Tag Archive: december 17th

  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. PComp and ICM Final Project Idea

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    I am interested in combining my new found knowledge base in computational media (Processing) and physical computing (Arduino) to create an interactive art installation for December 17th, The International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers.

    My initial plan has been to gather the stories and photographs (high res) of the murder victims of Gary Ridgway (aka the Green River Killer).

    I am also interested collecting images and stories of other sex worker victims of violent crime for this project.

    I am also looking for footage from December 17th events, statistics, and red umbrella imagery and footage to work from. I put a call out to advocacy organizations, harm reduction social service providers in New York and beyond, and sex worker communities online to gather stories. So far the contributions have been intense and overwhelming. Each year we hold a memorial service for sex workers who were murdered because of their job: by clients, cops, partners, or the system (prison industrial complex).

    I envision images transferred onto plexiglass using xylene. The plexiglass surface would be part of larger light boxes. When a user approaches an image on the light box, an infrared proximity sensor or photo resistor would recognize the environmental change, causing the image to light up. I would also like to using Processing to then display video or audio to accompany each image. The impact should be immediate, visceral, and haunting.

    I will probably start with a small number of people to represent, maybe five, until I work out the technological end and then continue on. This idea is a work in progress and feedback is welcome.

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