May 09, 2000 08:00am
Free Speech Coalition, the Adult Entertainment Industry's Trade Association, Sets up Chapters
Source: The Free Speech Coalition
by: Company Press Release
(SACRAMENTO, CA) -- The Free Speech Coalition (FSC), trade association of the $12 billion a year adult entertainment industry, announced here today that it will have FSC freedom-of-expression chapters in 25 of the United States' 52 state capitals by year end to combat local and national bias against free expression.
At a news conference during the fourth annual ``Celebrate Free Speech Days,'' Kat Sunlove, the coalition's legislative advocate, said that the FSC's four-year lobbying experience demonstrates that ``California legislators are ready, willing and able to consider our point of view. We have shown them we are a major economic, physical and emotional component of their constituencies. They want to know more about how we contribute to society and the economy,'' she said, adding:
``California legislators now take us seriously, since they are aware of not only our economic impact on this state but also that there is tremendous voter support for adult entertainment.''
Sunlove spoke at a news conference held in connection with ``Celebrate Free Speech Days,'' an annual Free Speech Coalition event in which free speech advocates of all stripes ``inform legislators about adult entertainment and attempt to debunk the far-right's prejudicial messages against the genre,'' Sunlove said.
Toward that end, the coalition has begun a state-by-state campaign to organize supporters into viable, effective lobbying organizations using California as its role model for the nation. ``Naturally,'' added Sunlove, ``we welcome the support of everyone who shares our point of view, and their numbers are legion, as evidenced by the billions of dollars consumers spend on our slice of the entertainment pie.''