Today we trade fear for sanctuary

Today we trade fear for sanctuary.

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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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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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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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Mother of the Numbers: Defining Sex Worker Murders

International Sex Work Foundation for Art Culture and Education  is probably one of the least known sex work organizations in the nation, but ISWFACE was the first non-profit in the United States to take on the challenge of public discussion of  sex work rights. Probably most well known for her dedication to keeping the numbers when it comes to issues of police and prostitution,  I am honored to have met industry inspiration Norma Jean Almodovar in October 2015

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Fear in Kensington 2010

Victims:  Elaine Goldberg, 21, Nicole Piacentini, 35, and Casey Mahoney, 27 CNN: Residents patrol Philadelphia streets over concerns of serial killer From Monika Plocienniczak, CNN December 22, 2010 9:50 p.m. EST STORY HIGHLIGHTS A resident watch group is forming to protect a neighborhood from a serial killer The 12-member unit has been patrolling Philadelphia’s Kensington…

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Ep264: Sex With Timaree On December 17th Philly

Originally posted on Sex With Timaree (The Podcast):
In this very serious conversation, we are joined by M. Dante and E. Vayle as they discuss a series of sex worker murders in Kennsington, Philadelphia as well as their December 17th memorial demonstration. http://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/archive.org/download/sexwithtimaree264/sexwithtimaree264.mp3

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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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Understanding December 17th

Community Contributed Article The allied Philly journalist who wrote this article wishes to remain anonymous On Saturday December 17, 2016 concerned citizens around the globe will come together to support a  segment of the population that far too often has been treated with disdain and neglect.The occasion is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex…

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NSWP: Researching Sex Worker Rights as Human Rights

GLOBAL NETWORK OF SEX WORK PROJECTS (NSWP)  NSWP Global D/17 Announcement from 2015: Today (12/17/2015) marks the 12th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. For twelve years, sex workers have used this day to highlight the need for action to end violence against sex workers. The issues faced by sex workers vary…

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