March for Minimum Wage on April 18

Check out the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/218562528338924/

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The Sex Workers Outreach Project Philadelphia [SWOP-PHILLY] is a grassroots organization and part of a national network dedicated to improving the lives of current and former sex workers in the Philadelphia-metro area. Through education and advocacy, we seek to end the economic exploitation of all workers by ensuring viable employment options for those exiting the industry and guaranteeing safe working conditions for those who continue work in the sex trade

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#StandwithMonica – OIN MONICA JONES ON MARCH 14: TAKE ACTION FOR THE RIGHTS OF TRANS PEOPLE AND SEX WORKERS

The Best Practices Policy Project, the Desiree Alliance and Global Action for
Trans* Equality are calling for US-wide and international action on March 14,
2014 to support Monica Jones’ campaign for the rights of transgender people
and sex workers.
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Monica Jones, a human rights defender in Arizona and an advocate for the
rights of transgender people and sex workers, was profiled and wrongfully
arrested for “manifestation of prostitution” by a police sting operation
and anti-prostitution diversion program known as “Project ROSE”. Ms Jones
had been a speaker at a rally protesting Project ROSE—which is run by
Phoenix police and Arizona State University’s School of Social Work—the
day before. At the time of her arrest, she was not engaging in sex work, but
was in fact walking down her street to the local bar.

On March 14 at 8.30 am (US Mountain Standard Time) Monica’s case will go to
trial at Phoenix Municipal Court. She will plead not guilty and an action is
planned outside the court to show the City of Phoenix Prosecutor that we won’t
tolerate the systematic profiling and criminalization of transgender people of
color and sex workers. Simultaneously on March 14, two sex worker rights
advocates will be at the United Nations in Geneva to bring international
attention to Monica’s trial and the ongoing human rights violations
occurring in Phoenix and across the United States.

We call on people and organizations across the United States, in the region
and internationally to show your support for Monica Jones and the issues she
cares about. We encourage individuals, organizations, and communities to
acknowledge the day in whatever way they feel safe in doing to raise
awareness, to learn and share about the issues (it could be by viewing online
coverage from the United Nations, it could be through social media action, by
sharing a meal, organizing a public action, writing a letter to the press,
through art and so on).

Please email us at bestpracticespolicy @ gmail.com and
director@desireealliance.org to tell us about the action you plan and if you
would like us to highlight your action on our websites. If you wish to add
your organization’s name to this call, email us and we would be happy to do
so.

More information about the case, Monica’s trial and the UN action can be
found at:

https://www.facebook.com/events/477216822384806/

http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org/2014/01/10/phoenix-calling-the-united-nations-new-iccpr-report/

http://www.swopphoenix.org/monica/

The hashtags #standwithMonica and #notyourrescueproject are being used for
social media.

Update on ongoing harassment of Monica: Since refusing to plead guilty to the
charges she is innocent of, Ms. Jones has been targeted four additional times
by police officers while walking around her neighborhood carrying out everyday
activities such as bringing groceries home or heading to her local bar. Each
time, the police use insulting and transphobic language and threaten her with
arrest, despite the fact that she is doing nothing more than simply walking
outdoors. Across the U.S. and in Phoenix, transgender people of color are
routinely targeted for harassment and hate-motivated violence, by both police
and the public, and are frequently profiled as sex workers by police.
Transgender people are also targeted for cruel treatment in prisons, including
by guards.

Ms. Jones states, “I believe I was profiled as a sex worker because I am a
transgender woman of color, and an activist. I am a student at ASU, and fear
that these wrongful charges will affect my educational path. I am also afraid
that if am sentenced, I will be placed in a men’s jail as a transgender
woman, which would be very unsafe for me. Prison is an unsafe place for
everyone, and especially trans people.”

Monica Jones should not have to go to court to fight wrongful charges
resulting from a discriminatory and arbitrary arrest stemming from a
department in which she studies. Sign the petition to have the charges against
Monica dropped.

 

http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org/2014/03/04/join-monica-jones-on-march-14/

Sex Work and Higher Education

Two articles were published recently in popular media about paying for college with sex work:

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/supporting-myself-through-university-by-having-sex-for-money

http://www.xojane.com/sex/duke-university-freshman-porn-star

We admire these women for speaking out about their experiences, but know being so public is not the best nor safest choice for everyone.

The intersection of sex work in higher education are profound. Could colleges and universities be doing more to make campuses safer for students in the sex industry? SWOP is interested in hearing from you!

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Big News: Know Your Rights!

Big News: Know Your Rights!

The Philadelphia Police Department will soon implement a new set of guidelines for how officers interact with transgender people. Know your rights: check out this article to see what police officers are now held accountable for.

Plan, don’t Panic. Call for a lawyer and remember the names of officers who do not DO THEIR JOB. We have the power to call them out and hold them accountable. 

If you feel your rights have been violated by a member of law enforcement, SWOP can help. Send us an email at swopphilly@gmail.com or call 215-701-9398.

 

Great Online Resources

SWOP-Philadelphia meets evert 3rd Wednesday of the month, and there are also great Sex Worker led/ Sex Worker safe spaces in NYC/ Baltimore/ DC and other cities for those who are traveling.

 

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We want to know, however, where do you look online for resources/camaraderie/ industry info? Check out our links page, but a few of our favoritesare below.

http://titsandsass.com/

https://www.stripperweb.com/

http://www.sexworkeropenuniversity.com/

http://hook-online.com/

 

Feel free to respond with your own!

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SWOP-PHILLY