Sat Feb 1: Sex Work & the PIC

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

Saturday, February 1, 7-9:30pm @ Central Library, Stevenson & Hunt B

Co-sponsored by Safe Space London

On December 20, 2013, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down all three prostitution laws thereby creating more safety and justice for sex workers on Turtle Island (Canada). The Bedford decision is the largest victory in Canadian history for sex work. Please join us in discussions about the Bedford case, the reality of decriminalization and the effect of on sex work/sex workers.

We will be showing the following films:

Remember the Living: Monica Forrester on Sisters in Spirit and Indigenous Sex Workers

In this film Monica asks us to honour and grieve the Indigenous trans sisters in the sex industry that we’ve lost due to systemic abuse and neglect, to demand more–and to remember those who are still living!

Voices for Dignity

For years Pivot Legal Society, Sex Workers United Against Violence and the PACE Society have been fighting for the rights of sex workers. That fight led to intervening in the Bedford case at the Supreme Court of Canada in June of 2013, and on December 20th, 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada released their historic decision.

Negotiating Sex Workers Rights in Calcutta

A short clip about a sex worker owned co-operative in Calcutta India.

Mandatory HIV Testing

A short clip about the fight against mandatory HIV testing for incarcerated sex workers.

Speakers:

Naomi Sayers is an activist and Indigenous Feminist from the Garden River First Nations, just east of Sault Ste Marie ON. She is also creator of http://www.kwetoday.com. Currently, she is in her fourth year of studies at Western University for the honors specialization in criminology program with a minor in women’s studies.  Her motto is: Tell me I can’t and I will show you I can.

Janelle Flemming is a babe-a-licious radical feminist sex worker, visual artist, Sensual Pro-Domme, and writer. She is passionate about fat acceptance, body love, anti-oppression activism, erections, sexual freedom, women’s liberation, cycling everywhere, urban farming, and good typography. She lives and works in Toronto, where she mostly cycles, swims, cooks and plots world domination on Facebook and twitter. To hire her or learn more, please visit janelleflemming.com

Alice Teply is a Social Work graduate from Kings University college and has been engaged in numerous activist activities. Notably No One Is Illegal London, which is a grassroots anti-racist organization that works in solidarity with migrants without status, refugees, and the Indigenous community. She has also been a coordinator at Safe Space, a drop in center for sex workers.

Holly Weaver is a founding coordinator of SafeSpace, a volunteer run support centre for sex workers, allies and women in crisis currently operating out of EVAC at 757 Dundas. SafeSpace has been operating since 2009. It’s model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they’re at and helping sex workers operate with safety and with dignity. SafeSpace recognises a person’s right to choose or refuse sex work and we work to educate the public about sex work in London as well as promoting the decriminalization of sex work. While the space is generally for (past/present/future) women only, it is also open to male sex-workers.

Lisa Kerr is a doctoral candidate and Trudeau Foundation Scholar at New York University, where she also completed an LL.M.  in 2009. Her first law degree is from the University of British Columbia, where she graduated in 2005 before clerking at the B.C Court of Appeal. Lisa articled at Fasken Martineau and worked as a staff lawyer at Prisoners’ Legal Services in Abbotsford, pursuing strategic litigation on human rights issues in federal and provincial prisons. Her doctoral research is a comparative study of the ways that legal systems regulate prisons. Lisa works with Pivot Legal Society in pursuit of the decriminalization of sex work in Canada.

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