Events This Week!

Conversation with Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee: Stopping the Violence Through Solidarity 

Please join us for a transnational organizing video conversation between the Calcutta-based sex workers’ union, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee (DMSC), and Philadelphia sex workers, social workers, and organizers.

Workers from both sides will discuss their experiences as workers and strategies to build solidarity to put an end to violence, discrimination, and stigma against sex workers and drug users. Check out research about how DMSC reduced human trafficking through worker-led interventions here.

When: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at 9:00 AM  – 11:30 AM

Where: 3701 Locust Walk Caster Building Room D28

Hosted by: Institute of Sex Worker Research and Action (ISWRA), Project SAFE, Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP)

There will be food and refreshments provided. Please contact Meghna Chandra (603) 921-4331 and Kristen Smith (302) 379-4622 with any questions.



Take Back The Night

Thursday, April 28, 2016

6:00 p.m. – meet up at 5:45

Calling all communities to unite and take a stand against domestic and sexual violence!
• March to take back the streets starting at one of four locations heading to the First Unitarian Church.
* Participate in the “Bust the Myths” Street Action.
• Speak out and breaking the silence; storytelling and sharing about living with and surviving violence, abuse, and oppression.
* A candlelight vigil to remember those still fighting, those lost to violence, and those surviving.
* Tabling to provide networking and resources for survivors and their family and friends from a coalition of beautiful, badass organizations and people

Project SAFE + SWOP-Philly will be Marching from the SOUTH Point (21st and Washington)



Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 5:30 p.m.


22 S. 22nd Street, 2nd floor, Joint Board Room, Philadelphia, PA 19103

(Some parking available in building garage after 5:00 p.m.)

In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, we are hosting our 18th Annual Benefit for Women Against Abuse, which is a UAW-staffed shelter for women and children in crisis. It is the only union shelter in Philadelphia. This year we are hosting a panel on the Fight For $15 And A Union. Workers in the fast food industry, retail, homecare givers, nursing homes, adjunct professors and all minimum wage jobs are suffering because they are unable to survive on such low wages. In 2015 the average age for a minimum wage job was 36 years old; 56% were women and 28% of the workforce have children. Many of these workers do not receive raises in pay, sick leave, pension, and health care. They work in poor working conditions, deal with discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment and more because they are not protected by collective bargaining and a union. Come join us in a panel discussion on these issues and more.

Women Against Abuse has space limitations, only these items can be accepted by the agency – all items must be NEW!  Financial donations are especially needed as public funding continues to drop.  Please consider running a donation drive at your union or workplace.

Colder weather clothing for all sizes, adults & kids, all genders – sweat pants/yoga pants/leggings & long-sleeve t-shirts; Basic Women’s Clothing, such as bras & underwear (all sizes); baby carriers (front pouch type, for hands-free baby transport); Muslim garb for women; Gift cards (No Wal-Mart!); Diapers (all sizes), pull-ups, wipes, formula; baby pacifiers; Toddlers Clothing for ages 1-5; Tea; Hand Lotion; Nail Polish; USB drives, portfolios, blank cards, journals, stress balls; pajamas for all ages & sizes.

Checks should be made payable to Women Against Abuse, and mailed to CLUW, Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO ATTN: Philly CLUW, 22 South 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 or brought to the event.  Please ask your Union to donate too!  If you would like to donate but cannot come to the event, you may bring your items, prior to the event, to the address above.

Refreshments will be served.  50/50 Raffle.  The event is free and open to the public.  To RSVP or for more information, call Laura at 215-588-5026 or e-mail CLUW,


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