San Francisco: COYOTE, 1976. 11 x 17 1⁄2 in. Offset printed on newsprint by Waller Press. Very good; edgewear and rubbing throughout, creased from folding. Item #5798
The intermittent journal of COYOTE (Call Off Your Tired Old Ethics): The Loose Women’s Organization, the first sex workers’ rights organization in the United States. The group was founded in 1973 by Margo St. James, a former sex worker who was arrested in the 1960s, attended law school, and overturned her own conviction. COYOTE advocated for the decriminalization of prostitution, provided legal, medical, and employment services for prostitutes, as well as published literature and held talks to educate the public on the realities of sex work. In October 1974, COYOTE hosted its first annual Hookers’ Ball, a well-publicised event that drew famous guests and raised money for COYOTE’s bail fund, which was intended to alleviate sex workers’ dependence on pimps. This issue of Coyote Howls advertises the 1976 Hooker’s Ball.