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xmag.com : December 2003:A.C.E. News

The November ACE meeting included a discussion of the recent Oregon Supreme Court hearing of two cases affecting the adult industry. That hearing took place November 3rd at Linfield College. Several ACE representatives were
able to attend the hearing, including ACE President Claude DaCorsi.
 
Also present at the November ACE meeting were members of the Portland
Leather Alliance (PLA) and the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom
(NCSF), who join ACE in defending the rights of adults to free speech and
free expression, including responsible sexual expression. And also present
was an officer of the Portland Area Business Association, which describes
itself as "your GBLT Chamber of Commerce". (GBLT, or Gay Bi Lesbian and
Transgendered, is intended to include "Gays, Lesbians, and their friends
and associates in business," according to the PABA web site, www.paba.com.)
 
ACE is very happy to be on good terms with these groups. ACE is now
developing a formal Affiliates Program in order to establish formal
relations with these and other groups who share our interests and goals.
 
Special Meeting with new OLCC Director
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ACE President Claude DaCorsi was one of several ACE members who had
one-on-one meeting with the new OLCC Director, Teresa Kaiser, in recent
weeks. She has impressed everyone so far with her willingness to listen
and her apparent dedication to fair treatment for all licensees.
 
ACE looks forward to working in partnership with Ms. Kaiser to improve the
strained relations between the OLCC and the adult industry. We expect to
be part of the announced OLCC Public Forum scheduled for December 2003, and encourage all club owners to attend or send their representatives.
 
ACE members were invited to a special late-November private briefing on our
meetings with Ms. Kaiser.
 
Fundraising
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The discussion of the Oregon Supreme Court cases made it clear that the
adult industry is always going to be under attack and must always be
vigilant in protecting the rights of adults to free expression. ACE's
amicus brief to the Oregon Supreme Court may make the difference between
victory and defeat - between continuing business, or a ten-foot rule
requiring all entertainers to remain at least ten feet from all patrons at
all times. Such a rule would immediately shut down over half the adult
clubs in Oregon - those with less than ten feet to spare around their
stages - and would probably destroy the rest in short order.
 
That amicus brief wasn't cheap - we had some of the best attorneys in the
country help us, and ACE owes them over $24,000. We won't know the outcome
of these court cases for another six months. But we need to pay this bill
now so that we're ready to fight the next attack on our industry.
 
That means we want to resume our monthly ACE fundraisers. If you'd like to
host one of these events at your club, please contact us at or.ace@verizon.net.
 
We've also got our newly designed ACE "Bill of Rights" T-Shirts available -
a custom design with the US Constitution's Bill of Rights on the front in
black, with "Void Where Prohibited by Law" stamped over it in red, and the
ACE logo on the back, beautifully silk-screened onto a heavy white cotton
Hanes T-shirt. At $20 this makes a great gift, and shows that you support
the organization that supports you. Available in size XL only - supplies
are limited.
 
Worried about Joining?
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Some club owners and staff have expressed worries that the OLCC will crack
down harder on clubs that join ACE - that they will be singled out for
harsher treatment. Quite the contrary.
 
If the OLCC even gives the appearance of doing that, then they would appear
to be violating your rights of free speech, free association, and right of
equal protection under the law. That's a sure recipe for a public
relations disaster - this industry may be unpopular in some quarters, but
in America you're supposed to be allowed to be unpopular - you can't be
singled out for ill treatment, and the bureaucrat who tries it deserves the
same fate as Senator McCarthy.
 
Indeed, you should join ACE for exactly that reason - the OLCC cannot
afford to be seen abusing people for simply joining a trade association
like ACE. Joining may be your best guarantee of honest and fair treatment
in the future. And remember, ACE can't defend you if you don't join.
 
Report OLCC Abuse!
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Do you have a story of unfair OLCC ticketing, abusive treatment, or
selective enforcement? We want your stories! ACE is committed to
supporting the OLCC's proper mission, of protecting the public from the
problems of irresponsible alcohol servers and establishments, while
defending responsible servers and establishments from unreasonable treatment.
 
Next Meeting
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The Next ACE meeting is on Tuesday, December 9th. The following meeting
will be on January 13th. All business owners and workers in the adult
industry are welcome at these open meetings, whether you've joined ACE yet
or not.

 

ACE OREGON MEETING FOR DECEMBER

TUESDAY DECEMBER 9, 4PM @ DANTE'S * 1 SW 3RD AVE. * DOWNTOWN * 503-226-6630
( THE ACE OREGON MEETING IS ALWAYS THE 2ND TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH )
Come meet our attorneys and get your questions answered on legal situations BEFORE problems occur.
All members should send a representative to each meeting.
ACE OREGON COCKTAIL SOCIAL TO FOLLOW AT 5PM

 

 

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