Meeting 10/6/13 – What happened (and more!)

Here’s what we covered in the meeting today. I’m posting a shortened, less-specific (minus personal info and details, etc.) version of this to the website and sending it out to the main email list. There is a more detailed version available on the Google Group. If you have attended at least one meeting or spoken to us one-on-one, you may request access to the Google Group by sending an email to swop.nola@gmail.com.

  1. December 17th – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

  2. Reviving the Super-Awesome-Fun-SexWorker-Themed-Fundraiser-Party Idea??!!??!

  3. Shreveport SlutWalk Oct 12

  4. 2013 Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference

  5. WWAV

  6. SWOP-USA Constitution draft

  7. Tulane Student creating LGBTQIA Resource Guide

  8. BreakOUT!

  9. re: Merch, logos, etc.

  10. New meeting space

  11. Google Group:

  12. Next Meeting: October 24th (3rd Thursday) at 6pm.

  1. December 17th – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

    • We brainstormed plans re: what we’re going to do for December 17th (International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers) by November 1 because Slixa.com will contribute funds for whatever event we put on, as long as we submit our plans by November 1st.
    • This is what we did last year: 2012 – International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – SWOP-NOLA
    • Some of the ideas we came up with:
      • Have it outside so that it’s more visible and open to the public and whoever’s curious. Probably Washington Square Park b/c it’s centrally located and it’s next to a bunch of bars and coffee shops we can hide in if the weather gets bad.
      • Potluck!
      • Lots of red umbrellas? We could find them cheap online or just spraypaint a bunch of used ones red
      • Costumes? I f-ing love costumes, yall. Wear animal prints/fake fur stuff? Wear red?
      • Info table w/ educational/informative materials (What’s a Sex Worker, How to be an Ally, How to Date a Sex Worker, etc.)

        Actually, you can just refer to the list I posted on the list of tabling materials from the 8/22/13 meeting (scroll down).
      • Sex Worker-themed art, etc. for sale? We could put out a call for submissions/donations of pieces.
      • Performances? Music?
      • We could contact Dynamo, the new independent, female-run, female-friendly sex toy boutique in NOLA to see if they’d like to help out or participate in any capacity (BTW: it turns out they ARE that same pop-up sex shop some of us have seen, and they do not yet have a brick and mortar store, so that solves the mystery).
      • Sex workers are individuals, and some of us are artists, crafters, writers, musicians, etc. Maybe we should bring some of our stuff along so that people can see that? It’s probably not ok to set up a formal sale table or whatever, but if someone just so happens to want to buy something on the spot, they could make a donation to SWOP-NOLA…
      • Party favors? Sexy kits! (I’m totally stealing this idea from an Endless Gaycation event from last year, but I contacted her and she said I could totally steal it. She had little bags containing condoms, poly gloves, maybe other things, and a little info sheet on why to use a glove, how to make a condom into a dental dam, how to use a condom, and safety with dildos. I figure we could do something like this and throw in info on SWOP. People love free shit, and they’re more likely to take a cute bag of sex supplies that just so happens to contain a flyer than they are to take a flyer on its own.)
      • While the reason we observe December 17th is a somber one, some of us wonder if there’s any harm in making the event fun, even while being respectful to those we’ve lost. One of our primary goals is to challenge and ultimately eradicate the stigma attached to sex work (since that stigma contributes to a culture that condones violence against us), right? And the first step to doing that is to educate the public. And people are more willing to approach us if we seem open and…well, fun. So? If anyone thinks this is inappropriate, let’s discuss it further.

    • If any of those ideas end up getting jettisoned for December 17th, there’s always International Sex Workers’ Rights Day on March 3rd. Here’s what we did last year for that:
      International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in New Orleans: 2pm Sunday, March 3rd 2013 at Washington Square Park!
      and the Facebook Event page: Facebook event: International Sex Workers’ Rights Day in NOLA 2013
      It was a lot of fun and we ended up with some really awesome new members that day 🙂

  2. Reviving the Super-Awesome-Fun-SexWorker-Themed-Fundraiser-Party Idea??!!??!

    This is something a few of us were brainstorming last year, but it never came to fruition because people get busy and people leave town and people have daily bs to deal with. BUT it’s something worth thinking about again, if you’re so inclined. Here’s a link to the post about it in the Google Group: Sex-work Themed Fundraiser Party OMGGG!!!!!!

  3. Shreveport Slut Walk

    Shreveport Slut Walk is October 12th, this Saturday!

    From their Facebook page: “Our vision is for a community party that would not only allow local survivors of sexual assault but also those who champion equality to celebrate, increase awareness, and create an environment for dialogue between all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, and from throughout our great community. This would not so much be a “walk” as a non-mobile event inspired by the Slut Walk movement with art displays, musical and theatrical components, and easy access to information from support and empowerment organizations. Want to get involved? slutwalksbc@gmail.com “

    Check out their profile pic, especially the 4th line down.

    So it looks like it’s less of a march and more of a party. If you’re in or around Shreveport, you should go. Facebook event page: Sheveport Slut Walk on Oct 12 at MediaStar. If not, show them some support on their facebook page.

  4. 2013 Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference

    The 2013 Southern Harm Reduction and Drug Policy Conference is being held in NOLA on December 12th and 13th at the HYATT REGENCY NEW ORLEANS, 601 Loyola Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70113. Event Price: $60 via Check, $63 via paypal; scholarships available. You can sign up here.

  5. WWAV

    If you haven’t checked out Women With a Vision yet, you should, because they’re awesome.

  6. SWOP-USA Constitution draft

    We have until Nov 1 to give feedback on the SWOP-USA Constitution draft. They’ve set up a specific website for us to review it and give feedback: swopusaconstitution.wordpress.com

  7. Tulane Student creating LGBTQIA Resource Guide

    A student at Tulane is compiling a comprehensive resource guide for LGBTQIA services in the city:

    “My plan is to spend this current semester compiling the resource guide, and to spend the spring developing it into a website. By May of 2014, I hope to launch a website that would host user-friendly information on all of the organizations, hospitals, clinics and shelters that offer resources for LGBTQIA folks….I am writing to you now, at the very beginning of this project, to ask for your input. What resources would be helpful to you/your organization? What kinds of things would make a website like this most useful to you? Do you think a website like this would be useful to your member base?”

    If you have input, please email us and we’ll pass it along to her, or we’ll give you her email so you can contact her directly.

  8. BreakOUT!

    Wes Ware from BreakOUT! (youthbreakout.org “fighting the criminalization of LGBTQ youth in New Orleans, LA”) left this comment on our post from the 9/19/13 meeting:
    I wanted to let you all know that we are members of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects, which responds to LGBTQ violence nationally- whether it be hate violence or state violence. They routinely include sex worker violence in their reports, alerts, etc. They are good people to know or just generally be aware of, should their resources ever be helpful to you all. BreakOUT! tends to respond to transgender violence in New Orleans and the surrounding areas, too- many of whom are in the sex trade or are assumed to be in the sex trade. So keep us in the loop and of course, we’ll do the same. We’re happy to partner in the unfortunate event that a collective response is needed to an act of violence here locally.

  9. re: Merch, logos, etc.

    So, in addition to T-shirts/buttons/patches/etc., I was thinking…why not underpants?

    Slutwalk NOLA did it last year:
    Panties from 2013 Slutwalk New Orleans
    Slutwalk NOLA Panties – Front – “I decide.”

    Slutwalk NOLA panties - back
    Back – “Slutwalk NOLA – Victims of Assault are Never at Fault”

    St. James Infirmary were selling some for a while as well:

    St. James Infirmary panties
    Front – “Sex Workers’ Rights are Human Rights!”
    St James Infirmary Panties - back
    “St. James Infirmary Saved My Ass”

    Who DOESN’T like underpants with cool messages?!??! Remember those WWJD underpants from back in the day? No? Well, I’m old. But they were all the rage because LOL. So. SWOP-NOLA underpants?!? I bet we could talk to SlutWalk-NOLA and see where they got theirs done…

  10. New meeting space:

    Still need to discuss the particulars with the owner, but it’s an awesome space downtown.

  11. Google Group:

    If you have access to the Google group, talk to each other already (about stuff you’ve expressed interest in working on together)!! If you want access, contact us at swop.nola@gmail.com or go here (SWOP-NOLA Google Group.

  12. And those of you who are artistically talented (or untalented!), let’s work on designs/logos/cool visual stuff!

  13. Next Meeting: October 24th (3rd Thursday) at 6pm.

Questions? Suggestions? Comment below.