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Dear Friends,

5th International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers is on DEC 17th

Join SWOP USA and SWOP NORCAL during the month of December and help bring attention to violence and discrimination experienced by sex workers.

Sex Workers Outreach Project believes that the criminalization of prostitution is a direct cause for violence and stigma perpetrated against sex workers. Predators have used criminalization as an excuse to murder prostitutes. The very fact that prostitutes are nothing but criminals and the ideal that they are easy prey because nobody cares makes them number one targets for violence. Decriminalization is one of the first steps to taking away the stigma related to prostitution. When we are no longer criminals, we will not fear arrest if we report violence against us. If our occupation is legal we will be able to organize and fight for labor rights enforced  in our workplaces.

Please read the list of events below and email and let us know how you can volunteer. If you would like to help but can't attend an event please consider donating  some hard earned bucks to help us end this war on prostitution. 

On December 3rd Monday, SWOP USA will send letters to state and local officials drawing attention to International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers and asking for support of statewide decriminalization of prostitution.

On December 4th Tuesday at NOON, SWOP USA, SWOP NORCAL and the ESPU will perform 'Don't Tread on Me' in front of Congressman Tom Lantos office  protesting the TVPRA Mann Act provisions. Meet at 11:30 in front of the district office 400 South El Camino Real, Suite 410, San Mateo 94402.

On December 14th Friday at 10am SWOP USA will flyer City Hall in Berkeley and in Oakland. Please if you would like to help pass out flyers email me. 

On December 14th Friday night at 9pm SWOP NORCAL will hit the streets. Meet on the corner of San Pablo and Ashby in Berkeley and we will make our way to International Blvd in Oakland. The goal of this outreach is to bring support to sex workers with goody bags and legal resource guides and  invites to events on the 17th.

On December 17th Monday at 5pm we will hold a reception in Supervisor Jake McGoldrick's office, second floor of City Hall. At 6pm we will gather in the Civic Center Plaza on the Polk Street side of San Francisco's City Hall where we will hold a candlelight vigil with spoken word offerings. Bring a red umbrella and stand in solidarity with sex workers around the world. Sex Workers Outreach Project
For updates and info, contact scott at planttrees dot org.