NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION: CRIMINALIZATION COSTS SEX WORKER LIVES
JOURNÉE D'ACTION PAN-CANADIENNE: LA CRIMINALISATION TUE LES TRAVAILLEUSES DU SEXE
(French text below)
Across the country, sex worker groups along with organizations and individuals that support human rights and women's rights are gathering to denounce the conservative government's proposed bill (C36) to
re-criminalize sex work.
The new law criminalizes selling sex in public, purchasing sexual services, advertising sexual services and benefitting from the sale of sexual services. Bill C-36 does not assist individuals in need of support or eliminate hazards of the sex industry. Rather, it will force sex workers into dangerous conditions by pushing them into isolated areas, limiting their ability to take life-saving measures such as screening clients, negotiating consent and safer sex practices, and working together in teams. Sex work is not inherently dangerous, however, the proposed law will expose sex workers to increased violence and exploitative conditions and will result in more sex worker deaths. It will create the most severe dangers and lead to incarceration for the most marginalized sex workers: women who work on the street and who are disproportionately Aboriginal, Black, and people of colour; trans*; and living on or below the poverty line.
Bill C-36 reproduces the harms of the old criminalization regime and violates the spirit and substance of the supreme court judgment that struck down the previous laws.
Come join us and show your support!
2nd Annual Red Umbrella March For Sex Workers
"No laws about us without us!"
Saturday, June 14, 2:30 p.m.
Vancouver Art Gallery, South Entrance
Robson St. at Hornby
DRESS UP! BRING YOUR RED UMBRELLAS AND WEAR RED!
Saturday, June 14th at 2 PM.
At the North-West corner of Sherbourne and Gerrard for a public demonstration followed by a picnic.
Maggie's TO, COUNTERfit Women's Harm Reduction Program, Sex Professionals of Canada (SPOC), Sistering, Bad Date Coalition (BDC) and the Feminist Coalition for the Decriminalization of Prostitution (a national coalition of 25 sexual assault/rape crisis centres, women's shelters and other anti-violence agencies from across Can
Come-and-Go Material Making for the National Day of Sex Worker Solidarity & Action
6:00-8:00 p.m. at the South House (6286 South St).
This event is a come-and-go opportunity to design some posters, banners, and other materials before the National Day of Sex Worker Solidarity and Action the following day (June 14th, 12-3pm, location TBA).
We will have sign boards, markers, sheets and paint available at the South House throughout the day, so stop by anytime between 9-5 or come by in the evening between 6-8pm.
Please invite all of your friends and colleagues. Give us a call with any questions at 494-2432.
*South House is accessible and has a gender neutral washroom.
Speakers, rally and march
12:00 - 2:00 Rally and March at the Grand Parade
Bring your red umbrella!
SEX WORKER SOLIDARITY DANCE-A-THON
SATURDAY JUNE 14th, 2014 @12pm (Place de la Paix, corner of St. Laurent, north of boul. Réné Lévesque)
We dance in solidarity to demonstrate our resistance and resilience to government practices that continue to destroy the lives of sex workers.
Show your solidarity by joining us!
Alliance Féministe Solidaires pour les travailleuses et travailleurs du sexe (AFS)
Stella, l'amie de Maimie
Head and Hands
Projet Intervention Prostitution Québec (PIPQuébec)
Solidarité Cité sans frontières / Solidarity City / Ciudad Solidaria (Montréal)
We will be inviting Manitobans to show support and love for sex workers and their rights by posting photos of themselves with red umbrellas or holding signs with messages that support sex workers rights and are against Bill C-36 on our FB and Twitter pages. Yay cyber-activism!