Update – ISWRD & Patois Film Fest: Not Your Rescue Project


  2. PATOIS Film Fest – NOT YOUR RESCUE PROJECT: Sex worker rights minifest

  3. Advice-Givers Needed

  4. Know Your Rights – Sex Workers Rights Group Launches ‘Know Your Rights’ Card

  5. Press Inquiry from Cosmopolitan Magazine

  6. SWOP-Shreveport/Bossier City


  2. International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2015 in NOLA!

    SWOP-NOLA celebrated International Sex Workers’ Rights Day 2015 with a clothing swap and crawfish (and baked goods and other stuff) on Saturday, March 7th. We opted for a laid-back meet-and-greet potluck and clothing swap in City Park. Luckily, the weather was beautiful, and we were able to welcome some new members and get to know existing members better.

    All said, there was:

    • 50 lbs of crawfish, plus about 10 lbs of corn, potatoes, and garlic from Cajun Brothers Seafood & Poboys (the old K-jean’s on Bienville and Carrolton. They were awesome, and they dropped the price by like 75 cents a pound 2 days later, so GO THERE).
    • ISWRD 2015

      50 lbs of…

      ISWRD 2015


    • 3 batches of cookies (chocolate chip, oatmeal, and snickerdoodle)
    • 2 pineapple upside-down cakes
    • a pretty pink strawberry cake
    • and a big pot of vegan red beans and rice
    • – all homemade by SWOP-NOLA domestic gods and goddesses:

      ISWRD 2015


      ISWRD 2015

      ISWRD 2015

    • And an estimated 5 billion items of clothing found new homes.
    • ISWRD 2015


      ISWRD 2015

      Clothes…being swapped!

    • Also, we met a woman who brought her rescued duck to the park to socialize with the other ducks, but it turned out he preferred socializing with sex workers.
    • ISWRD 2015

      ISWRD 2015

  3. PATOIS Film Fest – NOT YOUR RESCUE PROJECT: Sex worker rights minifest

  4. This Friday, Patois: the New Orleans International Human Rights Film Festival is hosting NOT YOUR RESCUE PROJECT: Sex worker rights minifest, curated by Anna Saini and PJ Starr. There’s a list of the films, made by and for sex workers from around the world, on the Patois Film Fest’s website here.

    LOCATION: Zeitgeist Multidisciplinary Arts Center: 1618 OCHaley Blvd
    DATE: March 20, 2015
    TIME: 8:45 pm – 11:00 pm

    Well be there with flyers, info/tabling materials, safer sex supplies, and other fun stuff!

  5. Know Your Rights – Sex Workers Rights Group Launches ‘Know Your Rights’ Card

  6. So this Scottish group made a Know Your Rights pamphlet/card thing for indoor full-service sex workers.  It’s pretty cool, check it out: SCOT-PEP Know Your Rights

    We should really do something like this for NOLA.  Anyone know an attorney who would be willing to help?  Or a law student / group of law students?  Anyone have connections to Tulane, LSU, or Loyola Law School?  Even a faculty member at Dillard’s Center for Law and Public Interest or the Criminal Justice department at SUNO or hell, even some especially energetic faculty member at Delgado’s Criminal Justice program might be helpful.

  7. Advice-Givers Needed

  8. We regularly receive emails from visiting/new-to-town sex workers (usually dancers) looking for advice about working, playing, or living in New Orleans. If you’re knowledgeable about any area of the business (for example, which clubs are good to work at, what the rules are for dancers at XYZ Club, if there’s any money to be made at ABC Club, etc.) and you’d like to help with advice, let us know. We can either forward some of the advice-seeking emails to you and you can answer them directly, or we can contact you and relay your wisdom to the advice-seeker for you.

  9. Press Inquiry from Cosmopolitan Magazine

  10. It speaks for itself. Contact libbycopeland@gmail.com if you have anything to say about this.

    Hi there. I’m looking into a story for Cosmopolitan.com, looking at whether Uber cars, particularly in cities where there isn’t much public transportation infrastructure, is changing how sex workers operate. And if so, is this transportation safe for sex workers?

    If there’s anyone there who has any insight into this — or can tell me they haven’t heard anything about this — I’d be grateful for any feedback. Thanks so much for any help or guidance you can offer.
    Thanks so much.
    Libby Copeland

  11. SWOP-Shreveport/Bossier City

  12. The brand-new (as of December 2014) Shreveport/Bossier City chapter of SWOP had their inaugural meeting on March 3rd (International Sex Workers’ Rights Day). Support Louisiana’s newest chapter of SWOP! “Like” them on Facebook (SWOP-Shreveport/Bossier City) and follow them on Twitter (@swopsbc).

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