people's lives."

Solidarity with Sex Workers - Shut Down the HEAT Conference:

The H.EAT. conference is a conference of pigs and their nonprofit lackeys to increase the harassment, imprisonment, marginalization and criminalization of sex workers. Fronting as a conference against “child trafficking,” this conference brings pigs and nonprofits together to develop policing strategies that line their pockets while leaving sex workers exploited and disempowered. Pigs and nonprofits hide behind lies about “safety” and “protection” while they profit off the incarceration and “reformation” of sex workers.

Oakland Occupy Patriarchy
§Police officer records demonstrators from across Broadway
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§Fucking to Survive Is Life Under Capitalism
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§Blocking corporate media's shot
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
Here's one corporate report:
§Speaker addresses underlying economic pressures to do sex work
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§Demonstrators attempt to gain entry through the main entrance
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§Eggs and paintballs on the now-locked entrance
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§Metal barriers pushed over
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§March up Broadway with FTP/ heart (Oakland) Commune shield
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§OPD snatch squad rolls down Broadway with back door open
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
It is not known if this is the squad car that grabbed Melvin after the demonstration.
§Young supporter drumming for solidarity
by Dave Id Wednesday Jun 13th, 2012 11:51 PM
§Video of all speakers and attempted entry to conference
by Dave Id Thursday Jun 14th, 2012 10:20 AM

Sex Worker Solidarity Activists Protest at H.E.A.T Conference, Oakland, 6/13/12: video

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by VonManstein
Monday Jun 18th, 2012 11:03 PM
More People Funneling Money Into Anti-Trafficking

And this is totally aimed at minorities too!!
by ertdfg
Tuesday Jun 19th, 2012 9:20 PM
In the question of child slavery you're on the side of the SLAVERS. Good job, well done, the slavers kidnapping, raping, and selling children don't have enough support; good to see you'll help those poor kidnapping child molesting slavers.