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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.

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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)

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THE PHILADELPHIA COALITION OF LABOR UNION WOMEN ANNUAL BENEFIT FOR WOMEN AGAINST ABUSE        

Thursday, April 28, 2016 – 5:30 p.m.

WORKERS UNITED

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, cluw.philly@gmail.com.

 

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Do you know a sex worker in prison or jail?

SWOP Behind Bars is up and running and has a newsletter for sex workers in jail or prison.  If you know of a sex worker who is in jail or prison ANYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES you can sign up here to ensure they get a newsletter from the Sex Workers Outreach Project.

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From Black and Pink 

From SWOP Behind Bars:

There are more than one million women currently behind bars in the U.S., and that number is on the rise. In fact, women are the fastest growing segment of the prison population in the country, and the rate of incarceration for women has been growing nearly twice as fast as that of men since 1985, according to theACLU, and account for about 7% of the total prison population in the U.S.  The fastest growing population behind bars is black women. Prostitution is one of the few crimes where women are arrested more frequently than men, but prostitution alone does not explain the growing numbers of Black, Latino, and trans-women behind bars. If we are going to make reforms to crimes based on morality, we need to consider laws that disproportionately affect women, such as the prohibition of sex work.

Sex workers are often subject to the same “revolving door” punitive approach that people convicted of drug offenses receive; women do time, but never receive the resources, social, economic and, psychological support that would enable them to leave the industry if they choose. We don’t often consider that sex work can be an intentional choice. Whether or not it is a symptom of poor economic conditions or volition it is always considered inherently immoral.

In order to address this we need to widen the discussion to include issues that Black, Latino, and trans women are disproportionately affected by. The illegal purchasing of sex is ultimately what sustains the market and forces sex work underground. The stigma has to be removed around the discussion of sex work in order to protect the human rights and, as recently suggested by Amnesty International, the dignity of the women in it who often need access to housing and, health care. By decriminalizing both the buying and selling of sex we can focus our efforts on those who truly need assistance and making other avenues of employment available, especially for trans women.

Laws prohibiting sex work are based on a moral code that doesn’t fully consider the implications. If we are going to reform non-violent crimes like drug use and selling that are founded on societal beliefs, we also need to consider other non-violent crimes, regardless of stigma and moral objections. The question of decriminalization or legalization cannot be limited to marijuana, but needs to be expanded to encompass sex work. We need to rethink the way we currently differentiate and treat between violent and non-violent persons convicted of offenses and push for decriminalization of sex work and the correlation to decreasing crimes against women; these progressive reforms normalize and regulate sex work rather than further stigmatizing and conflating an underground industry with human trafficking. With these efforts we can reduce sexual violence in the US, ameliorate conditions for a marginalized portion of the population, and destigmatize what is a reality for many women.

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Public Speaking/Media Training Tomorrow (4/11/16)!

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Join us for a laid-back dinner and training to discuss how to speak publicly about ending violence and stigma against all women – with a focus on women in the sex trade and women who use drugs. Please call 1-866-509-SAFE x 4 for a location (its an West Philly, but we can give you a ride!).

After this training you should feel better prepared to talk to reporters, at conferences and in other public forums about the work of Project SAFE.

5:30-7:30pm

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Thursday 3/17: DECRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORK: A PANEL DISCUSSION

THURSDAY, March 17th @ Temple Law, Klein Hall in Room K1D 

NLG’s Harm Reduction Committee & Law Students for Reproductive Justice present

DECRIMINALIZATION OF SEX WORK: 

A PANEL DISCUSSION

Join us for a discussion on the effects of the criminalization of sex work, the movement towards decriminalization, and harm reduction principles associated with ensuring the human rights of sex workers.

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Panelist will include:

Lindsay Roth   Director of Project SAFE

Ilza Padua   Peer Educator at Project SAFE

Professor Scott Burris   Professor of Law and Director of Center for Health Law, Policy, & Practice

 

LUNCH BY BARBACOA RESTAURANT WILL BE PROVIDED!

Location:

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law; Klein Hall

1719 N. Broad St. Philadelphia PA 19122

Contact Tessa Carson at tessa.carson@temple.edu

Afterwards please join us at the Rally for a Fair Minimum Wage! 

Broad & Arch St. 1pm.

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Project SAFE at Desiree Alliance Confrence

Greetings Philadelphia-Area Sex Workers and Allies!

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We are organizing group registration for the Desiree Alliance Confrence, the largest sex workers rights conference in the US, July 10-15, 2016 in New Orleans, LA.

Please email safephila@gmail.com ASAP if you would like to join us or would like more information. This conference is a tremendous opportunity to learn from and connect with sex workers from around the world.

 

 

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So You Love A Hooker

For partners of people in the sex trade.

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For the partners of sex workers:

So you met a hooker and at first you were cool with it. You didn’t freak out when they first told you about their job and you didn’t freak them out with your response. You started seeing each other and maybe you had some reservations but figured you would work through them with time (read: talk them into your way of thinking). Or you figured whatever you had with them wasn’t so serious so it didn’t need to be a big deal. Or perhaps you even found their job a bit of a turn on. Or maybe you were never ok with it but you wanted to try to make it work anyway. And  you probably realised that it wasn’t your place to say anything anyway… well not yet….

But that was then and this is now. Things are different now.. right? Now that…

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WOMEN’S NIGHT SCHEDULED EVENTS FOR MARCH 2016

Women’s Night is Every Tuesday

6pm -9 pm  

Come to hang out, or just get what you need

2913 Kensington Ave

Every Tuesday there is: Pizza, coffee, couches, clothing, company, overdose prevention training with Narcan, Bad Date Sheets, and prevention supplies- condoms and works.

March 8th: Know your rights training- what is legal for police to do when they stop you vs. what they actually do. Protect yourself.

 

March 15th: TV & arts and crafts

 

March 22nd: Spa day – manicures and facials and general pampering

 

March 29th: Yoga, Reiki and professional massage therapy

 

Call 1-866-509-SAFEx4 for more information!

A flier for distribution is here: Womens night March 2016

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Come as you are! For anyone who self-identifies as a woman.