Networks, Coalitions, and Action Groups
FSC is a member of various workgroups, networks, coalitions, and action groups. We believe in the importance of representing the adult industry in broader and often mainstream environments to alleviating misconceptions and foster better working relationships to improve services to and acceptance of the communities to which our workers and therefor our industry belong.
The National Coalition Against Censorship’s mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and oppose censorship in all its forms. The Coalition formed in response to the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Miller v. California, which narrowed First Amendment protections for sexual expression and opened the door to obscenity prosecutions.
Over 40 years, as an alliance of more than 50 national non-profits, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, we have engaged in direct advocacy and education to support First Amendment principles. NCAC is unique in that we are national in scope, but often local in our approach. We work with community members to resolve censorship controversies without the need for litigation.
The Free Expression Network (FEN) is an alliance of organizations dedicated to protecting the First Amendment right of free expression and the values it represents, and to opposing governmental efforts to suppress constitutionally-protected speech. FEN members provide a wide range of expertise, resources and services to policymakers, the media, scholars, and the public at large.
Members meet on a quarterly basis to discuss and debate complex First Amendment issues, to share information and strategies, to coordinate activities, and to organize collective action. FEN also maintains a listserv to facilitate private communications among members between meetings.
Californians for HIV Criminalization Reform (CHCR) is a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to ending the criminalization of HIV in California. Our mission is to mobilize a broad coalition, including individuals and communities who are disproportionately impacted by HIV, to replace fear-based, stigmatizing laws that criminalize HIV-status with evidence-based, nondiscriminatory laws that protect public health. CHCR is led by a steering committee including:
- ACLU of California
- APLA Health
- Black AIDS Institute
- Erotic Service Provider Legal Educational and Research Project
- Equality California
- Health Officers Association
- Lambda Legal
- Los Angeles HIV Law and Policy Project
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
- Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Positive Women’s Network
- Sex Workers Outreach Project
- Transgender Law Center
The Valley Industry and Commerce Association (VICA) is widely considered one of the most influential business advocacy organizations in Southern California. With its knowledge of the legislative process and economic issues, VICA’s access to public officials ensures that the San Fernando Valley’s business perspective will be heard in the interest of improving our business climate and quality of life. With input and guidance from its members, VICA maintains a regular presence at all levels of government to effectively represent Valley businesses.