We look forward to seeing everyone tonight!
In Memory We Live On: The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Tuesday, December 17, 7:30pm at Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan
164 West 100th Street, New York, NY
We welcome sex work communities, allies, advocates, friends and family to celebrate the memories of those we have lost, and sharing in the strength and resilience of those involved with or impacted by the sex trade. We take this solemn day every year to come together as a singular voice, and re-commit ourselves in the struggle to fight for the rights and dignity to which all are entitled.
This year will feature both an altar, where we encourage people to bring items to contribute, leave notes, light a candle, or simply leave a wish or kind kind word for the future. We will also have an Open Mic portion of the evening for those who wish to share a thought, memory, or story with the community.
Each year a list of names is collected of those who have passed. We collect names from SWOP chapters, allied sex worker groups, harm reduction organizations and the media. We know that this list is, and will remain, incomplete, but we hope that we can at least begin the process of remembering and healing. They will be celebrated tonight through an art installation at the event, as well as listed in the program. See the list of names here.
We also recognize the interconnectedness of the sex worker community. While the event is presented by SWOP-NYC & SWANK, we are only a part of a rich and vibrant network of organizations which support and foster community for those impacted by the sex trade. The Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is a day supported and honored by Best Practices Policy Project, HOOK Online, FemSexNYC, New York City Anti-Violence Project, New York Harm Reduction Educators, Persist Health Project, Sex Workers Project, Streetwise and Safe, Red Umbrella Project, PROS Network, PONY, We Are Dancers, and the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.
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This event and our December 15 closed, sex worker event Building Resilience Together: A Sex Worker Self-Care Day would not have been possible without the generous contributions of time, energy, talent, creativity, and funding provided by our incredible SWOP & SWANK members and gracious supporters. As noted before, lists will always be only a start, but none the less! A huge thank you to Trinity Lutheran Church, Ben, Bree, Janet, Jen, Leigh, Liz, Zil, Eros and Slixa and the contributions of everyone who made this event possible.