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 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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