September 2018 with SWOP—Los Angeles
Sex Workers’ Outreach Project—Los Angeles is a local chapter of a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people involved in the sex trade and their communities, focusing on ending violence, criminalization, and stigma through education and advocacy. I, Zooey Zara, am the newest Director of the Los Angeles chapter and we have so much to share with you!
Our Los Angeles chapter has seen an inspiring resurgence this summer, and if you are receiving this inaugural newsletter, we have connected somewhere along the way. Thank you for your support and interest! We have a lot to report. But first…
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
We at SWOP—Los Angeles want to join you in celebrating all workers, especially sex workers, this Labor Day Weekend-heck, this month!
“The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public ‘the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations’ of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day.”
So, to follow in the footsteps of the first Labor Day Celebrations, we shall exhibit to the public, and to one another, the strength, the esprit de corp of this trade and it’s workers. Join us in all that we’ve got going on this September…
September 4, 2018 – 6:30pm | PUBLIC MONTHLY MEETING
September 16th, 2018 – 6:00pm | SWOP-LA Partae presents: THE WHORE WAGON
September 22, 2018 – 9:00pm | SWOP Condom Stroll
September 27, 2018 – 4:00pm | PEER SUPPORT GROUP (For Outdoor Workers)
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND EVENTS
SEPTEMBER PUBLIC MONTHLY MEETING
DATE | September 4, 2018
TIME | 6:30pm – 8:30pm (light food & refreshments)
LOCATION | East Los Angeles Women’s Center, 1431 S Atlantic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90022
On September 4th we are hosting our September Monthly meeting which is open to the public. This meeting we will be discussing exciting growth opportunities; requirements for membership; and volunteer opportunities. We have defined and created our positions and are looking for sex worker leadership. Please share this event with anyone involved in sex work, sex worker allies, influential community members, or anyone needing non-judgmental space and community.
#swoplosangeles #swopla #swoppublicmonthlymeeting #swoplameeting #swoplaevents
SwopLA Partae presents: THE WHORE WAGON
DATE | September 16, 2018
TIME | 6:00pm – 11:00pm (Please arrive on time. Performances start at 6!)
LOCATION | AKBAR, 4356 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029
Mark your calendars for this awesome community building event! SwopLA Partae is a monthly sex worker appreciation party, showcasing sex worker performances and art from a variety of LA sex workers. Your proceeds all go to benefit Sex Workers’ Outreach Project, a registered 501(c)(3) doing great things nationwide! Show your love and support by coming out to THE WHORE WAGON!
This is a body-positive, all-inclusive supportive space where all are welcome, the only thing that we require is an appreciation for sex work and the wonderful folks that do it.
Performances begin promptly at 6:00pm. Followed by a raging dance party at 7:00pm.
#swoplapartae #thewhorewagon #swoplosangeles #swopla #partywithapurpose #swopladanceparty
SWOP CONDOM STROLL
DATE | September 22, 2018
TIME | 9:00pm – 2:00am (Training begins at 9:00pm. Stroll will begin at 10:00pm)
LOCATION | Email [email protected] for meeting location details
Join SWOP-Los Angeles for a condom distribution stroll in South Central Los Angeles. An hour-long training will begin at 9:00pm. If it is your first stroll with SWOP, training is required. For details on meeting location, please email [email protected].
#swoplastroll #condromstroll #swoplosangelesservices #sexworkerstroll
PEER SUPPORT GROUP
DATE | September 27, 2018
TIME | 4:00pm – 6:00pm
LOCATION | With Love Market & Cafe, 1969 S Vermont Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007
SWOP-LA is hosting it’s first Peer Support Group for outdoor workers on September 27, 2018 in South Central Los Angeles. This event is limited to current outdoor workers only. Please join if you are an outdoor worker and want to connect with other workers to discuss any and all issues relevant to you.
*Meeting will take place in the community center upstairs
*Spanish speakers welcome and Spanish translation services available
*Childcare will be provided during the meeting by one of our SWOP-LA members
*Dinner and refreshments provided during meeting
*Please email [email protected] if you have any questions
SHARING NOTICE: Please practice smart and safe sharing with regards to this flyer and peer support group. We want this to be a safe environment for outdoor sex workers. Only share with those who you believe would benefit from this event. Please do not share this event or details on your social media pages.
Sex worker organizing in the United States has always faced many challenges, but none has been as
devastating and impactful as SESTA/FOSTA. In this changing political terrain it is unclear if our online
platforms for information sharing and building community are safe. Sexuality that is considered dissident
or abnormal is being driven from the internet. This is a vital time for our community to be able to build solidarity, and learn from from each other on how to survive this period. Please DONATE to your Los Angeles chapter today!
If you are a current sex worker fortunate enough to have your own website, please consider adding the SWOP-LA donation button to your site. Please email [email protected] for the HTML code. It is very simple!
Thank you so much for taking a look at what your local SWOP chapter is up to. Please share our events with your communities and attend the events we support. Please also email us about possible partnerships and cross-promotional activities.
We are continually adding to our brand-new website at https://swopla.org and if you would like to be added to our resources list, please contact us directly via email or our website.
Director of Sex Workers’ Outreach Project-Los Angeles