On June 2, International Sex Workers Day, members of BAPS (Bay Area Pros Support) and the noted sex worker clinic the St. James Infirmary will rally in opposition of the devastating, recently signed-into-law FOSTA/SESTA measure ostensibly aimed at fighting online sex trafficking.
The protest is being organized by BAPS representatives Maxine Holloway and Arabelle Raphael.
On Saturday, June 2, Sex Workers and our allies will be standing up for justice all over the country. Join us at Oscar Grant Plaza in Downtown Oakland, CA to make the voices & needs of our Bay Area communities loud & visible: Sex Worker Justice Now! (Allies wanted & welcome).
We are protesting, rallying & marching with the following goals in mind:
1/ To make more Bay Area residents & local media aware of the systematic violence against sex workers:
• Repercussions of FOSTA/SESTA legislation • Police violence • Anti-trafficking legislation that continuously conflates sex work & “sex trafficking” • How criminalization damages our communities •
2/ Sex worker justice is inherently tied to the justice of transgender, BIPOC, LGBTQ, femme & GNC, undocumented, poor/low-income, drug using communities
3/ Elevate specific Sex Worker community voices
4/ Be visible & celebrate: come together & show each other some serious love during this tough political time
5/ Celebrate the St. James Infirmary’s 19th B-Day!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
noon-1: Gather at Oscar Grant Plaza
1-2: Community Speakers
*More info about Speakers & the March coming soon*
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
• Invite friends an allies: we have power in numbers
• Wear red
• Bring Signs (sign making parties & lists of sign ideas coming soon!)
* Our goal & expectations are that this will be a peaceful & positive gathering for Sex Worker justice. That being said, we are aware that undocumented/on parole/BIPOC/Swers/etc are at a higher risk of police involvement, harassment & violence. We are working on creating safer spaces & systems within the rally and will have more information about this coming soon. Standing up for justice is important, but please prioritize your safety.
• We are looking for folks that have experience with protests to help us lead our crowd.
• Do you have a cool & affordable food truck or ice cream cart? We want to keep our people with snacks, lemonade & popsicles in hand 🙂
• We are wanting to provide the St. James Infirmary Clinic with a lovely B-day bash – seeking cake & red balloon donations
*please msg here or email [email protected] or [email protected] to help out*
Sex Worker Justice Now! Flyer Artwork by The Rambling Hooker instagram.com/ramblinghooker/
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