International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers - Vigil and Porcession Sunday December 17th, 2011, 5-7pm Cal Anderson Park
In the spirit of remembrance and healing, the Sex Workers Outreach Project (SWOP-USA) and SWOP chapters from around the United States wish to join sex worker allies and advocates from around the world in recognizing December 17, the International Day to End Violence against Sex Workers. As we approach this day, we seek to come together to remember those who we have lost this year, and renew our commitment in the on-going struggle for empowerment, visibility, and rights for all sex workers.
The International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers was originally developed by Dr. Annie Sprinkle and SWOP founder Robyn Few to shine a spotlight on the epidemic of violence against sex workers happening globally. SWOP-USA began commemorating the Day as a memorial and vigil for the victims of the Green River Killer in Seattle, Washington, who murdered at least 71 women, most of whom were sex workers from 1982 to 1998.
This candlelight vigil will be a space to show our love and respect for sex workers murdered due to maginalization, stigmatization and hatred. We invite our allied community to mourn collectively. Participants are more than welcome and encouraged to bring a poem, song, prayer, or loving words. This event is open to the public.