Tag Archive: anti-violence

  1. 7th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

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    International Day To End Violence Against Sex WorkersJoin us for a vigil and community speak out

    When: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:30PM – 9:30PM

    Where: Metropolitan Community Church of New York, Sanctuary (2nd floor), 446 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 btw 9th & 10th Aves. < http://bit.ly/dUenDt >

    Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, families, and communities. This event is free and open to the public.

    Join us in observing the 7th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

    Join us in remembering those we’ve lost to violence, oppression and hate, whether perpetrated by clients, partners, police or the state.

    We stand against the cycle of violence experienced by sex workers around the world. Recently in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council reviewed the human rights record of the United States during their Universal Periodic Review. Uruguay’s recommendation to the Obama Administration – to address “the special vulnerability of sexual workers to violence and human rights abuses” – is the moral leadership we have been waiting for!

    Join us in solidarity to fight the criminalization, oppression, assault, rape and murder of sex workers – and of folks perceived as sex workers.

    December 17, 2003 was our first annual day to honor the sex workers who were murdered by serial killer Gary Ridgway. In Ridgway’s own words, “I also picked prostitutes as victims because they were easy to pick up without being noticed. I knew they would not be reported missing right away and might never be reported missing. I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” (BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3245301.stm)

    We come together each year to show the world that the lives of marginalized people, including those of sex workers, are valuable.

    • Speakers:
      • Audacia Ray, Red Umbrella Project & Sex Work Awareness
      • Chelsea Johnson-Long, Safe OUTside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project
      • Michael J. Miller, The Counterpublic Collective and PROS Network
      • Andrea Ritchie, Peter Cicchino Youth Project and Streetwise & Safe (SAS)
    • Readings
      • Reading of the names of sex workers we have lost this past year
      • Memorial for Catherine Lique by her daughter Stephanie Thompson and read by Sarah Jenny Bleviss
      • Speak out: Bring poetry, writings or just speak your truth.

    Light snacks, beverages, and metrocards will be provided.

    The red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers’ Rights and is increasingly used on December 17: “First adopted by Venetian sex workers for an anti-violence march in 2002, red umbrellas have come to symbolize resistance against discrimination for sex workers worldwide.”

    This event is co-sponsored by: Audre Lorde Project, Counterpublic Collective, FIERCE, MADRE, Peter Cicchino Youth Project, The Queer Commons,  PONY (Prostitutes of New York), PROS Network, Red Umbrella Project, SAFER, Sex Work Awareness, Sex Workers Project, SWANK (Sex Workers Action New yorK), SWOP-NYC (Sex Workers Outreach Project), the Space at Tompkins, and Third Wave Foundation.

    Facebook Event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110788105658599

    For events outside of New York, visit: http://www.swop-usa.org/dec17

  2. International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers 2009

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    December 17 th is Internation al Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

    Join us in honoring the lives of sex workers and celebrating our communities with a candlelit vigil. Come add your voice to the call to end violence against sex workers at our community speak-out.

    Speakers will include community organizers, peer educators, advocates, artists. . . and YOU?

    Where: Metropolitan Community Church
    446 West 36th Street, Manhattan

    When: Thursday December 17th, 8:00pm – 10:00pm

    Metrocards available. Please wear red!

    For more information, please contact swank@riseup.net or 212.714.1184 x50

    Sponsored by:

    Sex Workers Action Network (SWANK) * Sex Workers Organizing Project (SWOP-NYC) * $pread Magazine * Best Practices Policy Project (BPPP)

  3. Join Me For a Bingo Fundraiser Supporting the Anti-Violence Project!!

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    Hi all! I am a “Celebrity Guest” at Will Clark’s Porno Bingo later this month benefiting the New York City Anti-Volence Project, an awesome organization dedicated to eliminating hate violence, sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities through counseling, advocacy, organizing, and public education.

    JOIN US!!

    WHEN: Wednesday, November 18th from 8pm – 10pm
    WHERE: Pieces Bar – 8 Christopher Street, New York, NY

    Will Clark’s Bingo Benefit is a weekly fundraiser to help raise money for local LGBTQ organizations.

    On Wednesday, November 18th, all money raised will go to the Anti-Violence Project and we hope you’ll join us!

    It’s fun: we’ll play 4 rounds of Bingo with four separate gift bags of prizes and it’s only $ 1.00 a card per round to play!
    You can buy as many cards as you wish per round and there will also be a raffle, 6 tickets for $5.

    All proceeds will go to help the Anti-Violence Project and the important work that they do.

    There is no cover fee but a cash bar.