Printable 2017 Memorial Names

2017 December 17th Memorial Names Printable List

List Contributors~ Bella Robinson, Alex Andrews, Briq House

This list is being added to daily. If you have a name to contribute please email [email protected]

USA

Alphonza Watson aka Peaches, 38years old, Baltimore MD, Dec 14th, 2017

April Ellis, 34 years old, Baltimore MD, March 28th, 2107 

Ashley Brandeberry, 29 years old, Honolulu, HI, April 21st, 2017

August Ames, 23 years old, Dec 5th, 2017

Brittney Taylor, 19 years old, Ft Lauderdale FL, May 25th 2017

Brandie Seals, Age unknown, Houston TX, Dec 13th, 2017

Patricia Phelps aka Peppermint Patty, 48 years old, Anchorage, Alaska, August 11, 2017

Jessica Newcomb, 21 years old, Mobile AL, June 16th, 2017

Isabell  Pam  43  years  old,   Huntsville,   Al,   Feb   26th

Jennifer Ann Wilson, 50 years old, Sept 18th, 2017, Tucson AR

Gemmel Moore, 26 years old, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, July 27th, 2017

Jarrae Estepp 21 years old, found dead March 14, 2017

Josephine Vargas 34 years old, last seen Oct 24th, 2017

Kianna Jackson 20 year- old, last seen Oct 2st, 2017

Martha Anaya 28 year- old, last seen Nov 28th, 2017

Sable Pickett, 19 year- old, Murdered by a serial killer in Anaheim CA, identified April 14, 2017

Brittney Taylor, 19 year-  old,  May  25th,  2017,  TAMARAC.  FLA

Essence Owens, 23 year- old, Body found August 22st, 2017 Groveland FL

Amber Elizabeth Carruthers, 32 years old, Orlando FL, June 17th, 2017

Hannah Darlene Midyette, 21 year- old, Jacksonville FL, March 30th, 2017

Olympia Cerutti, 34 year- old, Daytona Beach, FL,  Sept 23rd, 2017

Bridget  Shie,   a   19-year-old,   Atlanta   Georgia,   Feb   1st,   2017

Ashley Brandeberry, 29-year-old, April 24th, 2017,  Waikiki  Hawaii

Desiree  Robinson  15  year-   old,   Dec   24th,   2016,   Chicago,   IL

Kayla Denham  25  year-  old,  Livingston  Louisiana  June  9th,  2017

Renia  Rodriguez,  19  year-   old,   June   22st   2017,   Braintree   MA

Tobi Lynn Stanfill, 20 year- old, Albuquerque, NM May 19th, 2017

Unidentified woman found murdered in the Bronx NY, Jan 17th, 2017

Yang Song, from Shenyang, China. 38 year- old, falls from her death from a 3rd story building during prostitution raid, Nov 27th, 2017 in Flushing NY

Ashley Ugoletti, 27 year- old, Westmoreland County, PA, August 31st, 2017

Rhonda Wells 44 year- old, Jan 13th, 2017, MEMPHIS, TN

Jessica Lewis, 28 year- old, Jan 13th, 2017, Memphis TN

Unidentified woman, who is described as being Hispanic and between 18 and 35 years old. Found Jan 22st 2017 in SAN ANTONIO, TX

CANADA

Josie Glenn  26 years old, southeast London Oct. 27, 2017

Nicole Bell   31-year-old last seen in September in Sicamous, B.C.,

Sharon Baron indigenous, 27-year- old, Montreal,  Sept 2st 2017

Siasi Tullaugak indigenous, 27-year-old, Montreal,  Sept 2st 2017

Sisi Thibert  Trans-women, 26 years old St. Charles, Sept 18th, 2017

Shyla Stylez, 35 years old, Nov 9, 2017

Tammy Le  25-year-old, Hamilton, Jan 26th, 2016

Traci Genereaux 18 years old, North Okanagan- Shuswap region, October 19th, 2017

Valerie Maurice  29 years old, Edmonton, August 31st, 2017

Victoria Head  36 years old, St. John’s, NL, Canada, November 11th, 2017

Unidentified women between 25 and 35 years of age, found dead in Kelowna BC, Oct 12th, 2017

Chelsea Gauthier, 22 years-old,  Abbotsford, BC: August 30th, 2017

Alloura Wells, 21-year-old trans women, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has not been seen July 2017

Tess Richey, 23-year-old, found dead in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Dec 2st, 2017

AFRICA

Chiamaka Ndubu, 18 years old, Agege Nigeria, August 24th 2017

Unidentified Women, age unknown, Guruve Zimbobwe, August 5th, 2017

EUROPE

Sabrina Oosterbeck, date of death unknown, Amsterdam (Netherlands)

Newest additions we have been sent, bio and photos to come:

Additional note:  To honor privacy some names shared are the victims chosen or pseudo names. Some wanted their loved ones to be honored but did not want to out them or use dead names in the process.                                                                                   

Rebecca (No other information was given)
Tina (No other information was given)
CC (No other information was given)

                                                                                                                                              

SEX WORKERS WHO PASSED AT THE END OF LAST YEAR:

Robin Edwards 19-year-old December 21st, 2016 Philadelphia, PA   (Serial
killer in custody) (Image to be added soon)

Sara Butler 20-year-old, last seen alive Nov 23rd, 2016 Montclair,
NJ (serial killer in custody) (Image to be added soon)

Joanne Brown 33-year-old,  Last seen live October 22st 2016, Montclair, NJ
(Serial killer in custody)  (Image to be added soon)

Its time to change the social perception that she wasn’t a person, she was a “prostitute”. No one wants to feel a sense of community or sameness with her. She was something other than us and therefore we don’t need to feel fear or grief at the fact or the manner of her death.”

Global Event List 2017

This event page is being added to daily so please check back soon to find events in your area. Want to add an event? Email [email protected]

UNITED STATES

FLORIDA                                                                                                                                                            Contact Information: Sex Workers Outreach Project, Tampa Bay Area Chapter                                    Local Contact: Jill McCracken, [email protected], 512.415.0603 .                                            SWOP Tampa Bay’s Cabaret Fundraiser in Honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.                                                                                                                                                                       On Sunday, December 17th, 2017, Tampa will join more than 20 other cities in the United States and 40 cities internationally to recognize the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This year, local organizers are planning a cabaret—to include a documentary film screening, burlesque show, and open mic— to raise awareness about the violence sex workers face. The event is will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2017, from 8pm to 11pm, at the Mermaid Tavern, 6719 N Nebraska Ave,Tampa, Florida                                                                                                                                              Known as December 17th, the event originated as a response to the sentencing of Gary Ridgeway who confessed to murdering more than 70 women over two decades. Most of Ridgeway’s victims were sex workers, and their murders initially went largely uninvestigated, allowing Ridgeway’s violence to continue. Ridgeway mentioned he targeted the community “because I thought I could kill as many as I wanted without getting caught.” A memorial list including the names of sex workers who died as a result of violence is often read at local memorial vigils. The list of over 150 sex workers murdered between January 1 and December 1, 2017, highlight the vulnerability of sex workers around the world. The victims’ identities highlight the intersection of different marginalized identities: 42% of victims in the United States were Black and 48% were Black trans women. The list also highlights dangers of lax gun laws in the Americas: over 70% of victims were murdered in the United States (35%), Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America (35%). Information about Tampa’s December 17th event can be found at swoptampabay.org. More information about December 17th and worldwide events can be found at www.december17.org.                                                                                                                          SWOP Tampa Bay Area .                                                                                                                                        877-776-2004

NEW YORK                                                                                                                                                          Contact-Judson Church Reproductive Rights [email protected] Date/Time- December 17, 2017, 7:30p-8:30p.

Info: On the front steps of Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC 10012. Candlelight Vigil to remember all, with special mention of Ms. Yang Song aka CiCi. Masks and wigs provided for those who need them. All are invited. Additional to info to follow as it becomes available.”This is the beginning of a Judson Task Force on Sex Work with a goal of decriminalization.
Judson has long been a supporter of sex workers’ rights. Former Minister Howard Moody and Judson administrator Arlene Carmen wrote “”Working Women”” based on their experiences offering food and support to street workers via a Judson van. Judson also offered space to P.O.N.Y. throughout the 80’s for meetings. It was at Judson that I met Margo St. James and Gale Phederson when they came to announce the Second World Whores’ Congress which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels in the mid 80’s and which Annie Sprinkle and I attended as delegates and journalists.

** Int’l Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Vigil & Benefit, Contact- Saucy Marketing ~Date/Time- Sunday, December 17 at 6:30 PM – 11:30 PM EST Location- Brooklyn Bazaar 150 Greenpoint Avenue Basement Level Brooklyn, NY 11222

Info- Tickets provided by Eventbrite: Suggested Donation $33.72 All proceeds will be donated to G.L.I.T.S Inc. and are tax deductible. Free tickets for low income individuals. FB Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/490644228001244/

MASSACHUSETTS                                                                                                                                     Date/Time -Sunday, December 17 at 12 AM – 10 PM EST, Location: Center Stage 265 Dwight St, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103 FB Event://www.facebook.com/events/523652481327195/

Info:Dec 17th is the international day to end violence against sex workers.
This day has special meaning to Me and is something I would love to see more awareness of in western MA
I am also aware that most sex workers I know in this community really can’t afford to take the day off.
So this December 17th I will be working it
at My favorite local stripclub
Club Centerstage in downtown springfield, MA
Center Stage

I will be dancing from noon til 7 possibly abit later if yall are around and tipping Me!
Come put your money into the hands of local sex workers and support us.

WASHINGTON                                                                                                                                                               CONTACT: SWOP Seattle                                                                                                                        On December 17th, we gather to remember sex workers who have lost their lives due to violence, stigma, oppression, and discrimination. Please join us as we honor our dead, gather as a community, and heal. For more information on this date, please visit: http://www.december17.org

Time: 5pm-9pm: Community Vigil & Dinner 
Location: Merchant Cafe, Pioneer Square 
109 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104 
We will gather at 5pm at the Merchant, and depart for a walk to Westlake Center at 5:30, where we will hold a vigil. We will return to the Merchant and have a community meal at 6:30pm, and share thoughts and words about our reflections on this somber day.

We recommend that you bring your red umbrella, comfortable walking shoes, and dress warmly!

ADDITIONAL US EVENTS: http://www.december17.org/2017/10/30/united-states-2017/

CANADA International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Sex Worker Wisdom Chapbook Launch

Contact: Laura Dilley PACE Society [email protected] Date/Time: Sunday December 17, 2017 from 7-9pm. Location: PACE Society – 148 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8 CANADA

Info: Join us for an intimate night of storytelling inspired by Sex Workers’ Wisdom: Writing Workshops with writer Amber Dawn. Wine and appetizers to be served. Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/309069266241785/

 

Where will you be on December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers?? There are many ways to stand in solidarity with sex workers… Actions and events with sex worker and allied groups across Canada listed below.

CALGARY, AB : Blogs to mark Dec 17th. One will be a Q & A with our Calgary police “anti-exploitation” unit, and hopefully another from our advisory committee/clients. It will be published here: http://www.hivcl.org/blog/ and on our social media.

MONTREAL, QC

December 17th, 12pm-1:30pm

Cabot Square

Please come join Iskweu Project for a gathering at Cabot Square for December 17th, the International day to end violence against sex workers.
SVP, venez nous joindre au Square Cabot pour la journée internationale pour mettre fin à la violence contre les travailleuses et travailleur du sexe

https://www.facebook.com/events/385762801855185/

December 17th, 3-4:30pm

Maison de Culture Frontenac

On December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Témoigner pour Agir exhibition and Stella, l’amie de Maime present “After C-36: Still Battling to End Violence Against Sex Workers”.

This public event is a rare moment to move beyond divisive debates about sex work and to hear from those directly placed on the front lines of activism for sex workers’ human rights. It will take the form of a panel discussion with Jenn Clamen, Viviane Namaste, and Grace Van Ness followed by a performance by Sasha Van BonBon entitled Selected Monologues from ‘‘Les Demimondes’’ and ‘‘Neon Nightz’’.

This lecture will be given in English with translation in French and in LSQ.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725154920868439/

 

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OTTAWA, ON

December 17th, 1-2pm

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, Elgin Street

Please join us to remember sex workers we’ve lost to violence and renew our commitment to ending violence against sex workers. Guest speakers TBD

https://www.facebook.com/events/135908963786799/ 

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SAULT STE MARIE, ON

We will meet at the Court House at 2:30pm on Sunday December 17th, 2017. We will have a small community discussion in regards to ending the violence against Sex Workers, full decriminalization of Sex Work, and Sex Workers Rights. Bring open minds and warm hearts. After the gathering, we can walk down to the Gore Street Cafe for some warm coffee ️ & treats. 

Please bring signs, red umbrellas, and your voice ️ (but not a must).

December 17th, 2:30pm-4pm

426 Queen St E, Sault Ste Marie

https://www.facebook.com/events/1840894716170310/ 

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SUDBURY, ON

December 17th, 7-9pm

Ernie Checkeris Theatre

Project ArmHer is a collaborative multi-media performance produced in partnership with women who have lived experience in sex work. This is Project ArmHer’s first locally public performance. We chose December 17th as our event date in respect and recognition of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. 

International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is a global day dedicated in recognition of the need for sex workers’ human rights and to acknowledge that decriminalization is the only way to address and end the violent targeting of sex workers and commercial sexual exploitation of women and youth.

Groups around the world are participating in this event in ways that represent their own unique communities, but the overall message is zero tolerance for violence perpetuated against sex workers. Sex workers and allies are joining on December 17th to organize against discrimination and to remember all of the sex workers who have been murdered, assaulted, or stolen. These people are community members and will not be forgotten.

https://www.facebook.com/events/153557158708646/

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VANCOUVER, BC

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Sex Worker Wisdom Chapbook Launch

Join us for an intimate night of storytelling inspired by Sex Workers’
Wisdom: Writing Workshops with writer Amber Dawn. Wine and appetizers to be
served.

December 17th, 7-9pm PACE Society 148 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Link to our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309069266241785/

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VICTORIA, BC

December 17, 2-5pm

Bastion Square and City Hall

Red Umbrella Day (December 17th) is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Please join us! 

Schedule: 
2PM, meet at Bastion Square to gather and march to City Hall 
2:45PM, we will arrive at City Hall for performances, speakers, open mic. and a free meal. 
4:30PM, Closing 

*Wear Red (if you have it and want to!) 
*Support Resources and Safer Sex Supplies Available 

This event is supported by Peers Victoria, the anti-violence project and Third Space. 

Accessibility Info: 
(Basic accessibility info below, we are gathering a more thorough accessibility assessment of the space at City Hall, and will post a link to that information ASAP). 

*Our event will be in the antechamber room of City Hall. 

*ASL interpretation: An interpreter from IDHHC will be present from 2:30-4:30PM at City Hall, for the performance and speaker section of the event. 

*Winding Staircase the the 2nd floor 

*Elevator access 

*2-single stall gender neutral washrooms 

*Children are welcome at this event. Childminding available at City Hall. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/644383335731923/

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WINNIPEG, AB

This year, the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition is coordinating a chain of warmth, love and solidarity between the different groups who are, include, serve and/or care for sex workers, sex trade workers, experiential and sexually exploited people in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory. We are celebrating our shared commitment to end violence against everyone involved in the sex trade by exchanging cards, notes and art that honours and respects everyone’s experience and stories. 

Photos of the art will be posted on our website on Dec. 17sexworkwinnipeg.com

OTHER CANADIAN EVENTS: http://www.december17.org/2017/10/30/canada-2017/

PRAGUE

Contact: Jiri Kofron Bliss without Risk [email protected] Location/Date/Time: Palackeho namesti – Prague, 17th December 2017, from 12.30 p.m. till 16 p.m. Info: Bliss without Risk has been working with sex workers for 25 years now. This year we are going to focus on all forms of violence against sex workers in Czech republic. Domestic, institutional or public. We want to talk to ordinary people if they know, what sex workers has to go through, if they want to just do their job. Our main goal is open discussion, what can be done to end violence and prejudice towards sex workers and what they think about legalization of sex work in Czech republic.

A Toolkit for Organizing on December 17

A Toolkit for Organizing on December 17

2016-2017 December 17 Organizer Resource Folder 

Includes Organizer Guide, Info-graphics, Fact Sheets, Hand-Outs, Posters, & Event-Promotion Design Templates

2015 December 17 Organizer Resource Folder

Information About and Ideas for Dec 17th – Learn more about this day and what groups do to observe it. This document includes the following information:

  • Background on Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
  • Forms of Violence Against Sex Workers
  • Statistics on Violence Against Sex Workers
  • Guiding Principles of December 17 Events
  • 10 Ideas for December 17 Events
  • Logistical and Cost-Saving Tips

Submit Your Event Here – We will release a map of all Dec17th events happening that we know of.

Event Organizer Resource Folder – A folder full of resources to help you raise awareness about violence against sex workers. The folder includes:

  • Info-graphics
  • Fact Sheets & Hand Outs
  • Posters
  • Event-Promotion Design Templates

 

More Important Resources

2017 Memorial Names List [working list] 

 Local Press Release Template

Poems, Speeches, Songs & Poetry  |  Event Organizer Resource Folder

Additional Questions: Contact our December 17th Coordinator at [email protected] with any questions.

Canada- Events & Memorials – 2017

 
Montreal, Quebec-Canada- International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers




International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Témoigner pour Agir and  Stella l’amie de Maimie present:

After C-36:  Still Battling to End Violence Against  Sex Workers

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

PANEL DISCUSSION & PERFORMANCE

Maison de la Culture Frontenac  Salle de spectacle

This public conference serves as a rare moment to move beyond divisive debates about sex work and to hear from those directly placed on the front lines of activism for sex worker’s human rights. A panel discussion with Jenn Clamen, Viviane Namaste, and Grace Van Ness will be followed by a performance by Sasha Van Bon Bon entitled Selected Monologues from Les Demimondes and Neon Nightz.

This panel is part of a series of public discussions for Témoigner pour Agir, a project that brings together experts from the arts, community, and university milieus.

Get to know the expo:

December 17th, 2:00 to 2:45 p.m.

GUIDED TOUR

Guided tour of the exhibition, with time for discussion about the messages of the exhibited works.

Maison de la culture Frontenac, Studio 1  RSVP the tour at temoignerpoura

RSVP la visite à http://temoignerpouragir.com


Where will you be on December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers?? There are many ways to stand in solidarity with sex workers… Actions and events with sex worker and allied groups across Canada listed below.

CALGARY, AB : Blogs to mark Dec 17th. One will be a Q & A with our Calgary police “anti-exploitation” unit, and hopefully another from our advisory committee/clients. It will be published here: http://www.hivcl.org/blog/ and on our social media.

MONTREAL, QC

December 17th, 12pm-1:30pm

Cabot Square

Please come join Iskweu Project for a gathering at Cabot Square for December 17th, the International day to end violence against sex workers.
SVP, venez nous joindre au Square Cabot pour la journée internationale pour mettre fin à la violence contre les travailleuses et travailleur du sexe

https://www.facebook.com/events/385762801855185/

December 17th, 3-4:30pm

Maison de Culture Frontenac

On December 17th, International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Témoigner pour Agir exhibition and Stella, l’amie de Maime present “After C-36: Still Battling to End Violence Against Sex Workers”.

This public event is a rare moment to move beyond divisive debates about sex work and to hear from those directly placed on the front lines of activism for sex workers’ human rights. It will take the form of a panel discussion with Jenn Clamen, Viviane Namaste, and Grace Van Ness followed by a performance by Sasha Van BonBon entitled Selected Monologues from ‘‘Les Demimondes’’ and ‘‘Neon Nightz’’.

This lecture will be given in English with translation in French and in LSQ.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1725154920868439/

 

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OTTAWA, ON

December 17th, 1-2pm

Canadian Tribute to Human Rights, Elgin Street

Please join us to remember sex workers we’ve lost to violence and renew our commitment to ending violence against sex workers. Guest speakers TBD

https://www.facebook.com/events/135908963786799/ 

***

SAULT STE MARIE, ON

We will meet at the Court House at 2:30pm on Sunday December 17th, 2017. We will have a small community discussion in regards to ending the violence against Sex Workers, full decriminalization of Sex Work, and Sex Workers Rights. Bring open minds and warm hearts. After the gathering, we can walk down to the Gore Street Cafe for some warm coffee ️ & treats. 

Please bring signs, red umbrellas, and your voice ️ (but not a must).

December 17th, 2:30pm-4pm

426 Queen St E, Sault Ste Marie

https://www.facebook.com/events/1840894716170310/ 

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SUDBURY, ON

December 17th, 7-9pm

Ernie Checkeris Theatre

Project ArmHer is a collaborative multi-media performance produced in partnership with women who have lived experience in sex work. This is Project ArmHer’s first locally public performance. We chose December 17th as our event date in respect and recognition of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. 

International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers is a global day dedicated in recognition of the need for sex workers’ human rights and to acknowledge that decriminalization is the only way to address and end the violent targeting of sex workers and commercial sexual exploitation of women and youth.

Groups around the world are participating in this event in ways that represent their own unique communities, but the overall message is zero tolerance for violence perpetuated against sex workers. Sex workers and allies are joining on December 17th to organize against discrimination and to remember all of the sex workers who have been murdered, assaulted, or stolen. These people are community members and will not be forgotten.

https://www.facebook.com/events/153557158708646/

***

VANCOUVER, BC

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers: Sex Worker Wisdom Chapbook Launch

Join us for an intimate night of storytelling inspired by Sex Workers’
Wisdom: Writing Workshops with writer Amber Dawn. Wine and appetizers to be
served.

December 17th, 7-9pm PACE Society 148 W. Hastings St., Vancouver

Link to our facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/309069266241785/

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VICTORIA, BC

December 17, 2-5pm

Bastion Square and City Hall

Red Umbrella Day (December 17th) is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Please join us! 

Schedule: 
2PM, meet at Bastion Square to gather and march to City Hall 
2:45PM, we will arrive at City Hall for performances, speakers, open mic. and a free meal. 
4:30PM, Closing 

*Wear Red (if you have it and want to!) 
*Support Resources and Safer Sex Supplies Available 

This event is supported by Peers Victoria, the anti-violence project and Third Space. 

Accessibility Info: 
(Basic accessibility info below, we are gathering a more thorough accessibility assessment of the space at City Hall, and will post a link to that information ASAP). 

*Our event will be in the antechamber room of City Hall. 

*ASL interpretation: An interpreter from IDHHC will be present from 2:30-4:30PM at City Hall, for the performance and speaker section of the event. 

*Winding Staircase the the 2nd floor 

*Elevator access 

*2-single stall gender neutral washrooms 

*Children are welcome at this event. Childminding available at City Hall. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/644383335731923/

***

WINNIPEG, AB

This year, the Sex Workers of Winnipeg Action Coalition is coordinating a chain of warmth, love and solidarity between the different groups who are, include, serve and/or care for sex workers, sex trade workers, experiential and sexually exploited people in Winnipeg, Treaty 1 territory. We are celebrating our shared commitment to end violence against everyone involved in the sex trade by exchanging cards, notes and art that honours and respects everyone’s experience and stories. 

Photos of the art will be posted on our website on Dec. 17sexworkwinnipeg.com

 

 

CANADA”S MEMORIAL LIST

 

Josie Glenn  26 years old, southeast London Oct. 27, 2017

Nicole Bell   31-year-old last seen in September in Sicamous, B.C.,

Sharon Baron indigenous, 27-year- old, Montreal,  Sept 2st 2017

Siasi Tullaugak indigenous, 27-year-old, Montreal,  Sept 2st 2017

Sisi Thibert  Trans-women, 26 years old St. Charles, Sept 18th, 2017

Shyla Stylez, 35 years old, B.C. Nov 9, 2017

Tammy Le  25-year-old, Hamilton, Jan 26th, 2016

Traci Genereaux 18 years old, North Okanagan- Shuswap region, October 19th, 2017

Valerie Maurice  29 years old, Edmonton, August 31st, 2017

Victoria Head  36 years old, St. John’s, NL, Canada, November  11th, 2017

Unidentified women between 25 and 35 years of age, found dead in Kelowna BC, Oct 12th, 2017

Chelsea Gauthier, 22 years-old,  Abbotsford, BC: August 30th, 2017

Alloura Wells, 21-year-old trans women, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has not been seen July 2017

Tess Richey, 23-year-old, found dead in Toronto, Ontario, Canada Dec 2st, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States Events 2017

Anchorage Alaska

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers 2017

A Memorial for Peppermint Patty

Sunday, December 17, 2017, at 1 pm at the Alaska Center for Alternative Lifestyles at 420 West 3rd Ave  Anchorage Alaska (The large brick building on the corner of E and 3rd downtown. The entrance is in the large parking lot side of the building. Located inside the old Potluck Events.)

For more info contact [email protected]


Brooklyn, New York

The Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers presents the Glits Ball

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 6 PM to 11 PM

Location: Brooklyn Night Bazaar 150n Greenpoint Ave Brooklyn,  NY

DJ Frankie paradise door hostess and personality Daisy Lopez, two quest performers, several different rooms of events.

Kinky karaoke room of reflection,  BDSM room along with a lot of other treats for the night.

We are in need of red umbrellas flowers candles swag and the 500.00 venue price for this amazing space and we promise to make this event not only the best event ever and to bring attention to a large level to end violence and change the minds of many when it comes to sex work…

For more information contact Ceyenne at [email protected]

NYC, NY – Candelight Vigil -International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Event Location: On the steps of Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, NYC, 7:30-8:30 pm.

Hosted by: The Reproductive Rights Committee of Judson

Contact Person: Veronica Vera [email protected]

All are invited.Wigs and masks provided available for those who need them. We will also have candles but you are encouraged to bring one or use your cell phone or flashlight. Additional info will be sent as it becomes available.

 

Emergency Rally for our Fallen Comrade- Flushing, NY

Hosted by Justice for Alisha Walker and Lysistrata

Sunday, December 17 at 12 PM – 1:30 PM

NYPD 109th Precinct 37-05 union Street, Flushing, New York 11354

The NYPD has murdered one of our community members. On Sunday, a 38-year-old woman died after a raid on her workplace in Queens the previous evening. If these massage parlor raids continue more workers will die, be incarcerated, deported. Stop criminalizing sex work. Stop criminalizing working people. Stop targeting parlors.

Shame on the NYPD! Your raids are killing women! Your raids are destroying families, criminalizing survivors, deporting hard-working people and terrorizing our communities! Get out of parlors and stay out!

How can these massage parlor raids be justified when women are dying?!

Meet at the 109th Precinct at NOON for speak out and moment of rage. Allies, accomplices, friends, family all welcome.

December 17th is International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, join us to demand an end to police terror.

***We will have scarves on hand if you need to protect your identity, send us a message before the event.***


Swop MI – High Park, Michigan

Community Vigil: Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

Details

***We are seeking donations of food and toiletries to give away at this event, as well as performers (artists, musicians, dancers, etc)!! Contact Zee St. James at [email protected] for information***

December 17th Event     2pm-5pm

Ruth Ellis Center   77 Victor St, Highland Park, Michigan 48203

We will open with a brief history of the date, observance of those lost to violence, then open the mic to anyone who wants to share or read, poetry, stories of hope, etc.

We will have a table set up to write holiday cards and letters for SWOP Behind Bars.

We are also doing a book drive for their libraries. They accept new or gently used, preferably less than 10 years old. They can not have any writing or highlight in the books. Self-help books and books on trauma and healing are often requested.

Also, Ruth Ellis Center is in need of winter attire. New or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves. They mentioned a particular need for L and XL ladies coats.

This is a public event. Significant others, family, and friends are all welcome and encouraged.

SWOP Minneapolis

Candlelight Vigil for Dec 17th

It will be at RARE house (the upstairs at cafe southside in Minneapolis) at

7 pm on 12/17/2017

3405 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Contact- [email protected]

 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

Memorial Vigil

Sunday, December 17th, 2017 from 3-5

Thomas Paine Plaza (Across from City Hall)

1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please let me know if you will participate in the form of creating art including helping with posters or a banner, or

If you would like to speak. We have a private sound system donated. You do not need to be a sex worker to come or to be involved. You just need to care. All are welcome. We place aside our differences to come together with respect and love to honor those not here to share their story.  Facebook page is being set up now. More details to come after Thanksgiving.  Contact [email protected]

Thanks so much – https://dec17philly.com/

Facebook event page

 

PROVIDENCE,  RHODE ISLAND USA

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS

COYOTE RI (Call Off Your Old Tired Ethics)  joins Sex Workers, allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers”

Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm

Location”  10 Davol Square Unit 100, Providence RI 02903

Free community event – light lunch & childcare will be provided.

Contact: Bella Robinson at [email protected]  401-525-8757

International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers San Francisco Bay Area event

December 17, 2017 at Center for Sex & Culture 1349 Mission Street  {between 9th& 10th Sts.}

film show, discussion &potluck,  2-4 pm     *workshop 4-7 pm {see below}

Les Prostitutées de Lyon Parlent  – The Prostitutes of Lyon Speak by Carole Roussopoulos On June 3, 1975, 150 prostitute women occupied one of the main churches in the center of Lyon, France.  A banner was hung over the church façade ‘Our children don’t want their mothers in prison.’  The occupation was sparked by the brutal torture and murder of sex workers, and a police crackdown.  Instead of going after the murderer/s, the police were handing out fines and threatening women with prison.  Within weeks churches had been occupied all over France including in Paris.  The church occupations sparked the modern day sex workers rights movement.

45 min  Tales of the Grim Sleeper by Nick Broomfield (excerpts) Clips from Tales of the Grim Sleeper – a devastating expose of the lack of value police placed on the lives of Black women, many of whom were sex workers working the street in Los Angeles.  It documents the case of the serial murders of Black women in LA, & law enforcement and officials’ criminal neglect, also campaigning by the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders for police accountability and justice for the victims and their families.    sponsored by US PROStitutes Collective & In Defense of Prostitute Women’s Safety  [email protected],  www.uspros.net ( http://www.uspros.net )(415) 626-4114

Washington, DC-  End Violence Against Sex Workers

Saturday, December 16th, 2017 from 1: pm- 5: pm

The Reeve’s Center- (main hallway)

2000 14th St. NW

Washington DC 20009

GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/me49kt


Asia-Pacific -Events-2017



SYDNEY,  NSW AUSTRALIA

INTERNATIONAL DAY TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST SEX WORKERS and INTERNATIONAL MIGRANTS DAY

Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP) will join NSW sex workers in commemorating two
key days of importance to our communities with a morning tea, candle lighting
ceremony and forum.

When: Monday, December 18th, 2017

Time: 11:00am-12:30pm

Location:  SWOP Building, Room 3.07, Level 3, 414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills NSW
2010

Free community event - light refreshments provided.

Contact: SWOP at [email protected]
(02) 9206 2166

International Day To End Violence Against Sex Workers Press Release

by Bella Robinson – Executive Director, Coyote Rhode Island

     

I want to talk about memorials and obituaries for a minute.  Usually, an obituary describes the person that has passed away.  It also includes loved ones that were left behind. It usually includes the person’s accomplishments.   It often includes the person’s ties to their community.

However, society and the media haven’t been very kind to sex workers.  Usually, the mentioning of sex workers occurs when they have been arrested, murdered or a victim of violence.  Rarely does the media bother to describe them as people?

Sex workers are mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins and loved ones.  They shop at the same stores, and their kids attend the same schools.  Many of them have achieved a lot in their lives, and sadly these accomplishments are usually left out of the conversation.

“Once a whore, always a whore”

“Bad women get what they deserve”

Society has stigmatized sex workers and pushed them to the edges of society.  Sex workers are often seen as subhuman.  Law enforcement refers to sex workers and the homeless as, NHI  for “No human Involved”

The media often stigmatizes and disrespects sex workers.  Rarely do these publications show us any compassion for our situation.  Instead, they reinforce these irrational notions that people are somehow at fault for poverty and violence.   It becomes a circus, with people passing judgment on the less fortunate.

Using blame to stay in the problem rather than support solutions.

Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps

I guess that’s easy for people in power to say.  You know the lucky ones.

All these actors contribute to stigma, violence and human rights violations to marginalized populations who are vulnerable. It is easy for those in powerful positions to bully and discriminate. 

The US government has never been known to stand up for oppressed civilians.

The government plays the actor of the bad parent who refuses to take responsibility for creating a system that has failed so many people.  They stay on course with this rhetoric and the majority of society follows suit.  

When it came to Native Americans, African Americans, women fighting for their right to vote, and LGBTQ rights.   We had to sue the government to gain these rights.  So why is society waiting around for the government to acknowledge human rights for sex workers and other marginalized populations?

US sex workers have organized and they have filed a constitutional challenge to CA prostitution laws 647 (b)

ESPLER v GASCON is now in the 9th district court of appeals.  This case could set legal presence and allow sex workers to access equal protection under the law.  This case was funded by small private donations and ESPLERP.org has ongoing legal bills.  Please make your tax-deductible donation today.

http://decriminalizesexwork.com/

Update Oct 21st 2017

9th Circuit oral argument Highlights – challenge of prostitution law 10/19/2017

ESPLERP vs Gascon (16-15927)

https://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/media/view_video.php?pk_vid=0000012398

As we read the list of 132 Sex workers that were lost in 2016, let’s remember that…..

It is time to change the social perception that she wasn’t a person, she was a “prostitute”. No one wants to feel a sense of community or sameness with her. She was something other than us and therefore we don’t need to feel fear or grief at the fact or the manner of her death.”