Thank you for holding space with us yesterday as we honored and remembered Yang Song.
Yang was brave in the face of police harassment and violence. She reported her assaults and sought legal help for herself and by extension those she worked alongside, even after receiving more threats. She demonstrated such care and honor for her fellow workers. Yesterday we heard from community members, organizations and her family. We held moments of silence and resistance and we collectively assembled a memorial to her.
We were joined by numerous community organizations:
-The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center
-Asian American Feminist Collective
-Lysistrata Mutual Care Collective & Emergency Fund
-Survived & Punished NY
-NYC DSA Medics
-Queens Neighborhoods United
-Butterfly Migrant Sex Worker Collective based in Toronto (sent a statement of solidarity)
-No New Jails NYC
-Steel Roses, based in Paris (sent a statement of solidarity)
-Red Canary, a newly formed migrant massage workers organization in NYC
We also want to acknowledge the Gong Ming Interpreters Collective for their labor and love!
Please keep showing up when migrant, massage, sex working people call upon you.