We, as one global community renew our commitment to solidarity on December 17,” said Melanie Dante, former sex worker who was one of the organizers at the Philadelphia events this year. "December 17 Events aim to raise outrage at violence against sex workers and strengthen sex worker communities and responses to the systematic, daily violence and exclusion sex workers experience.”
Under The Red Umbrella Monday, December 17, 2018 will mark the 15th annual observance of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. As people gather around the globe to celebrate the holidays, some mourn the loss of those close to them. In Philadelphia, the observance features two events. 12 PM - 4 PM Thomas Paine Plaza and 7PM - 10PM Phila MOCA
"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.” - Anonymous http://www.december17.org #ourvoiceistheirvoice #restinpower
We're here to help.” Equality PA, a nonprofit working to advance the rights of those who identify as LGBTQ, estimates that 74 percent of transgender Pennsylvanians have reported experiencing some form of harassment at work. The organization says 26 percent of those who identify as transgender have lost a job. In 2016, advocates tracked at least 23 violent deaths of transgender people in the United States, then the most ever recorded, according to the civil rights organization Human Rights Campaign. This year, that number has risen to 27, the HRC said. Williams said that many of her friends did not make it out of their 20s because of violence, suicide or drug overdoses.
"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.”
"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” A court proceeding is re/scheduled for July 18, 2017, regarding access to 911 recordings in the Nizah Morris case. The proceeding will take place in Courtroom 426 in Philadelphia's City Hall
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 [...]