Friday, March 5, 2010

3/30 Tues 7pm- SEX WORK & HUMAN RIGHTS: FEMINIST ADVOCACY STRATEGIES

PARADIGM SHIFT: NYC'S FEMINIST COMMUNITY Proudly Presents

SEX WORK & HUMAN RIGHTS: FEMINIST ADVOCACY STRATEGIES
A Screening of "Sangram: Sex Worker Organizing In India" by Audacia Ray
and Panel Discussion featuring:
- AUDACIA RAY
International Women's Health Coalition & Co-Founder of Sex Work Awareness
- MARYSE MITCHELL-BRODY
NYC Anti-Violence Project & Founding Member at Sex Workers Action New York
other panelists to be announced

Moderated by MELISSA GIRA GRANT, Sex & Technology Writer

Portion of the proceeds donated to Sex Workers' Project
Buy Tickets Now- this event will sell out!
Network with your community before & after discussion

When: TUES, March 30th
Time: 7:00-10:00 pm
Where: In the heart of the Feminist District
The Tank
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues).
Subway directions:
Take the A,C,E to 42nd Street/Time Square. Walk West.


Cost: $7 students/pre-paid, $10 at door
Buy Tickets Now/ Limited Seating- will sell out:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/103011
OR Call The Tank directly:
212.563.6269
NOTE- for this particular venue, you must buy a tx to secure your spot. RSVPing to Meetup will not secure your spot for this venue

PARTNERS INCLUDE:
The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
Sex Workers' Project

PARTICIPATE & PARTNER!
Calling all progressives! Promote this event and we'll promote your organization.
Email: JWeis@paradigmshiftnyc.com

ABOUT AUDACIA RAY:
http://www.audaciaray.com
Audacia Ray is a media maker and activist who is passionate about sexual rights. Presently, Audacia is the Program Officer for Online Communications and Campaigns at the International Women's Health Coalition and the co-host of the monthly reading series Sex Worker Literati in New York. Dacia is the author of "Naked on the Internet: Hookups, Downloads, and Cashing In on Internet Sexploration" and an adjunct professor of Human Sexuality at Rutgers University. Audacia is a former sex worker who was an executive editor at $pread magazine for three years and is a co-founder of advocacy organization Sex Work Awareness, for which she edits the public education blog Sex Work 101 and provides media training workshops for sex workers. Dacia is also the award-winning director and producer of the porn feature The Bi Apple as well as the producer and star of the comedic film short Dacia's Love Machine. She has blogged at WakingVixen.com since 2004 and has also edited a blog for the Village Voice and written for Fleshbot.

ABOUT "SANGRAM: SEX WORKER ORGANIZING IN INDIA" BY AUDACIA RAY:
The Sangli district in the rural south of India has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the country. This health issue has become the crux of a powerful sex workers movement that has risen up over the past twelve years, in which sex workers have become agitators for change in health systems and policy that affects them on the local, national, and international levels.

ABOUT MARYSE MITCHELL BRODY:
Maryse is an organizer, proud tía, revolutionary, day-dreamer, tortured artist, badass facilitator, dancer, loud new yorker, good friend, and mad one. Along with her work with the Icarus Project, Maryse is an advocate for sex workers' rights and a member of the Rock Dove Collective, a radical community health exchange. Born and raised in New York City, she facilitates workshops that examine the links between sexual shame, trauma and emotional well-being, and explore the potential for sex as a healing modality.

ABOUT MELISSA GIRA GRANT:
http://www.melissagira.com
Melissa Gira Grant is a writer, artist, and activist working at the intersection of sexuality, new media, feminism, and human rights. She's written for Valleywag, Gawker, BlackBook, Slate, $pread, The Huffington Post, The Frisky, and RH Reality Check, and has contributed to Best Sex Writing 2008 (Cleis Press) and Dirty Girls (Seal Press). Her work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, the New York Times, and Cosmopolitan (France), among others. She currently works in communications and development at the Third Wave Foundation, and lives in New York.

ABOUT SEX WORKERS' PROJECT:
http://www.sexworkersproject.org
Using human rights and harm reduction approaches, the Sex Workers Project (SWP) protects and promotes the rights of individuals who engage in sex work, regardless of whether they do so by choice, circumstance, or coercion. In addition to providing direct legal and social services to over a hundred individual clients a year in immigration, criminal legal, civil, and police misconduct matters, we offer "know your rights" trainings for sex workers and people who have been trafficked, and conduct training and outreach to service providers and community organizations who may come into contact with trafficked persons or sex workers.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/feminism-paradigmshiftnyc-com/calendar/12788377/

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