#BlackLivesMatter Solidarity Statement

480x480xBlackLivesMatter.jpg.pagespeed.ic.p-mChKbvHnOn December 17th, 2014 we will commemorate the 12th Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. On this day we honor our dead and injured and raise awareness about the institutions and stigmatization that make sex workers vulnerable to violence.

Participants of our organization are in a struggle for labor rights and freedom from discrimination that denies us access to safe housing and living wage jobs. This struggle is confounded by racism and white supremacy. Racism and white supremacy contribute to the use of “No Human Involved” as a label for murder cases that will remain un-investigated because the victim is a sex worker. Racism and white supremacy contribute to the police brutality that some sex workers face on a daily basis. Racism and white supremacy contribute to the indifference that many Americans have toward the struggles of sex workers, poor people and people of color.

Women of color, including transgender women, number the highest among sex workers whose lives were taken by violence. We are declaring our support of the demands made by movements led by people of color who are struggling against police violence, economic injustice and institutionalized racism. We recognize that as an organization with more white than non-white representation, we have a responsibility to educate ourselves and our participants about white supremacy and the oppression of people of color, immigrants and gender non-conforming individuals.

We recognize the struggle that is bravely led today by young black organizers in the wake of the murders of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Eric Garner. We are awake and we are listening.

Signed:
Stacey Swimme,Sex Workers Outreach Project of Sacramento
Savannah Sly,Sex Workers Outreach Project of Seattle
Jennifer Reed, Sex Workers Outreach Project of Las Vegas
Lisa Mellott, Sex Workers Outreach Project of Las Vegas

If your organization would like to sign on, please leave a comment below. Thank you.

Dec 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil and March

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Dec 17th: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil and March

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Sacramento, CA – December 6, 2014 – The Sex Workers Outreach Project Sacramento Branch is hosting their first annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil and March.

In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Sex Workers Outreach Project joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers.

In the daytime, SWOP Sacramento will be feeding and distributing backpacks filled with toiletries, socks, ponchos, and blankets to the now increasingly homeless population of street sex workers on Stockton Blvd.

Kristen DiAngelo stated “The basic needs of these people aren’t being met. Shelters are full and even 24 hour hotlines are not picking up the phone. It is up to us to fix this. Our system is broken when it convicts those who hungry and homeless”.

Stacey Swimme stated “Poverty is a form of violence that affects women of color and their children the most. Incarceration compounds the violence faced by people surviving in the street economy. It’s time to focus on eradicating poverty and racism, not prohibiting prostitution.”

The Sex Workers Outreach Project Sacramento (SWOP Sac), is hosting Sacramento’s first annual Dec 17th march and vigil. Attendees are welcome to wear a red t-shirt or carry a red umbrella in solidarity.

4:45 pm – meet at West Steps of the California State Capital

5:00 pm – vigil will begin with a remembrance ceremony and then march

6:00 pm – Refreshments and networking at the LGBT Community Center 1927 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811

Candles will be provided (but are limited, so please bring your own if you can)

Come out, march, light a candle, tell a story, sing a song or just quietly observe the moment. We invite you to join with sex workers around the globe to stand against the criminalization and violence committed against our communities. Together we can create a more peaceful world. For more information 866-866-3636

Contact:

Kristen DiAngelo

inquiries@sacramentoswop.org

2386 Fair Oaks Blvd, Suite 360

Sacramento, CA USA

 

 

Dec 17th – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

The Sex Workers Outreach Project Sacramento (SWOP Sac), is hosting Sacramento’s first annual Dec 17th march and vigil.  Attendees are welcome to wear a red t-shirt or carry a red umbrella in solidarity.

12:00-4:00 pm – Sex Worker Only Event (contact us for more info)

4:45 pm – meet at West Steps of the California State Capital
5:00 pm – vigil will begin with a march

6:00-8:00 pm – Ceremony at the LGBT Community Center 1927 L St, Sacramento, CA 95811
Candles will be provided (but are limited, so please bring your own if you can)

Come out, march, light a candle, tell a story, sing a song or just quietly observe the moment. We invite you to join with sex workers around the globe to stand against the criminalization and violence committed against our communities. In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Sex Workers Outreach Project joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. Together we can create a more peaceful world.

Dec 17th photo

Our own Stacey a while ago!

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