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Old Pro News: Hear what’s new in the hottest movement! Turn us on and stay tuned in.

Hosted by longtime human rights activist and former sex worker Lakeesha Harris, Old Pro News is a biweekly podcast that focuses on current events affecting the sex worker rights movement and community.

We’re here to help you understand what’s really going on with pornography, strip clubs, prostitution, BDSM, human trafficking, whorephobia, and more. We’ll talk with current and former sex workers, journalists, and activists who are pushing our nation towards decriminalizing sex work.

Jump into the exciting news happening every day in the movement so that you can work with us towards positive change!

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Old Pro News: Hear what’s new in the hottest movement! Turn us on and stay tuned in.

Hosted by longtime human rights activist and former sex worker Lakeesha Harris, Old Pro News is a biweekly podcast that focuses on current events affecting the sex worker rights movement and community.

We’re here to help you understand what’s really going on with pornography, strip clubs, prostitution, BDSM, human trafficking, whorephobia, and more. We’ll talk with current and former sex workers, journalists, and activists who are pushing our nation towards decriminalizing sex work.

Jump into the exciting news happening every day in the movement so that you can work with us towards positive change!

    Taxation Without Representation - with Tamika Spellman

    Taxation Without Representation - with Tamika Spellman

    This week, on Old Pro News, we’ll tell you about two new online reporting programs, only one of which we believe will actually keep sex workers safe. Then, we’ll be chatting with Tamika Spellman, the Advocacy Manager of the harm reduction organization HIPS DC, about the  #DECRIMNOW campaign and why we need to center — and pay! — black trans women in the movement. And we’ll fill you in on recent sex work related legislation in Lousiana and Ohio, and why this makes Lakeesha feel like the government just doesn’t want us to survive!   For more resources on this episode, visit our website:
    https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-007



    GUEST BIO AND LINKS
     
    Tamika Spellman, Advocacy Manager of HIPS (Honoring Individual Power and Strength) DC, is originally from Buffalo New York but has lived in Washington D.C. on and off since 1988. Tamika has worked with HIPS since June 2017. She has served as a peer educator then worked as a part of the needle exchange program.  She has volunteered her time with mobile services giving new works and safer sex supplies to people throughout the District. Tamika knows first hand what the war on drugs has done to the community. She is dedicated to helping others and working to create positive policies and laws to help those involved in sex work and drug use. She has testified on behalf of HIPS at the D.C.  Council, spoken on several harm reduction panels, and is very active in both SWAC and the DC LEAD Coalition. 
     
    https://www.hips.org/tamika-spellman.html
     
    Sex Workers' Advocates Coalition #DecrimNow Panel featuring Tamika L Spellman, Pontiannà Ivàn Pendavis, Jessica Raven, Louraca Jackson, Nona Moselle, and Jordan DeLoach
    “What media should be telling you about the fight to decriminalize sex work”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtLIohf-4Ho



    HEADLINE 1 | ‘Report John’ platform in Vallejo California
    “Vallejo Police Department introduces ‘Report John’ platform to target sex buyers”
    https://www.timesheraldonline.com/2022/04/28/vallejo-police-department-introduces-report-john-platform-to-target-sex-buyers/
     
    HEADLINE 2 | Ugly Mugs Netherlands
    “Sex workers warn each other of aggressive clients on new platform”
    https://reason.com/2022/04/05/rhode-island-senators-consider-two-paths-to-decriminalizing-prostitution/
    https://nltimes.nl/2022/04/20/sex-workers-warn-aggressive-clients-new-platform
    https://nationaluglymugs.org/
    https://www.uglymugs.nl/nl
    https://www.soaaids.nl/en
    https://www.wijzijnproud.nl/



    HEADLINE 3 | New Westminster develops a work plan related to the safety of sex workers
    “New West aims to keep sex workers safe”
    https://www.newwestrecord.ca/local-news/new-west-aims-to-keep-sex-workers-safe-5288346
     
    HEADLINE 4 | Chippendales are lobbying up
    “The iconic male stripper group has hired a lobby shop for the first time. It wants pandemic relief”
    https://www.politico.com/news/2022/04/22/chippendales-lobbying-covid-relief-00027202



    HEADLINE 5 | Update on Noho Strippers Strike
    https://www.change.org/p/star-garden-petition-for-jobs-and-safety
    https://www.instagram.com/stripperstrikenoho/
    https://donorbox.org/stripper-action-fund




    MUTUAL AID NAME AND LINK
     
    COYOTE
    https://coyoteri.org/wp/

    • 44 min
    We Plead The 14th Amendment

    We Plead The 14th Amendment

    This week, on Old Pro News, we’re talking decrim strategies in Rhode Island and dominatrix discrimination from DoorDash. Our guest is Geo, an activist from Sex Workers Against Criminalization New Orleans, who shares her story of being an undocumented sex worker in the United States. Then I explain what the 14th amendment has to do with the personhood of sex workers.  
    For more resources on this episode, visit our website:
    https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-006/



    GUEST BIO AND LINKS
     
    Our guest this week is Geo, an organizer with SWers Against Criminalization New Orleans, who has chosen to remain anonymous because of her vulnerable immigration status. 
     
    https://www.instagram.com/swacnola
     
    HEADLINE 1 | FOSTA-SESTA upheld after 1st Amendment Challenge
    “DC Court Upholds FOSTA-SESTA, Rejects Free-Speech Challenge”
    https://www.xbiz.com/news/265618/dc-court-upholds-fosta-sesta-rejects-free-speech-challenge
    https://news.bloomberglaw.com/litigation/federal-online-sex-trafficking-law-survives-first-amendment-look
     
    HEADLINE 2 | Two Rhode Island Decriminalization Bills
    “Rhode Island Senators Consider Two Paths To Decriminalizing Prostitution”
    https://reason.com/2022/04/05/rhode-island-senators-consider-two-paths-to-decriminalizing-prostitution/



    HEADLINE 3 | DoorDash Discrimination
    “Dominatrix claims DoorDash banned her over sex work”
    https://nypost.com/2022/04/06/dominatrix-claims-doordash-banned-her-over-sex-work-its-dehumanizing/
     
    HEADLINE 4 | Update on Noho Strippers Strike
    “These Strippers Are Protesting For Safer Work Conditions In Hollywood. Instagram “Mistakenly Removed” Their Account.”
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/otilliasteadman/instagram-stripper-removal-protest




    MUTUAL AID NAME AND LINK
     
    New Orleans Mutual Aid Society 
    https://www.facebook.com/neworleansmutualaid/

    • 42 min
    We Are All Worthy - with Alexandra Hunt

    We Are All Worthy - with Alexandra Hunt

    This week, on Old Pro News, we’re talking about decrim in Belgium, a stripper strike in North Hollywood, and financial discrimination in the sex industry. Our guest is Alexandra Hunt, a congressional candidate from Philadelphia who has made her background as a stripper a part of her campaign while refusing to be reduced to that one aspect of who she is and what she stands for. And then Keesha connects Alexandra Hunt’s fight for dignity to the worthiness of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.  
    For more resources on this episode, visit our website:
    https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-005/



    GUEST BIO AND LINKS
     
    https://www.alexandramhunt.com/
     
    Alexandra Hunt is a public health researcher, a girls’ soccer coach, an advocate for social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, and an organizer fighting for the 3rd district of Pennsylvania. She is a daughter of two teachers and a sister to a twin brother. Alexandra’s twin brother grew up with a learning disability. Seeing the systemic obstacles her brother faced inspired Alexandra to become an advocate and challenge barriers on the basis of race, gender, class, and ability. 



    HEADLINE 1 | Belgium Decriminalizes Prostitution
    “Belgium is the first country in Europe to decriminalize selling and paying for sex.”
    https://reason.com/2022/03/23/belgium-decriminalizes-prostitution/
    https://www.nswp.org/featured/utsopi



    HEADLINE 2 | NoHo Strippers Strike
    “North Hollywood exotic dancers walk off job to protest unsafe work environment”
    https://www.foxla.com/news/north-hollywood-exotic-dancers-walk-off-job-to-protest-unsafe-work-environment
    https://www.instagram.com/stripperstrikenoho/
    https://www.strippersunited.org/
     
    HEADLINE 3 | Lube and Condom Company Denied Insurance
    “Lube and Condom Company Denied Insurance Because It Sells Lube and Condoms”
    https://www.vice.com/en/article/4aw8dm/lube-and-condom-company-denied-insurance-hartford-company-paradise
     
    HEADLINE 4 | OnlyFans Porn Ban Watch
    “OnlyFans could ban porn again in its push for an IPO”
    https://www.inputmag.com/culture/onlyfans-ban-porn-public-ipo-spac



    MUTUAL AID NAME AND LINK
     
    Black Sex Worker Collective
    https://www.blacksexworkercollective.org/

    • 39 min
    A Song of Freedom - with Yeonhoo Cho and Esther Kao

    A Song of Freedom - with Yeonhoo Cho and Esther Kao

    This week, on Old Pro News, we’re talking about transgender housing justice, Safe Reporting in Colorado, and the dictionary. Our guests are Yeonhoo Cho and Esther Kao from Red Canary Song, who are here to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Atlanta spa shootings with a conversation about Asian migrant massage workers rights. 
     
    For more resources on this episode, visit our website:
    https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-004/



    GUEST BIO AND LINKS
     
    Yeonhoo Cho and Esther Kao, organizers with Red Canary Song, a grassroots coalition organizing with migrant & Asian massage workers in NYC
     
    https://www.redcanarysong.net/
     
    Un-Licensed: Asian Migrant Massage Licensure and the Racialized Policing of Poverty, a A Report by: Red Canary Song, Massage Parlor Outreach Project, Butterfly, in collaboration with Bowen Public Affairs & Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice Human Trafficking Research Cluster
    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e4835857fcd934d19bd9673/t/6218d9316e93a74b051c9f00/1645795656006/2022_Un-Licensed.pdf
     
    HEADLINE 1 | Dictionary dot com
    “Term “Sex Worker” added to Dictionary dot com”
    https://www.dictionary.com/browse/sex--worker
     
    HEADLINE 3 | Colorado Safe Reporting Bill
    “Safe Reporting Assaults Suffered By Sex Workers Bill introduced in Denver”
    https://www.denverpost.com/2022/03/17/sex-workers-safe-reporting-colorado-legislature/
    http://leg.colorado.gov/bills/HB22-1288
    http://www.rlri.org/
    https://www.cpr.org/2022/03/21/colorado-sex-workers-reporting-crimes-protection-legislation/



    HEADLINE 4 | Protect Trans Youth
    “Legislation Affecting LGBTQ Rights Across The US”
    https://www.aclu.org/issues/lgbtq-rights/transgender-rights
    https://www.aclu.org/legislation-affecting-lgbtq-rights-across-country
     
    HEADLINE 2 | St James Infirmary trans shelter
    “SWer health org St James Infirmary opens San Francisco’s first shelter dedicated to trans and gender non-conforming communities”
    https://www.sfpublicpress.org/sf-launches-first-navigation-center-to-serve-homeless-transgender-people/
    https://twitter.com/comebystjames/status/1502034177142657024
    https://www.stjamesinfirmary.org/



    OTHER RELEVANT LINKS TO TOPICS IN EPISODE
     
    Featured in this episode: In response to the charges being pursued by the District Attorney’s offices of Fulton and Cherokee County in Georgia for the murders of Xiaojie Tan, Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez, Daoyou Feng, Paul Andre Michels, Soon Chung Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Yong Ae Yue, and Sun Cha Kimon March 16, 2021 Red Canary Song and Survived & Punished released the following statement:
     
    https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5e4835857fcd934d19bd9673/t/61981921d8b4367907c4ba1a/1637357859533/Response+to+Charges+ENG.pdf
     
    8 Lives Vigil March 16 2022:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKv2rjUWrl0
     
    MUTUAL AID NAME AND LINK
     
    Butterfly Asian and Migrant Sex Workers Support Network
    https://www.butterflysw.org/

    • 48 min
    Unapologetically Generational - with Desi

    Unapologetically Generational - with Desi

    This week, on Old Pro News, we’ll update you on exciting new pieces legislation regarding sex worker safety at the state and federal levels, as well as some troubling developments from Russian Only Fans creators. Our very special guest this week is host Lakeesha Harris’ daughter, Desiree. They share a personal conversation on generational sex work. 
     
    For more resources on this episode, visit our website:
    https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-003/
     
    GUEST BIO AND LINK
     
    HEADLINE 1 | John Oliver’s Sex Work Segment
    “Sex Work: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gd8yUptg0Q



    HEADLINE 2 | 8 Lives Vigil for Atlanta spa shootings and Massage License Decriminalization Act (A8281) introduced in New York
    “Advocates Call for State Legislature to Pass González-Rojas’ Bill to Decriminalize Unlicensed Massage Parlors”
    https://astoriapost.com/advocates-call-for-state-legislature-to-pass-gonzalez-rojas-bill-to-decriminalize-unlicensed-massage-parlors
    https://events.humanitix.com/8lives-vigil
    https://www.redcanarysong.net/



    HEADLINE 3 | Russian OnlyFans Creators Banned
    “Russia’s Blameless OnlyFans Stars Say They’ve Been Banned After Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine”
    https://www.thedailybeast.com/russias-blameless-onlyfans-stars-say-theyve-been-banned-after-putins-invasion-of-ukraine
     
    HEADLINE 4 | Sex Worker Safety Legislation developments in Vermont, Oregon, and US Congress
    “Burlington Voter Referendum” 
    https://safesexworkvt.org/burlington-voter-referendum/
    https://www.ishtarcollective.org
     
    “Sex Worker Rights Campaign Refiles Petition for Decriminalization” 
    https://www.wweek.com/news/2022/02/21/sex-worker-rights-campaign-refiles-petition-for-decriminalization/
    “The SAFE SEX Workers Study Act”
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WqZn5qsrA3TnmJPbGrrcGnN9UiCayw7w/view
     
    GUEST:
     
    Please refer to our guest in print only as “Desi” to protect her privacy.
    You can link to her IG in show notes and social media:
    https://www.instagram.com/goddessvibesent_/
     
    Mutual Aid Shout-Out
     
    Whose Corner Is It Anyway?
     
    gofundme.com/f/whose-corner-is-it-anyway

    • 37 min
    EARN IT v. Sex Worker Safety - with Daly Barnett

    EARN IT v. Sex Worker Safety - with Daly Barnett

    This week, on Old Pro News, we’ll update you on a former stripper who is running for Congress, and an exciting new exhibit at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London. Then, host Lakeesha Harris will explain why the EARN IT Act is the new FOSTA SESTA. Our guest today is Daly Barnett from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. She’s here to break down the return of EARN IT, and how it could allow the government to violate your privacy.
     
    For more resources on this episode, visit our website:
    https://oldprosonline.org/oldpronews-002/
     
    Daly Barnett is a staff technologist at the EFF. She is also an artist, activist, and community organizer. She was the founder of t4tech, a trans forward tech collective based in NYC. She is also a part of Hacking Hustling, a sex workers advocacy organization, where her title is Witch.
    https://www.eff.org/about/staff/daly-barnett
     
    ALEXANDRA HUNT | “I’m A Former Stripper Running For Congress. I Refuse To Be Ashamed.”
    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/alexandra-hunt-stripper-congress-soccer-coaching_n_620fa613e4b08ed7cf6ee45c
     
    VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA | “After Decriminalisation, Local Councils Are The Next Battle For Sex Workers”
    https://www.starobserver.com.au/opinion/after-decriminalisation-local-councils-are-the-next-battle-for-sex-workers/209948
     
    BACKPAGE TRIAL | “Judge declares mistrial at trial of Backpage.com founders”
    ​​https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/judge-declares-mistrial-trial-backpage-founders-80013257
     
    DECRIMINALISED FUTURES
    https://www.ica.art/exhibitions/decriminalised-futures
     
    SUPER BOWL | “214 Sex Workers Arrested in Super Bowl 'Human Trafficking' Mission”
    https://reason.com/2022/02/16/214-sex-workers-arrested-in-super-bowl-human-trafficking-mission/
     
    EARN IT | “Anti-exploitation bill advances in Senate despite free speech concerns”
    https://www.theverge.com/2022/2/10/22927346/earn-it-act-markup-senate-judiciary-section-230-csam-non-consensual-porn
     
    FOSTA-SESTA
    https://hackinghustling.org/what-is-sesta-fosta/
     
    THIRD WAVE FUND 
    https://www.thirdwavefund.org

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Max—new listener ,

We need this podcast now more than ever

Old Pro Productions in general and Old Pro News in particular are such vital resources that everyone should support. We have seen time and again the violence that comes from stigmatizing and dehumanizing sex workers, denying their voices and agency, shattering the natural bonds of solidarity between sex workers and other workers, and misrepresenting the realities of the sex trade. Now more than ever, we need to hear from sex workers themselves and to hear thoughtful, humane, and engaging discussion about sex work and all the different realms of life, politics, economics, etc. it touches. Old Pro News is a staple of my podcast diet and it should be for others! - Max Alvarez, Editor in Chief of The Real News Network

BrianM47 ,

Thoughtful, informative and engaging!

This is such a wonderful companion podcast to the initial Old Pro podcast, broadcasting important current updates along with honest, insightful interviews, spreading better clarity and understanding of this topic!

CarolLeigh ,

I Love Old Pro News and Lakeesha Harris!

What a great sex worker podcast, Old Pro News! Of course I am a long time fan of the great activist and former sex worker Lakeesha Harris. Lakeesha works on sex worker justice, racial justice, reproductive rights, policies that address the rights of Black women.

Old Pro News is a great source because it’s always updated with the latest news, bad laws, courageous campaigns and much more. Lakeesha is a great guide us all, as she has been writing and talking about these issues for many years.

The show is especially good because they try to explain the situation so the listeners can always understand. This show is inspiring for sex workers, supporters and people who want to learn more about the issues. Of course it’s funny, raunchy, philosophical, angry and sexy too!

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