Sunday, December 7, 2014

December 17 - List of Events Across Canada

This December 17th is an important one for sex workers, those we work closest
with and our allies. Almost one year ago to date we celebrated a huge victory in
the Supreme Court with the recognition that criminal laws contribute to the
violence that sex workers experience. This past year we were hit very hard
fighting the new regime of laws (C-36) that came into force and effect on
December 6th. Our safety and security continues to be at risk.

With the passage of these laws we take a somber moment to mourn the lives that
criminalization has stolen. We mourn for the continued loss of our physical,
economic and psychological safety. And we mourn for the loss of dignity that we
continue to suffer under this new regime. Most importantly, we mourn together
with an even stronger and more visible community of allies.

All is not lost! Our voices, support and visibility continue to shift both
public opinion and policy!

Please be visible with us and continue to protest the continued and systemic
violence of prostitution laws.

Together we are strong.

Join in December 17th actions across the country:

#dec17 #le17déc

Sudbury (Ontario): https://www.facebook.com/events/1491057294515275

Montréal (Québec): Stella, ASTTeQ, Rézo:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1573165602913576/

Toronto (Ontario): Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit
Women’s Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community Health Centre, Bad Date
Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others:
https://www.facebook.com/events/310168825846145/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Vancouver (British Columbia): https://www.facebook.com/events/318413245016938/

Victoria (British Columbia):
https://www.facebook.com/events/796863290372586/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Ottawa (Ontario): POWER https://www.facebook.com/events/812866205440021/

St Johns (Newfoundland): https://www.facebook.com/events/472642472878368/

St Catharines (Ontario):
https://m.facebook.com/events/746626788762856?id=746682268757308&ref=m_notif&notif_t=like&actorid=516617217

Winnipeg (Manitoba):
https://www.facebook.com/events/546273775505552/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Halifax (Nova Scotia): December 17th is the International Day To End Violence
Against Sex Workers. Stepping Stone would like to invite all our friends and
allies, and anyone else who would like to stand with us, to meet us for a short
march. We will start at the corner of Gottingen and Cornwallis Streets for a
short march to the police station on Gottingen Street and back. Bring your red
umbrellas if you have one. Come stand with us in solidarity of this important
day! Will start at 11a.m.

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Bonjour tout le monde:

Ce 17 décembre est important pour les travailleurs et travailleuses du sexe, les
personnes qui sont proches de nous à travers notre travail ainsi que pour nos
alliés. Il y a près d’un an, nous avons célébré une importante victoire à la
Cour Suprême du Canada qui reconnaissait que les lois criminelles avaient pour
effet de contribuer à la violence que subissent les travailleuses et
travailleurs du sexe. Cette année s’est avérée difficile avec notre lutte contre
C-36, le nouveau régime de lois criminelles, qui ont malheureusement pris effet
le 6 décembre dernier. Notre sécurité continue d’être menacée.

Avec le passage de ces nouvelles lois, nous prenons un moment pour nous
recueillir et pour honorer les vies que la criminalisation nous a volées. Nous
devons aussi faire le deuil de notre sécurité physique, économique et
psychologique. Nous n’avons pas pu compter sur notre gouvernement actuel pour
reconnaître notre droit à la dignité. Mais par-dessus tout, nous nous
recueillons ensemble avec une communauté d’allié(e)s plus forte et plus visible
que jamais.

Tout n’est pas perdu! Nos prises de paroles continuent d’influencer tant
l’opinion publique que les politiques!

Venez en grand nombre dénoncer avec nous la violence systémique des lois
entourant la prostitution.

Ensemble nous sommes forts et fortes!

Joindrez les travailleuses(eurs) du sexe et nos allié(e) à travers le pays le 17
décembre:

#dec17 #le17déc

Sudbury (Ontario): https://www.facebook.com/events/1491057294515275

Montréal (Québec): Stella, ASTTeQ, Rézo:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1573165602913576/

Toronto (Ontario): Maggie's: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project, COUNTERfit
Women’s Harm Reduction Program, Queen West Community Health Centre, Bad Date
Coalition, Sex Professional of Canada and others:
https://www.facebook.com/events/310168825846145/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Vancouver (British Columbia): https://www.facebook.com/events/318413245016938/

Victoria (British Columbia, Canada):
https://www.facebook.com/events/796863290372586/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Ottawa (Ontario): POWER https://www.facebook.com/events/812866205440021/

St Johns (Newfoundland, Canada):
https://www.facebook.com/events/472642472878368/

St Catharines (Ontario):
https://m.facebook.com/events/746626788762856?id=746682268757308&ref=m_notif&notif_t=like&actorid=516617217

Winnipeg (Manitoba):
https://www.facebook.com/events/546273775505552/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular

Halifax (Nova Scotia): December 17th is the International Day To End Violence
Against Sex Workers. Stepping Stone would like to invite all our friends and
allies, and anyone else who would like to stand with us, to meet us for a short
march. We will start at the corner of Gottingen and Cornwallis Streets for a
short march to the police station on Gottingen Street and back. Bring your red
umbrellas if you have one. Come stand with us in solidarity of this important
day! Will start at 11a.m.


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