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Signs of Hope – A continuing series April 16, 2021

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Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?

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1. Paul Culloty - April 16, 2021

It appears conversion therapy will be banned in the Republic, and a vote on the issue is due in Stormont next week:

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2. yourcousin - April 17, 2021

https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/ufo-uap-navy-pentagon-confirmed-111558647.html

UFOs are coming back into the zeitgeist! Despite the best efforts of the alien underlings. The truth is out there!!! 😉

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3. crocodileshoes - April 20, 2021

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to get a laugh out of the collapse of the ‘European Super League’.

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CL - April 21, 2021

“Fans celebrated a stunning victory over the billionaire owners of Europe’s top clubs as they fell like dominoes to herald the demise of the tournament following one of the most extraordinary 48 hours in the history of football.”
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2021/04/20/european-super-league-news-premier-teams-meeting-live-latest/?li_source=L

” Man City and Chelsea sparked the collapse of the cursed European Super League in a glorious victory for people power….

The evening began with hundreds of protesting Chelsea fans blocked roads around Stamford Bridge which led to the delay of last night’s 0-0 draw with Brighton.”
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/14685872/man-utd-transfer-news-live-ed-woodward-european-super-league-ferguson-beckham/

Sportsmail has learned that all the clubs could face financial penalties for pulling out as the ESL contract signed last week contained clauses committing them for at least three years. Yet all concluded that taking an economic hit was a price worth paying for limiting the reputational damage.
The speed of events represents a humiliation for the league’s chairman Florentino Perez, and the American owners of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, who were key to the project. ”
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/sportsnews/article-9492525/Chelsea-drawing-plans-LEAVE-European-Super-League.html

“JPMorgan draws public ire for financing a breakaway European soccer league….
The bank’s role has made it a target for a storm of criticism….
A theme of the ire from fans in Britain, in particular, was that the move represented another step in the foreign takeover of the game, especially by American interests.” NYT.

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4. CL - April 22, 2021

” The Manhattan district attorney’s office announced Wednesday that it would no longer prosecute prostitution and unlicensed massage, putting the weight of one of the most high-profile law enforcement offices in the United States behind the growing movement to change the criminal justice system’s approach to sex work….
“Over the last decade we’ve learned from those with lived experience, and from our own experience on the ground: Criminally prosecuting prostitution does not make us safer, and too often, achieves the opposite result by further marginalizing vulnerable New Yorkers,” Mr. Vance said in a statement…..
That means, in effect, that the office will continue to prosecute pimps and sex traffickers, as well as people who pay for sex, continuing to fight those who exploit or otherwise profit from prostitution without punishing the people who for decades have borne the brunt of law enforcement’s attention.”

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EWI - April 22, 2021

That means, in effect, that the office will continue to prosecute pimps and sex traffickers, as well as people who pay for sex, continuing to fight those who exploit or otherwise profit from prostitution without punishing the people who for decades have borne the brunt of law enforcement’s attention.”

I see what’s been happening in the Irish situation (via civil liberties people on social media), and if this is going to follow the Irish model, then it’s not an improvement for the sex workers.

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CL - April 22, 2021

Its a step in the right direction, and definitely an improvement.

” Abigail Swenstein, a staff attorney with the New York City-based Legal Aid Society’s Exploitation Intervention Project, said in a statement Wednesday that her organization welcomes Vance’s decision. But she urged the New York state Legislature to act to fully decriminalize sex work.

“We thank the DA’s office,” Swenstein wrote. “However, this policy should not supplant the need to pass legislation that would fully decriminalize sex work and provide for criminal record relief for people convicted of prostitution offense.”
https://www.vice.com/en/article/akgz9e/manhattan-is-moving-to-decriminalize-sex-work-kind-of

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