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!”
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
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
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!
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
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”
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
[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”
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
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 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”
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”
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
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/
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
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!”
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”
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”
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”
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.
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!
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”
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”
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”
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/
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”
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!”
This Sunday (3/31) Join us for Support Ho(s)e at NYC Feminist Zine Fest! All proceeds from our zine sales go to support our comrade #AlishaWalker and our organizing efforts!
This Friday (3/29) We will be holding space and presenting a statement of solidarity with migrant massage and sex working people at Red Canary Song’s community sidewalk teach-in to counter the carceral narratives being used against sex workers in Flushing!
3/3/2019 We’re still processing all of the beauty and strength that was the Survived and Punished’s Defending Survivors,Liberating Futures: S & P National Convening this weekend! Thank you to everyone who held that space! Thank you to Mariame Kaba who uplifted Alisha, and other survivors in song. Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table and signed clemency petitionsContinue reading “Defending Survivors, Liberating Futures: S & P National Convening”
We are proud coalition members. Decrim NY advocates and organizes to shape New York City and State policy and public opinion around people in the sex trades. We seek to improve the lives of people who perform sexual labor by choice, circumstance, or coercion, people profiled as such, and communities impacted by the criminalization ofContinue reading “On February 25th, Decrim NY launched!”
Really want some swag to show off your support? Mark your calendars and join us again at NYC Feminist Zine Fest 2019 on 3/31 to pick up our zines and merch to support #AlishaWalker and our work! From NYC FZF: Save the date & spread the word! NYC’s biggest & most-feminist-themed zinefest is BACK! Come join us for aContinue reading “NYC Feminist Zine Fest 2019”
https://www.facebook.com/events/146046696320709/ Continue the birthday love for Alisha by showing up for other criminalized survivors! Join us as we engage in a public visibility demonstration to let Milwaukee know that we will not let criminalized survivor Chrystul Kizer be disappeared! We will be gathering at the intersection of Martin Luther King Drive and Locust Street inContinue reading “TODAY! Join the Free Chrystul Kizer Defense campaign!”
Thank you to all who came out to @bluestockings (even though it was cold because their heater broke!) to write Happy Birthday cards of love and support to Alisha! Not NYC or Chicago based but still want to send letters of love and support? Check out this resource from @survivepunish and organize your own letter writing event: https://survivedandpunished.org/guide-to-writing-letters/ … –Alisha’s birthdayContinue reading “Happy Birthday Cards of Love”
It’s Alisha’s Birthday Month! She’ll turn 26 on February 11th! All February we’re going to be signal-boosting ways to support and center LeLe.Be watching for events, resources, and ways to donate directly to her commissary and visitation fund! For Day One! Check out Happy Birthday LeLe! Card Writing Party! at Bluestockings Bookstore, Café, & Activist Center TODAY at 4:30pmContinue reading “Happy Birthday LeLe”
Join us in the cafe area of Bluestockings Books in NYC from 4:30pm until 6:30pm on Friday, February 1st to help us wish Alisha a Happy 26th Birthday by sending a card or letter of love! ((Her actual birthday is February 11th, but we want to make sure she gets her notes of love andContinue reading “Happy 26th Birthday Alisha”
We’ll be sharing ways to support incarcerated sex workers, broader community resources and resistance in honor of today, December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. If you’re in downstate Illinois we urge you to check out an event being organized by a close comrade in Champaign, IL at the Art Theatre atContinue reading “IDEVASW Details”
December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, in this Monday! This year we’ve lost at least 49 community members. Join fellow sex workers, comrades and co-strugglers on December 17th to remember our fallen. This is a day to recommit yourself to the fight for sex workers’ rights and safety. Show up. ShowContinue reading “IDEVASW 2018”
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 forContinue reading “Remembering Yang Song”
From F2L:We need people to join us this week as we do emergency trial support for Yusef Johnson, a young gay Black sex worker, who is facing 5 to 25 years in prison for crimes arising out of sex work contexts. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office has charged Yusef with multiple robbery charges. The prosecutionContinue reading “SIGN UP FOR EMERGENCY TRIAL SUPPORT 11/13 & 11/14”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Queens, New York – Sex Workers, Massage Parlor Workers and their supporters will hold a community vigil, “Remembering Yang Song,” taking place at 2:30PM EST outside of her former workplace, 135-32 40th Rd in Flushing, on November 25th, 2018. Last year, November 26th 2017, 38 year old Yang Song died after a raid on her workplace inContinue reading “Remembering Yang Song”
Mourn, Heal, Organize. December 17th, Chicago. Help Sex Workers Hold Space to Heal.
https://www.facebook.com/events/249477425749853/ We are so honored and thrilled to be a part of this Free School! Join us Saturday 10/27 for conversations and strategy sessions around accountability in sex working and trading communities. We’ll specifically be addressing barriers to community safety/accountability in a post-SESTA/FOSTA world, and how we’ve navigated accountability around having incarcerated members in ourContinue reading “Free School”
Please join us in solidarity for the annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This will be a solemn event centered around systemic violence towards sex workers. We will gather outside at Daley Plaza at 5:30pm to speak the names of those we’ve lost this year, we will hold a moment of rageContinue reading “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”
Tomorrow! Join us as we participate in this Twitter Power Hour supporting the work of Survived & Punished and the research and data from Invisible No More! Use the tags #DVAM and #InvisibleNoMore to participate.
Last year, the NYPD murdered one of our community members. On Sunday, November 26th 2017, 38 year old Yang Song died after a raid on her workplace in Queens the previous evening. Meet at her former work space: 135-32 40th Rd in Flushing, for a vigil to remember and lift up our fallen comrade andContinue reading “Shame on the NYPD!”
Hey y’all! We’ll be tabling at the Survived and Punished NY curriculum launch, “No Selves to Defend: Criminalizing Survival” on October 16th at the Newschool. The event is sold out, but for those already holding ticket we’ll see you there! For those looking for access to the curriculum: https://survivedandpunished.org/2018/09/23/2018curriculum/
A new federal law called SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act) has endangered sex workers and resulted in their erasure from online platforms that once provided work, community and safety. Organized in collaboration with Melissa Gira Grant and Danielle Blunt, Hacking//Hustling: A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World is a two-day program of conversations and tacticalContinue reading “Hacking//Hustling: A Platform for Sex Workers in a Post-SESTA World”
Proud to have joined Survived & Punished NY for a light board action on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 at Foley Square to demand the immediate release and sentence commutation of our incarcerated comrades. Visit freethemny.com for more on how to support and get involved in the fight to free criminalized survivors!
Below are remarks from one of our organizers at the Stigma Unbound “Support Your Local Sex Worker” event at the Museum of Sex on Monday, September 10th, 2018: Free LeLe! Free GiGi! Power to ALL Sex Workers Now! As a performer and artist myself, my politics are intimately tied to my practice and I appreciate allContinue reading “Stigma Unbound’s “Support Your Local Sex Worker””
Here’s a link to the amazing Stigma Unbound “Support Your Local Sex Worker” event that took place at the Museum of Sex this past Monday! One of our organizers spoke, along with representatives from Lysistrata and the night’s beneficiary The Sex Workers Project!
https://mailchi.mp/eyebeam/internet-freedom-in-a-post-sesta-world-open-studios-more Mark your calendars! This gathering will feature a pop-up community centered art exhibition named in honor of a line from Alisha Walker’s speech that was delivered at multiple International Whores Day protests on June 2nd: “Whores Will Rise: Protest Art & Resistance Ephemera Against FOSTA/SESTA,” is a pop-up community art show, curated by BritContinue reading “Hacking//Hustling is just two weeks away!”
THE HOODOISIE is a live and live-streamed news show disseminating block-optic and radical perspectives on culture and politics. THE HOODOISIE is Ricardo Gamboa, Steven Beaudion, Jenny Casas, Lillianna Marisela Chavarria, Kristiana Rae Colón, Hils Franco, Gabriela Ibarra, Daniel Kisslinger, Ellen Mayer, Jesse Menendez, Karari Olvera Orozco, Charles Alexander Preston, Xavier Ramey, Lau Ramírez, Ashley Ray, Danielle Roper, LaSaia Honey Wade, Richard Wallace THIS HOODOISIE EXPLORESSEX WORK (IN HONOR OF LABOR DAY) Co-HostedContinue reading “THE HOODOISIE”
Thank you SlutWalk Chicago for having us out to speak about our comrade Alisha Walker’s case as well as how to show up for incarcerated sex workers and all criminalized survivors! Thank you for amplifying sex workers’ voices and our organizing efforts! Thank you for letting us take space to discuss the harmful new anti-loiteringContinue reading “Thank You SlutWalk Chicago”
TOMORROW!! Join us at Noon @ Chicago’s Water Tower Place for SlutWalk Chicago 2018 to learn about Alisha Walker’s case, how to show up for (incarcerated) sex workers and be vocal/bold in fighting whorephobia and Whore stigma! Look for our big banners!
Tuesday, July 24th @ 12 pm – 1 pm Central Hashtags: #NotLoiteringJustLiving #RahmVeto #LetUsSurvive Background: On June 27th, 2018 Chicago alderpeople voted in an amendment to the Municipal Code 8-4-016 which will create the offense of “prostitution-related loitering,” defined as “remaining in any one place under circumstances that would warrant a reasonable person to believeContinue reading “#NotLoiteringJustLiving Twitter Power Hour & Town Hall!”
https://www.facebook.com/events/621510764887826/ CHICAGO! We’ll be repping Alisha and the Support Ho(s)e collective at this year’s Slutwalk Chicago 2018! We’ll have zines for commissary donations and banners that need holding! Look for the Justice for Alisha Walker banner and red umbrellas!
A huge thank you to the Chicago Community Bond Fund for inviting the Support Ho(s)e collective and our comrades to lead a teach-in (shout out to our co-presenter LL!) on the intersections of sex worker advocacy and money bail/prison abolition. We covered the basics of Sex Work 101, expanded on current dangerous criminalizing legislation andContinue reading “Chicago Community Bond Fund”
Much love and support to our accomplices in the struggle for collective liberation! From A Tribe Called Cxnt: “We are really excited to announce that a portion of the proceeds from the marketplace is going to Justice for Alisha Walker. We know how crucial it is to support sex workers under this current administration and everyContinue reading “A Tribe Called Cunt”
TODAY begins the #SayHerName 2018 Week of Action coordinated by BYP 100! Check out https://byp100.lpages.co/sayhername2018/ for how to get involved and where to find local actions!
On Sunday June 10th we led a “Sex Work 101″ talk for Survived & Punished NYC! We discussed intentional, accurate, nuanced language and how to support criminalized survivors who have also traded or sold sex. Survived & Punished comrades asked thoughtful and excellent questions, made us feel supported, and we collectively brainstormed ways to become active inContinue reading “Sex Work 101”
Yesterday, International Whores Day, was truly incredible. An action some of us had only dreamed of for years, brought about in a time of rage of necessary resilience in opposition to SESTA/FOSTA, criminalization and police. The organizing, and planning was daunting, even for those of us who were experienced at street protests. We had almostContinue reading “Stop the War on the Whores”
Going to International Whores Day NYC direct action on June 2nd? Come make your posters, shirts, and whatever else you dream up on May 30th! Some supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Click through the image for event details!
May 22nd: Join us for an evening of conversation, community, and figure drawing at House or Darker at Lot 45 in BK. We are raising $ for Lysistrata, a SW mutual care fund and making images to signal boost and sell for International Whore’s Day. Red from Support Ho(s)e will be leading a conversation “The Whore Gazes Back,”Continue reading “Fundraiser for Lysistrata”
Our comrade Erica, reading a poem that Alisha wrote for her mama Sherri on Saturday, May 12th, at the Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration 5th annual Vigil for Incarcerated Mothers. Many formerly incarcerated mothers and their loved ones shared their stories, and participants uplifted and honored mothers who have been separated from their children byContinue reading “Alisha’s Poem Reading”
https://www.facebook.com/events/1880122642032641/ Join L&SS at our May General Meeting! We’ll be discussing May Day, the NYC-DSA convention, and sex worker organizing. Speakers will include Melissa Gira Grant, senior reporter at Fair Punishment and author of Playing the Whore, and Red, a community organizer with the Support Ho(s)e collective, Survived & Punished NYC and Survivors Against SESTA.Continue reading “L&SS General Meeting: Organizing Sex Workers”
Join Moms United and co-sponsoring orgs for our 5th annual Mother’s Day vigil and toiletry drive outside Cook County Jail, on the green, directly across from the main visitor’s gate. The median on which we hold the vigil is accessible insofar as there is no incline or stairs, but the ground can be difficult toContinue reading “5th Annual Mother’s Day Vigil”
Tonight! Join our NYC comrades in Brooklyn for a much needed fundraiser for Lysistrata Mutual Care Collective Fund! We’ll also be talking about our organizing efforts for International Whores Day on June 2nd!
One of our collective members will be presenting a poem Alisha wrote for her mama Sherri at this year’s Incarcerated Mother’s Day! This will be our third year talking about our work to free our comrade, and the complexities of care-giving and sex working! You’ll recognize the piece being read as a part of LeLe’sContinue reading “Incarcerated Mother’s Day”
June 2nd, International Whores Day (also known as Día Internacional de las Putxs, PutaDei, International Sex Workers Day, Día Internacional de la Trabajadorx Sexual) is a day to gather sex working people, their co-conspirators, accomplices, loved ones and communities together in protest to demand an immediate cessation of police and state violence, the end ofContinue reading “International Whores’ Day 2018”
We were so excited to table at Survived & Punished’s Mass Commutations Convening “Free Them All” in NY this past weekend at Barnard! Got to connect with comrades who are doing crucial grassroots defense campaign work and building toward mass commutation efforts in California and New York. We spoke with folx about dangerous new criminalizing anti-sexContinue reading “Survived & Punished’s Mass Commutations Convening “Free Them All” in NY”
Hey y’all! Join us tomorrow at Survived & Punished’s NYC “Free Them All: A Mass Commutations Convening” to support and learn about the work of getting folx free! We’ll be tabling with literature, zines, petitions, and new comics for sale supporting our comrade, Alisha Walker.
FEMINIST ZINE FEST NYC ROUND UP! Sunday a jammed packed day! There were hundreds of amazing feminist babes who came out in droves to swap and share and snag zines from dozens of amazing zinesters at this year’s NYC Feminist Zine Fest! Eternal love and thanks to @jonastygram1 for always letting Support Ho(s)e table crash, @grl_trbl for the great companyContinue reading “NYC Feminist Zinefest”
Sex workers, survivors, accomplices and academic community supporters rallied and distributed ACCURATE information about sex work and decriminalization to debunk “Rescue Industry” myths last week! Here’s some of our community flyering outside of DePaul’s College of Law which was hosting an anti-sex worker event entitled “Why Legalizing Prostitution Promotes Sex Trafficking” on March 22nd. Security repeatedlyContinue reading “Shots from the action at DePaul!”
A flyer for tomorrow’s CHICAGO action! Sex Workers & Survivors United! Join sex workers, survivors, accomplices and community supporters as we rally and distribute ACCURATE information about sex work and decriminalization and debunk “Rescue Industry” myths! We are rallying outside of DePaul’s College of Law because they are hosting an anti-sex worker event entitled “WhyContinue reading “Sex Work Is Work”
Thanks Hunter College for such a great event! Joint presentation from Red, an organizer with Support Ho(s)e and Liz from The Sex Workers Project at the Urban Justice Center for “Common Time” at Hunter College’s School of Social Work. We got to share a sex worker centered toolkit Support Ho(s)e published last year for HealthContinue reading “Sex Work & Social Work Disrupting Institutional Violence”
Join sex workers, survivors, accomplices and community supporters as we rally and distribute ACCURATE information about sex work and decriminalization and debunk “Rescue Industry” myths! We are rallying outside of DePaul’s College of Law because they are hosting an anti-sex worker event entitled “Why Legalizing Prostitution Promotes Sex Trafficking.” More details about this terrible eventContinue reading “Sex Workers & Survivors United Against “Rescue Industry” Narratives”
So much love to the NYC Shut It Down crew who held their most recent #PeoplesMonday in honor of Yang Song! The images and videos of their march through Flushing, Queens were so powerful. Thank you for lifting up sex working people, demanding decriminalization of our labor and calling for an end to police terrorContinue reading “#PeoplesMonday”
TONIGHT! NYC/Queens! Join us as we take to the streets with NYC Shut It Down: The Grand Central Crew #blacklivesmatter in memory of our fallen fellow worker Yang Song! We demand and end to police raids, we demand full decriminalization of all sex work now! Cops out of massage parlors! Join us at tonight’s People’s Monday at 7 PMContinue reading “NYC Shut It Down: The Grand Central Crew”
For our rights, for our community, for radical care. Join NYC sex workers, service providers and trusted accomplices to celebrate this International Sex Workers’ Rights Day for an afternoon of organizing, knowledge sharing and resource provision. Lunch, metro cards and childcare provided. Location: Urban Justice Center, 40 Rector St. 11:00 AM – 3:30 PM RSVPContinue reading “International Sex Workers’ Rights Day”
https://teamup.com/ksohpqfbt3imk5w357 This calendar is an attempt to centralize all SW specific events in one spot for NYC and all the Burroughs. Please reach out if you want an event added!
Thank you to all who came out to support Ceyenne!! The judge’s ruling was an Adjourned for Consideration of Dismissal in the next 6 months. We will keep folx posted about how to continue to support Ceyenne. This was good news, even if she has to wait for the dismissal. It’s a break from theContinue reading “Justice for Ceyenne”
Tomorrow we’re meeting with International Women’s Strike US/ Paro Internacional de Mujeres EUANYC organizers to hopefully have more sex working people represented in their strike efforts! Thursday in NYC we’ll be at the Community Gathering & Court Support for Ceyenne! Thursday in Chicago we’ll be at Building Towards Freedom: Invisible No More w/ Andrea Ritchie, LaSaia Wade, &Continue reading “Updates!”
RSVP here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1183516328417662/ Andrea Ritchie will lead a teach-in based on her latest book, Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, a timely examination of how women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing individual stories in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violenceContinue reading “Join Love & Protect for a conversation with Andrea Ritchie, LaSaia Wade, and Eisha Love!”
https://www.facebook.com/events/2064160603609036/ We are helping to coordinate and build this community action to support our sister and community leader Ceyenne Doroshow! Please come through if you are NY based! On the night of December 18th, one of our community leaders, elders and advocates, Ceyenne was attacked by a long time abuser and had to defend herself.Continue reading “Community Gathering & Court Support for Ceyenne!”
We’ve got a lot of events we’re involved with in both Chicago & NYC/Brooklyn coming up and wanted to centralize our calendar here: Launch meeting of Survived & Punished NY chapter: December 10th 1-4pm Survived & Punished Webinar: Year End Updates & Discussion: Online, December 14th 7pm Emergency Rally for our Fallen Comrade Yang Song: Queens,Continue reading “Upcoming Events”
Amazing turn out at our holiday card writing party for incarcerated sex workers! In total about 20 people joined us to send cards to over 50 of over incarcerated fam. Many thanks to @bluestockings for space and @swopbehindbars for contact names/addresses! This holiday season, send cards to incarcerated sex workers! Show folx inside some love, and let them knowContinue reading “Holiday Card Writing Party”
***THIS EVENT IS IN NYC*** Join the NYC contigent of Support Ho(s)e and accomplices for an afternoon of holiday card writing/making for our incarcerated sex worker family. December 1st, meet at Bluestockings Books at 2PM-4PM and please feel free to bring card making supplies if you’re feeling creative! We’ll be sending letters and cards of love toContinue reading “Holiday Cards”
Thanks to all who held space out in the cold with us! #rightsnotrescue #fuckwhorephobia #sexworkiswork
Join sex workers and allies outside of the ‘Harms of Pornography’ conference, to voice resistance to the idea that sex work is inherently damaging, and that it promotes/motivates misogyny, and to provide more nuanced perspectives to those who wish to engage with us. The conference headliners are notoriously sex-shaming (particularly of BDSM/kink) and sex work-negative,Continue reading “Harms of Pornography”
Hey y’all! We’re gonna host a Twitter Power Hour on Sunday, October 1st from 1-2pm EST for Alisha! Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/supporthosechi to participate by retweeting, liking or tweeting your own content! Here are some sample Tweets for you to use, edit or inspire your own responses! ****** #AlishaWalker is being punished for surviving anContinue reading “HO POWER HOUR”
Hey y’all! One of our organizers, Sophie, will be speaking at this event! Sophie Bee is a writer, speaker, activist, and queer trans woman. She is an organizer with Support Ho(s)e, a radical collective of sex workers, clients, and trusted accomplices building community in Chicago. Support Ho(s)e also runs the Justice For Alisha Walker campaign (https://www.facebook.com/StandWithAlisha/)Continue reading “The Girl Talk: Gender Is A Drag Edition at The Hideout”
One of our organizers spoke at #SlutWalkChi about Alisha’s case and the need to center sex working people in anti-victim blaming, anti-slut shaming movements. During this event, one of our comrades was assaulted and arrested by the CPD, here’s a fundraiser supporting them: https://fundrazr.com/51GvGe You can also preorder a sticker in support of Lee here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/538648986/preorder-free-lee-stickerContinue reading “SlutWalk Chicago”
Very excited to be tabling at ZINEmercado – the Logan Square Independent Zine Fest! We’ll have zines and more merch benefiting our friend and collective member, Alisha Walker! See y’all Sunday!
We are excited to announce this roundtable discussion on July 16, 2017 with Red Schulte and the Support Ho(s)e organization to learn about their efforts to build a radical community for sex workers in Chicago, calling for the decriminalization of prostitution and demanding that sex workers, along with ALL workers, are guaranteed a full rangeContinue reading “COMFORT SOCIETY: THE POLITICS OF SEX WORK”
We will be facilitating this discussion, come thru!
This day, back in 1975, over 100 sex workers occupied the St. Nizier church in Lyon, France to demand respect, better working conditions and an end to police harassment/brutality. They held their occupation for 8 days. Since then sex workers all over the world, primarily in India, have kept this day alive and fighting! TodayContinue reading “HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WHORES’ DAY!”
Our Support Ho(s)e organized event Hos At Hideout was such a success! We could not have done it without y’all’s support! All told we raised over $800 for LeLe, her family and our organizing efforts!!! We danced, sang and lifted up those who couldn’t be with us because of state violence. Special thanks to GRÜN WASSER, The Stranger & Fake Limbs forContinue reading “Hos At Hideout”
The following are prepared remarks from one of our organizers, Red, who participated in last night’s “Sanctuary Dinner & Dialogue.” Red is also one of the artists being featured in the exhibition “Sanctuary: Art Exploring Refuge, Community, and Resistance” curated by the UIC’s Gender & Sexuality Center. In my piece, “The things that people sayContinue reading “Sanctuary Dinner & Dialogue”
How does the State function today? How is it the product of a history of Leftist struggles? Is there a way in which workers in the “Era of Trump” are able make sense of and redeem Labor’s history with the State, to develop, as Marxists contend, a dialectical, rather than affirmative or negative relation toContinue reading ““Labor And The State” with panelists: Bill Pelz, Djamil Arbia, and Brit Schulte”
The following are remarks from one of our organizers, Red, at today’s demonstration in solidarity with Native & Indigenous resistance. Red improved a bit in person, but their core message is the same: Hey y’all my name is Red and I’m an organizer here in Chicago. I’m here today to stand with The Water Protectors,Continue reading “Solidarity with #NoDAPLchi”
On December 17, a crowd of 30 formed a vigil in front of the Cloud Gate in Millennium Park to honor the lives of sex workers lost to violence. The vigil marked the end of a turbulent year that saw sex worker Alisha Walker sentenced to 15 years in prison after defending herself in a violentContinue reading ““Chicago sex workers demand the right to work without threat of violence””
December 17 is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. In Chicago, members of the collective Support Ho(s)e will be holding vigil with other community members, to remember sex workers who have been lost to violence. Criminalized sex workers are often forced into conditions that heighten the risk of state, intimate partner and client violence.Continue reading ““Chicago’s Support Ho(s)e Collective Will Hold Vigil for Fallen Sex Workers on #Dec17””
When Hos fight back, we win!
Sex workers returned April 29 to protest in downtown Chicago, this time in front of the North Michigan Avenue building that houses the French Consulate. The group of around 12 women and men carrying signs said French laws, passed in April, were undermining the safety and economic security of French sex-worker’s union by fining “johns.”Continue reading ““Sex workers protest in Chicago changes in French laws””
On November 4, 2015, the Loyola University Chicago chapter of the Platypus Affiliated Society hosted a panel discussion entitled “Women: The Longest Revolution?” The panelists were Margaret Power, professor of History at the Illinois Institute of Technology and the author or editor of several books on Latin American history and the political right; Brit Schulte,Continue reading ““Women: The Longest Revolution” with Magaret Power, Brit Schulte, Yasmin Nair”