Thank you to all of the amazing individuals and groups that helped make our December events possible. Shout out to Nollies Cafe and Beecher's Cheese for donating delicious dishes for our community events.We'd like to thank Gay City for offering us meeting and event space. Hats off to Jet City Improv, Seattle Bouldering Project, Clone-A-Willy, Babeland, Left Bank Books, and the Academy of Burlesque [...]
SWOP is expanding its Council! We have leadership positions available on the SWOP Council! These positions are for dedicated people interested in leading groups related to SWOP organizational leadership, community organizing, event planning, outreach, and/or professional development. Members of The Council have voting rights in the organization and are crucial to the leadership and development of SWOP. The Council is led by current and [...]
Today is TDOR, known commonly as Transgender Day of Remembrance. TDOR is similar to Dec 17th (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers) in that is it a moment when our communities gather to remember those who have died prematurely due to physical, institutional, or society violence. We at SWOP recognize TDOR because LGBTQI people are frequently involved in the sex trade, and are some of the [...]
VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION & TRAINING - Sun. Dec 9 SWOP-Seattle is excited to announce a new and revitalized Volunteer Orientation & Training! We are gearing up for our December Event Series where we’ll need volunteers to table, manage events, fundraise, and provide on-site support. This training will equip you to represent SWOP to the public and empower you to lead SWOP-related projects with SWOP’s help. We [...]
In honor of International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, which was started in Seattle to honor the victims of the Green River Killer, we will be hosting a series of community and public events. Please join us to support sex worker resilience, particularly as we prepare ourselves for the impact of SESTA, which go into full effect in 2019.
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NSWP is launching a new project – ‘sex workers speak out’ – to amplify sex workers’ voices from across the world. We need your help to make it happen. What the project is NSWP is collecting short videos of sex workers from around the world, sharing positive experiences of sex work and what it has enabled them to achieve, and negative experiences and [...]
Following the passage of SESTA, a sex worker group called COYOTE-RI conducted an impact survey and documented 260 responses (and growing). The data is still being collected and analyzed, but we have some clear takeaways that must be shared: Of the 260 sex workers who responded to the survey... - 77% (201 people) reported sex work as their sole income - 75% (197 people) are supported [...]
On May 1st, SWOP-Seattle coordinated a peaceful protest in conjunction with Seattle's annual May Day march, hosted by El Comité. Dubbed "A Funeral for the Death of Safer Sex Work", the march was intended to raise awareness about the direct and dangerous impacts of FOSTA and SESTA on sex workers. Click here for recent articles about FOSTA and SESTA. In essence, FOSTA and [...]
Below are notes from the organizers of Survivors Against SESTA, a small group of volunteer activists who were advocating fiercely against the passage of two dangerous congressional bills, FOSTA (Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act) and SESTA (Stop Enabling Sex Trafficking Act). The below notes explain what the bills are, how they effect people in the sex trade, and what is being planned as a response. This [...]
Help a scrappy grassroots peer driven activist and advocacy organization grow our programs and projects! SWOP-Seattle has two current positions open, beginning February 2017. Interested applicants please email a letter of interest by January 20th, 2017 to: firstname.lastname@example.org Coalition Coordinator We’re looking for someone to facilitate the formation of a political coalition by bringing together representatives from various non-profits (and related community groups) vested [...]
On December 17th, we gather to remember sex workers who have lost their lives due to violence, stigma, oppression, and discrimination. This year, we hold vigil for 136 individuals who have lost their lives. Please join us as we honor our dead, gather as a community, and heal. Saturday, Dec 17th 11am-2pm: Sex Workers Only Discussion circles for current and retired sex workers. Please [...]
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Thank you for your patience while we get everything dialed in and try to recover some of our lost content... As with all prior "End Demand" actions taken by law enforcement in the past two years, SWOP-Seattle is dismayed and outraged by the use of public funds by the SPD, in setting up its own brothel and asking its female officers to get [...]