In light of the recent raid on RentBoy and in solidarity across the country, sex workers and allies here in Chicago say; ENOUGH!
We are tired of being marginalized and criminalized and having our choices taken from us. It is time to make our voices heard, and our points clear. Decriminalize sex work and sex workers. May the string of recent events (Rentboy raid, Backpage Credit Card Scandal, closure of MyRedBook) bring the community together in a supportive, cohesive way.
Join us this Saturday! We’ll be meeting at the Center on Halsted (3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613) @ 2pm to make signs (in the community area right inside). We’re marching from there @ 3pm up and down the historic stretch of Halsted St in Boystown to Belmont Ave, distributing literature & info & showing our support of all sex workers.
Please share & repost & invite your friends! All workers, allies, friends, & family of all ages are most welcome.
It’s that time of the month again… time for our monthly legal clinic! This month the clinic will be hosted at a new location in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. There will be no Monday evening clinic this month.
Heartland Alliance Housing (Meeting Room)
1207 W. Leland, Chicago, IL.
Sunday July 12th | 3-6PM
All services are free of charge for low-income individuals with current/former experience in sex trade or street economy.
The clinic Accepts Walk-Ins, and you can also pre-schedule an appointment via our online intake form. (or call 312-999-0056.)
Got Questions? Call 312-999-0056 or email email@example.com!
Beyond sending friendly reminder about our monthly clinic, we have a few exciting new updates about the legal clinic…
Timothy Myers, Staff Attorney & Volunteer/Intern Coordinator Photography by Thomas Alaan – from CALA website
The Community Activism Law Alliance has recently added Timothy Myers to their team. Tim is fluent in Spanish, and is “motivated by the opportunity to make a difference in the community, and he sees his law degree as a tool to do so. Tim’s interest in activism and serving the public interested started early. During college, Tim was active advocating for immigrant rights in Voces de la Frontera, a grassroots political organization supporting Milwaukee’s immigrant community.”
Tim is generally wonderful and we love him. We also love that he he has experience with criminal law, which means…
We are so excited to now be able to represent folks facing criminal charges that relate to their industry involvement, in addition to the comprehensive civil law services previously available.
On May 1, 2015, April Brogan tragically passed away after negligent treatment in a jail cell in Volusia County, Florida. She was arrested on April 29th for aiding and abetting prostitution. When she showed symptoms of heroin withdrawal in her cell, no one helped her to get the treatment she so sorely needed. Subsequently, she passed away in her cell, despite the fact her cellmate was aware of her condition and tried to alert the authorities. We believe that the criminalization of prostitution and the mistreatment of drug-addicts as criminals caused this death, which could have been easily prevented. The criminalization of prostitution forces individuals to work in the shadows, which hinders access to social, economic and legal services. Sex workers are made more vulnerable to violence. Criminalizing prostitution is morally wrong, and, in this case, has resulted in a woman’s tragic death. The stigma of both prostitution and drug use causes us as a society to turn a blind eye to the needs of sex workers and drug addicts. Instead of being met with health care, social services, and compassion, they receive punishment and denigration.
The best way to prevent such deaths is to remove criminal penalties on both prostitution and drug use. We need to focus our resources on education, healthcare and economic opportunities.
In the meantime, we need to reexamine prison policies around addressing the health and safety of inmates with substance dependencies and hold prisons accountable for failing to respond appropriately when an inmate asks for help. Brogan is the not the first woman to die due to guards’ lack of response to withdrawal symptoms in Volusia County Jail. Across the United States, over two-thirds of local jails lack detox programs, and each year, dozens of individuals convicted of low-level crimes die due to prison mismanagement of withdrawal. We send our condolences to friends and family of April Brogan. She will be remembered in our fight for justice.
Sex Workers Outreach Project Philadelphia [SWOP-PHILLY] is a grassroots organization - part of a national network - dedicated to improving the lives of sex workers - those with life experience in the sex trade - in Philadelphia Metro. We are here because we have been there, are there, and we care!