PHILLY D/17 is ALL about COMMUNITY ALLIED ANTI VIOLENCE EFFORTS:
Protecting the safety of sex workers and transgender women. Sex Workers Outreach Project joins sex workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing Dr. Annie Sprinkle’s December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, we come together to remember those lost this year and renew our commitment to the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.
“Its time to change the social perception that she wasn’t a person, she was a “prostitute”. No one wants to feel a sense of community or sameness with her. She was something other than us and therefore we don’t need to feel fear or grief at the fact or the manner of her death.”
WE – as ONE GLOBAL COMMUNITY – renew our commitment to solidarity.
The majority of violence against sex workers is not just violence against sex workers—it’s also violence against single mothers in poverty, transwomen, against women of color, against drug users, against immigrants – against people. We cannot end the marginalization and victimization of all sex workers without also fighting trans-phobia, racism, stigma and criminalization of drug use, and xenophobia.
Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was first recognized in 2003 as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle Washington. Since 2003, Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers has empowered people from cities around the world to come together and organize against discrimination and remember victims of violence.
During the week of December 17th, sex worker communities and social justice organizations stage actions and vigils and work to raise awareness about violence that is commonly committed against sex workers.
The assault, battery, rape and murder of sex workers must end. Racism, economic inequality, systems of colonialist and state violence and oppression must end. The stigma and discrimination and criminalization that makes violence against us acceptable must end.
Please join with sex workers around the world and stand against criminalization and violence committed against our communities.