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redupnyc:

(via For Victims, Volunteers, a Movement Towards Safer Sex Work - The Chicago Bureau)
So about that death rate… first of all, its a little unclear how the numbers for that murder rate are arrived at, since there is no option for putting “sex worker” on the census, as most sex work is not legally or culturally recognized as work. So the number itself is likely inaccurate.
But more importantly, sex work is almost twice as deadly as being a fisherman BECAUSE it is illegal and stigmatized, BECAUSE the work is largely unregulated and there is no safety standards. When sex workers try to get justice or “complain” about labor and safety practices, no one listens - instead we are further criminalized. This is structural violence - and structural violence kills us at least as often, perhaps even more often, than violent clients and partners.

redupnyc:

(via For Victims, Volunteers, a Movement Towards Safer Sex Work - The Chicago Bureau)

So about that death rate… first of all, its a little unclear how the numbers for that murder rate are arrived at, since there is no option for putting “sex worker” on the census, as most sex work is not legally or culturally recognized as work. So the number itself is likely inaccurate.

But more importantly, sex work is almost twice as deadly as being a fisherman BECAUSE it is illegal and stigmatized, BECAUSE the work is largely unregulated and there is no safety standards. When sex workers try to get justice or “complain” about labor and safety practices, no one listens - instead we are further criminalized. This is structural violence - and structural violence kills us at least as often, perhaps even more often, than violent clients and partners.

loriadorable:

[“Prostitution and vampires go arm in arm”]
bl0w-up-l0uder:

Public Service Poster from 1917
“Vampires have preyed on prostitutes throughout history. Often, they would turn prostitutes and use them to lure men to their doom…”

Accurate

Want the t-shirt.

loriadorable:

[“Prostitution and vampires go arm in arm”]

bl0w-up-l0uder:

Public Service Poster from 1917

Vampires have preyed on prostitutes throughout history. Often, they would turn prostitutes and use them to lure men to their doom…”

Accurate

Want the t-shirt.

(Source: oliviamew)

redupnyc:

redupnyc:

Throughout his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised New York City residents that part of his office’s platform on public health would be ending the incredibly destructive practice of using condoms as evidence. The position showed up on the campaign’s response to PROP’s Voters’ Education Guide; in media inquiries into de Blasio’s positions as Public Advocate; even on de Blasio’s campaign website, billdeblasio.com. Unfortunately the Mayor has not acted on his promise to New Yorkers.

Not only has there been no response from the Mayor’s Office about our request for an immediate executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence, recent arrest records show that as of January 12th the NYPD are still seizing condoms as evidence. While the NYPD still maintains that this practice is either not used or rarely used, on the arrest forms in Kings County there is a section specifically to indicate the number of condoms seized during the arrest. 

We ask that all New York City residents tell Mayor de Blasio to keep his promise and protect our city’s public health by issuing an executive order banning the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses by the police or prosecutors. Here is a script you can use:

"Hi my name is ______________ and I live in (Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens/Staten Island). I am (calling/writing) to ask that Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately issue an executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. The Mayor listed ending the use of condoms as evidence on his campaign website last year as part of his platform on public health, but your office has failed to act on this critical issue. Using condoms as evidence is detrimental to the health of all New York City residents, and especially those vulnerable to HIV transmission. It also has resulted in the sort of police racial profiling of Black and Latina queer youth and trans women, that the Mayor campaigned against last year. I am asking the Mayor to please stick to his promises to promote public health and end racist policing in New York City by issuing an executive order to end the practice of condoms as evidence. Thank you."

You can email the Mayor’s office at  Ewolfe@cityhall.nyc.gov or can participate on our call-in Thursday 27th 12pm-3pm by calling this number (212) 788-3000.

UPDATE: Apparently the staffers are telling people that the office does not take complaints, transferring them to 311, or to use the official complaint form at NYC.gov. Here are some ways to respond:

1. We’re not registering a complaint, we’re requesting the Mayor keep his campaign promise to NYC residents.

2. If they transfer you to 311, hang up and call again.

3. If they tell you to use the official complaint form, tell them that Red UP and others have tried to contact them about this problem multiple times through official channels.

They’ve also been telling people that they don’t record phone calls and therefore we should set up an email form and then they’ll direct to the appropriate place. Diversion tactics 101; but even if it is true that they don’t record phone calls, it still is just as or more effective than having them create an inbox that they can willfully ignore.

The point of direct action is to disrupt the normal procedure of government to pressure them into responding. NYC residents, especially queer youth of color and trans women, have had their lives disrupted and will continue to have their lives disrupted by the seizure of condoms and prostitution arrests using condoms as evidence. Don’t let up and let us know if you have any questions or follow up.

redupnyc:

Throughout his mayoral campaign, Bill de Blasio promised New York City residents that part of his office’s platform on public health would be ending the incredibly destructive practice of using condoms as evidence. The position showed up on the campaign’s response to PROP’s Voters’ Education Guide; in media inquiries into de Blasio’s positions as Public Advocate; even on de Blasio’s campaign website, billdeblasio.com. Unfortunately the Mayor has not acted on his promise to New Yorkers.

Not only has there been no response from the Mayor’s Office about our request for an immediate executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence, recent arrest records show that as of January 12th the NYPD are still seizing condoms as evidence. While the NYPD still maintains that this practice is either not used or rarely used, on the arrest forms in Kings County there is a section specifically to indicate the number of condoms seized during the arrest. 

We ask that all New York City residents tell Mayor de Blasio to keep his promise and protect our city’s public health by issuing an executive order banning the practice of using condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses by the police or prosecutors. Here is a script you can use:

"Hi my name is ______________ and I live in (Bronx/Brooklyn/Manhattan/Queens/Staten Island). I am (calling/writing) to ask that Mayor Bill de Blasio immediately issue an executive order ending the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution-related offenses. The Mayor listed ending the use of condoms as evidence on his campaign website last year as part of his platform on public health, but your office has failed to act on this critical issue. Using condoms as evidence is detrimental to the health of all New York City residents, and especially those vulnerable to HIV transmission. It also has resulted in the sort of police racial profiling of Black and Latina queer youth and trans women, that the Mayor campaigned against last year. I am asking the Mayor to please stick to his promises to promote public health and end racist policing in New York City by issuing an executive order to end the practice of condoms as evidence. Thank you."

You can email the Mayor’s office at  Ewolfe@cityhall.nyc.gov or can participate on our call-in Thursday 27th 12pm-3pm by calling this number (212) 788-3000.

This is happening now and for the next few hours! 

to-the-tardis-sterek:

i am physically incapable of not reblogging this

(Source: vatandasinbiri)

redupnyc:

We’re excited to announce that applications for our annual media spokesperson training are now open! The FREE training is for people with experiences in the sex trades who want to speak publicly – in mainstream and community produced media – about their experiences and offer their political perspective on issues that affect our communities. It takes place in Brooklyn, May 16-18. Join us!

I kind of can’t believe I have been leading these media trainings since 2009. I have joked before that the Speak Up! media training is like harm reduction for dealing with the media - but it totally is. Its an intensive workshop, with lots of practice, strategy, tips and tricks. Come learn the rules of the media game, when to break them and when to play along. This workshop is the only one we’re offering these days that works well for people from outside of NYC who can join us for a weekend. Oh, and its free! We can’t offer travel assistance money to get here, but can give you metrocards once you’re here, hook you up with housing, and feed you all weekend. Full info and app are here.

redupnyc:

We’re excited to announce that applications for our annual media spokesperson training are now open! The FREE training is for people with experiences in the sex trades who want to speak publicly – in mainstream and community produced media – about their experiences and offer their political perspective on issues that affect our communities. It takes place in Brooklyn, May 16-18. Join us!

I kind of can’t believe I have been leading these media trainings since 2009. I have joked before that the Speak Up! media training is like harm reduction for dealing with the media - but it totally is. Its an intensive workshop, with lots of practice, strategy, tips and tricks. Come learn the rules of the media game, when to break them and when to play along. This workshop is the only one we’re offering these days that works well for people from outside of NYC who can join us for a weekend. Oh, and its free! We can’t offer travel assistance money to get here, but can give you metrocards once you’re here, hook you up with housing, and feed you all weekend. Full info and app are here.

redupnyc:

WE’RE HIRING a paid, part time Community Organizer to work on our creative programs in NYC (no remote commuting). The person we hire will work alongside our staff and members in our Brooklyn HQ to support folks and make content in the context of the creative work of RedUP - memoir and theatre workshops, our journal Prose & Lore, storytelling events, film and video, and internets.
We are prioritizing hiring someone with experience in the sex trades. There is no minimum education requirement and you can write us a letter about why you’re a good fit if you don’t have a resume. You must be based in NYC and able to come work in our Brooklyn office 10 hours a week. Full details at the link! Job is open til we find the right person.
All the info and application details are here.

Come work with me and Emma!

redupnyc:

WE’RE HIRING a paid, part time Community Organizer to work on our creative programs in NYC (no remote commuting). The person we hire will work alongside our staff and members in our Brooklyn HQ to support folks and make content in the context of the creative work of RedUP - memoir and theatre workshops, our journal Prose & Lore, storytelling events, film and video, and internets.

We are prioritizing hiring someone with experience in the sex trades. There is no minimum education requirement and you can write us a letter about why you’re a good fit if you don’t have a resume. You must be based in NYC and able to come work in our Brooklyn office 10 hours a week. Full details at the link! Job is open til we find the right person.

All the info and application details are here.

Come work with me and Emma!

redupnyc:



Hate violence. Betrayal by loved ones. Employment discrimination. These are just some of the issues that transgender women face. Though often perceived as a bastion of tolerance, New York City is an often hostile place for transgender women to make their way and be themselves. But despite rampant stigma and discrimination, trans women survive in the city, forging community and sisterhood with women who share their experiences. “In My Skin” tells the story of a theatre ensemble made up of nine transgender women who come together to create a play based on their lives and then perform it at Joe’s Pub at the legendary Public Theatre in downtown Manhattan.


And that’s the official blurb for our film “In My Skin,” a short doc that will be premiering at the Boston LGBT Film Festival in early April!!

Huzzah - excited about the premiere of “In My Skin”!! Any Boston people out there?

redupnyc:

Hate violence. Betrayal by loved ones. Employment discrimination. These are just some of the issues that transgender women face. Though often perceived as a bastion of tolerance, New York City is an often hostile place for transgender women to make their way and be themselves. But despite rampant stigma and discrimination, trans women survive in the city, forging community and sisterhood with women who share their experiences. “In My Skin” tells the story of a theatre ensemble made up of nine transgender women who come together to create a play based on their lives and then perform it at Joe’s Pub at the legendary Public Theatre in downtown Manhattan.

And that’s the official blurb for our film “In My Skin,” a short doc that will be premiering at the Boston LGBT Film Festival in early April!!

Huzzah - excited about the premiere of “In My Skin”!! Any Boston people out there?

Mar 8

Yes! As soon as I hear the word “empowerment” I know the coming conversation is just gonna be a waste of my time!

- Becca Jackson on the tedious invocation of empowerment on discussions abt the sex industry (via clarawebbwillcutoffyourhead)

Word. And when “empowerment” and “exploitation” are presented as The Options For Your Experience in the Sex Industry - even worse!