So I know I’ve been slacking on the posts as of lately. It’s been a busy semester for me. I am now just about to start finals (OMFG!). I have one more assignment to go then it’s study sessions like there is no tomorrow. Lots of coffee is in order.
But as some of you know, bill c-36 received Royal Assent on November 6, 2014. It will be enforced beginning December 6, 2014 (ironically, the same day as National Day on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in Canada). As sex work activists and advocates have been saying since the introduction of c-36 (officially called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act), this new law will put sex workers, especially outdoor sex workers, in more vulnerable and exploitative situations.
To help support sex workers and a volunteer-run organization that works directly with sex workers, allies and women in crisis in London, Ontario, I created a teespring campaign. The campaign link is: http://teespring.com/kwetoday. For more information about Safe Space, please visit the campaign link (or see below). Follow them on twitter: @SafeSpaceLondon. You can also “like” their Facebook page: SafeSpace on Facebook.
More about Safe Space: “We are a volunteer run support centre for sex workers, allies and women in crisis currently operating out of EVAC at 757 Dundas. Our model is one of empowerment with the goal of meeting women where they’re at and helping sex workers operate with safety and with dignity. We hope to make real a community that strives to raise the basic living conditions of its most vulnerable and exploited members. We are open Monday and Tuesday nights, 6:00pm – 11:00pm and offer harm-reduction supplies, HIV & STI/STD educational resources, cosmetics, clothes, hygienic goods, first aid, food, coffee, tea, and information about current services in London. We recognise a woman’s right to choose or refuse sex work and we work to educate the public about sex work in London as well as promoting the decriminalization of sex work.”