Update 6/13/18: Red will be doing an AMA on Reddit with Liara Roux, Jenny Heineman, Laura Agostin, and other sex workers and researchers as well as Suraj Patel, a pro-sex workers' rights politician running for office in NY. Red will be posting under WorkingItinPDX, more info and link to come!
Update 6/5/18: It's been four years of doing STROLL and it's been beautiful! Join us for our anniversary party on July 8th!
We've been busy this spring, fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in several social work classes and other university classes led by professionals intent on making sure we don't churn out future workers who replicate and reinforce the current oppressive dynamics of white supremacist capitalist patriarchy.
6.1.18 Know Your Rights Training with the ACLU and Womanist Read In
5.30.18 Discussion on the positive harms of sex positive social workers and law enforcement policies: panel presentation for an MSW class
5.9.18 Sex Work in the Shadows of SESTA: panel presentation for an MSW class
5.9.18 Sex Work in the Shadows of SESTA: group discussion on best practises for supporting student sex workers at PCC led by Tara Burns
5.7.18 Intersectionality, Sex Work, and SESTA: discussion at University of Oregon hosted by Intersectional Feminist Alliance and featuring STROLL local Jay St James
We're also looking for submissions to the next issue of Working It!
We're very fortunate that editor Bettie's day job has expressed interest in taking on paying for printing costs of publishing Working It in COLOUR(!!!!) and paying contributors!
Getting by is hard. Working It is interested in talking about how it’s hard and the specific ways it’s hard and how, as Bettie brought up when we discussed this, SESTA and the 2007-8 recession in some ways were/are more of the same for people of colour and black people especially: it was already and always a recession for black people, and black workers and workers of colour have NEVER been as welcome in online spaces as white workers (something I hope Jay St James will write about!) Life is hard and getting harder, what’s it like to be working with constant reminders that men have gotten away with sexual assault coming in every single day now on the macro level, even if they’re sometimes losing some power, it’s a handful of men and some of them are already trying to make comebacks and we have all the entitled grasping men in our personal lives to deal with still. How are you dealing with managers, with old pimps or new boyfriends with notions? Life is hard. What’s it like right now balancing sex work and trying to advertise online while some well off strippers developing Female Lifestyle Empowerment Brands that tell us we CAN and SHOULD be having it all: we’re Empowered™ women whom everyone wants to be and/or fuck so treat yoself and spend that money on that that purse, that book, that retreat, it’s girl power yo! without ever looking at the unchanged underlying structural inequalities most of us are still suffering under and struggling with: what’s wrong with us? Why aren’t we sexy and happy and financially fit? How are you getting by right now, with the loss of life across the world and at home, the loss of rights in the United States rippling across the world, the loss of LGBT rights and abortion rights and healthcare rights in the states if you live here, the threat of End Demand in new and previously untouched countries? How are you staying sane and holding on or how are you losing it?
I do very minimal editing because this is about your voice and experience: if you want me to edit for spelling or grammar I will, but I also appreciate colloquial writing and want to preserve that. I welcome submissions from everyone but because of the way public narratives are skewed I am ESPECIALLY focused on publishing the voices and art of woc and trans women and trans woc. This is important!
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(and as always the theme is a guideline, not strict) #sexwork
Stroll PDX is a grass roots group that emphasizes harm reduction and community outreach through an intersectional feminist lens. We focus on empowering all sex workers through diverse means: lobbying, support groups, fundraising, and (recognising that the best way to empower people is by helping to make sure their basic needs are met so that they aren't forced into choices they don't want to make) offering food, clothing, hygiene, and first aid supplies to low income/houseless people.
We publish Working It, a zine written entirely by and for sex workers.
While all individuals are welcome to volunteer we are determined to give leadership roles to sex workers and put trans women of colour doing sex work at the forefront of our fight for sex workers rights.
Submit to the Next Issue of Working It: on White Supremacy
❤How do we survive in a system we're more or less not suppose to survive in? How do we navigate it? How can we thrive?
❤Share what keeps you going,
❤share what keeps you sane,
❤share your tips and your tricks and your treats that help you pull through,
❤the art that keeps you alive,
the community that keeps your heart full and your life meaningful.
❤and if you understand the legal system, share any thing about navigating that!
❤Where do you look for support in times of trouble?
❤How do you take care of yourself?
And art, and art, as always!
💋Tales from the Shift
💋Go to Health
💋Client Hall of Shame
💋Sex worker friendly health/housing/&school resources
☠☠☠☠and any bad clients or predators you've run into for the Ugly Mugs and Bad Dateline☠☠☠
While STROLL is by and for sex workers, there is space for accomplices who want to be useful! The best thing to do is attend a SWOP meeting, find out what local activism is happening right now [we're currently organising some new legislation as well as a push for greater education around "trafficking": why it's a term that is so broad it has become meaningless, what multitude of scenarios it covers [according to a local DA, anything he can bully people into confessing to; he also called child trafficking "juicy" so you know he's classy] and how you can get involved!
Two big events are coming up--Trans Day of Remembrance and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers--as well as local trainings and forums.
Donate your love, time, and or money!
STROLL is currently working on 501c3 status; until then donations will not be tax deductible but you can deduct our sincere gratitude from our hearts, I swear. Money is liquid and always welcome as we can fill most any client need with it.
We are always accepting donations of gift cards for food, preferably food that is already cooked and edible as many clients don't have access to cooking utensils.
Energy bars, granola bars, and other sorts of food that don't go bad and that are easily portable are great.
WIPES are also always hugely welcome, as are any hygiene products but particularly wipes, deodorant, and mouthwash.
Makeup!!!! This is a big and always delightful one.
And, more practically, winter coats, hoodies, warm wooly socks, gloves, hand warmers, scarves, and hats.
Impractically, we are looking for a drop in space to expand our services to include laundry, showers, resume training and self defense. If you have a lead on a space or a lot of money, hit me up.
Paypal to come with 501c3 status.