Court Support for Sophie!

Join SWOP Chicago in supporting Sophie, a fellow activist for sex worker and trans rights. Sophie was charged at Slutwalk Chicago for resisting arrest and endured transphobic treatment at the time of arrest and while in police custody. Sophie needs our support! We’ll be meeting at the courthouse on Belmont and Western at 9 am tomorrow. If anyone needs transportation, please contact Sam at 630.577.7091.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

Street Outreach

Interested in helping out with street outreach? SWOP provides outreach in East Grafield Park every Thursday night. We provide free condoms, HIV testing, toiletries, snacks, and legal resources. We’re accepting donations of toiletries at Early to Bed, 4055 N Clark St., and can pick up gently used clothes.

For more information, email Sam, outreach coordinator, at samvessel@gmail.com.

Join us for our general meeting on Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm at 405 West Superior, 7th floor, to learn about how you can get involved with SWOP Chicago!Outreach

Grant Writing Orientation!

Do you have experience in grant writing or an interest in learning? SWOP Chicago offers a 20% commission! We depend on grants to sustain and expand the outreach and support we provide to sex workers in Chicago.

We’re hosting a grant writing meeting to discuss how you can get involved. Join us on September 13th at 6pm (right before our general meeting at 7pm) at 405 West Superior, Chicago IL 60654. Questions? Email us at info@swop-chicago.org

Sex Workers of Color: Storytelling and Solidarity

This week, sex workers of color are invited to come together and share their stories. Naked Narratives, an international narrative therapy project, is hosting a series of 2-day intensives, using creative writing and artistic beauty practices to analyze the intersections of race & gender as it applies to sex work. NN believes in the value of sex work to femmes of color, in helping counteract the effects of White patriarchy and providing viable economic opportunity. Not to mention, all narratives collected will be submitted to sex work-negative Congress members, contesting the implementation of House Bill 466 and House Resolution 1865.
 
So come out, show your support, and get bodypainted! 😉
Femme-identified sex workers of color (exotic dancers, porn actresses, escorts, sugar babies, dominatrices, etc) ONLY can RSVP online at nakednarratives.org/rsvp
Workshops are held in two sessions
August 19 & 20/ 11-1:30pm @ Coalition Impact: 405 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654
August 21 & 22/ 6-8:30pm @ Femme4Fem: 2846 W 21 St, Apt 3F, Chicago, IL 60623
Guests are welcome to attend any and all sessions
And don’t forget to invite other members of the industry!!
 
For more information, check out the Facebook event page

Nationwide Survey For Sex Workers, By Sex Workers

A survey is being conducted to help draft  policy recommendation that promote the health and safety of US sex workers by sex worker rights-led organizations. It will also help identify what barriers sex workers face in accessing services, protecting their sexual health and reporting violence.

This research is being conducted in collaboration with Coyote Rhode Island (RI), Desiree Alliance, Swop Behind Bars, and Brown University. This is an anonymous online survey and will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes complete. 

For more information and to take the survey, please click here.