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Donations to the IUSW/GMB are wanted now.

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The IUSW is looking for money to fund the campaign against the proposed law changes. Who knows, something positive could come out of all this. There are two ways to donate money.

You can donate monies today with cheques made payable to GMB and send to :

Postal address:

London Entertainment & IUSW

GMB Branch

PO Box 6410

London WC1A 9AF

But you must put a letter in saying that this is a donation to the IUSW and that you want it ring fenced for the IUSW campaign fund. Also donations through the GMB must not be anonymous.

The IUSW is setting up a bank account to receive donations directly, this will happen hopefully next week. It is taking longer than expected. Cheques can be sent to Justin, who will keep them pending the creation of the bank account. When the account is ready, then payments by standing order, and direct bank transfer will be possible.

You can make cheques payable to the IUSW or IUSW treasurer's fund. And post them to:

Justin/IUSW

C/OF Soho Boyz

Unit FF15

Base Station

326 Kensai Road

London

W10 5BZ

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If making payments to the GMB address, the cheque should be made payable to the GMB, if to the Justin, then make them payable to IUSW or IUSW treasurer’s fund.

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Will it be possible to make anonymous cash donations? I've written to the IUSW about this, but had no reply.

Great to see that this thread is a sticky one. Donations are going to be the only concrete way that most of us can help fight this, so well done to the moderators for giving this such a high profile.

Gildas

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Will it be possible to make anonymous cash donations? I've written to the IUSW about this, but had no reply.

Great to see that this thread is a sticky one. Donations are going to be the only concrete way that most of us can help fight this, so well done to the moderators for giving this such a high profile.

Gildas

Taht should be possible when the bank setails of the new IUSW account area available, You can then pay cash in at any bank account.

I have alos suggested they set up a justgiving accoint.

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Donations to the ECP are also very welcome. Cari says at present donations have to be cash or by cheque. You can do bank transfer, but have to contact them for the back details. They are looking into other payment mechanisms.

Cheques can be sent to.

English Collective of Prostitutes

Crossroads Women's Centre

230a Kentish Town Road

London NW5 2AB

or

PO Box 287

London NW6 5QU

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Any news on that account number, sort code and bank account?

Must be many waiting, for the purpose of anonymous deposits.

we should hurry, how much time do we have left to fight this thing?

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Just to let you know what is happening with the IUSW bank account, this was posted by Douglas Fox on Northern Pleasures on the 27th.

My sincere apologies for the delay in opening the new IUSW account. Don't blame us but rather the banks who have had us jumping through hoops.

The final paperwork has now been accepted and gone off so please everyone cross fingers (and anything else you would like to wink) that the account will be open early next week.

All those who have sent cheques please accept my apologies for the delay in cashing them. I will give details of the new account No asap for those who are waiting to pay cash in as soon as it is available.

I hope others will be able to finds the means to donate a little as well because the next few months are critical. The final committee stages for the second reading end on the 28th of Feb and we have loads to do in a short time and no money with which to do it. Then we have to target the Lords which is our best hope of blasting the new proposals out of the water.

Even if we do loose ( and I still think there is a good chance of it all being dropped) the battle goes on. The one good thing to come out of all this bad stuff is that we do have a public audience and lots of support where it matters and that is something we need to build on. There will be casualties and I hope it will not be anyone of us but we will win.

Once again thank you so much for all the donations and please DONATE more if you can.

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Will it be possible to make anonymous cash donations? I've written to the IUSW about this, but had no reply.

Great to see that this thread is a sticky one. Donations are going to be the only concrete way that most of us can help fight this, so well done to the moderators for giving this such a high profile.

Gildas

just go to their bank, any branch will do as long as you have the right branch and sort code of the branch they are using, and pay into their account

you can write any name as payer,

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what if parlours had a donation box for punters to give anonymously,then the parlour owner pays into the account at the end of the week

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At long last the IUSW now has a campaign account open. I will be paying cheques sent already in today.

If anyone can donate anything at all however large or small and wish to do so anonymously at present then you can do so at any Loyds TSB account.

Sort code 30 93 55

Account No 00177523

Account name is International union of sex workers but you can just mark clearly IUSW.

It is Gosforth branch Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Can everyone please spread this information around please because we need money now as much as we can because we have lots to do in a very short space of time.

You can also make monthly contributions if you wish as well. We do not yet have forms for this but your bank will be happy to set a DD arrangement each month from your account to the IUSW. Again any amount is welcome however small.

Douglas

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I don't want to be a kill joy, but I am naturally suspicious.

I wonder why there is no indication on the IUSW site that the sort code and A.C number belong to them?

I am NOT saying this is, but it would be a good scam, when we all want some anonimity, wouldn't it?

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hi guitarist

your a long way from prestonpunters! i can understand your paranoia as pp seems a paranoid group terrified of media infiltration.

its because you're not aware politically you have suspicions,many on pp are more interested in having a go at each other than getting involved politically.

the iusw are up against a govt who have taxpayers money to play with, the iusw don't and do alot of work voluntarily

the iusw as well as ecp are fighting for the industry.what does prestonpunters do?

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hi

My name's Catherine, I'm one of the main activists with the IUSW who's working to oppose the increased criminalisation in the Policing and Crime Bill. I appreciate that some people have questions about what we're doing/who we are, or don't like what we're doing, or think we're disorganised. We're doing the best we can on the resources available - both human and financial, and with more support that will improve.

In the meantime, a brief summary of what we've been doing. Probably most time consuming is building up contacts with as many MPs as possible. I've met with several Labour MPs at Westminster, and Douglas has met with several MPs in the North East. I've also met with quite a few LibDems, including Evan Harris who's on the Scrutiny Committee, and been involved in a meeting to discuss the practicalities of different amendments. I've met with David DaviEs, Conservative MP for Monmouth, not David Davis, the ex-shadow Home Sec. I've been in correspondence with David Ruffley (sadly to little effect) and will hopefully be meeting Teresa May next week. Through the GMB, we've organised a meeting for GMB MPs next Wednesday.

Re this meeting, it took a little time for the sponsoring MP (you can't hold a meeting at Westminster without an MP's sponsorship) to be clear about what he wanted. It's been terrific that many people have been interested in attending, and I can understand frustrations that the date changed (which was down to the MP) and I haven't got back to people about it (which was down to me), but it's not the main chance for people from the business to meet MPs - we'll be holding future events, it's a "when" not an "if". Anyone who has arranged to come to London, please contact me asap, as it will be _great_ to have you there. If you have arranged to come, and would be interested in speaking, just let me know. But if you haven't booked a ticket, hold off, as there will be other opportunities in the near future. I'm very sorry for any frustration or confusion this has caused.

We've produced three documents on the Bill - a short punchy hopefully persuasive three page briefing, a long (18 page) examination of the Bill in detail and a two page summary of that document. In addition, we've sent in evidence to the Scrutiny Committee and prepared evidence which the GMB have sent in. These will all be available online soon.

When we discovered with 36 hours notice (despite three previous enquiries) that the Committee would be considering the clauses relating to sex work yesterday, we prepared and sent out an alert to people to email the Committee as soon as possible.

Over the next week we'll be focusing on the GMB meeting, and trying to increase media coverage of this issue. Previously, we've produced as many articles, and responded to as many journalists, as possible. I'll be talking with other MPs about sponsoring future meetings open to all parties and trying to arrange sponsorship of a meeting at the TUC women's conference, where the CWU are presenting a motion in favour of decriminalisation.

I'll also be working with our webdesigner (who's been offline for a week due to equipment problems) to improve the site, and post new information, including bank details so those who have felt anxious they are being scammed will hopefully be reassured. Some people have, reasonably enough, asked what donations may be spent on - things like stationery, photocopying, leaflets etc (all of which are currently paid for out of our own pockets) and travel for people to speak at meetings. I'm happy to make the accounts open to anyone who wants to see them (but would need to check this with the person who'd actually be doing the work on this.) The reason the bank account is in Newcastle is that that's where it was going to be easiest to open it, rather than some plan to rip people off.

There are three or four speaking engagements over the next month, attempting to persuade people that having sex for money is not the problem per se but that human rights and decriminalisation will solve many problems associated with the sex industry. We're also planning on-foot and web-based outreach to people in the industry, and leafleting of events where sympathetic "civilians" might be found, informing them of proposed changes to the legislation. Other people in the organisation are organising an event for early March in London.

That's a brief summary of what we've been doing, and what we plan to do, so far.

Someone has asked what we stand for. My personal summary of this is that the IUSW campaigns for human, civil and labour rights, for inclusion and decriminalisation, for the full protection of the law - for everyone in the sex industry.

And of course, all of us still need to earn a living, as no-one in the organisation is paid for anything they do (in fact, on Tuesday I passed up £200 of work due to voluntary commitments I considered too important to cancel), and possibly also have a life.

I don't spend a lot of time on message boards, but will attempt to keep up with responses on this board, and other situations in which the IUSW and the current changes in the law are being discussed. If anyone wishes to contact me directly with questions or perhaps even offers of support, my email is catherine@iusw.org, and my phone number is 07868 492276. Depending on other commitments, it can take me a little while to get back to you, please bare with me. (Bear with me? It looks wrong either way, but in this line of work, I guess bare's more appropriate. B))

If anyone wants information on joining the GMB branch, see http://iusw.org/node/2

or contact Chris - branch.secretary@iusw.org, 07879 811 596.

Many thanks,

Cxx

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hi guitarist

your a long way from prestonpunters! i can understand your paranoia as pp seems a paranoid group terrified of media infiltration.

its because you're not aware politically you have suspicions,many on pp are more interested in having a go at each other than getting involved politically.

the iusw are up against a govt who have taxpayers money to play with, the iusw don't and do alot of work voluntarily

the iusw as well as ecp are fighting for the industry.what does prestonpunters do?

Well said!!

I've been very disappointed about the level of scepticism and criticism of IUSW on LBB (the Manchester Forum).

Given the track record of posters on PP (in Preston), I wouldn't have expected much. The only escort who posted on the thread obviously doesn't care what happens to her industry.

Your comment on PP about heteros not being as politically aware as gays was spot on but was lost in their political ignorance and eagerness to score cheap points.

A valid criticism of IUSW is that they, if they had the human resources, should have prepared the political ground in local Forums over the past few months.

But that's easy for me as a non-member to say after the event!

I continue to wish you all well, and will continue to try to post constructively on LBB.

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I don't want to be a kill joy, but I am naturally suspicious.

I wonder why there is no indication on the IUSW site that the sort code and A.C number belong to them?

I am NOT saying this is, but it would be a good scam, when we all want some anonimity, wouldn't it?

As well as being a member of LBB and PP, I am also a member of Northern Pleasures (a Newcastle Forum).

This is Douglas' "home" Forum, so I was perhaps more aware than most of the existence and activities of IUSW.

I think they could have handled their PR better, but you must realise how difficult it is for escorts and customers to be made aware of what may be the consequences of this legislation being enacted and then enforced.

Appeals for donations on any Forum are appeals to everyone involved in the industry. That includes the customers, but also the escorts, and everyone involved in the owning and running of agencies and parlours.

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hi stevee

its good to see that there are those who know the importance of being politically aware and active.there are many like minded people on here unlike some other forums

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IUSW have come in for a lot of criticism from many sides. They may not have handled their PR as well as they could but in the absence of any real lobbying of MPs, the press and the court of public opinion from elsewhere in the industry (which isn't exactly lacking in resources) they are to be applauded for at least trying.

B

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For those who wanted a link to the IUSW website giving details of the account, this can now be seen at

http://iusw.org/node/6

If anyone has any questions about this, or our campaigning work, feel free to email me at catherine@iusw.org

Thanks,

Cxx

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For those who wanted a link to the IUSW website giving details of the account, this can now be seen at

http://iusw.org/node/6

If anyone has any questions about this, or our campaigning work, feel free to email me at catherine@iusw.org

Thanks,

Cxx

it might be worth taking a look at the anti-brigades website, if for no other reason they have listed the contact details for all the members in the committe

http://www.fcap.btik.com/p_WhatYouCanDo.ikml

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There's also a sample letter and other info which gives you and idea of what they are saying to the MPs.

This however they are no doubt right about:

This is very important. Time is of the essence. There will not be many windows like this where the issue is open to reform.

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The IUSW are doing great work and I applaud Catherine, James, Solitaire and all the members who are making the best of a very difficult situation. Last night was very successful and "people" tried to stop the fundraiser going ahead at the Poetry Cafe

Solitaire last night:)...so non involved punters and escorts need to understand the resistance that the IUSW and any one that wants to retain any kind of Liberty are up against with this Government. They are totally intolerant of dissent, similar to Chinese history wherein free thought is promoted by the government, and then suppressed by it, as in the Hundred Flowers Campaign http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hundred_Flowers_Campaign. The leadership is desperate to stay in power and looking for victims to lash out at, don't be one. Why would politicians want to ban something that those in the pursuit of power enjoy more than anybody?

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A request from Douglas

The argument re the governments proposals are soon to start in the Lords. This we hope is where our main support is. We need to focus on making sure we have the Lords asking and debating the right questions.

At present we have ?3095 in the campaign fund. Some ?500 of that is ear marked for promotional material which leaves us around ?2500 to pay for the question time project and lobby the lords and commons. We are already getting quotes on producing the info packs we need.

I think we are going to need double the funds that we presently have at our disposal. Can I ask once more for those who have not or were unable to donate or set up SO mandates to consider if you can now do so.

With out money we cannot have a voice or at least a voice that will be heard. I know that I have said this repeatedly so sorry but if you can please give generously to the campaign fund.

Thank you

Douglas

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I can't see that this has been posted anywhere else:

Why Sex Workers Need The IUSW

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