New article from our comrades Alisha and Red for International Whore’s Day 2021

Something Red and Alisha have been working on for quite some time about the violence of prison technology and the importance of inside/outside communication, is finally debuting today in honor of International Whore’s Day! Please read and share, “Care and Connection as Resistance to State Violence and Surveillance” with your communities! Many thanks to Hacking//HustlingContinue reading “New article from our comrades Alisha and Red for International Whore’s Day 2021”

Virtual poetry workshops that benefit Alisha’s coming home fund!

Our comrade Donna has created MORE beautiful virtual writing spaces to help continue raising funds for Alisha’s post-release and welcome home needs! Check out the latest series of event we’re debuting: tinyurl.com/Poems4Hos and register soon! Spaces will fill up!

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”

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!”

Commemorating International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers with Art + Poetry

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”

Free Chrystul Kizer Updates

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 Supported Sex Worker Brilliance in 2019

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”

TODAY last day of the NY legislature!

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!”

Protect Trans Community: Make 2 Calls Today

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”

Today is International Sex Workers’ Rights Day!

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!”

“We Won Clemency for Cyntoia Brown—Now Let’s Free all Survivors”

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””

“‘Prostitution-Related’ Loitering Ordinance Promotes Racial Profiling in Chicago”

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””

Love & Solidarity

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”

“NOT A CARDBOARD CUTOUT: CYNTOIA BROWN AND THE FRAMING OF A VICTIM”

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””

Parsing a Miserable But All-Too-Typical Article Concerning Sex Work Which Ostensibly is Not Attempting To Be Whorephobic But In Fact Is

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”