Town hall with Suraj Patel marks turning point in sex workers’ rights movement by Jenavieve Hatch

Patel’s campaign and Survivors Against SESTA organized the event. The panel and town hall focused on FOSTA / SESTA, legislation enacted in April that sex workers say drastically affects their ability to do their jobs safely. The bill amended section 230 of the Common Decency Act. Through tears, Doroshow and Gentili, both of whom are trans women of color, spoke of the violence that’s plaguing their community, and how that violence is getting worse under the new legislation.

“Our community is getting raped, beaten and killed,” Doroshow said. “I don’t have the capacity to bury another fucking girl.”

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Female homicide rate in U.S. dropped after Craigslist launched its erotic services platform

The September 2017 study, authored by West Virginia University and Baylor University economics and information systems experts, analyzes rates of female homicides in various cities before and after Craigslist opened an erotic services section on its website. The authors found a shocking 17 percent decrease in homicides with female victims after Craigslist erotic services were introduced.

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Incarnation Institute For Sex & Faith

We are a violent society. We can do better than this. We don’t have to be a violent society.  I ask you to join us at the Incarnation Institute for Sex & Faith and be a part of the solution. Love your body (and the bodies of others) like God does! All bodies are beautiful and our differences do not have to separate us. And then, go into your world and “make love” – in fact, make a lot of love happen! Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale,

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S F Sex Work Film Fest

The US PROStitutes Collective and In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety Project present a film program at the San Francisco Sex Work Film Festival Saturday May 27th The Roxie Theatre San Francisco sexworkerfest.com Sponsored – In part – by The ESPLER Project: Litigate to Emancipate!

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Detroit 2011: Lessons In Unnecessary Death by Murder

M. Dante pondering in Philly: What can we do to change the way prostitutes, people exploring gender identity and police interact?  There has to be a better way to address differences in lifestyle choices to prevent violent  situations from continuing on this level. Minor amounts of marijuana should not lead to murder, and prostitutes should…

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Dear Diana Hemingway

Originally posted on SaneSurvivor:
Dear Diana, When I received the news of your passing yesterday morning, I was sad.  Selfishly, I was sad for me.  You not being here means I will not be able to enjoy your deep wisdom and your sarcastic wit.  I will miss your honest assessments of ideas I “ran past…

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We Remember: Anonymous Teenage Philadelphia “Hooker”

“Crying Liberty” copyright: Deborah Gross- Zuchman http://www.deborahzuchman.com

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December 17th Is About Those Lost To Murder or Suicide 

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We Remember: Those in the House of Heidnik

Gary Heidnik was executed by lethal injection on July 6, 1999, at State Correctional Institution – Rockview in Centre County, Pennsylvania. His body was later cremated. As of 2016, he is the last person to be executed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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2016 Lives Lost Around the World

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We Remember: Maya Young

EPGN: Community mourns stabbing victim Maya Young Paige Cooperstein February 25, 2016 Maya Young asked Anthony Harper for the time six years ago while she was walking in the Gayborhood. It was a simple question that spawned a long friendship. “I noticed the birthmark on her cheek and told her it was beautiful,” Harper told PGN through his…

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Nihil de nobis, sine nobis!

A graduate student at Temple University, along with being a successful legally blind journalist, documentary producer, and director from the Philly suburbs, David Block talks about his discomfort discussing prostitution, plus D/17 in contemporary Jewish history, and in context to civil and disability rights. Note: This candid essay may not be comfortable for all readers. “Let Down Your Hair” Photo of M. Dante By Blind Filmmaker David Block for Temple University.

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We Remember: Keisha Jenkins

Monday, October 12, 2015 LOGAN (WPVI) — Philadelphia police have made an arrest in a deadly robbery that occurred in the city’s Logan section [October 2015]. Police say Pedro Redding, 22, of Hunting Park is under arrest for robbery and murder are closing in on his three alleged cohorts. The charges stem from the robbery and…

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We Remember: Natel Frances Taylor Sumers King

“I have not had the opportunity to absorb the fact that Natel will not be running in our house and calling out ‘dad,'” Dan King said, often breaking down in tears. He said he and his wife raised their eldest daughter to be independent, self-sufficient and spunky. Since his daughter’s stabbing death — in Conshohocken while on a photo shoot, Dan King said he and his wife have blamed themselves, wondering “if we had done things differently as parents would we be here today?”

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If You Don’t Know Your Rights You Don’t Have Any

Truly – You have the right to be treated well as a uniquely special person, and as a sex worker. Desiree Alliance is committed to nonviolence. DA creates support systems and safe space for sex workers.

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Bella Robinson: Red Umbrella Voice of Rhode Island

Bella Robinson: Sex Work Activism in Action Thanks for taking time to chat, Bella. Folks here think Philly is a leader in discussion on human rights and sexual lifestyle, though I am beyond impressed by COYOTEri,  and the role Brown University has taken in stepping up, and stepping out, to share perspectives on sex work and…

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We Remember Philly Native and NHI Murder Victim Donna Marie Gentile: 1962-1985

“[Donna] was either killed because she was a part of a series of prostitute murders that had been happening in the 1980s, or the fact that she was informing on the San Diego Police Department,” said Limberg, who lectures at Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College…. She was still alive at the time gravel was stamped down her throat so it could have been to shut her up,” said Limberg.

SPEAK EVEN IF YOUR VOICE SHAKES! Maggie Kuhn, Activist.

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Penn discussion on prostitution

Nina Lopez of the Global Women’s Strike leads a discussion about the challenges women in countries like Haiti, India, Ireland, Peru, Thailand and the UK face in supporting their families, and why their growing movements for change are calling for the decriminalization of prostitution.

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Helping HIPS: Birthday Benefit

HIPS is Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive  TUESDAY 11/29 #givingtuesday Our outreach van is crucial to meeting people where they are in the District — and the van that we have now is on its last wheels. We need your help. Can you commit to donating next Tuesday? $50, $25, or even $10 — everything helps.We…

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True Stories from the World’s Oldest Profession

SEX for SALE Friday November 18th 2016: Christ Church Neighborhood Theater in Old City Neighborhood, Philadelphia  Sex For Sale: True Stories from the World’s Oldest Profession First Person Arts DATE Fri., Nov. 18 TIME Doors at 7:30PM, Show at 8PM LOCATION Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater (20 N. American St., Philadelphia, PA 19106) Near the…

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Coming Out Under The Red Umbrella

© 2015 M. Dante at The Adult Education Discussion at Philadelphia’s Erotic Literary Salon:   ADULT SEX EDUCATION DISCUSSION ON SEX WORK AND SEX TRAFFICKING IN ALASKA: Under federal criminal law, sex trafficking must involve force, fraud, coercion, or minors. Alaska’s 2012 sex trafficking law redefines many things related to prostitution as sex trafficking.  Things…

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Quantifying Violence: Frankford Kensington 19124

Inspired by Rickie Morgan’s murder to get the stats on the Frankford / Kensington street violence, here’s the deal: By conducting public records searches we are seeing zip code per zip code where the violence in Philadelphia is happening and how. All research costs are paid for by sex workers for sex workers. 01 June…

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2015 Philadelphia Year-in-Review

2015 YEAR in REVIEW 2015 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 & Pennsylvania. Though the PHL chapter is not officially active as of this…

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Communities Working Together To Stop The Violence.

Tim Cwiek September 8, 2016 26 Comments Pennsylvania resident Melanie Dante wants state lawmakers to enact an anti-violence resolution on behalf of sex workers. Dante, 46, is an advocate for LGBT rights and the rights of sex workers. She said several local trans women who were murdered recently were perceived to be sex workers. “I…

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God is Love: The Brutal Murder of Rickie Morgan is Why We Are Creating This D/17 Blog For Philadelphia

FOLLOW UP: 12/21/2016 Today District Attorney Jack Whelan will be joined by Yeadon Borough Police Chief Molineux and Captain Mark Burgmann, Commanding Officer of the Philadelphia PD SVU to announce first-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of Natasha Gibson in addition to information regarding the investigation of a series of sexual assaults in the Kensington Avenue corridor starting with the initial assault that occurred on April 19, 2016, at Braddock and Toronto Streets where a 45-year-old female had her throat slashed by an unknown offender.  Three additional sexual assaults occurred: July 12, 2016, on the 3800 block of Jasper Street. In late July on the 3100 block Jasper Street, and on October 1, 2016, on the 2700 block of Ruth Street. Byron Allen was captured.

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