Tomorrow is #Dec17

Tomorrow is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We come together with sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world to recognize that the stigma surrounding sex work contributes to violence committed against us. We cannot achieve the justice we deserve, such as safe working conditions and fair treatment by police, without your donations!

This day of recognition was originally founded in 2003 by the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) and Annie Sprinkle. “Every year when I create or attend a gathering on December 17, it is a deeply moving experience. I take some moments to feel grateful that I worked as a prostitute for so many years and came out alive. I remember those who didn’t survive and I fear for those who won’t unless real changes are made — namely safer working conditions and the same police protection other citizens get without recrimination,” Sprinkle said in a 2008 Op-Ed. Over the past 11 years it has grown into a day of vigils, actions, and events in cities around the world. We seek call attention to the all-too-frequent violence committed against sex workers. These events address a plethora of issues relating to the discrimination and stigma surrounding sex work, all of which allows violence committed against sex workers to remain unchecked by our collective communities and justice system.

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On a daily basis, sex workers in the United States and across the globe face severe repression, stigmatization, marginalization, violence, and human rights abuses. They are often left vulnerable to exploitation and abuse by the police. This impacts extend beyond their daily safety and also contributes to a reluctance to seek medical care and other social services, for fear of stigma, mistreatment, risk of arrest, or refusal of services.

This year we ask you to join us in our efforts to fight for sex workers’ rights, protection against violence, and the elimination of stigma. Make a contribution today so we can continue to honor this day and remember the strength of those we have known, loved, and worked alongside of. Help us raise funds so we can raise the voices of sex workers around the globe!

Sex Workers’ Rights are Human Rights!

Free Eye Glasses & Eye Exams

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International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers

projectsafephilly:

Please find this Dec 17 in Maryland – and spread the word!

Originally posted on SWOP MD:

http://www.december17.org/

Free massages, pedis, ambience, music, conversation. short films, art, moment of Silence for people lost due to violence. Sex Workers & Sex Workers Allies are invited.

RSVP for directions

In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Sex Workers Outreach Project invites sex workers,
allies and advocates from around the world to join us in recognizing December 17, the International Day
to End Violence against Sex Workers.
Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil
for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence
Against Sex Workers has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize
against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
As we approach this day, we seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this
year, and renew our commitment in the…

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December 17th, 2014 Event —“Remembering Sex Workers”

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Contact: Aisha Mohammed

swopphilly@gmail.com

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December 17th, 2014—“Remembering Sex Workers”

 

Sex Workers Outreach Project- Philadelphia (SWOP-Philly) hosts memorial and film screening on the 12th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

On Wednesday, December 17, SWOP-Philly will be hosting a memorial and film screening to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.  An interactive commemoration wall, speakers and a screening of A Kiss for Gabriela will address the impact of violence and criminalization on sex workers around the globe.  The event will run from 6:30 to 9:30 at the William Way Center, 1315 Spruce Street.

SWOP-USA started the Day to End Violence in 2003 to honor and remember the victims of Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, who murdered at least 48 individuals in the sex trades. Since 2003, organizations and individuals around the world stage actions and hold vigils annually to call for an end to violence against sex workers. The events also work to bring communities together to recognize and address the multiple forms of violence that sex workers face.

The violence committed against sex workers occurs in a broader context of transphobia, racism, stigma and criminalization of drug use, xenophobia and police brutality and indifference.  For the majority of victims, violence against sex worker also means violence against transwomen, individuals of color, drug users and immigrants.

The SWOP Philly event is free and open to the public and we invite sex workers, allies, family and friends to join us in remembering the lives of those who have passed and honor the resilience and struggle of all who are involved in the sex trades.

Brothers on a Budget will be catering the event. During the first half of the evening, we will be inviting attendees to share stories, memories and experiences of individuals in the sex trades who have faced violence.  We also invite attendees to bring photos, items, cards or stories to post on the shout out wall to commemorate a victim of violence or celebrate moments of resistance.  Speakers will discuss the multiple forms of violence that sex workers face in Philadelphia and how these experiences connect to broader struggles for social justice.

During the second half of the event, we will be screening A Kiss for Gabriela, by filmmaker Laura Murray. Gabriela Leite was the first sex worker to run for the Brazilian Congress. The documentary tells the story of her 2010 campaign as she faced 822 opponents and challenged a male-dominated political system.

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Sex Workers Outreach Project- Philadelphia [SWOP-Philly] is a grassroots collective a collective of sex workers and allies committed to ending stigma and violence towards those in the sex trades.

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More information on December 17th can be found at:

http://www.december17.org

Transgender Day of Remembrance‬

Our thoughts are with all those lost to gender based violence on this ‪#‎TransgenderDayofRemembrance‬.

You can follow the hashtag ‪#‎TDOR‬ to learn more about this day and the struggle for trans equality.

Project SAFE Director honored in “Poz 100″

Lindsay Roth, a long time volunteer with Project SAFE, has been recognized by POZ Magazine for taking a stand against HIV. This months issue of the magazine honors young people, under the age of 30, who are “a new generation of HIV advocates.” Check it out here!

An open letter to Turn off the red light.

projectsafephilly:

Please consider signing this letter.

Originally posted on everyday whorephobia:

This is the text of a mail we shall be sending to TORL about their whorephobic “prostitution ad”. There are many issues with it, but of greatest immediate concern is the suggestion that assaults and rapes of sex workers are not crimes. If you would like to add your name* to the letter before we send it, please do so via the comments. *working names are fine.

We the undersigned wish to express our extreme opposition to the parody advert produced by  your organisation. Of particular concern are the statements “NOTE: Accusations of rape will be treated as a breach of contract by employee” and “NO RESPONSIBILITY OR LEGAL REDRESS FOR THE FOLLOWING ON THE JOB HAZARDS:” For a charity to be suggesting that the abuse of sex workers is not illegal, or that sex workers are not able to be raped is simply unacceptable.

Furthermore as discussed by Balfour…

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Overdose Prevention Training: November 21, 2014

 Project SAFE is hosting a Naloxone training:
Where: Prevention Point: 166 W. Lehigh Ave.
When: November 21st (Friday)  10am-11am
Open to all interested in preventing fatal drug overdose!
Please email safephila@gmail.com for more information.
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Next Volunteer Training: Saturday November 22

We will be providing a training for those interested in working with Project SAFE.

The training is 1-4 pm in center city.  Saturday, November 22.  Snacks will be served.

Please contact safephila.education@gmail.com for more infromation

If you are not available – don’t sweat. We have volunteer trainings several times  a year.

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