Friday, June 3, 2016

Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity

Sex Workers, Allies, Family and Friends Stand Together


On Saturday, June 11, sex workers together with their allies, families and friends are coming out for our annual Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity. This is our fourth year, marching in the street, brightly dressed with red umbrellas! Each year we highlight a facet of solidarity and encourage the public to come march with us. This year's focus is "Freedom to Associate is Our Right!"

The Freedom to Associate is a right granted to all citizens by our Charter of Rights & Freedoms. Canada's new anti-prostitution laws violate sex workers' freedom even to the point that standing in the street together is illegal if it encourages buying sex.

Marching together shows Canadians that when sex workers' freedom to associate is infringed upon, it is a concern for all Canadians. So, put on your best red outfit, get dolled up and let's show Canada that sex workers' rights are strong and proud and beautiful. March with us and show your support for Sex Work Solidarity!

Beginning at 2:30 p.m., the rally will feature speakers at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson Street plaza) and will be followed by a march starting at 3 p.m. Speakers will be available before the rally to answer questions from the media. The march will travel through Vancouver's Downtown Eastside to CRAB Park.

Participants are encouraged bring a red umbrella: the symbol of the global sex workers' rights movement. The Red Umbrella March is part of a national day of action, with similar events taking place in cities across Canada, including in Montreal, Saint John's, Toronto, and Vancouver.

The Red Umbrella March for Sex Work Solidarity is co-organized by the following groups: Triple-X Workers' Solidarity Association of B.C., Downtown Eastside Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV), Pivot Legal Society, PACE Society, B.C. Coalition of Experiential Communities, FIRST: Feminists Advocating for the Decriminalization of Sex Work, SWAN Society Vancouver.

Visit triple-x.org or our Facebook event page for more details. See also "Why Buying Sex Should Not Be A Crime":http://triple-x.org/pdf/redumbrellaleaflet2016.pdf High quality photos for print: http://triple-x.org/redumbrella



National Day of Action, June 11th, 2016

In June 2013, in response to the ongoing Bedford Supreme Court case, sex workers, sex worker rights groups and our allies across the country came together in a series of actions for a National Day of Action. The objective was to raise awareness around the need for sex work law reform, in particular, and to highlight the injustices that sex workers face because of criminalization. In the wake of Bill C-36, in June 2014 and 2015 sex workers and allies continued this tradition by organizing collective actions across the country to raise awareness around the needs for law reform in protecting and respecting sex workers human and labour rights. This year on June 11th, actions are being held across Canada in Toronto, Montreal, Saint John’s and Vancouver.

On June 11th, we invite other regions and groups to participate through social media by retweeting and reposting our messages on June 11th, as well as following our actions:

#SexWorkNDA

#RedUmbrellaDay

Or re-tweet our messages found at the following organizations who are hosting actions:

Maggie's: @MaggiesToronto

Sex Professionals of Canada: @SPOCsexworkers

Migrant Sex Workers Project: @MigrantSexWork

Triple X Solidarity Association of BC: @XXXWorkers

SWAN Vancouver: @SWAN_Vancouver

Sex Workers of the Downtown Eastside United Against Violence: @SWUAV_Vancouver

PACE Society: @PaceSociety

Pivot Legal Society: @pivotlegal

Safe Harbour Outreach Project: @sexworkoutreach

Stella, l'amie de Maimie: @AmiesdeStella

Actions:

Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/events/526319477554562/, hosted by Maggie’s, Sex Professionals of Canada, Migrant Sex Workers Project, Butterfly, Sistering

Montreal: A poster campaign in response to Grand-Prix repression, hosted by Stella, l’amie de Maimie,http://chezstella.org/

Saint John’s: A community and movement building day, hosted by Safe Harbour Outreach Project (S.H.O.P), http://sjwomenscentre.ca/programs/shop/

Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/events/795415357258951/, Red Umbrella March, Theme: “Our Freedom to Associate”, hosted by Triple X Solidarity Association of BC, BC Coalition of Experiential Communities, PACE Society, SWAN Vancouver Society, Pivot Legal Society and Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV)

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Journée nationale d'action, le 11 juin, 2016

En Juin 2013, pour réponse au Bedford qui était en ce moment en cour suprême, les travailleuses.eurs du sexe, les organismes et nos allié.es partout Canada se sont réunis et mobilisées dans une séries d’actions pour uneJournée national d’action. L’objective était de sensibiliser la population autour du besoin pour une réforme des lois concernant le travail du sexe, et en particulier mettre en lumière les injustices que les travailleuses.eurs du sexe sont confrontées a cause de la criminalisation. En juin 2014 et 2015, dans la foulée du projet de loi C-36, les travailleuses.eurs du sexe et des alliés ont continués cette tradition en organisant des actions collectives à travers le pays dans le même esprit. Cette année, le 11 juin, les actions se passe encore à travers le Canada à Toronto, Montréal, Saint John's et Vancouver .

Le 11 juin, on invite d’autres régions à participer sur des réseaux social médias. Vous pouvez “retweeter” et reposter nos message, et aussi suivre des actions:

#SexWorkNDA

#RedUmbrellaDay

Voici les Twitter des organismes qui hôtes les actions:

Maggie's: @MaggiesToronto

Sex Professionals of Canada: @SPOCsexworkers

Migrant Sex Workers Project: @MigrantSexWork

Triple X Solidarity Association of BC: @XXXWorkers

SWAN Vancouver: @SWAN_Vancouver

Sex Workers of the Downtown Eastside United Against Violence: @SWUAV_Vancouver

PACE Society: @PaceSociety

Pivot Legal Society: @pivotlegal

Safe Harbour Outreach Project: @sexworkoutreach

Stella, l'amie de Maimie: @AmiesdeStella

Les actions:

Toronto: https://www.facebook.com/events/526319477554562/, hôté par Maggie’s, Sex Professionals of Canada, Migrant Sex Workers Project, Butterfly, Sistering

Montréal: Campagne poster pour répondre au répression politique et policières pendant le Grand-Prix, hôté par Stella, l’amie de Maimie, http://chezstella.org/

Saint John’s: Une journée de mobilisation et renforcement de la communauté, côté par Safe Harbour Outreach Project (S.H.O.P), http://sjwomenscentre.ca/programs/shop/

Vancouver: https://www.facebook.com/events/795415357258951/, marche des parapluies rouges, Theme: “Our Freedom to Associate”, hôté par Triple X Solidarity Association of BC, BC Coalition of Experiential Communities, PACE Society, SWAN Vancouver Society, Pivot Legal Society and Sex Workers United Against Violence (SWUAV)

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