International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, December 17 at Hull House Museum

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers:

Come join us for a community symposium, film screening and vigil

 

Hosted by: Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) Chicago

When: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 6:30PM – 10:00PM

Where: Jane Addams Hull House Museum

800 S. Halsted Street

Chicago, IL

(312) 413-5353

Parking Across Street from UIC campus

 

Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, families, and communities. This event is free and open to the public.

 

Join SWOP-Chicago in observing the 7th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

 

Chicago– On Saturday, December 17th, sex workers and their allies will gather at vigils around the world to commemorate the annual Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, honoring sex workers who have died at the hands of violent crimes, and declaring an end to all violence against all sex workers.

 

The Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was inaugurated in 2003 after the conviction of Gary Ridgway (the Green River Killer”), a serial killer responsible for the murder of at least 48 prostitutes in Washington State. One statement in his confession determined the need for a very public memorial that raises issues of violence against sex workers: “I picked prostitutes because I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.”

 

Events this year include:

Community Symposium: “Sex Workers and Our Allies Speak Out: The Truth about the Negative Effects of Anti-Prostitution Laws”

Speakers include-

 

Greg Scott and Rachel Lovell, DePaul University Social Science Research Center

 

Lara Brooks- Manager, Broadway Youth Center

 

Jasmine Jewels- Sex Worker, Filmmaker, Photographer

 

Yasmin Nair- activist, academic, and commentator and a member of Gender JUST (Justice United for Societal Change)

 

Alice Tkachik- Executive Director, Sisters and Brothers Helping Each Other

 

Jay Very, Founder T-Storm Coalition and Tongue in Chic Gallery

 

Rachel “Rabbit” White- Sex Journalist and blogger

 

Moderated by Serpent, Director of Sex Workers Outreach Project-Chicago

 

Sex Worker Made Film Screenings

Candlelight vigil to honor sex workers who have died at the hands of violence

Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

For more information contact the Sex Workers Outreach Project Chicago

Website: www.swop-chicago.org

Telephone: 312-252-3880

For Other Events Outside Chicago: http://www.swopusa.org/dec17/

 

One comment on “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, December 17 at Hull House Museum

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