Call To Action: Stand Up for Your Rights as a Performer with APAC on May 21st in San Diego

ANOn Thursday May 21, the APAC board will be heading to San Diego to attend a hearing on possible OSHA regulations on condoms, testing, STI safety and more.  At the hearing, we’ll be able to present our views and experiences to the policymakers.  APAC invites and encourages all members to attend this hearing.

For more information on the policies up for vote and why performer voices are urgently needed at this hearing, click here.

Why should I attend?

The policymakers present are very receptive to performer voices, but, like most people, they’re unacquainted with the realities of performer experiences and what actually happens on set. 

To make matters worse, most of the information they’ve received has comes from outsider individuals and institutions with their own agendas, misunderstandings, and prejudices.  Performer voices are vital in this process.

What will the APAC board be saying?

The APAC board has several talking points lined up.  Each talking point is in place to represent the realities, rather than speculations about, what happens on set and in performers’ lives.  These talking points will include key differences in safety between off-set and on-set/performed sex, labor concerns, as well as the importance of considering possible safety differences when shooting different types of adult content (straight, gay, queer, girl-girl, etc.).  The board will also present possible alternative regulations that would support performer choice in safety standards.  Finally, the board will emphasize that performers want to be able to turn to OSHA with valid complaints, rather than fearing OSHA will interrupt work or negatively affect our ability to do our jobs and make a living.

What should I say?

We recommend a very simple statement:

“My name is ________, I’ve been in the adult industry for ________ years, and I support the position that APAC has presented.”

What if I have my own statement?

We encourage performers to create their own statements.  From communication we’ve had with experts in these hearings, we recommend all performers bringing individualized statements observe the following guidelines for the most potentially influential content and effective use of time:

– Statements should be prepared (i.e. on paper or memorized), not improvised.

– Statements should present one or two concise points.

– Statements should last no more than 2-3 minutes.

– Statements should contain personal experience, rather than express a what-if scenario or speculations, unless they are particularly compelling theoretical concerns.

In addition, statements can be edited and reviewed by any member of the board for clarity.  If you need any help editing or constructing your statement, please email any member of the board or the APAC general email by the morning of Wednesday May 20.

What should I wear?

This is a public but professional hearing with serious implications for everyone involved.  It’s not a trial or an interview, so full business wear is not essential, but you will want to dress appropriately.  We recommend against t-shirts, shorts, sandals, etc. and in favor of less casual attire.

Where is it and at what time?

The public hearing starts at 10:00 a.m. on May 21, 2015 in Room 310 of the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, California.  You should get there before 10:00.

How long should I expect to be there?

The hearing will likely last most of the work day, but will definitely conclude by 5:00 p.m.

Can I get a ride with someone?

Rides with other performers will likely available.  Please see our rideshare topic on the message board.

If you have any other questions, please contact APAC.  Thank you for participating.  Together, we will make sure performer voices are heard and considered.

OSHA will vote on your rights and safety on May 21st.

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On May 21. the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board will vote on proposed regulations for the adult industry in California (“Section 5193.1″).  These regulations include proposed mandatory testing, mandatory condom use, and more.

APAC is currently meeting with the Standards Board to ensure performer voices and concerns are heard.  Since OSHA is set up to protect employees, by and large, OSHA is extremely responsive and welcoming to performer voices.

We encourage APAC members to become involved in the process surrounding and the vote on these regulations, which will affect us all.  Even those of us whose content is filmed outside of California should make their voices heard, because these regulations will set a precedent for other locations.

The entire proposal is here for review.

On Sunday, May 3, the APAC members meeting in Los Angeles will be focused on reviewing the proposal with a lawyer, breaking it down into plain language, and constructing strategies for how all performers can be involved in the process.  More details will be posted here as they come.

If you have any initial concerns or questions, please feel free to contact the APAC Board.