2010 Event Archive

Welcome to the 2010 Event Archive

All of these events were planned for 2010 and do not reflect what may occur in future years at these locations.

Albuquerque, NM
People Exchanging Power (PEP) will be sponsoring a candle-lighting ceremony to commemorate those we have lost. All attendees are invited to speak and share their stories.
Where: Exhale, 6132 4th St, Albuquerque, NM When: December 17, 6pm – 8pm

Boston, MA
The Lucy Parsons Center is hosting a film screening to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Vegan snacks and wine with donation. All donation money will be sent to Sex Worker Outreach Project a national sex workers rights organization. www.swopusa.org WHAT I LOVE ABOUT BEING A SEX WORKER (5 min) In this short film sex workers talk about their reasons for loving their work. Made by Chicago-bases activist and sex worker Serpent Libertine. THE BURNOUT (4 min) Music video by long-time activist Scarlot Harlot and queer porn maker and actress Courtney Trouble. Electro-pop with rad, sex worker-positive lyrics. PRINCESA (96 min) This Italian film traces the odyssey of teenage transsexual Fernanda as she journeys from her native Brazil to Milan’s trans sex worker scene. Unlike most of her fellow prostitutes, Fernanda’s most cherished desire is to have a sex-change operation, fall in love with a man, and live the “normal” life of Italian womanhood. When a new client approaches her one night, it seems that her dreams will come true. However, as Fernanda makes the transition from streetwalker to housewife, she discovers that she may be leaving something precious behind after all. The film offers an honest and understanding portrayal of the transsexual prostitutes, while also humanizing the numerous Italian men who come to them as clients. From the carnival-like Milan street market of the sex workers to Fernanda’s placid and ordered life as a homemaker, PRINCESA avoids judgement and instead honours how complex characters come to better know their own identities through one another. Italian with English subtitles. (description from womenscentre.sa.utoronto.ca) Where: The Lucy Parsons Center, 549 Columbus Avenue When: December 17, 7pm

SWOP Chicago is hosting a community forum entitled “Sex Workers Speak Out: The Truth About The Negative Effects of Anti-Prostitution Laws”. Sex Workers and community leaders will gather for an open discussion on the long term effects of End Demand and enforcement of prostitution laws in Chicago. The evening will close with a video screening and candlelight vigil in remembrance of sex worker victims of violence in the past year. Food, refreshments provided.
Event Details:
When: December 17, 6:30-10pm Where: Jane Addams Hull House, 800 S. Halsted, Chicago, IL Contact [email protected] or call (312) 252-3880 for more information.

Denver, CO
SWOP Colorado is hosting an evening to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Evening Schedule Introduction to the service by our MC, Israel Oka Vigil/reading of the names of sex workers who we have lost this past year Speak out: Bring poetry, writings, or just speak your truth.
When: Friday, December 17th at 7:00PM Where: Please contact Israel Oka ([email protected]) for directions Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, families, and communities. This event is free and open to the public. Download the flier.


Detroit, MI
SWOP Michigan is hosting a Memorial Vigil to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The evening will include a Red Umbrella March, the reading of the victims’ names, and community education. When: Friday, December 17th at 11AM – 2pm Where: Hart Plaza ~ Woodward Ave, Downtown Detroit, MI For more information, please click here.

Grand Rapids, MI
To commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, there will be a rally held on the campus of Grand Valley State Univsity. Anyone, GVSU student or not, is welcome to attend, hold signs, yell, and speak your mind. When: December 8, 2pm – 3pm Where: Grand Valley State University campus in Allendale, MI under the Blue Transformational Link (Free Speech Zone)

Las Vegas, NV
Please join us! The evening will feature poetry, a candlelight vigil, an anti-violence speak out, and more. If you have any questions, please contact the Sex Workers Outreach Project-Las Vegas at [email protected] or 1-866-525-7967, ext. 701. You can also visit our website at www.swop-lv.org What: Protest violence while supporting the rights, wellbeing, and safety of people who provide sexual services, companionship, or entertainment in the sex industry. When: December 17, 2010 at 6 p.m. Where: We will meet up at Erotic Heritage Museum located at 3275 Industrial Rd., which is next to the Deja Vu club and one block west of the Strip. Click here to view the flier.

Lake Worth, FL
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Hosted by: Sequoia Redd and the Night Heron Grassroots Activist Center When: Friday December 17, 2010 Where: Gather at the Lake Worth Cultural Plaza for march to the beach, potluck at the Night Heron Grassroots Activist Center Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, families, and communities. This event is free and open to the public.
Events include:
Community march with red umbrellas to the beach where we’ll have a candlelight vigil and commemorate the sex workers that were murdered this year by reading their names, have a ceremony and march back into town. Potluck/discussion at the Night Heron Grassroots Activist Center where we will discuss solutions to ending violence against sex workers. For more information, please visit http://www.sequoiaredd.com/blog/december-17 or contact Sequoia Redd.

Los Angeles, CA
Please follow us around LA for a few miles as we stop and show sex worker rights films at spontaneous locations and educate Angelenos about Dec 17th… Where: December 17, 6:00pm What: Matthew Shepard Triangle, 8300 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA

New York, NY
International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Join us for a vigil and community speak out
When: Friday, December 17, 2010 at 7:30PM – 9:30PM Where: Metropolitan Community Church of New York, Sanctuary (2nd floor), 446 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018 btw 9th & 10th Aves Who: Current & former sex workers, our allies, friends, families, and communities. This event is free and open to the public.
Join us in remembering those we’ve lost to violence, oppression and hate, whether perpetrated by clients, partners, police or the state.
We stand against the cycle of violence experienced by sex workers around the world. Recently in Geneva, the United Nations Human Rights Council looked at the human rights record of the United States during their Universal Periodic Review. Uruguay’s recommendation to the Obama Administration – to address “the special vulnerability of sexual workers to violence and human rights abuses” – is the moral leadership we have been waiting for! We come together each year to show the world that the lives of marginalized people, including those of sex workers, are valuable.
Audacia Ray, Red Umbrella Project & Sex Work Awareness Chelsea Johnson-Long, Safe OUTside the System Collective of the Audre Lorde Project Michael J. Miller, The Counterpublic Collective and PROS Network Andrea Ritchie, Peter Cicchino Youth Project and Streetwise & Wafe (SAS)
Reading of the names of sex workers we have lost this past year Memorial for Catherine Lique by her daughter Stephanie Thompson and read by Sarah Jenny Bleviss Speak out: Bring poetry, writings or just speak your truth.
Light snacks, beverages, and metrocards will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by: Audre Lorde Project, Babeland, Counterpublic Collective,
FIERCE, MADRE, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, Peter Cicchino Youth Project, The Queer Commons, PONY (Prostitutes of New York), PROS Network, Red Umbrella Project, SAFER, Sex Work Awareness, Sex Workers Project, SWANK (Sex Workers Action New yorK), SWOP-NYC (Sex Workers Outreach Project), the Space at Tompkins, and Third Wave Foundation.
Download the Flier. Please check the Facebook Event page.

San Diego, CA
A candlelight vigil will be held to remember those lost to violence this year.
Event Details:
Where: Balboa Park, San Diego When: December 17, 2010, 6:00pm

San Francisco, CA
This December 17th marks the 8th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. In San Francisco, Sex Workers Outreach Project San Francisco, sex worker Annie Sprinkle, and St James Infirmary will host a candlelight vigil and remembrance ritual.
The ceremony will feature a performance piece followed by a candlelight vigil and a reading of the names of sex workers killed this year. Attendants will carry red umbrellas (the symbol of the sex workers rights movement) and signs with names and photos of some of the victims that will be remembered.
After the ceremony at City Hall, participants are invited to the Center for Sex and Culture for a sex work edition of Naked Girls Reading.
4:17 pm– Performance Piece “Sex Worker Scream” 5:00 pm– Candlelight vigil and memorial 9:00 pm– Naked Girls Reading, Sex Work Edition at the Center for Sex and Culture
Annie Sprinkle is one of the sex workers that spearheaded this event and will be one of the special guest readers at Naked Girls Reading – San Francisco. Sadie Lune, an international woman of intrigue, performance art and renowned sex worker will also be a special guest reader.
The theme for this event is reading literature written by sex workers, including: the new highly acclaimed memoir, Some Girls by Jillian Lauren, Scarlot Harlot’s Unrepentant Whore, Georgina Spelvin’s The Devil Made Me Do It and more…
Where: Center for Sex and Culture. 1519 Mission Street @ 11th Street, SF When: Friday, December 17th. Doors: 8:30pm. Event: 9:00 – 10:30pm How much: $15.00 general. $20.00 Front Row Advanced Tickets: via PayPal: [email protected] Must be over 18. There will be actual nudity.
Download the Flier

Seattle, WA
SWOP Northwest will be hosting candle vigil, procession and community event to commemorate December 17th.
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International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Locations    http://www.december17.org/locations.htm
Where: Cal Anderson Park, Seattle When: December 17, 7pm
When: December 17, 2010, 5:30pm Where: El Tiradito Shrine
420 S Main Ave

Tucson, AZ
Visible and invisible, sex workers are among us. December 17th, join us to stand against violence, and memorialize sex workers murdered in the past year. We will remember their names, and send them skyward with paper cranes and biodegradable balloons.
When: December 17, 2010, 5:30pm Where: El Tiradito Shrine
420 S Main Ave Vigil and performance. Wear red, carry a red umbrella, and bring your love.”
Please click here for more details on SWOP Tucson.

Willimantic, CT
Please Join The Windham Harm Reduction Coalition in Solidarity with SWOP, as we observe the 7th annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers in remembrance of those lost to violence, oppression, and hate. Whether perpetrated by clients, partners, the police, or the state, we stand against the cycle of violence experienced by sex workers in our community and around the world. Event Details: Where: Jilson Square, Willimantic, CT. When: December 17, 2010, 5:00pm Event Type: Memorial Procession/ Vigil Dress in Black and Bring Your Red Umbrella. For more information, please contact [email protected], or (860) 234-7313.

Brussels, Belgium
International Day against violence against people working in prostitution Organised by seven feminist and advocacy organisations (a first in Brussels!) 15h-17h00 invisible theater to highlight the discrimination of and encourage solidarity with people working in prostitution, in three strategic places in Brussels (Place d’Yser, Rue d’Aerschet, Rue Neuve) 17h12 simultaneous French-Belgian whistle minute in Brussels, Lille, Lyon, Paris and Toulouse For more information please contact [email protected], or +32 2 216 61 16

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Stepping Stones presents an evening to commemorate the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. When: Dec 17, 6pm
Where: Grand Parade, Halifax

Kingston, Ontario
SWAG, the Sex Worker’s Action Group, will be holding a candlelight vigil to mark the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. When: Dec 17, 5:00pm Where: City Hall, 216 Ontario Street, Kingston
Ottawa, Ontario
Please join POWER to remember, to honor and to call for change. When: Dec 17, 5:30 – 6:00pm Where: Human Rights Memorial, at the corner of Laurier and Lisgar. Download the flier.

London, United Kingdom
The 17th December is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. In the UK and throughout the world, sex workers are continually subjected to physical and emotional abuse which often goes unreported because of the criminalisation of the work they do.
Let us call upon the spirit of Goddess and join together to share our poems, stories and songs in a candle light vigil to remember those who have died at the hands of those who were violent against them and to send our love and strength to those who are still suffering that they may find a way out of violent situations to places of safety.
The cost of the event is free, however, money donations will be accepted to be donate to the following organisations: The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers in Europe (ICRSE), x: TalK, International Union of Sex Workers (IUSW). For further information about the history of Crossbones Graveyard please see here.
For more information, please contact Elle Hull, [email protected], or visit here. Tealights will be provided – PLEASE BRING candle lanterns or jam jars.
Date: 17 December 2010 Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM Cost: Free but donations for the above organisations requested. Place: Crossbones Graveyard, Memorial Gates, Redcross Way, London
London, United Kingdom

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers hosted by SERTUC LGBT Network
When: 6:30pm, 17 December 2010 Where: TUC Congress House, Great Russell St WC1, London Speakers:
John McDonnell MP, (Labour Party)
Caroline Simpson (UNITE) SERTUC Women’s Rights Committee Maria Exall (CWU) TUC LGBT Committee and member of the TUC General Council Ana Lopes, founder of the International Union of Sex Workers Nikki Adams, English Collective of Prostitutes speaker from X:talk chair Thierry Schaffauser (GMB sex workers branch) SERTUC LGBT Network
organised by the GMB Sex Work & Adult Entertainment Branch supported by: GMB SHOUT!
EQUITY Thames Variety Branch
free drinks & performances (adult content) ALL WELCOME! please rsvp to [email protected]

Montreal, QC, Canada
Stella’s of Montreal will be holding a march, beginning at the Place des Artes, to the Cafe Cleopatre, for an evening of speakers, artists, and video projection. Event Details: March Where: Place des Artes, 175 Sainte-Catherine Street West, Montreal When: 7:00pm
Event Details: Memorial
Where: Cafe Cleopatre, 1230, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal When: Doors open at 8pm, Show beings at 9:15pm
Please check back for more information

Nairobi, Kenya
This x-mas season, we invite you to do something different. Please join us as we mark International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, for the first time in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
The event in Nairobi will include a silent street procession (yes, we got the permit!); information about sex worker rights issues; testimonies by sex workers who have experienced violence; short film screenings; a riveting spoken word perfo…rmance by Wanjiku; music, poetry, theatre and dance by sex worker groups and children of sex workers; and a candle light vigil to remember sisters and brothers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Speakers will include
Peninah Mwangi Willy Mutunga Dorothy Ogutu Zawadi Nyong’o Esther Passaris, and many more.
Blackstar Entertainment will also be on the decks – asanteni sana for the support! You can also support this event in any of the following ways:

1.    Come and participate and/or contribute to the event in Nairobi on the 17th (and yes, it’ll be worth taking the day off for!)
2.    Change your status update & have a conversation with friends about why you are saying no to violence against sex workers.
3.    Read and share “When I Dare to be Powerful” – a collection of 5 short stories about women engaged in sex work in Kenya & Uganda (see link below)
4.    Make a financial contribution to support sex worker rights groups and organizations in Kenya (M-pesa details to follow)
5.    Host your own event/gathering/vigil or whatever to remember those that have lost their lives
6.    Blog, tweet, or write an article (please share it with us)

7.    Start an sms campaign to end violence against sex workers
8. Spare a few minutes on this day to educate yourself about the issues

9.    Invite your friends to join us on Dec 17th
10.    Just send us positive vibrations!
THE EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE CONSCIOUS PUBLIC!!! :-) For more information, please contact us at [email protected] Download the Flier.

Hong Kong
Zi Teng will be hosting a public rally and memorial commemorating the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Please check back for more details

Toronto, ON
with Traditional Feast catered by Ringfire Productions Performances from RED SLAM and Brenda MacIntyre Roundtable Discussion Celebratory giveaway
In honor of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – this will be an evening for us as as Indigenous people and communities to listen, discuss, and learn how to end violence against sex workers from Indigenous perspectives.
A supportive, non-judgmental space for sex workers (current and former) community members and youth. This event will respect the right of self-determination over our lives and bodies for all Indigenous people including sex workers.
Please bring what you can for the giveaway (art, momentos, crafts, recipes, etc). Everyone is welcome to participate with/without an item.
When: Saturday December 18, 6-9 pm (food served at 6 pm) Where: Native Canadian Centre, 16 Spadina Road FREE event! or more information or to RSVP contact Krysta Williams, Lead Youth Advocate at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network at [email protected] Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/eBnZy2
Vancouver, BC
March with red umbrellas and distribute materials amongst holiday shoppers on Robson St. Fancy dress and festively decorated red umbrellas are definitely encouraged! The march will be followed by a gathering at the Lennox Pub/Restaurant (corner of Robson & Granville). When: 6:30pm. December 17 Where:Vancouver Art Gallery, Robson St side

Victoria, BC
PEERS and the Women’s Centre would like to invite you to a rally and memorial for the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17th.
Join sex workers and their allies in the movement to say this violence must end! The day calls attention to the violence committed against sex workers all over the globe as well as the need to remove the stigma and discrimination that is perpetuated by prohibitionist laws that make violence against sex workers acceptable. The red umbrella is an international symbol of sex workers rights, please bring your red umbrella to the rally and be a part of the movement!
The rally will begin at Government St. and Discovery St. at 11:00 and will travel to the legislature, where there will be speeches and refreshments.
For more information about Red Umbrella Day and how you can support sex workers rights visit, please check http://www.peers.bc.ca/.

West Yorkshire, UK
We will be holding a vigil from 5pm-6pm in Bradford city centre. It will be at the bottom of Ivegate, opposite Cenetenary Square. Look for red umbrellas and candles. Where: Ivegate, West Yorkshire When: 5:00pm, December 17