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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Justice Makes Us Safer

We Believe In You Larry That Yes – Justice Makes Us Safer!

Please – Don’t leave Philly’s Sex Workers out of the sentiment.

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This Week In The Race For PHL DA

No Criminalizing Survival! Are you registered to vote? You must have registered to vote in Philadelphia by October 10th to vote in the municipal election on Tuesday, November 7th. Learn how to register yourself and others here


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May 16: Vote Krasner 4 DA

Justice Keeps Us Safer: May 16th Vote Larry Krasner for Philadelphia District Attorney

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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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Killer Byron Allen In Custody: Del Co DA Jack Whelan on the 2016 Kensington Corrider Murders

“Violence in any form inflicted upon any person is reprehensible. This is especially true of those perpetrators who target marginalized communities that find it difficult or impossible to access legal recourse or protection. Of course, we’d welcome any conversations or proposals which aim to reduce this issue.” Timothy Keller, aide to Philadelphia Representative Brian Sims, responding to ePGN article by Tim Cwiek.

Byron Allen faces first-degree murder charges in the killing of Natasha Gibson, 32, who was found slain outside the home of a family friend in Yeadon on Sept. 22, and in several assaults in Philadelphia’s Kensington section, including the murder of Rickie Morgan.

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December 17th Is About Those Lost To Murder or Suicide 

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Philly Needs Mercy: “Merseyside”!

Andrew Boff, Conservative Member of the London Assembly: The best policing model I found to tackle this lack of reporting was in “Merseyside”. This included labelling attacks against sex workers as hate crimes as a way of acknowledging that they were a minority who were disproportionately targeted by criminals. I recommended, in Silence on Violence, that London should follow Merseyside’s successful example and label crimes against sex workers as ‘hate crimes’.
Boff – who wrote the 2012 British report – Silence on Violence: Improving the Safety of Women. The policing of off-street sex work and sex trafficking in London gets “In The Booth With Ruth”.

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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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No Pleasure in the Ghetto

Originally posted on The Sexademic:
This morning I woke up to a local housing project’s message about canceling a workshop on safer sex. The reason? No funding for outside presenters. Welcome to the most frustrating injustice in sex education: information access and restricted conversations. There is a sharp contrast between sex education for the socially…

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PA International Human Rights Day: Shared With Sex Trade Survivors? No.

17 December 2015   Did you know Pennsylvania now shares in the global celebration of December 10th   International Human Rights Day? Not sure what that means? According to the United Nations: Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly…

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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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