On June 2, 1975, over 100 sex workers in Lyon, France, engaged in a civil disobedience action that involved a week-long occupation of St. Nizer Church. The aim of the action was to generate a high-profile campaign which would highlight the State sanctioned police harassment of street based sex workers, the disgraceful in-action of police in responding to violence perpetrated against the Lyon sex worker community by a serial sexual assault offender, and the refusal of the French Minister for Women to engage in dialogue with French sex workers.
2023 6/28 Live Library Discussion
Following up on the May 18th appearance discussing SBBi and the SWCSL on The Pennsylvania Project, selections will be shared from an early Goddard study. Lansdale Library 6/28 7 PM 301 Vine Street, LANSDALE
2023 FEATURE: Antimony Poetry by Fred Hatt
And why does so much money still flow to those who just take things by force?
2022 FEATURE: Poetry by Kawoni
Excerpt: My birth name is April, but that is not who I am. Kawoni in Cherokee means flower moon, it is the season for many things; new.
2022 FEATURE: Article by Rachel West for the San Francisco Bay View
FEATURE ARTICLE by Rachel West: The Safer Streets for All Act (SB 357), repealing loitering for the intent to engage in prostitution (California Penal code § 653.22), was signed into law by Gov. Newsom on July 1. This code has led to the criminalization of otherwise legal activities like walking or standing in public, resulting in the harassment of Black and Brown, LGTBQ+ communities, mostly women, for simply looking like a “sex worker.” The bill also allows a person convicted of loitering to petition a court for the dismissal and sealing of records.
2019 FEATURE: Antimony Poetry Radio Waves by Fred Hatt
For “Mind” to know the “Real”, it must enter a body. Therein it will revel in pleasure, and strive, and suffer, and die. Here you are, piloting a doomed craft on a river of glory.
Fred Hatt 2019-07-09
2019 FEATURE: California Passes SB233
Sex Workers Applaud Vote By California Assembly For Passing SB233: SB 233 prohibits the arrest for prostitution of people who witness or are a victim of specified violent and serious crimes, and prohibits the use of condoms as evidence of sex work.
2019 FEATURE Poetry: We, Made of Bone by Mahtem Shiferraw
"We, Made of Bone" by Mahtem Shiferraw
2019 Feature: Sex Workers Are Human Resources.
JAN 10 • Thank you so much for your fair and balanced coverage of the 15th Annual IDTEVASW. Since 2012 SWOP and SAFE have strived to stand up and speak out in Philly on issues specific to stigma and gratuitous violence against sex workers. Folks are always amazed at how hard and painful this event is to do, yet in the end how truly blessed we are to be able to come together to do it. Many households in most areas of Greater Philadelphia, if not all of PA, are touched somehow by this issue. Talking about sex work and prostitution is hard. Living in shame and silence is harder. D/17 is not fun, though it is full of love. Truly. We are here because we have been there, and we care. Our voice is their voice. Thank you for covering the memorial. Words cannot even express the gratitude I feel right now. Philly is proving we got LOVE!
2018 Feature: Poetry Titled “Kerosene” by Sarah Doughty
(C) Sarah Doughty Kerosene “I didn’t know who I would be. But I think I know now. I was meant to survive.”
2023 The Pennsylvania Project on SBBi, Sx Work & Viminal Services
2023 Word Press Prompt
What jobs have you had? Well obviously sx worker! For a long time I was a fetish model. Since 2014 Ive done a lot of public speaking and educational outreach, especially via SWOP Behind Bars (SBBi). Ms. Dante with artwork by H.R. GigerCourtesy of Marcos Adrian Villa NYC Photo courtesy of Olde English & Passional … Continue reading 2023 Word Press Prompt
2023 The Typology of Modern Slavery – Polaris
A detailed typology of trafficking in persons, detailing twenty-five different categories, was developed by Polaris in 2017.
2023 PAVE – Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence
May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Here at PAVE we are inspired and honored to support survivors. No matter where you are in your healing journey, we're glad you're here.
2023 In Memory: Carol Leigh
May 20th Premier The Life of- Carol Leigh — Read on carolleighmemorial.com/
2023 Word Press Prompt
Do you vote in political elections? Yes! Especially local elections for judges, district attorneys, sheriffs, comptrollers. Survivors and workers ARE constituents!
2023 Word Press Prompt
Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often? A favorite quote? Yes: It takes a village! It takes a village is an idiom that means many people must cooperate to achieve a goal. Usually, quoting the idiom it takes a village is used to indicate that one is acknowledging … Continue reading 2023 Word Press Prompt
2022-2023 EARN IT Act
Daily Dots Jacob Seitz Posted on Apr 18, 2023 The EARN IT Act, a controversial bill that could upend Section 230, is set to be reintroduced in Congress despite twice being hit with massive public opposition, according to a spokesperson for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
The Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act, (EARN IT) Act, was originally introduced in 2020 and faced strong opposition from digital rights groups from the start. It failed to reach the President’s desk twice, but Graham (R-S.C.) and Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) are determined to try again.
The bill seeks to amend Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. This much-bemoaned telecommunications rule essentially shields tech and social media companies from blame for hateful or harmful content published on their platforms. The rule has been used repeatedly by major tech companies to absolve themselves of liability in court. The Supreme Court is set to rule on a case that could change the rules of 230 as we know it this fall, but the EARN IT Act could make things much worse for internet users by stripping protections from social media companies for using to cave to government demands and increasing surveillance on citizens.
Graham’s spokesperson said they intended to introduce the bill sometime next week.
The legislation would remove Section 230 protections from platforms if they violated child sexual abuse material (CSAM) laws at the state and federal level, creating a huge problem for platforms that are hesitant to moderate or police their platforms heavily.
The bill was criticized in the past for being too broad and creating sweeping measures that could infringe on the digital privacy of Americans, and this latest attempt is likely to be more of the same.
Protected: 2023 Meet The Face Behind PA Workers Survivors
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Albany Spring 2023
2023 WordPress Prompt
What job would you do for free? My position with SWOP Behind Bars! In 2016 I connected on projects with the nonprofit, evolving into paid work, though compensation certainly wasn’t an option or consideration at inception.
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