I missed it

I just got an email for an event that happened yesterday. Way to go Susan:

DATE: MARCH 3RD, 2008 5PM-7PM

WHAT: INTERNATIONAL SEX WORKER RIGHTS DAY

WHERE: LAFAYETTE PARK , LOS ANGELES (Koreatown/Mid-Wilshire area)

625 S.LAFAYETTE PARK PLACE, LA 90057

OFF OF WILSHIRE BLVD, EAST OF VERMONT ,

NEAR/IN KOREA TOWN

CONTACT: Sex Workers Outreach Project-LA (SWOP-LA)

310-562-8201

SWOP-LA and WOMEN ALIVE WANT YOU to join us in the park for INTERNATIONAL SEX WORKERS RIGHTS DAY, MARCH 3RD 2008

MEET AT THE TENNIS COURTS OF LAFAYETTE PARK !

BRING A RED UMBRELLA! (Red Umbrellas are the Intโ€™l Symbol of sex workers rights!)

LOAD UP ON FREE CONDOMS, LUBE, SAFE SEX SUPPLIES!

MEET OTHER WHORES, DOMMES, SLUTS, ALLIES, ADVOCATES, ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND TALK WITH MEMBERS OF THE SEX WORKERS OUTREACH PROJECT (SWOP-LA)! LEARN ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS! ASK QUESTIONS!

t-shirts and hot drinks will be exchanged for donations to the growth of the newest non profit in the HIV/AIDS game: Sex Workers Outreach Project-LA.

March 3rd’s mission: SWOP and Women Alive originally intended for a day of celebration for Sex Workers Rights around the globe, a movement that started in India when 25,000 sex workers mobilized together to raise awareness on the violence and lack of rights for sex workers. This movement is now celebrated internationally.

The Park and Recreation board has denied our permit to screen PG rated documentaries based on the sex workers movements in various countries, including Germany , Mexico City , and India .

Their reason: Only G rated movies are allowed to be screened in public parks. However, their website clearly lists screened movies that are rated PG-13. Their “concern” was the local youth. They are obviously hiding behind the fear of it’s content, rather than the rating.

WE ARE STILL MEETING AT 5PM AND WE WILL STILL CELEBRATE SEX WORKERS RIGHTS!!!

BRING YOUR DRUMS, CONGAS, BONGOS, BUCKETS, AND VOICES, WORK OUTFITS AND COSTUMES!

DANCE AND CELEBRATE OUR RIGHTS!! MEET AND TALK WITH MEMBERS OF SWOP!

Through the friend who sent this, I’ve met quite a few local sex workers and it’s amazing the work they’ve done to organize. I know what transgender sex worker who is trying unionize and she’s worked all over the country to do this.
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