International Sex Worker Rights Day with SWANK & SWOP-NYC

Celebrate International Sex Worker Rights Day
with SWANK & SWOP-NYC
Monday March 3rd, 7 to 9 pm

Dear friends of sex worker rights,

This year SWANK (Sex Worker Action of New York) & SWOP-NYC will host a potluck dinner to celebrate International Sex Worker Rights Day. This day reminds us that we are part of a global community of people who refuse to accept the discrimination against us and the criminalization of our work, our means to survive.

When: Monday March 3, 7 to 9 pm
Where: Judson Church, 55 Washington Square South, NY, NY 10012 (Use Entrance on Thompson St)
Cost by donation for dinner: $3 to $15 depending on what you can afford (no one turned away)
Food will include vegan and vegetarian options.
You may also bring food to share if you’d like!

Celebrate Sex Worker rights with… Fun activities! Craft Projects! (Design a placard to demand sex worker rights). Raffle! Win a prize… Conversations with activists for sex worker revolution….

For more info contact: swank@riseup.net
For Announcement List, see our myspace: http://www.myspace.com/weareswank

What is International Sex Worker Rights Day?
The 3rd of March is International Sex Worker Rights Day. The day originated in 2001 when over 25,000 sex workers gathered in India for a sex worker festival. The organizers, Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a Calcutta based group whose membership consists of somewhere upwards of 50,000 sex workers and members of their communities. Sex worker groups across the world have subsequently celebrated 3 March as International Sex Workers’ Rights Day.

What else is there to celebrate?
We are also celebrating the formation of our two groups SWANK (For Current & Former Sex Workers) and SWOP-NYC (For Current & Former Sex Workers & Our Allies).
SWANK is Sex Workers’ Action New York, a radical sex workers’ initiative based in NYC. [ http://www.myspace.com/weareswank/ ]
SWOP-NYC is a chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project. [http://www.swop-usa.org/ ]

This event is also supported by $pread Magazine and PONY (Prostitutes of New York).

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