SPOC intervenor hopefuls DENIED!!!!

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susan davis
SPOC intervenor hopefuls DENIED!!!!

  We have some bad news to report. Maggie's, Stella, l’amie de Maimie & POWER ::: Prostitutes of Ottawa / Gatineau Work Educate & Resist had jointly applied to the supreme court to be an intervenor in Bedford case which will be heard this June 13 in Ottawa. Being an intervenor means being allowed to give evidence/make arguments to the court.

Unfortunately we heard yesterday that the court rejected our motion along with those of an international group of sex worker led organizations (from NZealand, Sweden and Australia) and a coalition of feminist orgs that support decrim. In fact, every single organization they rejected as intervenors were pro-decriminalization.

Accepted as intervenors are the far-right group REAL Women of Canada and Vancouver Rape Relief (who were last in court when they successfully argued for the right to ban trans women from being a part of their organization).
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It's terrible news and a reminder of what we are up against: that sex work is not considered work but a "social problem".

Today is May 1: international workers day. Today more than ever, Maggie's will be proudly marching. In order to build our power, we must continue to stand in our truth: that SEX WORK IS REAL WORK.

Regions: 
Bärlüer

Just to add to the above and clarify/correct:

- Intervenors at the Supreme Court cannot present any evidence; they are usually granted only a very brief moment to make some representations. (As a matter of fact, the other parties [appellant/respondent] cannot present any new evidence either, except in absolutely extraordinary circumstances [perhaps].)

- Here is the complete list of organizations that were granted leave to intervene:

Quote:
Pivot Legal Society, Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence and PACE Society, the Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario , the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, Native Women's Association of Canada, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes, Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle, Regroupement québécois des centres d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel and Vancouver Rape Relief Society, the Christian Legal Fellowship, Catholic Civil Rights Leagues and REAL Women of Canada, the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, the Institut Simone de Beauvoir, the AWCEP Asian Women for Equality Society, operating as Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution and the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto Inc.

- Here is the complete list of organizations that were NOT granted leave to intervene:

Quote:
Prostitutes of Ottawa-Gatineau, Work, Educate and Resist, Maggie's, Toronto Sex Workers' Action Project and Stella, l'amie de Maimie, the Feminist Coalition, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Scarlet Alliance-Australian Sex Workers Association, New Zeland Prostitutes Collective Trust and Rosea-Riksorganisationen För Sex & Erotikarbetare

While there regrettablty does seem to be an imbalance in the number of pro- and anti-decriminalization organizations that were granted leave to intervene (an imbalance clearly favoring anti-decrim groups), I'm relieved to see that at least SOME organizations with a pro-decrim position will interevene (Pivot Legal Society, Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence, PACE Society, I would guess the the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, perhaps others...?)

Here is the Supreme Court file reference.

Slumberjack

Bärlüer wrote:
 Here is the complete list of organizations that were granted leave to intervene:

Quote:
Pivot Legal Society, Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence and PACE Society, the Secretariat of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS and HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario , the Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres, Native Women's Association of Canada, Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes, Concertation des luttes contre l'exploitation sexuelle, Regroupement québécois des centres d'aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel and Vancouver Rape Relief Society, the Christian Legal Fellowship, Catholic Civil Rights Leagues and REAL Women of Canada, the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights, the Institut Simone de Beauvoir, the AWCEP Asian Women for Equality Society, operating as Asian Women Coalition Ending Prostitution and the Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto Inc.

It seems reasonable to expect that key decisions rendered on behalf of this society will require, as a prerequisite, that the proceedings be drained all human element.  Once everything has been set in order, only then can the dry logic of the society be pronounced.

Bärlüer

I'm not sure if you're being ironic / what exactly you mean with this comment...