ON ANNIVERSARY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS: PRO-SEX RALLIES ROCK L.A. & S.F.!
"Energized reformers must use stronger weapons against the crusading tyranny and medieval oppression of our advancing late-20th century inquisitors. Avowed activists will recognize the significance of Sexual Freedom as a 'smart bomb' in our arsenal of political and cultural weapons." --Brenda Loew Tatelbaum, Publisher, EIDOS--
Marches and rallies celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Bill of Rights -- and calling for the abolition of the "renegade" Obscenity Unit within the Justice Dept., took place on December 13th in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
More than 500 freedom marchers descended on the Federal Building in L.A., wearing "BAN CENSORSHIP" T-shirts, waving American flags and holding placards denouncing censorship. "We are here to celebrate freedom, to thank our founding fathers for giving us the Bill of Rights," said Gloria Leonard, spokesperson for the march. "For 200 years it's been working. Let's pray it works for another 200 years."
"We are here because censorship is alive and well at the federal government," said Sheri Freeman, another spokesperson for the march. "The government is censoring art, music, movies and videos. What's next?"
The L.A. "March for Freedom was sponsored by the Adult Video Association and The Free Speech Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization founded a year ago to stem the tide of government censorship.
Meanwhile, in San Francisco, Californians Against Censorship Together (CAL-ACT) organized a "Freedom Walk" beginning with a rally at City Hall where Bobby Lilly of CAL-ACT spoke about the Bill of Rights, the recent success of Prop 0 (pro-freedom-of-expression proposition in S.F.) and read all 10 articles of the Bill of Rights. Speakers were joined by the colorful Wise Fool Intervention Puppeters, a band of activists who specialize in street theater. Adult actress Shanna McCullough spoke about the federal government's attacks on the adult video industry and thanked those assembled for their support. At 2 p.m. the Freedom Walk began along the sidewalk chanting "Hey, Hey, Hey, what do you say, the Bill of Rights is here to stay" and "Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, Censorship has got to go" and handing out hundreds of CAL-ACT brochures along the walk, which was joined at the corner of O'Farrell and Polk by adult actresses Selena Steele and Cheri Taylor and several of their fans. By the end of it's route at 3 p.m. the walk had grown to an enthusiastic 45 marchers, many of whom later attended the S.F. ACLU's Bill of Rights Day Program.
The S.F. Freedom Walk received extensive TV and newspaper coverage as did the L.A. march.
A Statement of Solidarity from Rock Out Censorship was read at both the L.A. and S.F. rallies and appears on the following page.
GRASS ROOTS PRO SEX!
One grass-roots group which has been working against sexual censorship while simultaneously promoting healthy sex is the Northwest Feminist Anti-Censorship Task Force (589 Jones Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117.) Also, recently founded to rid Arizona of archaic, sexual discrimination laws is the Arizona Sexual Rights Foundation. P.O. Box 24435, Tempe, AZ 85285-4435. Write or call them at (602) 839-4771 for their newsletter and more info.
A poster, brainchild of Fans Of X-rated Entertainment (FOXE) president William Margold and photographer Brad Willis, and featuring adult actresses Viper, Porsche Lynn, Ashley Nicole, Selena Steele, Alicyn Sterling and Taylor Wayne is available from the Adult Video Association (270 North Canon Dr., Suite #1370, Beverly Hills, CA 90210) for $13 (p. & h. included). Funds from sale of the poster will be directed into the AVA's war chest for 1st Amendment legal defenses.