What: International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Healing Circle
When: December 17, 2008 7:00 PM
Where: call 1-877-776-2004x5 for address (near USC)
Meetup Description: Read about Dec 17th on SWOP's website
SWOP-LA is holding a vigil in South Central LA, to honor the lives of the women killed by the Grim Sleeper serial killer in the area from 1985-2003.
also to remember Duanna JOhnson:
"Duanna Johnson's Death Will Not Stop MPD Lawsuit" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L0rXVcZ9EM
We're doing a small vigil at my house at 7pm-9pm. Bring some food and reflect. We will filming audio or video of your words if you consent for youtube.
December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to hate crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Originally thought of by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and started by the Sex Workers Outreach Project USA as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered workers from over cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence. During the week of December 17th, sex worker rights organizations will be staging actions and vigils to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers. The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Existing laws prevent sex workers from reporting violence. The stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by the prohibitionist laws has made violence against us acceptable. Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against prostitutes.
"Violence against prostitutes is violence against women."--
Taliesin the Bard, author and part time porn personality
Annie Sprinkle offers Ten Things
You Can Do to Participate
Absolutely EVERYONE is invited to participate. Here’s how.
1. Organize (or attend) a memorial in your town. Simply choose a place and time to gather. Invite people to bring their stories, writings, thoughts, related news items, poems, lists of victims, performances, and memories. Take turns sharing.
2. Hold (or attend) a candlelight vigil in a public place.
3. Do something at home alone, which has personal meaning, such as a ritual memorial bath, or light a candle.
4. Call a friend and discuss the topic.
5. Send a donation to a group that helps sex workers stay safer. For example, some teach self-defense or host web sites that caution workers about bad Johns.
6. Go to the Sex Worker Outreach Project’s, www.swop-usa.org, read it, and add something to the site. Do let others know about any planned Dec. 17 events by listing them on the SWOP web site.
7. Spread the word about the Day to End Violence Towards Sex Workers and the issues it raises; or blog, email, call, send a press release, or forward this text to others.
8. Go to Washington DC. This December 17, 2008 there will be a National March for Sex Worker Rights. People will converge from all over to take a stand for justice and safety. Info at www.swop-usa.org
9. Organize a panel discussion about violence towards sex workers. Procure a community space and invite speakers like sex workers, police, and families of victims.
10. Create your own way to participate.
This year on Transgener Day of Rememberance Nov 20, Duanna Johnson was shot to death in Tennessee. She represents the type of violence that is perpetuated on sex workers, sometimes by law enforcement or others TOO OFTEN and all over the U.S, including LA.