SWOP-NOLA Meeting 9/19: What happened

First of all, sorry it took me a few days to get this done. Technical difficulties, business, etc. etc.

So, what we talked about on the Thursday, Sept 19th meeting:

1) Clinic List:

2) SWOP-NOLA Google Group

3) Promo and Tabling Materials and Merch

4) Meeting Location:

5) Changes re: SWOP National

6) Facebook Admins

7) Endless Gaycation and Anarchist Bookfair

8) Response to Violence against sex workers

9) Next Meeting

(scroll down for each topic)

1) Clinic List:

  • This project now has its own tag: SW Friendly Healthcare / Clinic List — Click on that and you’ll see all the relevant info, materials (flyers, etc.), and posts.
  • Having trouble with healthcare providers/office workers at clinics not understanding what we’re asking and why. So, I made a flyer for us to send out or drop off before contacting them. Here it is: Info Flyer for Healthcare / Clinic List Contacts

    Please, if you haven’t yet done so, look over it closely and let me know (in the comments section of that post, or here, whatever) if you have any suggestions (additional info you think should be included, changes, etc.).

    You can print these flyers out on your own, or if printing and cost is an issue, let me know and I’ll print a bunch out and you can pick them up from me. If those working on this project think it’s best to mail them, let me know and I’ll figure out postage.

  • I made a few minor edits to the list of questions to ask so that it was shorter and simpler on the flyer, but use whichever version you want.

  • I’ve set up a post on the website for those helping out with this to record which clinics have been flyered, contacted, etc. You can post anonymously (I’m trying to make this as easy as possible), but it would be helpful to enter your email (it isn’t published) and a name/initial/handle/whatever so we know who recorded what.
  • If you’d like to help out with this (dropping off flyers or talking with clinics over the phone or in person), Laurie is in charge of this project, so please contact her through the Google group (or email) and she’ll give you a portion of the list.
  • There was also talk of having a Google doc for everyone to work from in the Google Group. Whichever way is easiest for the people working on this is fine.

Speaking of which…

2) SWOP-NOLA Google Group

The SWOP-NOLA Google Group is a private forum and mailing list for those of us who attend meetings regularly and/or are working on projects. It’s full of info we don’t want publicly posted on the website (our individual contact info, for instance). If you want access, please email swop.nola@gmail.com and we’ll send you an invite (check your spam folder if you don’t get it), and once you accept, you’ll be added to the group. If I was supposed to add you and I haven’t yet, let me know.

3) Promo and Tabling Materials and Merch

  • A brand-new member volunteered to help out with promo stuff (flyering, etc.). Woo hoo!
  • Right now we have the following promo-type flyers: http://swop-nola.org/tag/promo-flyers/ The colorful ones can be printed for cheap as postcard-flyers as long as we don’t mind having the printing company’s ad on the other side. If we DO care about that, we gotta cough up some cash, unless anyone knows otherwise. I have some of these printed out on regular copy paper somewhere. I like em cuz they’re coed 😉
  • M was talking about making buttons and shirts. Anyone who is artsy and/or crafty should contact her (if you’re not on the Google group, get on it). I know that she needs materials for buttons (find a good deal and email me). As for T-shirts, we can either find cheap T-shirts, or go thrifting (yay!) for them. Once one of you fancypants artsy people makes a simple logo, we can screen print shirts at The New Orleans Community Print Shop, so get going on that. They have open shop on Tues/Thurs nights as soon as we get materials and designs together, we can make this happen.

4) Meeting Location:

A very generous and super-awesome local SW-er who’s in the process of transitioning out of the business offered us an AWESOME space downtown to meet regularly. We now know the location, and it’s a good one!

5) Changes re: SWOP National

We spoke a bit about the changes to SWOP as a national organization. Check the Google group for details (there were documents posted about structure, etc.)

6) Facebook Admins

If anyone wants admin access to the Sex Workers Outreach Project – New Orleans Facebook page (so that you can post stuff, etc.), let me know.

7) Endless Gaycation and Anarchist Bookfair

  • Endless Gaycation is Thursday, October 10th through Monday the 14th. We can submit shows, panels, workshops or event ideas by email: neworleansqueers@gmail.com. It would be cool to get tabling materials, etc. together by then. M was talking about a SW panel. If you are interested, contact her.
  • The anarchist book fair is the week after that (Monday and Tuesday, October 19th and 20th) at the Zeitgeist uptown. If you’re interested in manning (womaning?) the table and the flyers, etc. there, contact M.

8) Response to Violence against sex workers

A sexworker in Baton Rouge was beaten to death (of course, The Baton Rouge Advocate–not to be confused with Advocate.com–refuses to use the correct pronoun). What should our response be when this kind of thing happens? Rallies? Statements? Something besides posting about it on Facebook? What other local orgs can we team with for this (WWAV-Women With a Vision, etc.?)? Let’s brainstorm; all ideas are welcome, as usual–email us or comment below this post.

9) Next Meeting

Next meeting is the first Sunday of October (10/6/13) at 5pm!

5 thoughts on “SWOP-NOLA Meeting 9/19: What happened

  1. Wes Ware

    Hey SWOPers,

    I happened to find the link to your notes posted on Facebook and read through them- what a great way to keep folks updated on your work. Is this all just on wordpress?

    Since you all welcomed comments, I am chiming in- hope that’s ok!

    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.

    Much love n’ solidarity,

    Wes

    Reply
    1. SWOP-NOLA Post author

      Yes! The site uses WordPress software as a CMS (downloaded to our host, then I screwed with the code and the templates until it did what I wanted it to do).

      Thanks so much for letting us know about the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs!

      We’ve been following you (well, BreakOUT!) on Facebook for a while, and really respect what you do. We’d love to work with you in whatever way possible, and if you ever need help, feel free to contact us.

      Thanks!

      j

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