SF Bay Area: a look back at 2016

The Global Women’s Strike/BayArea, US PROStitutes Collective and Queer Strike/BayArea look back at the year drawing to a close and ahead to the coming one, as all of us are finding ways to come together to build strength across movements to face the coming onslaught. Here are examples of some of our work this year and two final events on December 17: Happy Birthday Chelsea Manning and International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. We thank you for your support and wish you strength and power for the coming year!


To Celebrate International Women’s Month 2016:
Selma James spoke on Caregiving: An Anti-capitalist Perspective
at Omni Commons.

Sponsored by Global Women’s Strike Omni Collective.

“Making caregiving central redirects economic and social policies towards survival, health and well-being – for every individual and for the planet which sustains us all. It puts caregiving at the center so that the economy is at the service of human beings, not human beings at the service of the economy. This would transform all social and political decisions – economic growth, the length of the working day, technology, war….” Selma James

In Loving Memory  Jean Pauline.  Lifelong struggler who loved Selma James
In Loving Memory -- Jean Pauline. Lifelong struggler who loved Selma James


Some Highlights from the US PROStitutes Collective in 2016

  • Supported the work of the Black Coalition Fighting Back Serial Murders with founder and keynote speaker Margaret Prescod. For over two decades, the coalition has campaigned for justice and protested the criminal neglect of law enforcement in the investigation of the murders and disappearance of over 200 Black women in South LA, many of whom were sex workers.

  • Held two events as part of that support: a well attended public event Some Mother’s Daughter: No to Poverty, Violence and Criminalization; and a reception which brought together sex workers with anti-poverty, anti-racist, LGBTQ organizations.
  • Spearheaded a campaign in opposition to a California bill for Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which, while seeming to help sex workers avoid jail, would continue to criminalize sex work and put the police in charge of services. Our campaign built unity and got the support of key sex worker organizations in the US as well as Canada, the UK and Thailand, and brought together a range of other organizations.

Testified on LEAD several times in Sacramento -team in May led by US PROS included participants from All of Us or None, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, the Global Women’s Strike and Women of Color/GWS.
Testified on LEAD several times in Sacramento -team in May led by US PROS included participants from All of Us or None, Legal Services for Prisoners with Children, the Global Women’s Strike and Women of Color/GWS.

  • Helped organize an action to protest the police raid on Backpage with other Bay Area sex worker orgs.

  • Testified in support of legislation to decriminalize prostitution in New Hampshire, the first bill in the US proposing decriminalization. US PROS’ petition in support of decriminalization has been well received including at the national Desiree Alliance Conference of sex worker in New Orleans in July, and the conference of formerly incarcerated people held in Oakland in September.

 

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