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Monday, July 14, 2014

C36, Sex Worker-led Orgs, Allies, Advocates - LINKS and VIDEO

I was interviewed earlier today by the lovely Cathy Reisenwitz and I was asked where folks who want to learn more about the struggle for the decriminalization of sex work in Canada can go. I named a few, but here is a more extensive list. This list is by no means exhaustive! If you have any further resources you'd like to share, please do so in the comments or email me at brazenlee@gmail.com and I will add them.

I've also added some links to sex worker orgs outside of Canada below, as well as some Twitter folks worth following. There are so many amazing and brave voices out there! You can also check out my blog's sidebar for more links.

Watch the interview here! (or click the "interviewed" link above to watch it on youtube)



IN CANADA

Information about legal challenges, Bill C36, and sex work laws in Canada


Watch the proceedings here, at CPAC, in multiple parts
(trigger warning: dehumanizing language, sexual violence)
http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/in-committee-house-of-commons/

Pivot Legal Society - Vancouver
http://www.pivotlegal.org/sex_workers_rights


Sex Worker-Led and Run Organizations


POWER (Prostitutes of Ottawa/Gatineau Work, Educate, Resist) - Ottawa
TONS of great information on C36
http://www.powerottawa.ca

PACE Society - Vancouver
http://www.pace-society.org/

Maggie's Toronto
maggiestoronto.ca

SPOC - Sex Professionals of Canada
http://www.spoc.ca

Stella - Montreal
http://chezstella.org/stella/en

Big Susie's - Hamilton
http://www.bigsusies.com/

Stepping Stone - Nova Scotia
http://www.steppingstonens.ca/

PEERS - Victoria
http://safersexwork.ca/

FIRST (Currently under construction)
http://www.firstadvocates.org/

SWAV (Sex Workers Alliance of Vancouver)
http://www.walnet.org/csis/groups/swav/index.html

Naked Truth
http://www.nakedtruth.ca/

Native Youth Sexual Health Network
http://nativeyouthsexualhealth.com

West Coast Cooperative of Sex Industry Professionals.
http://www.wccsip.ca/

Other Canadian-focused Resources


Book - Selling Sex: Experience, advocacy, and research on sex work in Canada
http://www.ubcpress.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=299173904


USA & INTERNATIONAL (also including Canada)

Organizations Run By and For Sex Workers


Maggie's Toronto has an extensive list of international links here

Big Susie's also has an extensive list here 

Sex Workers' Outreach Project
http://www.swopusa.org/

Scarlet Alliance - Australian Sex Workers' Association
http://www.scarletalliance.org.au

Best Policy Practices
http://www.bestpracticespolicy.org

Desiree Alliance (hosts a yearly conference on sex work)
http://www.desireealliance.org

HIPS
http://hips.org/

NSWP
http://www.nswp.org/

Workers, Former Workers, Advocates, and Allies


Noami Kwe - Fierce Indigenous Feminist
http://kwetoday.com

Melissa Gira Grant
http://postwhoreamerica.com

Kyle Kirkup
http://kylekirkup.ca/

Emi Koyama (breaks down the myths of trafficking data)
http://eminism.org/store/pdf-zn/trafficking_web.pdf

Frances Shaver
http://francesmshaver.ca/

Nikki Thomas - Former Executive Director of SPOC
http://www.msnikkithomas.com

Tits and Sass - One Big Service Piece
http://titsandsass.com

Everyday Abolition
everydayabolition.com

Molli Desi Devadasi
http://mollidesidevadasi.blogspot.ca

Red Umbrella Project - Amazing Podcast Series
http://www.redumbrellaproject.org

Anna Saini
http://www.annasaini.com

N'Jaila Rhee
Blasianbytch.com

Chris Bruckert (professor, link to publications)
https://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/crm/professor-profile?id=10&pageID=2


ON TWITTER

There are A LOT of great conversations happening on twitter right now (and there is more than ample misinformation, hand-wringing, name-calling, and triggering statements being made by anti-sexwork lobbying groups and individuals, so be warned):

Relevant hashtags

#C36
#C36Just
#sexwork
#NotYourRescueProject
#AfterBedford
#BedfordSCC
#CDNpoli (Due to a poster typo, #CNDpoli is also currently active)
#TOpoli
#lndont
#QuestionsForAmnesty (who recently called for decrim)
#ListenToSurvivors (started by SW abolitionists)

Active, Relevant, and/or Awesome Twitter Users (in no particular order)

@AmyLebovitch
@SexSafetySecure
@NYSHN
@AIDSLaw
@ElFeministo
@DouglasActivist
@CelineBisette
@GSHI_research
@kwetoday
@thatSabineGirl
@AntoniaZ
@CaroNewCastle
@FemWho
@SexWorkOutreach
@AudaciaRay
@PEERSVictoria
@Jess_Danforth
@CDNSWAlliance
@Tushy_Galore
@MaggiesToronto
@PhyreCracker
@BlasianBytch
@CathyReisenwitz
@FemmeiFest
@MolliDesi
@DarbyBPPP
@BrazenLee
@TracyQuanNYC
@ScarletAlliance
@MistressMatisse
@MelissaGira

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