Meeting 1/23/14 – What Happened

  1. Future Regularly-Scheduled Meetings

  2. Regularly-Scheduled Social Meetups

  3. Project with Women With a Vision

  4. March 3rd is International Sex Workers Rights Day

  5. Money Issues

  6. Clinic List Project

  7. Screen printing T-shirts and stuff

  8. Call for Submissions: essays and artwork

  9. Read the Updates under “News,” y’all

  1. Future Regularly-Scheduled Meetings:

  2. Meetings will take place once monthly: 6pm on the third Thursday of each month.

  3. Regularly-Scheduled Social Meetups:

  4. An overwhelming majority of SWOP-NOLA members (past and present) and local sex workers have said that they are mainly seeking camaraderie, support, info exchange (for safety and health reasons), and just having the opportunity to hang out with people with whom we can speak openly and honestly about our jobs without fear of judgement, we aim to fill that need this year with a once-monthly social meetup. This is what our community wants and needs, so someone’s gotta offer it, otherwise we’re just paying lip-service (lol that sounds dirty) to our goals.

    These aren’t SWOP-NOLA meetings, and they don’t have anything to do with SWOP-NOLA other than the fact that some SWOP-NOLA members might attend, and SWOP-NOLA members are starting it (someone had to). The idea is for this to be a separate project: monthly laid-back come-as-you-are get-togethers for local dancers/strippers, escorts, fbsm providers, cam-girls and -boys, etc.

    Sooooo….we’re gonna need to do some publicity for these things. Maybe a Facebook page? Facebook event invites? Someone with access to Stripperweb should post about it there, and someone with access to Eccie should do the same there. We should also print up some flyers and drop them off at the clubs on Bourbon, etc.

    As the newly-minted Social Director, T is in charge of this. It would probably be good to have a couple people working together to make these things happen each month, though, because organizing this shit, publicizing it, and making it all happen is a lot of work. If you’d like to help her out, or partner up with her to make this happen, contact her (or contact swop.nola@gmail.com and I’ll have her contact you).

    The first social meet-up will be this Sunday (February 2nd) at 11am. Location TBA in whatever way T decides is appropriate.

  5. Project with Women With a Vision:

  6. (We’ve talked about this several times in the past)
    Women With A Vision is working on print materials to introduce a different image of sex work in the community. The goal is to educate the public re:

    • Trafficking vs. Sex Work (i.e., they are not one in the same)
    • The harmfulness of the stigma surrounding sex work and those who participate in it
    • Reasons why women (all sex workers, but as their name suggests, WWAV focuses on female-identified people) choose to do sex work. They want a variety of sex workers represented in this project, so they have requested help from us. What they need is brief explanations/quotes from us about why we chose to go into sex work.

    So, if you are or ever have been a sex worker (anyone who works in the sex industry, regardless of the type of work you do or its criminal status), we want to hear from you! You may submit anything from a short sentence to a story.

    You can submit it at a meeting, through email (swop.nola@gmail.com), or use the comments section of this page: http://swop-nola.org/why to submit your answer anonymously.

  7. March 3rd is International Sex Workers Rights Day

  8. It sure is! Since 2001, sex workers the world over have celebrated International Sex Workers Rights Day on March 3rd.

    And we would, too….except for the fact that Mardi Gras is on March 4th this year, which means Lundi Gras is March 3rd, which means HAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAAH LOL yeah right. We ain’t organizing shit that day.

    So, we’re going to celebrate ISWRD sometime the week after. Our tentative plan is to have a film viewing: something fun and sex-work themed that people actually WANT to get their butts off the couch to come out and see, and once we’ve got em there, we can throw in little snippets of (also fun) sex-are-awesome-and-stop-treating-us-like-subhuman-filth videos (you can find some of my favorites here.). Anyone have suggestions for a longer, more mainstream-ish movie to be the main draw? I know there are lots of movie reviews/critiques on titsandsass.com

    We’ll have a keg and some food. It will be crawfish season by that time, so that’s an idea…Suggestions? Ideas? Anyone have a setup for that? I’m betting one of us could probably borrow a pot, etc. from family or friends.

    Anyway, if you want in on the planning of this event, contact swop.nola@gmail.com and we’ll put everyone in touch. A few of you volunteered at the meeting; if you’re not in touch with each other yet, let me know.

  9. Money Issues

  10. Someone needs to be in charge of money. For example, we have a little money left over from the Dec 17th event, but it’s sitting in my bank account. For now, I’m going to transfer it to the swop-nola paypal account, but we need to have a plan for how money is managed. J and D volunteered to be in charge of this.

  11. Clinic List Project

  12. I cannot wait til we conquer this beast of a project. We’ve sent out info flyers on who we are/what we’re doing/why. We have an online survey. We need people to call these places, or show up and talk to them.

    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT is in the posts linked here: Sex Worker-Friendly Healthcare/Clinic List Project.

    If you have any info about healthcare providers, etc. you know are sex-worker friendly, PLEASE let us know! Just send that info to swop.nola@gmail.com.

  13. Screen printing T-shirts and stuff

  14. We want to wear stuff. We want to make stuff. Help us out. D said she has a lead on that. Anyone else who does should contact us!!

  15. Call for Submissions: essays and artwork

  16. From redlighttherapycollection.com:

    “We all know that sex workers are healers, and many experiences in our work are profoundly therapeutic for our clients and for ourselves. An anthology entitled ‘Red Light Therapy: Portraits of Healing In Sex Work’ is in the works, and the editor would love to hear from you! Please send abstracts & questions to Redlighttherapycollection@gmail.com, and check out www.redlighttherapycollection.com for more information.”

    Call for performers: See this facebook link

  17. Read the Updates under “News,” y’all

  18. For real. If you missed a meeting, or you have a question, please look through there. It’s not that I dislike having a shitload of questions about specific shit we’ve gone over and over (but I haven’t necessarily committed word-for-word and number-for-number to memory) thrown at me during meetings–I love that! It keeps me on my toes! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ But you’re more likely to get the answers you need by reading these long-ass things I type up and post on Facebook, Twitter, WP, our own website, and send out through email after each meeting.

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