New Jersey man, 23, convicted of murdering three women and attempting to slay a fourth | Daily Mail Online

An Essex County (New Jersey) jury deliberated for just two hours on Thursday before convicting Khalil Wheeler-Weaver, 23, who now faces up to a life in prison plus 80 years. Prosecutors said Wheeler-Weaver, of Orange, killed 20-year-old Sarah Butler, 33-year-old Joanne Brown and 19-year-old Robin West in 2016. They also accuse him of trying to kill another woman, identified in court documents only as T.T. who survived and testified against him at his trial. -Daily Mail Online

#IDTEVASW 2019 HIPS DC

DECEMBER 17th IDTEVASW END VIOLENCE RECEPTION19 End Violence KiKi Ball Washington DC 2019 HIPS' mission is to assist female, male, and transgender individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, DC in leading healthy lives. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS' programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, STIs, discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work. Three nights a week, from 9:00pm until 5:00am, HIPS staff and volunteers, provide education and counseling, and distribute safety materials, clothing and food to sex workers on the streets HIPS also provides referrals, help for parents of persons engaged in sex work and emergency housing assistance. Website: http://www.hips.org Contact phone: (800) 676-HIPS (4477) Know Your Rights!

S W O P U S A Memorial Tool Kit Share

http://www.december17.org: 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 and economic inequality and systems of colonialist, capitalist 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.

Global 16 Days campaign focuses on violence in the world of work

“As women, we are ALL workers- whether our work is paid or unpaid, formal or informal, in the family or in the office. Even our activism is our work! Bridging with women’s leadership and building alliances across movements (from women’s rights to labor rights, to those leading efforts on climate change, health, and more) gives us a holistic and integrated approach to ending violence in all spheres of our lives, whether public or private and can allow us to expose violence in situations where it remains hidden. Women’s work spans across many spheres! Movements need to come together and jointly advocate to make the links more visible.”

We Continue To Remember: Rickie Jolene Morgan.

Her name was Rickie Jolene Morgan and to her Kensington family she was Layla. She was born on October 8, 1980 and she was approaching her 36th birthday when she was murdered. “Whether you knew her as Rickie or Layla, you loved her,” said Carol, a close friend of Morgan’s. “Layla would sit with women and teach them how to be safe,” said Johanna Berrigan of the Catholic Worker Clinic. “Layla was fiercely intelligent and fiercely justice oriented. She wanted justice for the women in the community.” Friends said that Morgan was a woman passionate about the treatment of her peers in Kensington. The sentiment that passed through the crowd was that Morgan was so much more than the headlines that confirmed her death. Obituary for Rickie Jolene Morgan https://www.kepplegraft.com/notices/Rickie-Morgan

California legislature passes bill to protect sex workers’ rights | TheHill

The Hill: California’s state legislature this week sent a bill to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) desk that would protect sex workers who report violent crimes from arrest. The measure, Senate Bill 233, passed the state Senate, 28-10, in May (2019) and passed the state Assembly, 30-9, on Monday (7/8/2019). The legislation would grant immunity from arrest to sex workers reporting crimes such as rape, either as victims or witnesses. It would also remove a provision in existing law that allows police to use possession of condoms as probable cause for the arrests of sex work in certain cases. Staff Writer @BudrykZack