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SWOP-Tucson http://www.swop-tucson.org Sex Workers Outreach Project - Tucson Chapter Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:58:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Int’l Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – Dec 17th! http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/412 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/412#comments Sun, 08 Dec 2013 02:58:34 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=412 We invite you to poster_small_jpgjoin us  on Tuesday, December 17th for our IDEVASW event.  It’s free and open to the public.

4:30 pm   Main Library at Stone & Alameda:   Die In/Art/Performance.   Stilt walkers, acrobats, hookers, activists.  And, you.

5:00 pm   Processional (Wear red, bring red umbrellas, candles, an open heart)

6:00 pm   El Tiradito Shrine, Meyer & Cushing Street:  Remembrance/Stories/Music/Poetry

Also, please also join us for our WINE & CRANE FOLDING FUNDRAISER on Sunday, December 15th, 5:00-7:00 pm.  Donation $5-10.  901 North 13th Avenue. We fold origami cranes for each of the past year’s fallen victims.   Come meet us ;)

 

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Sexual Assault Assistance Updated http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/391 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/391#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:18:12 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=391 Our apologies if any sex workers tried to get in touch with us through the Sexual Assault Assistance page in the recent months.  We hadn’t realized the email on there was bad until recently.   Our email address is swoptucsonaz@gmail.com.   It’s a private, secure email address vetted by long time SWOP members and all information will remain confidential.  It is checked daily and we promise to respond immediately. Screen shot 2011-09-16 at 6.30.48 PM

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Sex Worker Murder Victims: 2013 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/382 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/382#comments Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:06:28 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=382  

These are the names of the 72 sex workers from across the globe who lost their lives this past year (updated through 11/30/13).   19_-_sex_worker_memorial_tucson_12_17_06

Thanks to SWOP-USA.org for keeping the list.   Click here.

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The Meaning of the Origami Crane http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/368 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/368#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:19:10 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=368

I can’t remember when we first starting folding cranes to hang in the tree that overlooks the historic El Tiradito Shrine at Meyer and Cushing Streets in downtown Tucson, but it’s become a tradition for the Tucson chapter of the Sex Workers Outreach Project for the last several years.   Each year in the weeks prior to the December 17th event, we get together and fold cranes – one for each sex worker who has fallen victim to violence in the previous year.   We write the name of each worker inside the crane.

For me, an origami crane represents the fragility of life.  The sex worker population is especially vulnerable to violence because of the criminalization of prostitution which fosters an environment for predators to more easily prey on them – sex work is often done in private and alone, and assaults go unreported due to the very real fear of arrest.   In Arizona, the penalties for prostitution convictions are staggering – on your third conviction, you’re a felon and doing six months in prison.

There is also beauty in the origami crane, which represents (for me, at least) the beautiful, healing, soulfulness embodied in the worker and the work itself.   What often gets ignored or disregarded is the fact that we provide services which are crucial to the human experience –  intimate, emotional encounters, expressed in a physical manner.  We hold clients who have recently lost a loved one in our arms.   We provide loving touch to those who haven’t been intimately touched in many years.  There is beauty in that.

So at our International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers event each December, the cranes hang from string in the tree at El Tiradito, swaying in the gentle night breeze.  Each year, there are new cranes to add, new names to recite during our vigil.

-MH

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IDEVASW 2013 is December 17th! http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/359 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/359#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:03:35 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=359 poster_small_jpgWe invite you to join us  on Tuesday, December 17th for our IDEVASW event.  It’s free and open to the public.

4:30 pm   Main Library at Stone & Alameda:   Die In/Art/Performance.   Stilt walkers, acrobats, hookers, activists.  And, you.

5:00 pm   Processional (Wear red, bring red umbrellas, candles, an open heart)

6:00 pm   El Tiradito Shrine, Meyer & Cushing Street:  Remembrance/Stories/Music/Poetry

Also, please also join us for our WINE & CRANE FOLDING FUNDRAISER on Sunday, December 15th, 5:00-7:00 pm.  Donation $5-10.  901 North 13th Avenue. We fold origami cranes for each of the past year’s fallen victims.   Come meet us ;)

 

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A Kiss for Gabriela playing April 24, 2013 in Tucson http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/340 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/340#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 03:45:28 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=340 aperos1A Kiss for Gabriela, the story of Gabriela Leite, a Brazilian grandmother, whore, poet and activist, is showing as part of the 2013 Arizona International Film Festival, 8pm, Wednesday, April 24 at The Screening Room, 127 E Congress. Filmmaker Laura Murray will be there.

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Project RAISE – Jail or Jesus? http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/327 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/327#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:18:10 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=327 Church members, law enforcement, and social service agencies came together last night at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church to stage a sting, which resulted in the arrest of 13 sex workers. Only four of the thirteen arrested qualified to participate in the three month diversion program that, if completed, would allow their charges to be dismissed.

Project Raise has admirable goals in terms of helping workers have happy, healthy lives but their means – partnering with law enforcement to arrest sex workers — is the worst way to accomplish their stated goals. An arrest, even without a conviction, can stay on the record for decades making employment impossible.

 

 

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December 17th in Tucson – Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/311 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/311#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2011 22:44:46 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=311 December 17th is the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. This event was created to call attention to crimes committed against sex workers all over the globe. Please join us in Tucson for a march and vigil to remember sex workers who have lost their lives this Saturday, December 17th, 2011.

4:30 p.m. Joel Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ. New Orleans style funeral procession down Stone ave to El Tiradito Shrine. Dress in red and black, formal attire, carry a red umbrella if you can. Death masks will be handed out.

5:00 p.m. VIGIL @ El Tiradito Shrine, 354 South Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ. Performance art, music.

For more info on the Day to End Violence in Tucson. For more information on the event worldwide.

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Dangerous Client http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/290 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/290#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 01:28:38 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=290 A dangerous client has assaulted a number of workers in Tucson over the past three years. An article in the Tucson Weekly last week covered the story.

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Sex Worker Murders in Long Island http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/273 http://www.swop-tucson.org/archives/273#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 21:26:33 +0000 http://www.swop-tucson.org/?p=273 Stacey Swimme, activist for the Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP) discusses the recent murders of sex workers in Long Island.

Stacey Swimme discusses the Long Island murders… by BeyondPixBroadcast

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