Spread Magazine Book Launch- Saturday, April 25

SWOP-Chicago is proud to present the Chicago book launch for the legendary sex worker $pread Magazine. spread poster revision1

Please join us Saturday, April 25th at Early to Bed for an evening of community, revelry, & readings by

Melissa Gira Grant
Theresa Anasti
Catherine Plato

Copies on sale here &/or at event
http://www.feministpress.org/books/pread

Thank you to:
Fans of Early to Bed
$pread
Swop-usa

NB~ This is an 18+ event, and a safe space for sex workers, friends, & allies of all identities/genders/expressions.

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Edited by Audacia Ray, Eliyanna Kaiser & Rachel Aimee
$pread, an Utne award–winning magazine by and for sex workers, was independently published from 2005 to 2011. This collection features the enduring essays about sex work around the world, first-person stories that range from deeply traumatic to totally hilarious, analysis of media and culture, and fantastic original illustrations and photographs produced just for the magazine. The book also features the previously untold story of $pread and how it has built a wider audience in its posthumous years. What started as a community tool and trade magazine for the sex industry quickly emerged as the essential guide for people curious about sex work, for independent magazine enthusiasts, and for labor and civil rights activists.

Legal Clinic – Online Intake Form!

We’re excited to announce that we are now offering online screening for clients. 

Rather than having to assess eligibility in person, community members can now complete our screener online in order to obtain or being referred for consultations about legal issues, or schedule a follow-up  appointments.

SWOP-Chicago-CALA Legal Clinic in Action!

HTTP://WWW.CALACHICAGO.ORG/SWOP-CLINIC-ONLINE-SCREENING

After completing the form, a CALA attorney will respond to the submission and offer information and advice, and/or arrange an in-person appointment at CALA’s SWOP Activism Law Clinic, when additional services may be provided, including free representation.

CALA’s SWOP Community Activism Law Clinic is a free, full-service legal clinic for individuals involved in/affected by sex work, or have experienced sexual exploitation. The clinic is open for intakes of new cases, twice a month, with follow-up appointments as well as trainings and workshops occurring in between intakes sessions. It provides a wide-range of services from advice and community legal education to full representation. As always, all legal services, including full representation, are completely free of charge to clients.

The next clinics are March 15th (3-6pm) and March 16th (6-9pm) at 1700 S Loomis. 

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.