This year, December 17 events are taking place in 14 US cities, and 20 cities around the world
We are currently accepting updates for event locations for 2013. Please submit an event using the form below, or email to email@example.com
Red Umbrella Day + Slut Walk, ABQ
12/17: 6-8:00 pm
Gather for March at PEP Office – 149 Jackson NE, back door.
Memorial: Albuquerque Social Club - 4021 Central NE
Join us as we honor the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers (aka Red Umbrella Day) for the fifth year in Albuquerque. We’ll meet at the PEP Office at 6pm to collect signs and red umbrellas. From there, we’ll Slut Walk to the Albuquerque Social Club, where we will hold our candle lighting and reading of the names ceremony. Following the ceremony, we will open the floor to all attendees to speak. We have signs and two red umbrellas to share. Please do feel welcome to bring your own signs relating to the ideology of sex work legalization and/or decriminalization; the West Mesa murders; and/or physical, psychological, state-sponsored, and/or institutional violence against sex workers. Please consider bringing a red umbrella and wearing red!
December 17 Community Event
Tue, 11/17 – from 19:00
Ugly Stepsisters Gallery, 1750 S Union Ave, Chicago, IL [Pilsen]
SWOP-Chicago invites sex workers and allies to gather to honor the lives of members in our community who passed away this year, and to build collective power against the many forms of violence we face. The event will feature refreshments, therapeutic group engagement, an interactive altar where attendees can light a candle and leave a personal message, and a projection of the names of the sex workers who have been murdered this year. The event will also feature a structured open mic/speak out portion, in which community members and allies are invited to share a story, performance piece or other expression related to violence experienced by our community.
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Memorial
Tue, 11/17 – from 18:00
The Bakery, Market Street between 21st and 22nd, Denver CO 80205
SWOP-Denver invites you to us for the 10th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and the 4th annual Denver commemoration. The event will begin with and introduction by our MC and include a commemoration of those we have lost in the previous year and a speak-out. We invite you to share your experiences, speak your truth, bring in poetry or music or artwork, etc. SWOP Denver fliers and Bad Date List fliers and reports will also be available.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Sex Worker Day of Remembrance Community Event & March
Sat, 12/14 17:00-21:00
Erotic Heritage Museum, 3275 Industrial Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
This year, SWOP Las Vegas will honor IDEVASW on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at the Erotic Heritage Museum from 5-9pm. We will start with a candlelight vigil commemoration and speak-out, then proceed with a march on the Strip at 6:30pm. The event is free and open to the public with light refreshments provided.
Los Angeles, CA
Tue, 12/17 16:00-18:00
Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA
New Orleans, LA
Funeral Procession, Private Gathering
Time: 12/17, 4:00-6:00pm – Second Line; 6:00-8:00pm – Memorial
Second Line begins at Burbon & Canal. Memorial is at AllWays Lounge – 2240 Saint Claude Ave
SWOP-New Orleans plans to honor and remember those we’ve lost with a “Second Line,” an event similar to a traditional New Orleans funeral. A second line (when it’s in the context of a funeral) is a funeral procession, usually from the church to the cemetery, in which the attendants publicly celebrate the life of the deceased. We will march down Bourbon Street, and conclude with a private event for sex workers and allies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for updates and details.
New York, NY
Time: 12/17: From 19:30
Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, 164 West 100th Street
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 we will feature the creation of a living altar, to be created at the vigil. We encourage everyone to bring an item, picture, card, or story which represents a moment of resilience they wish to contribute to the altar or share with the community.
Tue, 12/17 – 6-8:00pm
William Way LGBT Center – 1315 Spruce Street (Community Room)
Vigil in Remembrance/March to End Violence/Community for Safe Spaces IDEVASW
Tue, 12/17 – 6-8:00 pm
Margaret T. Hance Park - 3rd St. and Moreland
Every year, hundreds of sex workers fall victim to violence and death. Many assaults, rapes & murders are never reported because of fear of arrest or stigma. In 2013, 73 sex workers from around the world were murdered. Nearly 25% of murdered prostitutes since 1986 have never been identified. And these are only the deaths that have been reported… December 17th is IDEVASW: the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. SWOP Phoenix is joining together with sex workers, allies and sex worker rights organizations from around the world to remember those we have lost to violence, and renew our commitment to the ongoing struggle for visibility, dignity and rights for all sex workers.
We will meet at Margaret T. Hance Park to light candles and read the names of those who have passed in 2013 as well as those who have suffered violence in the state of Arizona. At 6:30, we will gather for a silent march to the ASU School of Social Work, where we will rally against all forms of violence against sex workers, including criminalization programs. After the march, we invite you to join us for a potluck to celebrate our community coming together and creating safe spaces for our local sex workers.
Tue, 12/17 – 20:00-22:00
Red and Black Cafe – 400 SE 12th Avenue, Portland, OR
San Francisco, CA
Tue, 12/17 – Time TBA
Center for Sex and Culture – 1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
SWOP-Bay is hosting a community-wide Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event. If you would like to participate in the planning or donate food, drink, and altar items, please contact Shannon at email@example.com.
12/17 – 6pm – 8pm
Procession from Westlake Park - 401 Pine St, Seattle, WA 98101; Email MaryMagdalene@SWOP-Seattle.org to RSVP for location of post-procession gathering.
SWOP-Seattle invites you to join us for our 4th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers vigil and community event. We welcome sex workers, allies, advocates, friends and family to remember and to commemorate lives lost, and to share your experiences or stories. Join us as we affirm our commitment to the struggle for dignity and rights for all sex workers. We will gather in Westlake Park, and then have a public procession through downtown Seattle, ending at a friendly warm location to break bread, drink hot beverages, and share our stories. RSVP required for pre-event costuming, as well as post-event dining. MaryMagdalene@SWOP-Seattle.org
Wine & Cranes Fundraiser and Mindraiser
Sun, 12/15 – 5:00-7:00 pm
Splinter Bros. Warehouse 901 N. 13th Ave.
Every year, we fold a paper crane for each of the sex workers that has been reported as murdered. Come learn to fold cranes, and learn about sex workers rights. Ask questions, get information. We’ll casually discuss the difference between decriminalization and legalization, why the anti-trafficking movement is harming individual sex workers, who a sex worker is, how to be an ally to sex workers, and more in a friendly and welcoming environment. We’ll also have tea tasting for non-drinkers. Donations from this event will go towards SWOP-TUCSON and the Dec 17th event.
IDEVASW: Performance, Procession & Rememberance
Tue, 12/17: 4:30pm – 8:00pm
Jacome Plaza at the Main Library
101 N Stone Ave Tucson Az
Performance Art Die-In & Installation
Stilts, acrobatics, circus performers, and bodies will create a living memorial. Come early to participate in the installation by wearing a white mask (provided) and wearing red.
March from Jacome Plaza to El Tiradito
to at Meyer & Cushing. Wear red, bring red umbrellas, red
candles, and an open heart. We will have bells to toll every 5 seconds for each of this years murdered sex workers.
St. Petersburg, FL
12/17 – 19:00
Genaro Coffee – 1074 Cental Ave, St Petersburg
SWOP Tampa Bay is hosting a vigil, a gathering, a chance to tell your story or hear other stories. We will be offering free coffee, tea, and snacks. If you are a sex worker, adult entertainer, stripper, escort, porn star, cam actor, or anything else, please come help us celebrate this day in healing and remembrance. We extend this invite to sex worker allies, as well! Our work is risky in a society that doesn’t observe our basic human rights. Please RSVP so we can have enough free snacks! 727 280 6778 firstname.lastname@example.org
If you can’t make it, but want to be a part of this local group, please contact us about joining the private Facebook group.
Red Umbrella Drive & Adult-Fun Fundraiser
Tue, 11/17: – Doors at 19:00
The Embassy Night Club – 54 King St E, Hamilton ON
On December 17, Big Susie and The Aids Network CA will hold a red umbrella-drive and adult-oriented fundraiser for outreach programming to target local sex workers.
December 17th is a day to call attention to hate-crimes committed against sex workers around the world and the red umbrella has become an important symbol for Sex Workers Right. Big Susies will be collecting red umbrellas at the event to be distributed to sex workers in the community. The event will also be raising funds to create outreach programming for Big Susie’s, a working group run by and for sex workers in Hamilton and the surrounding areas.
The event, an adult-oriented fun-filled evening, will feature MC Mistress Morgan Thorne, drag performances by The Imperial Court of Hamilton, Wentworth and Tri-Cities, a speech by the founder of Naked Truth Entertainment, a live dungeon, adult toy vendor booths and more. (www.mistressmorganthorne.com).
Manifestation, marche, et action!
Tue, 11/17 – 13:00
From Place du Arts: 175 rue Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montreal, H2X 1Z8
Organized by the Stella REZO: Join us to protest against physical violence and the criminal laws and systemic marginalization that makes us vulnerable to all forms of violence. At this event, we will denounce stigma, the judgment of our own lives, and the difficulty we face and demand access to justice.
Organisée par Les ami(es) de Stella et le programme travailleurs du sexe de RÉZO” Manifestation, marche, et action! Venez nous joindre pour protester contre la violence faite par les aggresseurs et due aux lois criminelles ainsi que la marginalisation systémique qui nous rend vulnérables à toutes formes de violence. On dénonce la stigmatisation, le jugement de nos propres vies, et la difficulté d’accéder à la justice.
12/17: 3:30-4:30pm *Closed group* discussion -open only to current and former sex workers) /4:30-5:30pm Speakers and performances *Open to all*
519 Community Centre, 519 Church St, Ontario
Toronto sex workers and allies, please join us for a vigil December 17th on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Let us gather as a community to honour the memories of those who have lost their lives as a result of the stigmatization of sex work and appreciate those currently navigating the margins of the sex trade—migrants, street based, trans women, Black, Indigenous and people of colour. We will continue to demand an end to the stigmatization and criminalization that condones violence towards sex workers.
Confirmed speakers include Audrey Huntley from No More Silence and Elene Lam, Former Director Zi Teng, Hong Kong/Chinese sex worker rights org. An alter will be created to honour victims of violence and anyone is welcome to contribute to it in a way that is meaningful to their own spirituality. Right before the event, there will be a closed group discussion open only to current and former sex workers to discuss our experiences and if we desire, to develop a message to be delivered at the vigil.
Food and tokens will be provided | Free | wheelchair accessible | Still confirming whether ASL will be available
International Day to End Violence Towards Sex Trade Workers
Sun, 12/15: Doors 19:00 – Event Begins at 20:15
The Cobalt (Bar) – 917 Main Street, Vancouver, BC
Candle light vigil, great performers, partial proceeds will be going to the Naked Truth Entertainment and to the Mobile Access Project. All donations of coats and umbrellas to be distributed on the stroll for Dec 17.
Tue, 12/17- Event Begins at 19:30
The African-Caribbean Centre, 66 Osborne Street, Merchant City, GLASGOW
17th December is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Come mark it with us, from 7.30pm at the African-Caribbean Centre. There will be sex workers and allies with things to say and some short films. And then there will be hanging out, and being a community. This event is accessible and free to attend. Current or former sex workers: wanna attend? Got childcare or travel costs? Fully reimbursed! Contact email@example.com and we’ll sort it out There’s lots more to say. Please join us on the 17th to listen, talk, hang out, think, and remember. This is a joint event put on by Scotland’s two sex worker-led organisations: workers’ collective the Sex Worker Open University (SWOU), and long established charity SCOT-PEP.
Tue, 12/17- Event Begins at 19:30
University of London Union - Malet Street, WC1E 7HY London
17th December is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. There will be open dialogue with sex workers and allies, short films, and an exhibition of art by sex workers from around the world. And then there will be hanging out, and being a community. This event is accessible and free to attend. Current or former sex workers: wanna attend? Got childcare or travel costs? Fully reimbursed! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org This is a joint event between University of London and Sex Worker Open University (SWOU)
Monday, December 17, 2012
Australia, Victoria, Melbourne, St.Kilda:
March thru the streets, 3PM-5PM December 17th, Meet at RhED
10 Inkerman Street, St Kilda 3182 Flyer Available here.
Canada, ON, Ottawa:
5PM @ Human Rights Monument (Elgin & Lisgar). Facebook event here.
Canada, BC, Vancouver:
Prophouse Cafe, 1636 Venables Stree, 8PM-10PM. Candle Light Vigil Followed by a Series of Performances and Entertainment. $5 cover charge, more info @ www.nakedtruth.ca Donations of Coats, Gloves & Umbrellas will be accepted for the Mobile Access Project Van, to distribute to street-based sex workers.
Canada, ON, Toronto:
Featuring Spirit Wind Women’s Hand Drum Group.
Where: 519 Community Centre (519 Church St)
Time: 7 pmMore info.
United Kingdon, Scotland, Glasgow:
FILM (short films x2)
TALKS from sex workers and from academics
TALK hang out with your awesome friends; make new awesome friends
MUSIC late night djs. Facebook Event
California, Los Angeles:
Plummer Park (Look for Red Umbrellas) 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046. 4-6PM There is a Southwest Convergence December 15th and 16th more info @ http://ilovelasexworkers.wix.com/i-love-la
California, San Francsico:
The Center for Sex and Culture, at 1349 Mission St, from 5pm to 7pm.
2132 Market Street, Denver, CO 7PM. Facebook event here.
7:30-9:30PM ARTango Center Chicago (4203 Ravenswood Ave, Chicago) More info here.
Lousiana, New Orleans:
Monday, December 17 2012 7pm-9pm
at the Mudlark Public Theater – 1200 Port St
in New Orleans
his will be a candlelight vigil and open mic speak out so bring yourself, bring a friend, bring solidarity, and please bring any words/music/dance you’d like to share as part of the speak out, as well as an item of veneration to add to our community altar. Refreshments by donation. Snacks provided.
New Mexico, Albuquerque:
New York, New York City:
In Cleveland, we will have a vigil and speak out on Monday, 12/17/12 6-9PM at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 2592 W. 14th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more information, please contact Vanessa at email@example.com.
Dec. 17th, 7-9pm
@ Red & Black Cafe 400 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR
Join SWOC (http://pdxswoc.net/) and SWOP PDX for a community gathering to honor sex workers lost to violence in the past year and unite in solidarity to end violence and stigma against sex workers in Portland and beyond. There will be a candlelight vigil, spoken word readings by community members, open mic/speak out, and hygiene drive. We welcome pieces and performances by current and former industry workers.