Following two years of advocacy and organizing Minneapolis erotic dancers claimed a victory. Last Friday, the Minneapolis City Council unanimously passed an ordinance that will improve working conditions for adult entertainers.
We have done extensive reporting on the ordinance process, including commentary from erotic dancers themselves. You can see all the articles by clicking here.
Furthermore, we also recorded a podcast after the first hearing with commentary and observations from erotic dancers.
After the ordinance passed U of M Ph.D. candidate and organizer for Minneapolis’ chapter of Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) commented that,
Council Member Andrea Jenkins saw the need to expand the work encouraging the assembled sex worker advocates to expand their outreach to those, “that don’t work in nightclubs.”
SWOP organizer Ramona Falls was ecstatic after the ordinance passed.
Councilmember Cam Gordon initiated the multiyear process at the City Council level.
Gordon mentioned that the ordinance represents a model process for examining a difficult and challenging issue. The two-year process, “really helped us develop a much better ordinance,” Gordon said.
Councilmember Linea Palmisano echoed Gordon’s sentiments, “I am really proud that this has been an empowering experience for workers.”
It was also notable that there was no visible opposition in the room. In response SWOP organizer Andi Snow stated,