Sex Worker Art Show- Friday March 6

SWOP-Chicago is proud to present our First Annual
Sex Worker Art Show in honor of International Sex Workers Rights Day.

Time:  7:00-11pm

Location: Church of Templehead, 1900 S. Allport St (at 19th St.)

Chicago, IL

Public Transportation- 18th St. Pink Line, Cermak/Chinatown Red Line

#60 Blue Island Bus to Loomis/Cullerton

#21 Cermak Bus to Throop

#18 Bus to Allport/Racine
This year’s exhibit will focus on portraits of sex workers in a variety of forms: literal and abstract, performance, film, sculpture, music, & more, displayed in a cozy, homey, gallery setting. All work is done by current & former sex workers.

This show is a safe space for sex workers, allies, & friends of all genders/expressions.

Light refreshments & libations
Donations most welcome (cash & credit/debit)
This is a 21+ event, and unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.

For more info on International Sex Worker Rights Day-

http://www.nswp.org/event/international-sex-worker-rights-day-4

RSVP on Facebook here

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Call For Submissions! Chicago Sex Worker Art Show- Deadline, February 20

To my Baby Slut Goddess.
To my Pin-Up Queer Queen.
To my Boy Butter Adonis.
To my Tried-It-Once-And-Never-Again.
To my Peep Show Princess with a retirement plan.
To all those who have taken on this unpredictable, tipsy-turvy, face down ass up lifestyle–This is our love letter to you.
You are loved. You are home. You are family. Add a portrait, whatever that may mean to you, to our living room and show us at your most intimate and divine. Whether that manifests in performance or visual art, you are wanted and welcome to our night of celebration and self care.
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SWOP Chicago is seeking the artwork of current and former sex workers for an art show in honor of International Sex Workers Rights Day on March 3rd. We want you to be part of our Chicago family and help us create an exhibition that represents the diversity of the profession. This year’s exhibition will focus on the idea of portraiture in both literal and abstract interpretations, and is open to performance, photography, sculpture, music, dance and beyond.

Display your portrait in our cozy living room and know that you are home. This year’s exhibition will take place at the Church of Templehead gallery in Pilsen.
Church of Templehead
Please submit 5-10 jpeg images, 3 minutes of video or audio along with a 100 word description of the work or a proposal if it has not yet been made, to swopchicagoart@gmail.com by February 20th.
For questions or concerns email swopchicagoart@gmail.com

2014 Recap

In December 2013, we shared our goals for 2014 with you. We promised to distribute up to “70,000 condoms to sex workers and other vulnerable communities” (Meg). We promised to offer legal services for individuals in the sex trade living in Chicagoland. We hoped to secure an office space to keep materials, supplies, and hold monthly meetings. We vowed to “continue offering rights, safety, tax workshops, and help sex workers enroll in health insurance”. We also said that we would hold more peer-support activities.
We started off the year right and held a “Self Care Day” in February for individuals “currently or previously involved in the adult entertainment industry, erotic labor market, or sex trade” (Meg). Within a few days, we followed up with a workshop on preparing taxes and getting health insurance (Serpent). In March, we held a film screening to celebrate International Sex Worker Rights Day (Meg). We didn’t stay quiet in April and helped spread the word about Amnesty International’s proposal to decriminalize sex work (Serpent).
We ushered in the summer with a legal workshop in May (Serpent). We opened a gift shop too (Meg)! Now you can rep on the regular ;-). We helped spread the word about the IRS & FBI seizure of Redbook, a review site that offered free advertising for providers (Meg). We tabled at several industry-related events, hosted book readings and socials, and continued street outreach in July and August (Meg). We spoke up about a bill that would require record-keeping for adult advertisements (Meg). We organized our 6th Annual Benefit in August (Meg).
In September, we teamed up with Transformative Justice Law Project to host a reception for Monica Jones. Monica Jones is a sex work activist fighting to keep sex workers safe from police stings online and a subsequent conviction for “manifesting prostitution” (Meg). The nerve of this system. We jointly hosted a book reading on sex work activism with RAD Remedy and Leather Archives & Museum in October (Serpent). Last but not least, we launched a legal clinic jointly with Community Activism Law Alliance in December and hosted International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th at Jane Addams Hull House (Meg).
We kept our 2013 promises. I did not keep count personally, but I can attest to the enormous amount of condoms we have given out. We have a legal clinic now that’s jointly hosted. We have an office space! We held lots of helpful workshops. Plus, we have monthly socials now. We are still working out our goals for 2015. One goal that comes to my mind immediately is more participation from our community. Many times over, I could not volunteer for one thing or the other. Still, my voice counts. Your voice counts. Speak up! We are a long way from helping other sex workers pay their bills, but we can help with lots of other things to show solidarity and make life easier.

Works Cited
Meg. “Help SWOP-Chicago Gear Up for 2014!” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 20 Dec. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “Sunday Feb 2nd – Self Care Day!” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 9 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Serpent. “Tax/Money Management and Health Insurance Workshop – Saturday, February 8.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 24 Jan. 2014. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “March 3rd Film Screening – International Sex Worker Rights Day.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 16 Feb. 2014. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Serpent. “Stand with SWOP-Chicago in Supporting Amnesty International’s Proposal on Decriminalization of Sex Work.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 3 Apr. 2014. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Serpent. “Know Your Rights! Workshop for Sex Workers – Saturday, May 17.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 6 May 2014. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “SWOP Gift Shop!” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 12 Jun. 2014. Web. 30 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “My Redbook, Criminalization & Community.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 26 Jun. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “Summer with SWOP-Chicago: July and August Calendar!” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 11 Jul. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “’SAVE’ Bill would Help Traffickers and Hurt Youth, Homeless and Other Vulnerable Groups – Take Action!” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 20 Jul. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “This SATURDAY: Unite Against Propoganda – Our 6th Annual Benefit!” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 20 Aug. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “9/6: Reception for Monica Jones + TJLP ‘Zine Release.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 28 Aug. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Serpent. “Sex Workers Unite! and Against Equality Authors Discussion and Book Signing – Sunday, November 2.” Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 28 Oct. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.
Meg. “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Legal Clinic, March & Vigil. Sex Worker Outreach Project – Chicago. WordPress, 3 Dec. 2014. Web. 31 Dec. 2014.

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Legal Clinic, March & Vigil

Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.

During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers.

This year, we are organizing a number of activities the week of December 17th in honor of this day

December 17 Chi

Legal Clinic Launch!

Sun, Dec 14: 3-6PM + Mon, Dec 15: 6-9PM

1700 S. Loomis

SWOP-Chicago and The Community Activism Law Alliance are excited to announce the launch of our monthly legal clinic.

The SWOP Community Activism Law Clinic is a free, full-service legal clinic for individuals involved in sex work. It provides a wide-range of services from advice and community legal education to representation.  All legal services, including full representation, are completely free of charge to clients.

For More information: Click Here or Download our Flyer (.pdf)

Activities on Wednesday, December 17th

March to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Facebook Event           **Wear red!**     **Bring Signs**

umbrella_26786611Time: 5PM – Gathering | 5:30PM March Begins

Gathering Point: Harold Washington Library (North Entrance)

Route: We will march north along State Street to Madison, then march west to Dearborn. The March will end at the Monroe Blue Line.

Join us in protesting systematic violence against sex workers. Since the start of this year, 24 sex workers have been violently murdered in the United States. 6 women were murdered in the greater Chicago Metro area. Please unite with us to raise awareness of how criminalization and stigma, and economic injustice contribute to violence against sex workers.

For more information, please read our Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Fact Sheet

Annual Vigil and Celebration of Resiliencechicago

Facebook Event

7-9:30PM | Jane Addams Hull House – 800 S Halsted

SWOP-Chicago is honored to present our annual “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” activities at the historic Jane Addams Hull-House Museum.

Join us for a commemorative evening to honor the lives of sex workers, past and present. Join us for a candle light vigil, speakers, music, art, performance, refreshments, and most importantly community.

All ages, all are welcome, and this is a safe space for all genders, expressions, & abilities.

Sex Workers Unite! and Against Equality Authors Discussion and Book Signing- Sunday, November 2

Leather Archives & Museum, SWOP-Chicago and RAD Remedy present an author discussion on Sex Workers Unite: A History of the Movement from Stonewall to Slutwalk by Melinda Chateauvert and on Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex complex and Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage by contributor Yasmin Nair.

FREE and open to the adult public 18+ Join the authors, read and discuss their books. Sex Workers Unite (Beacon Press, 2014) is a provocative history that reveals how sex workers have been at the vanguard of social justice movements for the past fifty years while building a movement of their own that challenges our ideas about labor, sexuality, feminism, and freedom.

Captive genders: trans embodiment and the prison industrial complex (AK Press, 2011) are essays about trans/gender non-conforming and queer folks who have always struggled against the enormity of the prison industrial complex by current and former prisoners, activists, and academics. The collection offers new ways for understanding how race, gender, ability, and sexuality are lived under the crushing weight of captivity, through a politic of gender self-determination that argues that trans/queer liberation and prison abolition must be grown together.

When: Sunday, November 2

Location: Leather Archives and Museum

6418 N. Greenview Ave. (at Devon)

Chicago, IL

Street parking available

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Cost: Free

18 and older

 

RSVP on Facebook here