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”
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 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
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”
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”
We’re celebrating by taking action with Decrim NY to remove harmful loitering statutes in New York State. On Tuesday, March 5th, a bill to repeal loitering for the purposes of prostitution is set to go through its first vote in the Assembly Codes committee. This statute is used by police to criminalized Black + brownContinue reading “Today is International Sex Workers’ Rights Day!”
In seven months, Cyntoia Brown will be released from prison, having been granted a full commutation to parole by exiting Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. Cyntoia has already served 15 years of a life sentence. When she was a teenager, Cyntoia experienced continual violence and was engaged in survival work. At the age of 16, she shot Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old client who sheContinue reading ““We Won Clemency for Cyntoia Brown—Now Let’s Free all Survivors””
Beautiful holiday love from Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration ❤️🎄
In an ill-advised move last month, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance that makes “prostitution-related loitering” a prosecutable offense defined as “remaining in any one place under circumstances that would warrant a reasonable person to believe that the purpose or effect of that behavior is to facilitate prostitution.” The language of the new statuteContinue reading ““‘Prostitution-Related’ Loitering Ordinance Promotes Racial Profiling in Chicago””
Thanks to everyone who donated and mobilized to support Alisha’s comrade and roommate, Tanya, who will now be able to afford Clinical Furlough and visit her mother Vickie!
We want to give a special shout out to Mariame Kaba of Survived and Punished, Project NIA, Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women. Her latest walking tour, “Slavery & Resistance in NYC,” explored historically relevent sites across lower Manhattan. It was graciously offered in solidarity with #InternationalWhoresDay direct actions. From the walking tour’s description: “This walking tour will discussContinue reading “Love & Solidarity”
The evening of August 6th, 2004, 16-year old Cyntoia Brown shot and killed Johnny Allen, a 43-year-old Nashville resident who picked her up for sex. It was an act of self defense, she explained to police later; after Allen took her to his house, he showed Cyntoia multiple guns, including shotguns and rifles. Later inContinue reading ““NOT A CARDBOARD CUTOUT: CYNTOIA BROWN AND THE FRAMING OF A VICTIM””
What follows, in un-bolded text, is an article from a major city news source in New Orleans, written without any particularly vested perspective on the matters discussed. What we’ll quickly discover is an under-researched, uncritical rehearsal of law enforcement diatribe and baseless putting words in the mouths of those whom they purport to serve andContinue reading “Parsing a Miserable But All-Too-Typical Article Concerning Sex Work Which Ostensibly is Not Attempting To Be Whorephobic But In Fact Is”
Fuck the censoring of Backpage. Fuck the Government that targets us. Fuck the courts and police that enforce this.