Support Ho(s)e Turns 5!

Today, we’re turning 5 years young as a collective!!! We’re taking time to reflect on the last five years and invite you to support our work by donating to Alisha’s post-release fund, celebrating the launch of our latest yearbook zine and purchasing copies of our benefit zines + buttons! https://sxhxcollective.org/store/   In late March ofContinue reading “Support Ho(s)e Turns 5!”

RED CANARY SONG RESPONSE TO SHOOTINGS AT GOLD MASSAGE SPA, YOUNG’S ASIAN MASSAGE & AROMA THERAPY SPA

From the Red Canary Song solidarity + response statement: “Decriminalization of sex work is the only way that sex workers, massage workers, sex trafficking survivors, and anyone criminalized for their survival and/or livelihood will ever be safe.” We’ve signed on in support. Read the full statement here, listen to and act on its demands: ****Continue reading “RED CANARY SONG RESPONSE TO SHOOTINGS AT GOLD MASSAGE SPA, YOUNG’S ASIAN MASSAGE & AROMA THERAPY SPA”

Protect Asian Women, Asian Massage Parlor Workers, Asian Sex Workers

From Red Canary Song: “Eight workers in massage parlors have been killed in Atlanta. This is horrific, and is indicative of the violence that massage workers face daily. We are saddened and angered to learn of this, and we are sending our love to the workers in Atlanta.” Our hearts break and we are filledContinue reading “Protect Asian Women, Asian Massage Parlor Workers, Asian Sex Workers”

March 8th: International Working Women + Femmes Day!

From our dear comrade Caty Simon of Whose Corner Is It Anyway: This International Women’s Day, please donate to the 150 + low-income sex working, drug-using, housing insecure, Boricua, Dominican, Black, Native, and white cis and trans women of Whose Corner and all our organizing and mutual aid on each other’s behalf. Please help WhoseContinue reading “March 8th: International Working Women + Femmes Day!”

Guest Blog Post: Kristal Lis

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”

Audio Interference + Survived & Punished NY podcast episode featuring Alisha!

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!”

Introductions!

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!”

Updates from Alisha as of Tuesday, 7/14

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 from Alisha // Monday, July 6th

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”

“Sex Workers Have Never Counted on Cops. Let’s Learn From Their Safety Tactics.”

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.””

Donna’s Twitter Takeover!

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!”

Chrystul is FREE!

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!”

Aubri Esters, Presente!

“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!”

No time for electoral exceptionalism

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”

Support Ho(s)e IWD 2020 Statement

[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”

“If U Only Knew How They Were Really Doing Us”: Inside/Outside Communication During A Pandemic

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”

Today, we’re turning 4 years young as a collective!!!

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!!!”

“Resolution Condemning SESTA-FOSTA”

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””

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Statement

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”

Reflecting on 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”

Julie Reading Our Collective’s Statement

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 Statement at Song Yang’s Vigil

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”

No New Jails NYC Statement

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”

Today we’re turning 3 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. It was our first formal action as a collective.  Since then, we’ve fundraised, visited, developed friendships and organized alongside LeLe, protested, found pro bono legal aid for her, and launched aContinue reading “Today we’re turning 3 years young as a collective!!!”

Statement from our comrades Survived & Punished NY:

Cuomo Denies Clemency to Criminalized Survivors of Gender Violence For the eighth straight year, Governor Cuomo has refused to use his clemency power to combat the rampant criminalization of efforts to survive sexual and domestic violence. Survived and Punished NY denounces the governor’s decision to double down on his inaction, effectively abandoning incarcerated survivors of gender violence.Continue reading “Statement from our comrades Survived & Punished NY:”

URGENT ACTION NEEDED

There are 4 days left for @JohnKasich to sign the clemency petition for #AlexisMartin, who was a teen survivor of #trafficking when sentenced for 21-life for the actions of her exploiter. Call (614) 466-3555 & let him know WE ARE WATCHING! For more case details see: http://www.ohiojpc.org/ohio-supreme-court-ruling-demonstrates-deep-misunderstanding-of-human-trafficking/ 

THANK YOU! Anniversary Post

It’s been just over 2 years since sex workers and their trusted accomplices banded together to create “Support Ho(s)e,” we’re a small but mighty crew and we couldn’t have been nearly as impactful without the incredible community around us for support. Endless love to Alisha, her momma Sherri Chatman, and their whole family, for rolling withContinue reading “THANK YOU! Anniversary Post”

Joint Statement on December 17th from SWP & Support Ho(s)e

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized on December 17, 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer who murdered over 70 sex workers in Seattle, Washington. Since then, the meaning of December 17 has empowered people from cities around the world to come togetherContinue reading “Joint Statement on December 17th from SWP & Support Ho(s)e”

Statement on the “Free Bambi campaign”

After finding out the “#Free Bambi” campaign was not legit, in that there was no actual Bambi but rather someone (or someones) else posing as this person to raise money, there is anger, hurt, confusion and distrust. These feelings are very understandable. We want to say however that our collective does not support any targeted harassment orContinue reading “Statement on the “Free Bambi campaign””

Statements from our collective for the National Day of Action to Save Backpage.com

We’re out here today because Backpage is one of the most used sites for self-advertisement, screening, promoting our services and work. Chicago’s Sheriff Tom Dart is attacking one of our best and last remaining working/advertising resources. Due to these attacks workers are forced into hazardous conditions, we become vulnerable to harassment, raids and arrest fromContinue reading “Statements from our collective for the National Day of Action to Save Backpage.com”

Statements from our collective for the National Day of Action to Save Backpage.com

We are here to protest the raid on Backpage.com. A Chicago cop (Tom Dart, aka asshole wanna-be white male savior trying to end demand for sex work- HAHAHAHA) has been fighting against our (sex workers) largest and most affordable advertising platform for years. He successfully convinced all major credit card companies to cease transactions made through BackpageContinue reading “Statements from our collective for the National Day of Action to Save Backpage.com”