Join SWOP Boston for our observance of “International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers” on December 17th a 7pm at the Lucy Parsons Center . We will remember and honor sex workers murdered this year in Massachusetts and around the globe. Speakers and an open forum precede a brief memorial walk through Back Bay with red umbrellas, the international symbol for sex worker rights and safety. (If possible, please bring a red umbrella.) Dress for the weather, but look forward to warm drinks and time together as a community after the stroll.
In 2003, communities internationally came together to observe what has become the first annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. The day was conceived by parent organization SWOP-USA in response to the conviction of serial killer Gary Ridgway, known for his comment that he “picked prostitutes as victims because…I thought I could kill as many of them as I wanted without getting caught.” This year, four sex workers have been murdered in Massachusetts.
A memorial observance for these and other victims will be held at the Lucy Parsons Center. The event will include excerpts from the Sex Workers Internet Radio Library, commentary by Tara Hurley of the documentary “Happy Endings?” that explores the Asian Massage Parlors that were, until recently, legal in Rhode Island, and a reading of the names of each sex worker who was murdered this year. Following, we will take a meditative walk with red umbrellas, a common symbol of sex worker rights and safety, and will observe a brief moment of silence. Afterwards, we’ll gather back for coffee, tea, snacks, and a chance to network and socialize with the community.
Check out more information on the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers
Thank you to Lucy Parsons Center for hosting our event and F NICE RECORDS INC. for printing our flyers.
In addition to December 17th, there will be a December 18 Call To Action in Arizona for Marcia Powell of Arizona at the AZ Dept. of Corrections, and while Bostonians won’t be able to travel there, we will be there in spirit and solidarity.