San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, and the St. James Infirmary, named for its most storied founder Margo St. James, announced that St. Valentine’s Day in San Francisco is now officially, Margo St. James Day. St. James, who founded the prostitutes’ rights organization, COYOTE, (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics), and later, the St. James Infirmary,Continue reading “St. Valentine’s Day in San Francisco declared Margo St. James Day & Memorial Save the Date!”
Kristal Lis is a self-described survivor, mother, daughter, avid reader, animal lover, college student, and advocate for justice who is currently incarcerated at York Correctional Institution in Connecticut. With her supporters outside, Kristal has created a blog where she will regularly speak out about the violence she is surviving at York CI and share herContinue reading “Guest Blog Post: Kristal Lis”
Much of the violence experienced by people doing sex work is at the hands of the carceral state; the sexual and physical violence experienced at the hands of clients, abusive partners and neighborhood vigilantes is a direct result of the state’s permissiveness of all forms of violence toward those stigmatized, marginalized and criminalized in society.Continue reading ““Ending Violence Against Sex Workers Means Abolishing Police and Prisons””
December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. On this day, and always, we honor the memories and lives of those taken from our community and recommit ourselves to solidarity–to the struggle to decriminalize + destigmatize our work and demand an end to criminalization. This is a day to demand the endContinue reading “Commemorating International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers with Art + Poetry”
Mark your calendars! We’re so excited about this The Feminist Press launch event for “WeToo: Essays on Sex Work and Survival” that was just scheduled with Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center for February 18th, 2021. You can purchase suggested donation tickets here. This virtual launch event will be hosted by the amazing Tina Horn!Continue reading “We Too: Essays on Sex Work and Survival”
Alisha has been moved to Housing Unit 4, the “sick unit.” She’s dealing with bad headaches now but no other change, it’s definitely covid, her test results came back positive. For now, she can still call and email but is unsure about video visits because the GTL kiosk screen on the “sick unit” has beenContinue reading “Updates from Alisha as of this afternoon, 12/12/20:”
Logan Prison COs are pulling Alisha and others off their unit this morning (12/10/20) for testing. She got a call out to Red and Sherri to let them know. If positive for covid, she likely won’t be able to call for 2 weeks because there’s only one phone on the so-called “quarantine” unit. That “quarantine”Continue reading “Alisha’s covid testing updates”
Comrades, our fears are playing out every day, and now this. One of our organizers just had a video visit with Alisha and let us know that Lele is sick with COVID like symptoms and will be tested on Thursday. The delay is apparently due to the prison wanting to wait in order to saveContinue reading “Keep LeLe in your hearts…”
It’s #GivingTuesday and our dear comrades Uptown People’s Law Center + Lifted Voices have helped us create a new, tax-deductible platform to boost our post-release fund for Alisha! Donate TODAY to show up for a criminalized survivor as we plan for her release. Our goal is to raise $10K for this #GivingTuesday for Alisha’s post-releaseContinue reading “Giving Tuesday!”
Logan Prison is on increased lockdown AGAIN because a CO tested positive. Governor JB Pritzker, Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton when will our loved ones be released?? Our friends, family and comrades are trapped inside these deadly cages. We see and hear about this injustice. We are watching. Comrades, rise up with us to call, email,Continue reading “Action Reminder!”
Audio Interference 77.5: Archiving Abolition—Alisha Walker Listen to the episode here. Letters from Comrades on the Inside: In this episode, we hear from Alisha Walker, a comrade on the inside whose story is uplifted by Survived and Punished. She shares her experiences as an incarcerated person and her thoughts on justice and access to information.Continue reading “Audio Interference + Survived & Punished NY podcast episode featuring Alisha!”
Last night Alisha had another video visit cancelled, but she was able to have one earlier in the week with another of our comrades and she was able to get a call out this morning with updates from “Hell” aka Logan Correctional. After almost all of her personal items (clothes, letters, food, photos, bedding, etc)Continue reading “Updates from LeLe (9/23/20)”
Survived & Punished NY (S&P NY) is the New York chapter of Survived & Punished, a national organization that seeks to end the criminalization of survivors of gender violence. Red, an organizer with both S&P NY and the Support Ho(s)e Collective, helped draft the group’s best practices and guides for letting writing. S&P NY has hosted in-personContinue reading ““USPS attacks threaten ‘transformative’ prison pen pal programs””
For our newer fam visiting our site! We’re a TINY formation of militant sex working people + trusted accomplices who put our energy into building radical ho community via agitating publicly + politically educating + resource + art making efforts! We also coordinate our incarcerated comrade Alisha Walker’s defense campaign #FreeLeLe, and support two ofContinue reading “Introductions!”
We’d love for y’all to check out this video resource we co-created with Survived & Punished, Mariame Kaba and BCRW about Alisha’s case back in 2017/2018: https://vimeo.com/255412331 This video was conceived by Mariame Kaba and narrated by CeCe McDonald. Directed and produced by Dean Spade and Hope Dector. Audio editing by Lewis Wallace. Artwork andContinue reading “Alisha Walker: Survived & Punished”
Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center, this beautiful space + its comrades has opened it doors to multiple events supporting our comrade Alisha, letter writing events for incarcerated sex workers, #IWDNYC celebrations and so much more. They truly encourage sex worker-led movement building, and resource us whores constantly! bit.ly/bstoxmove
Alisha is finally out of quarantine/isolation after her forced relocation/transfer to Logan prison from Decatur prison. She just got a call out to Red and wanted some updates shared! She’s beginning to recover from stomach/digestive issues that were a result of her not having access to safe drinking water or edible food for the pastContinue reading “Update as of Wednesday, August 5th!”
Amplifying!!! BLACK SEX WORKER LIBERATION MARCH & VIGIL FIRETOMORROW // AUGUST 1st | 5pm // TIMES SQUARE NYC 47th & 2nd Ave Red wear red, turn a look & wear a mask! http://BlackSexWorkerLiberation.com
One of our comrades got to visit Alisha’s family this past week and spend time catching up and picking up Alisha’s writings from when she was incarcerated at Cook County. We’ve been organizing alongside LeLe’s family going on almost five years now! We love you Sherri Lynn!
The International Whores Day NYC recap video is here! Watch and share widely! Video link here: #IWDNYC2020 A recap of the 2020 IWD Digital Rally staged by NYC and Philly sex working organizers. We invited you to protest, celebrate, support, and flood our feeds with messages of love and solidarity with sex workers — youContinue reading “Watch: IWD 2020 Digital Rally recap video!”
Those who’ve been emailing her, she’s sending updates as fast as those CO censors will approve them! She’s got lots of takes on Logan vs Decatur! She’s hating the isolation, the lack of edible food, the lack of art supplies but she is looking forward to reconnecting with friends + family inside at Logan. She’sContinue reading “We got word from LeLe last night (7/30)!”
Alisha got word to us last night that she’s at Logan, still very concerned and has been put in lockdown (no regular phone use, no video visits) for 12-13 more days. They won’t disclose how long it will take to “move her commissary funds” to Logan from Decatur, so we’ve sent new funds that sheContinue reading “Updates from LeLe: 7/25”
We received word from our emergency phone tree that Alisha is being relocated (against her will) to Logan prison. We do not know specifically why, but we believe it is in direct relation to the existing harassment and retaliation she has recently endured. Her mom Sherri was able to get through to the prison to confirmContinue reading “Update as of Wednesday 7/22: LeLe forcibly relocated to Logan Prison”
C-grade kicked in so I cant make phone calls! I don’t know what else that includes as of right now..I can only call on Mondays I think? Tell everyone please! Idk about video visits? I just don’t know about anything, but I’m grieving it all because it’s very excessive for what actually happened! So it’sContinue reading “Update from Alisha (as of 7/21) via email”
Alisha sends her love and appreciation to everyone who’s been calling, writing, emailing and faxing to support her clemency and to demand an end to solitary confinement and punishment against inside organizing. She asks to please keep it up! Please see bit.ly/AlishaAdvocate for how to get involved! So far, there has been only one incident that we’ve heardContinue reading “Updates from Alisha as of Tuesday, 7/14”
**Update! LeLe called and even though her legal call was cancelled by the prison because of lockdown she’s still going to be allowed 1 call a day. Very relieved to have heard her voice. She says so far they ARE going to let emails and video visits go thru for now. ** This morning weContinue reading “Updates from LeLe // July 10”
Starting at 10AM cst! Call throughout the afternoon! Phone/Email/Fax Jam for LeLe + demanding an end to solitary confinement (aka SEG) + the immediate release of everyone caged inside IDOC! Sample Letter/Email/Fax/Call Script: My name is _______, and I’m (calling/writing) to demand an end to solitary confinement (aka “SEG”) and retaliation against the self-organizing amongstContinue reading “July 8 // Actions to support Alisha!”
Solitary Confinement is Torture. Take Action against it! Join us + our comrades for a Phone/Email/Fax Jam starting WEDNESDAY 7/8 at 10AM CST followed by a Twitter Power Hour starting at 12:30PM CST! Scripts + Resources: bit.ly/AlishaAdvocate
After 5 days without contact, we finally heard from our friend. Alisha called Red around 2:30pm today, immediately after being released from “SEG” (solitary confinement) after 5 days of severe isolation. On Thursday, July 2nd Alisha and several other comrades gathered (what she described as peacefully sitting together) to discuss their growing concerns for eachContinue reading “Update from Alisha // Monday, July 6th”
Well the prison cancelled Red + AH’s first video visit with Alisha this morning. No warning, started the visit, empty chair where LeLe should be and then shut it off after 2 min. They waited for their second visit (so they’d have almost half an hour to visit) and that one was left on aContinue reading “Video Visit with Alisha cancelled”
We heard y’all really showed up for Third Wave Fund’s Sex Worker Giving Circle yesterday for Give OUT Day 💗 The grand total was over $80k raised to resource grassroots sex worker-led organizing! Thank you to everyone who gave and/or amplified the fundraising efforts! You’re helping to build community power and resource the most impacted toward all our collectiveContinue reading “$80k raised for Give OUT Day!”
From Project NIA: This conversation between Dr. Beth Richie, Moni Cosby & Rachel Caïdor is excellent. It kicks off Love & Protect & Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration’s Prison Is Gender Violence, Free All Survivors Week of Action. It addresses the ways that prison IS gender violence, and why we must work toward abolition ifContinue reading ““Prison Is Abuse: Understanding Prisons, Abuse of Power, and Control” Virtual Discussion”
Did y’all know Give OUT Day is the only national online day of giving for the LGBTQ+ community? We know our queer, trans, and gender non-conforming communities of color have consistently been the first ones throwing down for each other before & during the pandemic and uprisings. We also know that the police use sex work criminalization toContinue reading “Have you heard about Give OUT Day?”
We’ve got an ask from our comrades at Hacking//Hustling! Take action today! If putting senators on blast is your thing, we need you to add this demand to your roster! The government is coming for internet privacy (again), and we gotta push back in every way! More details at the link!
One of our organizers spoke with Mike Ludwig for Truthout, about sex worker mutual aid and safety outside the carceral state: “In the face of criminalization and whorephobic violence, sex working people have always sought to create our own systems of support and protection outside of the cops, criminal legal processes and societally accepted channels becauseContinue reading ““Sex Workers Have Never Counted on Cops. Let’s Learn From Their Safety Tactics.””
Tonight! 7PM! One of our comrades will be in conversation with Cecilia Gentili, Hugh Ryan, and Melissa Gira Grant! Their discussion will be streamed via The New Republic‘s page! RSVP here: Sex Work as Queer History
Did y’all know our comrade Donna Gary is holding down Twitter for us through the 28th?! From Donna: Taking over the Support Ho(s)e twitter for the next 8 DAYS! I go way back with this lovely disruptive org! Learn more about how this poet gal got involved as a co-conspirator with sex workers, particularly incarceratedContinue reading “Donna’s Twitter Takeover!”
What amazing news!!! Chrystul Kizer is free, out on bail, and with comrades and family! We’re with you Chrystul, we have your back! From our comrades the Chicago Community Bond Fund: Chrystul Kizer is a Black 19-year-old survivor of sexual violence currently facing criminal prosecution for actions taken in self-defense. For almost two years, Chrystul has beenContinue reading “Chrystul is FREE!”
Here’s to holding space for Freedom Day, for finding joyful community advancing Black Liberation. Uplift incarcerated families and friends today, our collective struggle toward a truly free world depends on our commitment to abolition. #FreeThemAll
ICYMI one of our organizers and several of their dear comrades talked zine making (including Alisha’s!!!) and sex worker organizing! This live conversation and Q&A around artmaking as resistance, mutual aid, and “whorestories” of zine-making took place on June 3 in conjunction with International Whores Day NYC 2020 Digital Rally. The recorded conversation can beContinue reading “Recording Now Available: DIY Resistance: Sex Workers + Organizers Talk Artmaking and Mutual Aid for International Whores’ Day”
Love and congratulations to this dear comrade, Velvet! We can’t wait to see what revolutionary work they bring to this role with Swop-usa!
NYC! There’s a Callen-Lorde Community Health Center “pop up” clinic for SWers running through the end of June w/ a vetted + trusted provider! The next drop in date is Friday, 6/19! You can walk into Chelsea location between 9am-3pm (356 W 18th St) or schedule a telehealth call at http://callen-lorde.org/swclinic
“Informed by her own experiences using drugs and living on the streets, and fierce when necessary, she let her eloquent voice ring out in City Hall, on a state commission, and in groups advocating on behalf of those who suffer, often unseen, at society’s neglected margins.” Read the full article in memory of Aubri’s lifeContinue reading “Aubri Esters, Presente!”
From one of our comrades with Free Chrystul Kizer Yesterday Chrystul’s request for a reduced bail was DENIED by the judge. Graveley used yesterday’s hearing as a way to deny Chrysul’s survivorhood as a survivor of sexual exploitation, to deny risks she faced/s to the coronavirus in pre-trial jail & deny Chrystul’s right to self-defense. WEContinue reading “Free Chrystul Kizer Updates”
We are amplifying #8toAbolition “While communities across the country mourn the loss of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Jamel Floyd, and so many more Black victims of police murder, Campaign Zero released its 8 Can’t Wait campaign, offering a set of eight reforms they claim would reduce police killings by 72%. As police and prisonContinue reading “#8ToAbolition”
Imagine telling fellow sex workers to “vote” or “get serious”—implying that supporting protestors and their diversity of tactics is not?—at a time like this (or really anytime). The shit we’ve seen and heard. No. Just no. Cut the respectability nonsense. To #Decriminalize all survival we must #AbolishThePolice. Full stop. Defund, disarm, dismantle forever. Wanting more to read onContinue reading “No time for electoral exceptionalism”
To honor and celebrate the resilience of the NYC sex working communities who continuously care for and provide mutual aid to one another, a group of sex workers and comrades are making a zine. Download the zine here.
[Intro] Hey y’all, I’m sharing on behalf of our collective, both inside and outside members, but I want to give a special s/o to our comrade Alisha Walker who contributed heavily to the writing and shaping of this statement. Alisha “LeLe” Walker is an incarcerated former sex worker and current inside organizer with the SupportContinue reading “Support Ho(s)e IWD 2020 Statement”
Miss the International Whores’ Day – NYC Digital Rally because you were out in the streets? No worries! It was recorded and you can watch here: https://www.internationalwhoresday.com
Mark your calendars for 💥”DIY RESISTANCE: Sex Workers & Organizers Talk Art-making & Mutual Aid for International Whores’ Day”💥 June 3rd 2020 / 8-9 p.m. EDT Join a live conversation and Q&A around artmaking as resistance, mutual aid, and “whorestories” of zine-making with Red Schulte, curator of the The International Whores’ Day Zine and co-organizer of the International Whores Day NYCContinue reading “DIY Resistance: Sex Workers + Organizers Talk Art-making and Mutual Aid”
ICYMI: Red & Alisha wrote a piece for Tits and Sass, that also features words by our comrade, Lorena*. “This pandemic is yet another horrifying worst case scenario. It exists on top of Alisha’s incarceration being its own terror and the assault on her life being another. And of course, all of this exists in theContinue reading ““If U Only Knew How They Were Really Doing Us”: Inside/Outside Communication During A Pandemic”
June 2nd is #InternationalWhoresDay! A day to celebrate SWer resistance + organizing against state violence! Follow @iwdnyc (on Twitter + IG) & RSVP for the digital rally: http://tinyurl.com/IWDNYC2020 Support IWD NYC speakers (including US!!!), organizers and zinesters by donating here: https://gofundme.com/f/iwd-nyc-digital-rally #IWDNYC2020
It’s almost one of our organizer’s birthday! Let’s help them celebrate by raising much needed funds for S&P NY and for Alisha’s post-release fund! From Red: If you want to celebrate with me, please consider making a donation of any amount to Survived & Punished New York‘s Summer Mutual Aid Commissary Drive and/or to Justice forContinue reading “Red’s Birthday Fundraising Efforts”
Justice for Alisha Walker is listed in Chicago Zine Fest’s Zinester Directory! Don’t forget the only way to get our zines right now is by ordering them via Quimby’s Bookstore! #CZF2020 is just around the corner! While you wait for the weekend festivities why not join our NEW #Zinester Directory, a spreadsheet of active zinesters to browse in perpetuity! Submit nowContinue reading “Chicago Zine Fest’s Zinester Directory”
On March 27, Congress passed The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a $2 trillion economic relief package intended to help workers, families, and small businesses with the economic impacts of COVID-19. But federal regulation dating back to the ’70s bars anyone whose work is of a “prurient sexual nature” from receiving reliefContinue reading ““‘We’ve Always Taken Care Of Each Other’: How Sex Workers Are Coping During COVID-19””
INTERNATIONAL WHORES’ DAY NYC DIGITAL RALLYJUNE 2 @ 12-2PM EST Sex worker-hosted online rally + social takeover to honor the 45th #InternationalWhoresDay global protests! Stay up to date, RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/IWDNYC2020
The official clemency process is dubious and daunting, but we’re still pursuing it. If you’re an anti-racist lawyer who’s serious about showing up (ie down to advise and help file pro bono) for incarcerated sex working people, get in touch. As we navigate those “official” channels, help support our popular defense campaign by putting pressureContinue reading “Clemency Process Update”
The recording from our zine reading and talk back with our comrades Red and Alisha Walker, hosted by Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center is now LIVE online! We made sure to include lots of resource links in the video’s description too! Zine Reading + Talk Back with Alisha Walker Transcript Matilda:Here we go. Good morning,Continue reading “Zine Reading + Talk Back with Alisha Walker”
Alisha just called with an update! As of Saturday, May 2nd, 2:30pm est: Each incarcerated person inside Decatur has been given one (and only one) “medical grade” mask with their name and ID number written across the front of it in sharpie (so all they can smell are the marker fumes). She also mentioned that theContinue reading ““We got masks today.””
We got word from Alisha last night (4/28/2020) that Decatur had put itself on “Level 1 Lockdown,” as of a few minutes ago we still believed she’d be able to leave her cell for scheduled video visits. However, an email she sent early this (4/29) afternoon that just posted notified Red that all video visitsContinue reading “Level 1 Lockdown”
Much love to everyone who joined us and Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center for our Zine Reading & Talk Back with Alisha this past Friday! We’ll have a recording up ASAP as well—and we wanted to make a findable post for all those shoutouts we made during the event! We highly suggest following Survived andContinue reading “Thanks for Watching!”
Join inside and outside comrades from the Support Ho(s)e Collective for a zine reading, history of organizing and a conditions update from inside an Illinois prison on Friday, April 24th 2020. This event will be held over Zoom, please RSVP for a meeting link. Participant Bios :Red (they/them) makes zines that center sex worker organizing,Continue reading “Let Sex Workers Survive”
We wanted to thank everyone for joining us for Survived and Punished’s #FreeThemAll: Defending Criminalized Survivors Webinar! Special thanks to all the amazing speakers + organizers for sharing their knowledge and campaigns! Here’s the webinar recording if you weren’t able to join!
Check out @survivepunish‘s “#FreeThemAll: Defending Criminalized Survivors” Webinar –one of our organizers talks about Alisha’s case and shares updates from her! Watch here.
Join the #FreeThemAll: Defending Criminalized Survivors Webinar. We’ll be talking about our work building a grassroots defense campaign with Alisha and inside/outside sex worker organizing. Learn more about current survivor defense campaigns and how you can take action to #FreeThemAll! #SurvivedAndPunished Register at bit.ly/DefendSurvivors2020
4/6/2020 Just got off a video visit with Alisha! GTL cancelled our 50min and swapped with a “free” 15min but kept our money. She was able to use the new kiosk on unit which meant a little more comfort (durag on, makeup off), and no awful “strip and squat” search prior to our visit. She’sContinue reading “Video Visit Update”
We’ll be participating in Survived and Punished’s “Free Them All” Week of Action from April 5th-11th! Check out the full list of events/actions here: bit.ly/SAAMFreeThemAll
We’ll be participating in the #FuckEARNIT Twitter Power Hour tomorrow with Hacking//Hustling! More details here: https://hackinghustling.org/earn-it-act/fuckearnit-twitter-power-hour/
https://www.slixa.com/blog/law/earnit-act-2020-breaks-encryption-for-sex-workers/ One of our organizers spoke with Kate for this piece, “Many of us…have [now] taken up this work against EARN IT. We see this newly proposed bill as a part of the dangerous legacy of SESTA/FOSTA, the PATRIOT Act and other insidious state surveillance efforts; bent on censorship and punishment.“
Our hearts are with our Colectivo Intercultural TRANSgrediendo comrades, our hearts are breaking. Rest In Power, Lorena. Your life, wisdom, work and support have touched so many. You’ve truly blessed us. Please support her organizing home and family, in honor of her memory: https://www.gofundme.com/f/transgender-people-emergency-fund-101
TAKE ACTION: We’re joining the movement to demand Gavin Newsom, JB Pritzker, Governor Andrew Cuomo grant #ClemencyNow to all those vulnerable to #COVID19 (EVERYONE IN JAILS/PRISONS). This is a public health crisis & it’s been time to #LetThemGo #ClemencyCoast2Coast #FreeThemAll4PublicHealth Use the toolkit at bit.ly/ClemencyCoast2Coast to get involved!
The recorded video presentation from a community education call, “WTF is Earn It?” is now live! Check the link above! Hacking//Hustling will be updating this page constantly as new resources, actions, and information about stopping the Earn It bill develop!
We’re taking time today, in spite of the fear and anxieties swirling within us to take stock of the last four years. Today, we’re turning 4 years young as a collective!!! In late March of 2016, we organized our first demonstration in solidarity with Alisha Walker and all criminalized/incarcerated sex workers who had survived violence.Continue reading “Today, we’re turning 4 years young as a collective!!!”
We finally got word from another one of our comrades who’s currently incarcerated in Illinois right now. On 3/21 Lorena (pseudonym) wrote us:“So I am here on an immigration warrant, I was at work release and tried to fix my green card and it put a red flag out and got me a warrant.. MyContinue reading “Updates from Lorena!”
Tuesday, 3/24 Afternoon Call LeLe, and many others inside, elected to get flu shots that were being offered by Decatur yesterday. Last night through this morning Alisha and others she knows on unit, including a close friend experienced allergic reactions as a result of the shots ranging from mild to serious. Alisha’s friend went intoContinue reading “Updates from Alisha!”
Join us for an informative call on the EARN IT ACT with sex workers, lawyers, and digital security experts to learn more! You MUST register for this call. There are only a few spots left! Tomorrow!! March 25th @ 6:30PM EST
Please join our comrades tonight, Tuesday, 3/24, 9 PM EST at the Urban Survivors Union for a sex worker organizing call and strategy session. You can use gotomeet.me/usucall or on your phone in the US: +1 (872) 240-3412 Access Code: 177-648-909
3/21 Morning Call Decatur has implemented “Administrative Quarantine” furthering their lockdown practices. The incarcerated mothers with babies have been released. Many had no where to go, LeLe heard some had been sent to shelters/hotels but has no way of confirming this. She’s worried for them. She’s worried for herself and those left caged. They prisonContinue reading “Updates from LeLe”
3/18/2020 More updates from Alisha, as of this afternoon! Red and LeLe had a check-in call, LeLe’s voice was bright and hopeful. Alisha let us know that so far no one inside Decatur is sick/showing signs of symptoms, commissary is still open, and soap is still available. LeLe is super worried about her fellow incarceratedContinue reading “Updates from Alisha!”
Red spoke with Alisha on Friday (3/13), and LeLe said Decatur is going on lockdown. All in-person visitation has been cancelled, and video visits are tentatively going forward, but that it is unclear if GTL tech staff will be allowed into the prison for technical support and administration of video visitation. LeLe also mentioned thatContinue reading “Updates from LeLe during this on-going pandemic:”
We hope you’re spending the day honoring your struggle and remembering the radical whores in your life–and those that have come before. Here’s to mutual aid, here’s to a world without police/prisons, here’s to decriminalized survival! #ISWRD
LeLe finally has access to phone use again!!! Red just got a call this (2/18) morning! Alisha is doing alright, considering. She wanted folx who had tried to email while she was on b grade to know that she should have access to connect network again now too—but you might have to resend your messages!Continue reading “No longer on B Grade!”
Much love to everyone who tuned into our #HoPowerHour today on Twitter to celebrate Alisha’s birthday with us! Follow us there too, if you don’t already: @supporthosechi Thank you for amplifying LeLe’s resilience and story! Here’s to building more radical care that uplifts all those who love themselves so much, they survive, by any means. #HappyBirthdayLeLe
Thanks to everyone who celebrated Alisha (and her birthday) with us this evening (Feb. 8th) at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center. After the upsetting news we got earlier today about LeLe being targeted for ticketing harassment again, this gathering generated much needed love, rage, comradeship and 🍰! We love you LeLe! We’re with you!No oneContinue reading “LeLe’s Birthday Cards”
From Black and Pink: Milwaukee: Check out this #freechrystul postcard – gratitude to Cell Block to City Block Sacramento for artwork! Great for card/letter writing events! More resources coming soon! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VwwNCT6tl40u8CxScrspgm1y8wSyaoJN/view
Our beautiful comrades with @MomsUnitedChi are hosting a “Valentines Against Violence & Incarceration” letter writing event, and will also be gathering letters for Alisha’s birthday! Please come through! https://www.facebook.com/events/593563957863689/
Help us wish our friend and organizing comrade Happy Birthday! Join us for Happy Birthday, LeLe! Letter Writing at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center on Saturday, February 8th from 5:30 – 6:30pm! Not in NYC? Here are some ways to support and show birthday love for Alisha: Please write to Alisha by mail:Ms. Alisha Walker #Y12381Decatur CorrectionalPO BOX 3066Decatur,Continue reading “Happy 27th Birthday LeLe”
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OlRrrm2fkk7sjKyRiTwxrdBKQY58eIooc62_OtWsKRs/edit This is our working document of best practices for writing to comrades inside (especially former sex working/trading comrades who are criminalized survivors). See also the amazing resource that Survived & Punished has debuted around organizing your own letter writing events: https://survivedandpunished.org/toolkit-for-organizing-letterwriting-events/
It may be a new year, but we’re our same old “fuck prison” selves. LeLe sends love and appreciation to everyone who sent holiday solidarity! Below are some reflections from Red about their visit: Finally getting together my notes and reflections (that I can share on here) from our visit. Reeling from the news ofContinue reading “From yesterday’s (01/02/2020) trip to see Alisha.”
BE IT RESOLVED, NLG condemns SESTA-FOSTA and all attempts to further criminalize people’s involvement in the sex trade. NLG is in solidarity with the plaintiffs in Woodhull Freedom Foundation et al. v. United States and all others harmed by SESTA-FOSTA. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, in line with the 2016 NLG Resolution Supporting the Abolition of Prisons, theContinue reading ““Resolution Condemning SESTA-FOSTA””
Where our NYC comrades will be next!Kink Out: Leather Lit Day at MoMA PS1! From Kink Out: As an extension of Kink Out’s residency at MoMA PS1, LEATHER LIT DAY on January 11th, brings together kink and sex working people and allies for a day of storytelling, zine making, and community building. PROGRAM2–5pm zine making, facilitated by NikoContinue reading “Kink Out: Leather Lit Day”
So thankful for the support and resourcing that Third Wave Fund unapologetically gives to sex worker organizing! Eternally grateful for the care and labor of everyone involved in the Sex Worker Giving Circle. Support them here, so they can continue to fund our movements: https://thirdwavefund.giv.sh/96cd 🌹 Grantees Announcement! We’ve committed over $800,000 to sex worker-led groups in justContinue reading “We Supported Sex Worker Brilliance in 2019”
December 18th, 2019 On our way to see LeLe! Excited to see our beautiful comrade and catch up in person! Shoutout to the comrade at the IDEVASW vigil last night who gave us cash to use on vending machines for visitation today! Want to support Alisha? Give here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/support-alisha-walker
Just got home from our December 17th protest vigil and community gathering. I kept thinking about what LeLe said on the phone this morning, “Tell people I’ve only got one more D17 inside, then I’ll be out there with y’all fighting. Remind people about all the hos in county and all us in here!” I’mContinue reading “December 17th Protest Vigil and Community Gathering”
People asked us for the piece that Red shared this evening for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, below is their introductory statement and Alisha’s poem. Tonight I’m reading a poem written by my friend and comrade Alisha Walker. Alisha is a self-described queer, mixed, Black woman and unapologetic whore. She is aContinue reading “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Statement”
Please join us in solidarity for International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. There will be a protest vigil and community gathering. We’ll gather in Millennium Park beginning at 4:30pm at the Millennium Monument corner of Randolph & Michigan (looks like a colonnade), for a vigil action to hold space for those we’ve lostContinue reading “TODAY! Chicago! December 17th!”
It is at once a preposterous and necessary act, to demand an end to violence against sex workers. I cannot help but be reminded, at this moment in the midst of the extended decrepitude of American moral authority and prerogative, of another, equally preposterous and necessary ask, on behalf of Black lives, and wonder howContinue reading “Reflecting on December 17th”
Our collective’s statement read by our dear comrade Julie at last night’s vigil to remember Yang Song —so much love to Red Canary Song for holding space. Yang Song Statement Transcript Julie:Hi, everyone. The Support Ho(s)e Collective sends its love and solidarity to Red Canary Song and all of you today who want an endContinue reading “Julie Reading Our Collective’s Statement”
Our collective’s statement, that our comrade Julie read, for this evening’s vigil action for Yang Song: The Support Ho(s)e Collective sends its love and solidarity to Red Canary Song and all of you today who want an end to the harassment and criminalization of our immigrant, migrant, and sex working communities. Like our comrades inContinue reading “Our Statement at Song Yang’s Vigil”
Today, in Flushing Queens comrades will gather to mourn the death of Yang Song and share collective outrage at the continued criminalization of massage and sex working migrant people. We send love, support and righteous anger as we rise up alongside our comrades today. Alisha wanted to share these words with folx as they headContinue reading “Mourning the Death of Yang Song”
From our comrades Red Canary Song* Vigil for Yang Song * Time: Saturday 11/30 3-6PMLocation: 40th Road (near the LIRR tracks), FlushingRain Location: Chinese Democracy Club/Flushing Quaker Meeting House We are gathering for a vigil to honor the life of Yang Song, who passed away after a police raid at the massage parlor where sheContinue reading “Song Yang’s Vigil”
We’re over the moon about this latest Letter Writing resource from Survived and Punished! Ever wanted to host your own letter writing event but didn’t know exactly where to start? Check this out! And if you use it, make a donation to S&P to support their beautiful, necessary work!
Please save the date Saturday, November 30th and show up to hold space with Red Canary Song as community uplifts the memory of #YangSong and continues the fight against criminalization of massage and sex working migrant people. Vigil action from 2-5PM on 40th Road near the LIRR tracks in Flushing, Queens. Watch this video created collaboratively by KinkContinue reading “Red Canary Song: Fly in Power”
Next Week! Many thanks to Kink Out & the Leslie Lohman Museum for organizing and hosting! One of our comrades will be speaking on this panel discussing art, politics and queer liberation organizing! Tuesday, November 19, 20196:30-8:30 PM Bow Down is a conversation between queer kink sex workers who discuss their particular field ofContinue reading “BOW DOWN: QUEER KINK SEX WORKER PANEL”
Coverage from the Hacking//Hustling Convening two of our comrades presented at!
Hacking//Hustling @ Harvard was a truly life-giving and labor-affirming convening. Here are just a few candids from the convening! In one, you can see Red holding a mic to the phone, sharing the floor with LeLe. So much love and appreciation to everyone who helped Hacking//Hustling realize this convening. So much love to those whoContinue reading “It’s been just under a week since sex workers and accomplices converged on Harvard!”
Alisha and Red will be speaking about their experiences building a friendship mediated by prison tech and surveillance, and the challenges of inside/outside organizing. If LeLe is prevented from calling in we’ll have written remarks to share too!
So much love and appreciation to everyone who came out and joined us for our letter writing event last night, co-hosted by our dear comrades Survived & Punished New York and Red Light Reader. The evening was filled with food, and stories and meeting new comrades and catching up with old friends. Together we wrote 77 letters toContinue reading “Letter Writing with Survived & Punished New York and Red Light Reader”
Just had a video visit with Alisha this morning! Of course the quality of the video was terrible and the sound kept cutting in and out, again. This has become expected, but no less frustrating. We caught up on organizing tasks for our collective, what she’s reading now (digging into some romance novels after finishingContinue reading “Today’s Video Visit”
The Support Ho(s)e Collective sends its love and solidarity to our comrades in the No New Jails NYC coalition and to all of you today who want an end to the criminalization and caging of our sex working and hustling communities. Our collective is comprised of current and former sex workers and militant co-conspirators. WeContinue reading “No New Jails NYC Statement”
We’ll be sending a statement in solidarity with No New Jails NYC, primarily foregrounding our comrade, #AlishaWalker’s, experiences with pre-trial detention in Cook County jail. Her insight, fight and fire guides us—#NoNewJails anywhere. ever. See y’all there.
Some of our zines are back in stock at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center in NYC! You can also snag copies at Quimby’s Bookstore NYC and Quimby’s Bookstore in Chicago! All proceeds benefit our organizing efforts and our comrade Alisha!
Adjusting to life post-release requires caring support networks and funds. One of our recently released comrades needs our collective help to relocate and pay for housing, and repair a damaged car. Support survivors, give what you can and/or amplify this ask! Venmo us urgently needed funds: @SxHxCollective
Just had a video visit with Alisha! Of course the quality of the video was terrible and the sound kept cutting in and out, but we perservered. We caught up on organizing tasks for our collective, CO drama which seems never ending, and how she’s preparing remarks for Aaron’s students. She recited a sonnet she’sContinue reading “Recent Video Visit”
bit.ly/SxHxLetterWriting Things to keep in mind before you begin writing: These letters are important gestures, but they can do work beyond that. Receiving mail can be a form of harm reduction, it signals to the prison guards that your comrade has people on the outside who are concerned with their well-being. It can also signalContinue reading “SxHx Letter Writing Resource: LIST OF BEST PRACTICES, HOW TO’S, RESOURCES AND LEARNED LESSONS FOR CORRESPONDING WITH COMRADES INSIDE”
Here’s to building toward more radical Ho love now! More on the 1st annual International Sex Worker Pride: NSWP is launching a fourth International sex worker rights day, Sex Worker Pride, taking place on 14th September each year. This day will celebrate sex workers’ self-determination and enhanced visibility and show the achievements of sex worker-led organisations.Continue reading “Happy Sex Worker Pride from some of our organizers!”
We rallied alongside our comrades in No New Jails NYC this morning! We believe in police and prison abolition, full stop. One of our organizers, was proud to have been in community with Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center and Survived & Punished New York in crafting their respective statements of solidarity with the No New Jails NYC coalition! There will beContinue reading “No New Jails Rally”
Join our comrades No New Jails NYC for their No New Jails City Council Public Hearing TOMORROW! We’ll be joining the gathering directly before the hearing! We will be meeting in City Hall Park from 8:00-9:30am to lift our voices alonside those going in to share statements, rage and community love. We will give each other strength!
Coming up on Saturday Sept. 14th in NYC! Join our comrades Survived & Punished New York for this teach-in about visiting folx on the inside!
This past week the amazing crew from Under The Red Umbrella Documentary visited us and spoke with a couple of our organizers (we missed you Donna Gary + Aaron, and of course, Decatur is still preventing LeLe from being a part of any sort of video documentation)! We talked at length about how we formed as a collective, howContinue reading “Under The Red Umbrella Documentary”
My best friend and Lele were able to meet and visit today! The visitation room still hasn’t restocked bottled water, but the three of us got to bond and the COs weren’t the absolute worst this time.
Yesterday was a solo trip to see Alisha. Those drives are filled with corn fields and rage. It’s tradition though at this point; a full range of photos documenting visits over the years, so who am I to not take one even though I felt and looked worse for wear. We had a great longContinue reading “One of our organizers went out to see Alisha on August 10th:”
ALL OUT NYC!!! Join our comrades DecrimNY for a teach-in and canvass tomorrow! https://www.facebook.com/events/880317355672359/ Decrim NY is working to end criminalization of sex work because it will make sex workers and trafficking survivors safer from violence by clients and the police. It also decriminalizes mutual aid strategies like sharing a home with a sex worker!Continue reading “Decrim vs. End Demand”
Join Moms United and Northside Transformative Law Center for a dinner, panel and facilitated discussion, in a fully accessible location, about the ways in which moms, overwhelmingly poor moms and disproportionately moms of color are criminalized out of abusive/coercive circumstances. This includes legal theories of “failure to protect”, as well as accountability laws in whichContinue reading “Super Mom Myths”
Look at our beautiful comrade! Have you been looking for ways to support Alisha? Please donate toward commissary and visitation needs here: https://www.gofundme.com/support-alisha-walker You can also contribute via Venmo now: @SxHxCollective Please sign and share this petition created by a supporter:www.care2.com/FreeAlisha Please write to Alisha by mail:Ms. Alisha Walker #Y12381Decatur CorrectionalPO BOX 3066Decatur, IL 62524 Please writeContinue reading “LeLe sent us updated photos!”
From our comrades Los Colibríes Community Garden: Last night we were fortunate to be able to host the third film in the Cine Respaldo film series, Live Nude Girls Unite! So grateful for all the folks who came out; for Red from Support Ho(s)e / Justice for Alisha Walker, who provided dope insight into the film &Continue reading “Cine Respaldo film series”
Join us tonight! Rescheduled due to rain, this film screening of “Live Nude Girls Unite!” and discussion will talk radical sex worker organizing and unions! $5 suggested donation and lots of zines available to support our comrade Alisha Walker! https://www.facebook.com/events/628128754359097/
Join us for the third event in the “Ciné Respaldo” film series, centering women and femmes in revolutionary struggle. Live Nude Girls, Unite! (2000) documents a San Francisco strip club’s attempt to unionize. Fed up with issues from racial discrimination, to safety / privacy concerns, to unpaid sick leave, the sex workers organize and exploreContinue reading “Live Nude Girls Unite”
We brought her a copy of Emily Thuma’s “All Our Trials” and some of her favorite magazines (unfortunately the racist mailroom at Decatur censors Source Magazine now, so we couldn’t bring that one in to her). We spent over 5 hours with our friend, and have lots to share in reflection posts soon! Want toContinue reading “A few of us roadtripped to see Alisha yesterday!”
From our comrades and funders Third Wave Fund: Come party with us and the 2019 Fellows at our SWGC x Pride event on 6/25 from 6-8 pm Friends and Lovers!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀We’ll be honoring 50 years of Stonewall, Pride, & the legacy of sex worker leaders like Marsha P. Johnson & Sylvia Rivera. And, we’ll celebrate the SWGC, theContinue reading “Sex Worker Giving Circle x Pride”
Help Decrim NY get rid of the racist and trasphobic “walking while trans” ban (by passing S2253) and expand relief for survivors of trafficking (by passing S4981a)! Police perpetrate the most violence against folx in the sex trades–help shut that down by supporting DECRIM! Take 2 Minutes to CALL Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins 518-455-2585 and citeContinue reading “TODAY last day of the NY legislature!”
Today Decrim NY is doing a call storm to urge state legislative leadership to pass our two bills (repeal the “walking while trans” ban and expand criminal record relief for trafficking survivors) before the end of the session. The loitering repeal bill has passed out of committee in the Assembly, while the record relief bill has passedContinue reading “Protect Trans Community: Make 2 Calls Today”
Thank you to Decrim NY, Red Canary Song and our hosts Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center for making this possible! Over 100 people turned out and shared space. Amazing artists, activists and organizers talked Decrim, police/prison abolition, direct action, creative resistance, queer liberation, honoring trans elders and leadership, supporting incarcerated criminalized survivors and even wheatpasting tactics! WeContinue reading “A resounding thank you to everyone who showed up for sex worker comrades last night!”
During the Morning/Afternoon, join Queens community members at the #TGNCSilentWalk during the Queens Pride March: https://www.facebook.com/events/2099088717070335/ Then head over to Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center by 7pm for an indoor program organized by Justice for Alisha Walker, Decrim NY and Red Canary Song! Come celebrate sex worker resistance, zines, art and organizing! We’ll be wheatpasting the lower east side afterward withContinue reading “Tomorrow is International Whores Day!!!”
This weekend! Chicago! We’d love for you to check out @chicagozinefest, where our comrade @CloveScented is tabling (table C10) with our #zines and merch! All proceeds go toward supporting our organizing work and LeLe’s commissary needs!
This Saturday! One of our organizers, Red, will be reading from a selection of our zines at Stigma Unbound’s latest event! Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2252657758327592/
Some of our beautiful joint collage creations from our Sex Worker Centered Craft Night at Bluestockings, co-organized with Hacking//Hustling! Sex workers make art! Sex workers are craftivists!
Please donate toward commissary and visitation needs here:https://www.gofundme.com/support-alisha-walker Please sign and share this petition created by a supporter:www.care2.com/FreeAlisha Please write to Alisha by mail:Ms. Alisha Walker #Y12381Decatur CorrectionalPO BOX 3066Decatur, IL 62524 Please write to Alisha via Connect Network email:https://web.connectnetwork.comusing Alisha’s ‘inmate number’ Y12381 and state IL Share this video about Alisha’s case, created by us, BarnardContinue reading “Looking for ways to support Alisha?”
Hacking//Hustling and the Support Ho(s)e Collective hosted an evening of radical craftivist making at Bluestockings Bookstore, Cafe, and Activist Center on May 8th, 2019! Current and former sex working/trading people of all industry or survival strategies were joined by co-conspirators and accomplices to collage and hold space together. Check out the art that was madeContinue reading “Craftivism: Hacking//Hustling partnered with the Support Ho(s)e Collective”
Join Hacking//Hustling and the Support Ho(s)e Collective for an evening of radical craftivist making! Current and former sex working/trading people of all industry or survival strategies welcome! Co-conspirators and accomplices please join us, but be mindful of the space you’re sharing. Bring collage making materials and let’s make art for our movement!
Beautiful images of beautiful resistance and love. Endless thanks to everyone who made today’s gathering what it was. Deep gratitude to Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration and to all our co-sponsoring comrade organizations. Photos by Love & Struggle Photography. ### Alisha sent us the follow to share on her behalf, since the state of Illinois is stillContinue reading “Survival is not a crime!”
From NYC comradesin struggle: Join F2L and For Keisha as we pack the Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn TOMORROW 4/29 to support Keisha Robinson, a Black transwoman facing 10 – 50 years in prison for defending herself and another sex worker from violent attacks. We demand that District Attorney Eric Gonzalez drop all chargesContinue reading “For Keisha!”
We’re so humbled to be co-sponsoring and participating in this beautiful event again! Some of our Chicago comrades will be there to share Alisha’s words and her story on her behalf. Join us along with our comrades Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, Chicago Books to Women in Prison, Chicago Workers’ Collaborative, Circles & Ciphers, Love & Protect, Uptown People’sContinue reading “Incarcerated Mother’s Day Vigil (6th Annual)”
One of our NYC collective members will be speaking this Saturday! On April 6th, Donna, will be speaking at Pratt’s Take Back The Night event! This year, their theme surrounds the lived experiences of sex workers specifically in the areas of destigmatizing, humanizing, and decriminalizing sex work. Donna will be speaking about the case ofContinue reading “Take Back The Night”
In this episode of Fifty Feminist States, Amelia travels to back to New York to talk to Support Ho(s)e organizer Red about their work organizing for the defense of Alisha Walker and what it really means to support sex work and sex workers. http://fiftyfeministstates.com/episode-9-part-two-new-york/
We were proud to join our comrades in Red Canary Song 红莺歌 at their teach-in this past Friday, March 29th, to counter the carceral anti-massage (and sex) worker narratives being pushed by CM Koo and the NYPD in Flushing, Queens! RCS distributed hundreds of pages of resources, know your rights documents, statements from migrant massage workers, informationContinue reading “Red Canary Song Teach-In”
Our NYC crew (Aaron, Donna and Red) raised $300 for Alisha’s commissary and communications needs through our zine sales! Many thanks to all the wonderful zine fest organizers– who also invited one of our organizers to hold a workshop and zine reading on how to not be a jerk to sex workers! Red highlighted AlishaContinue reading “Here’s a little recap from NYC Feminist Zinefest 2019 yesterday!”
In the days and weeks immediately following Verso’s announcement of the release of Revolting Prostitutes: The Fight for Sex Workers’ Rights, sex work-centered social media erupted in unprecedented and rightful excitement. Several months after its release, the buzz continues. April 1, 2019 / by Brit Schulte Read the full article here.