First, if you weren’t included in the previous emails, I’ve posted them on the website, so you can catch up by reading this one: Dear New Orleans Providers 7/30/12 and this one: Email 8/7/12.
I’ve gotten a few emails lately asking if we have any events or meetups or anything going on in the near future. The short answer is: We will, once it’s more than just me. Wanna help?
I just started SWOP-NOLA in late June, and I made and paid for the site myself, and have been trying to publicize as best as possible, but it’s slow-going when it’s just me. I have flyers coming in soon, so if you’d like to help with that, that would be awesome. Also, I’ll be at events during Dykeadence (the queer-women-and-trans-and-
friends-and-oh-hell-everybody’ s-welcome! version of Decadence Fest) with print materials, etc. I eventually want to take out ads in local publications, but again, it’s just me and my own money so far, and it’s been a labor of love. If no one’s interested in getting involved at this point, that’s fine, and I understand that sex workers’ rights activism isn’t exactly something most people can be public about. But in case anyone IS interested, now or in the future, here it is. And I’ll continue to work on the website so that it can be a source of information for sex workers in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
So, if anyone wants to help out…
1) You can help post flyers! (By the way, they will look like this: http://swop-nola.org/
2) You can hang out at Dykeadence events with me, hand out flyers, and answer questions people might have about sex work and our position re: the legal, social, health, safety, etc. aspects. My friend is running it and she’s awesome, and I’m pretty sure we’ll be comped! If not, I’ll pay your ticket.)
3) If Decadence Fest is more your style, I’d be happy to supply you with materials to distribute at boys-only (or boys-mostly) events.
4) You can spread the word by recommending our page on Facebook, linking to the website, etc.
5) You can help contribute to the website with your own expert wisdom and advice. Either email me or post anonymously here (just click on the “Leave a Reply” links).
6) My next big project is to start contacting clinics in the city to see which ones sex worker-friendly (meaning they’re cool with working with us, not judgmental about what we do for work, and take a harm-reduction approach).
7) I’m thinking that it might be smart to spread this to Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Houma, etc., since they’re so close to NOLA, and since so many of us travel between those cities. If someone would like to start putting together resources for those cities, that would be awesome. A list of clinics that are useful (and not jerks) to sex workers would be especially helpful.
8) Speak up and say what you want. Want a meet-up? Let’s make it happen. Have an idea? Email me and I’ll put it up on the Facebook page and on the website. Want to meet up for coffee or drinks or something, just to chat about ideas? Contact me and we’ll find a time and a place that works for both of us.
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10) Be awesome.
Well, enjoy the rest of your weekend, and keep an eye on Isaac!!